Photos: Icy views of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

In the northern Chinese city of Harbin, winter is embraced in a colourful festival that is one of the largest winter fairs in the world, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Featuring towering buildings made from blocks of ice, intricate ice sculptures and lots of colourful lights to dazzle event goers, the festival is a spectacle that attracts growing numbers every year. The 2017 edition of the event opened today and this is what you’re missing: