World’s largest ice festival: Harbin, China’s famed Ice City, started welcoming visitors to its International Ice and Snow Festival on Friday. This is one of the China’s coldest cities in the winter. It is the 34th annual Ice Festival in Harbin, north-east China and features sculptures of Moscow’s Red Square and Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha.Some of this year’s work centres around Chinese President Xi Jinping’s major foreign policy is also captured in art at this festival.The ice sculptures include recreations of castles, historic landmarks and famous figures, including Moscow’s Red Square, Beijing’s Temple of Heaven and Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It took around 10,000 workers to make this year’s ice world.Main activities start this week and the festival runs through late February, with heavy crowds expected during Lunar New Year celebrations, February 15 to 23. Temperatures at this time of the year can dip below minus 18 Celsius.
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