Disney's Frozen in real-life: Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2016

Last updated at 07:39
General view of ice sculpture works at Harbin Ice and Snow WorldWu Hong / EPA

The annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival takes place in China's north-eastern province of Heilongjiang.

It's expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to see the sculptures.

The festival began in 1963 but was not held for many years before beginning again in 1985.

This year's theme is Pearl on the Crown of Ice & Snow...

A man walks on the frozen Songhua river beside the Harbin international ice and snow festivalWang Zhao / AFP
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival officially opens on 5 January but preparations have been under way for some time.
A worker carves an ice sculptureWu Hong / EPA
Workers have been putting the finishing touches to many of the sculptures.
Workers polish a snow sculpture, 23 December 2015Sheng Li / Reuters
This large sculpture began to take shape in December as workers carved it out of the ice.
A worker polishes an ice sculptureAly Song / Reuters
Here a worker polishes a delicate ice sculpture...
Workers polish an ice sculptureAly Song / Reuters
....while others are lifted by crane to the top of one of the larger pieces on show.
Ice sculptures at HarbinWu Hong
The ice is cut from the nearby river and teams from different countries take part in the event.
People visit ice sculptures ahead Imaginechina / Rex Features
At night, the ice is illuminated with colourful light that draws tourists from all over the world.