The year I found a black, weatherproof top-hat to place on the head of my snowman, I kind of felt like a big macher around town, even amongst the tough,12 year-olds peddling snow-shoveling by the hour. But a look at some of the intricate snow sculptures produced at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival puts even the most inflated memory of my frosted art skills to shame.
With a few interruptions due to political turmoil, the festival, which takes place in the People's Republic of China, has been otherwise held yearly since 1963. Despite the location's potentially-dangerous temperatures well below freezing, the festival draws hoards of tourists from all over the world. And while I'm sure the pieces are all the more marvelous to see in person, I'm happy to appreciate them for now by the warmth of my overheating laptop.
(Images: 1. Wang Jianwei/Xinhua; 2. Sheng Li/Reuters; 3. Adam Pretty/Getty; 4. & 5. Sheng Li/Reuters)