LOOK: The magical Ice and Snow Festival is now officially open in Harbin

Walking in a winter wonderland

In China’s coolest annual tradition, Harbin has been transformed yet again, for the 34th time, into a magical winter wonderland for the world-famous International Ice and Snow Festival.

This time around, more than 10,000 workers labored for months to create the icy tourist attraction which spreads out over an area of 800,000 square meters. The festival officially kicked off on Friday and is scheduled to last for one month, however, some exhibits opened earlier and others will stay open later, weather permitting.

Organizers expect around 1.5 million people to visit the festival this year. If you’re not in the mood to brave the frigid temperatures, then you can check out all the pretty in photo form below:

Or take a livestream tour with Xinhua:

[Images via Xinhua]