The Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival is in full swing in Harbin, the capital of the Heilongjiang province in far northeastern China. Ice blocks are cut from the Songhua River for artists to transform into imitations of famous monuments, snow slides, castles and statues of people, animals and mythical creatures. Every year, 10-15 million visitors pour in from all over the world to experience the other-worldly winter wonderland. It is the biggest ice sculpture festival in the world.
The 2016 festival officially runs from January 5 to February 20, but it often starts early and ends later, if the weather permits it.
Below are some of our favourite Instagram posts from the Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival: