This article is by: South China Morning Post
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An excerpt from South China Morning Post:
"China's annual ice festival in Harbin has kicked off with couples lining up for a snow-themed mass wedding, swimmers braving frigid waters and frozen palaces rising from the ground. Fireworks marked the festival’s opening on Sunday night as tourists wandered between colourfully illuminated ice towers and monuments in the northeastern city.
This year’s Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang required 170,000 cubic metres (6 million cubic feet) of ice harvested from the Songhua River by more than 100 workers. The workers toiled for hours on the ice each day in the weeks before the festival, cutting out thousands of pieces of ice every 12-hour shift.
The Harbin festival, featuring glittering palaces and fantastical scenes sculpted out of ice, has drawn millions of people over the years to one of China’s coldest cities. "
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