The Harbin Ice Festival in the Heilongjiang Province, China

I posted about this last year when I was becoming informed about it, and I am still in awe as to its beauty.  The Harbin Ice Festival in China is quite an amazing thing to see – one of these years I will get to see it in person, I have told myself.  These talented ice carvers are exactly that – talented.  I had the absolute pleasure to hang out with an old friend back in October who had a bunch of the Harbin ice carvers in his employ, and watching them work together is like watching a team that was born to make magic from ice.

Check out these quick minute-long videos:

One of my favorite photoblogs, Boston Globe’s Big Picture, had a bunch of just amazing images of this year’s festival – I grabbed a few, but you have to check out the rest of them.  Images below: