The 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Visitors to a festival held in a place dubbed China's 'ice city' are being confronted with magical sculptures and frozen artwork on a grand scale.

Visitors can lose themselves in a large-scale maze, whizz down a giant slide and marvel at an icy steam locomotive, complete with carriages.

The month-long festival, displays the best collections of ice artworks at five main locations in the town. The festival, established in 1985, is held annually from January 5.

Harbin, the biggest city of Heilongjiang province attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to the festivities. The city, in north east China, has an arctic climate which provides abundant natural ice and snow. Known as the 'Ice City', Harbin is revered as the cradle of ice and snow art in China and is famous for its exquisite sculptures.