Some architectural styles are classic while others are more temporary in nature. The Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin China paradoxically combines the two, except the temporary nature is because of the building material itself.  This snow city rises each year, only to return to water with the changing of seasons. As for me, this one is definitely on my “bucket list”!

Photo Credit: A tourist visits an ice sculpture for the 26th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival at a park in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China on January 3, 2010, (REUTERS/Aly Song)

“In frigid northeastern China, in the city of Harbin is hosting its 26th annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Massive buildings built of ice from the frozen surface of the nearby Songhua River, large scale snow sculptures, ice slides, festival food and drinks can be found in several parks in the city. At night, visitors who endure the bitter cold will see the lights switched on, illuminating the sculptures from both inside and outside. This year’s festival opened yesterday, January 5th, and will remain open until some time in February.”

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