170,000 cubic metres of ice bricks have been used to build a city of ice in northern China

A “Kingdom of Snow” has been built in China, as the 2020 Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival prepares to open on Sunday, January 5.

Tourists will be able to explore the festival and its stunning sub-zero constructions across 148-acres in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province.

The world’s largest ice festival, it took 10,000 workers 15 days to build, after almost a month of spent cutting 170,000 cubic metres of ice bricks from the nearby Songhua River, enough to fill 70 Olympic swimming pools.

This year, the festival has an “Ice Snow Integration, Happy to Go Together” theme, across five categories: activities of tourism, culture, fashion, trade and sports.

Click through the gallery above to see photos of the Harbin’s ice and snow sculptures.

Guests from around the world visit the festival every year, with tours that include snow sports, city highlights and ice lantern shows.

Updated: January 4, 2020 03:19 PM

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