Nearly 10,000 workers were employed to build the ice and snow sculptures, which require about 180,000 square metres of ice and 150,000 square metres of snow, for the Harbin Snow $ Ice Festival. We tip our hat to them as the finished products simply look amazing.

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Workers stab iron pikes into the frozen Songhua River as they extract giant ice cubes to make sculptures for the upcoming 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin. Each ice cube weighs about 250 kilograms (551 lb). SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Workers pull a giant ice cube out of the frozen Songhua River as they extract ice to make sculptures for the upcoming 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A worker stabs an iron pike into the frozen Songhua River as he extracts giant ice cubes to make sculptures for the upcoming 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A worker stabs an iron pike into the frozen Songhua River as he takes giant ice cubes to make sculptures for the upcoming 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A worker pours water onto ice cubes to make them adhere to each other as he builds an ice sculpture ahead of the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Workers and a crane are seen next to a newly-built ice sculpture of a castle ahead of the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Workers have lunch in their dormitory as they take a break from building ice sculptures ahead of the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Workers and scaffoldings are seen next to newly-built ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights ahead of the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Workers polish a giant snow sculpture ahead of the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors walk past a giant snow sculpture ahead of the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin. SHENG LI/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A worker takes a rest while giving the last touches to an ice replica of Rome's Colosseum in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A woman rides an ice slide on a large snow sculpture in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A man takes a picture of ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A woman poses for a picture in front of a large snow sculpture ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A man rides a slide on an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A woman takes a picture with her mobile phone in front of a large ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A worker takes a rest while giving the last touches to an ice replica of Rome's Colosseum ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors look at ice sculptures during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors look at ice sculptures during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A horse-drawn carriage carries tourists in front of snow sculptures ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors pose in front of a thermometer on an ice sculpture during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A horse-drawn carriage carries tourists in front of snow sculptures ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A visitor rides a slide on an ice sculpture during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A girl rides a slide on an ice sculpture during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors look at ice sculptures during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors pose in front of ice sculptures during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors look at ice sculptures during a light-up rehearsal ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Swimmers climb out of a pool carved into the thick ice covering the Songhua River during the Harbin Ice Swimming Competition in the northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A swimmer stands on platform on pool carved into thick ice covering Songhua River during Harbin Ice Swimming Competition in northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Swimmers dive into pool carved into thick ice covering Songhua River during Harbin Ice Swimming Competition in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Frost lines the hair of a spectator as she watches swimmers competing in pool carved into thick ice covering Songhua River during Harbin Ice Swimming Competition in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A girl rides a dog-drawn sleigh in front of a large snow sculpture at the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A waitress arranges ice cups on an ice counter during a photo opportunity at the Ice Palace in Shangri-La Hotel in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A couple takes a picture with a chair made of ice at the Ice Palace in Shangri-La Hotel in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Liquor in ice cups on an ice counter are pictured during a photo opportunity at the Ice Palace in Shangri-La Hotel in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A couple eat hot food at the Ice Palace in Shangri-La Hotel in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors jump for a picture in front of a large snow sculpture at the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in the northern city of Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Skiers descend down from a slope during the opening ceremony of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A woman taking a photo with her mobile phone is silhouetted against an ice sculpture at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A couple shares an embrace in front of an ice sculpture at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Tourists sit on a horse-drawn carriage in front of ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors are silhouetted against lighted ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A visitor sits inside an ice sculpture at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A woman leaves a toilet which has been decorated into a snow sculpture at the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors are silhouetted against lighted ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors walk past lighted ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A thermometer on an ice sculpture indicates a reading of -30 degree Celsius at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A family takes a picture in front of ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors are silhouetted against lighted ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors are silhouetted against lighted ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

Visitors are silhouetted against lighted ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A woman stands in front of an ice sculpture at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Harbin Snow & Ice Festival 2014

A general overview of ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS