Frozen towers and palaces stun visitors at Harbin ice festival
Preparations for the annual winter celebration begin weeks in advance, with workers mining millions of cubic feet of ice from the surface of the Songhua river over long, gruelling shifts.
Walls of ice carved into the shape of a giant flower were lit up on Tuesday night as the festival opened.
The 2022 Beijing Winter Games have inspired a push across China to promote winter sports and tourism, with the number of Chinese snow resorts increasing nearly fourfold in the past decade.
China has largely brought coronavirus infections under control domestically, with entertainment and cultural venues reopening and life largely returning to normal in recent months.
But small outbreaks in multiple cities have prompted authorities to step up testing and travel restrictions.