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If you take your vacation cues from Elsa in Frozen, you'll want to make your way immediately to northern China, where the 33rd annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival has officially launched.  

The yearly event is best known for its enormous illuminated sculptures, built this year with 180,000 cubic meters of ice—all of which came from the nearby Songhua River.

You still have time to book a trip to see the ice city; it usually stays intact until the end of February.

Of course, there's a reason the place stays frozen so long: Daytime temperatures in Harbin around this time of year typically range from a high of -13 Celsius (9 Fahrenheit) to a low of -24 C (-11 F).    



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