Behind the Scenes of China's Magical City of Ice

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Laborers climb on scaffolding as they work on a large ice sculpture in preparation for the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.

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Laborers work to finish large ice sculptures in preparation for the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.

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The central tower of ice is prepared for the festival's opening on January 5.

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Laborers silhouetted against a pink wall of ice.

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A worker takes a picture of one of the ice sculptures he worked on.

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The city of ice is readied for the grand opening.

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The skyline of the city of Harbin is seen behind the skyline of the illuminated city of ice.

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One of the crystal palaces at this year's festival. 

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Ready for the grand opening: Ice and Snow World at Harbin's Ice and Snow Festival.