A city in China hosts an elaborate winter festival with giant ice castles, mass weddings, and a frigid swimming contest — take a look

Harbin, China hosts an International Ice and Snow Festival each year that draws millions of visitors. The festival kicked off its 35th year on January 5. The festival’s winter attractions include life-size ice sculptures, ice replicas of the Colosseum and Milan Cathedral, and massive snowmen. There’s also an ice-swimming tournament in which swimmers brave the freezing waters of the Songhua river in sub-zero temperatures.

China’s Heilongjiang Province isn’t always a big destination for tourists,

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