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It looks like a city of lights on the horizon. But it's really a city of ice.

The northern Chinese city of Harbin kicked off its annual ice festival on Sunday.

Massive ice sculptures, blazing with rainbows of bright lights, lit up the night sky for the festival which is in its 30th year. Nearly 10,000 people made the sculptures from huge blocks of ice that were cut from a local river that had frozen over.

The festival usually opens with a big fireworks display. However, this year organizers cancelled it, not wanting to add to the already dangerous levels of smog in Harbin.

Despite the lack of fireworks, local residents said the festival is a huge attraction for tourists who come from China and from abroad.

"I think that as someone from Harbin, I'm very proud of this. First, this is our hometown's cultural festival which can spread our ice culture. Secondly, as our economy and country are getting better and better, this city's beauty is a symbol of both. Thirdly, as people from outside of China are increasing here, I think this is a great opportunity for international communication to take place," said a 20 year-old Harbin resident and student at Harbin Technical University.

Organizers say they expect one million people to attend this year's festival and witness the winter wonderland for themselves.

Have a look at some of the most incredible pictures from the festival.

Ice Festival In China

Ice Festival In China

Ice Festival In China

Ice Festival In China

Ice Festival In China

Ice Festival In China

Ice Festival In China

Ice Festival In China

(Images: KIM KYUNG-HOON/Reuters)

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