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Photos: Ice festivals around the world

Updated 1:33 PM ET, Tue January 15, 2013
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A contestant works on an ice sculpture at The London Ice Sculpting Festival at Canary Wharf on Friday, January 11 in London. Ice and snow festivals are taking place all around the world, showcasing creative ways to enjoy the cold weather. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
A contestant uses a chainsaw to model his ice sculpture at The London Ice Sculpting Festival at Canary Wharf on January 11 in London. Timed competitions between ice-sculpting teams from Africa, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom are taking place over the three-day event.
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A man polishes a snow sculpture in preparation for Shenyang International Ice and Snow Festival in Liaoning province, China, on Tuesday, January 8. Shen Li/Reuters/Landov
The 14th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, touted as the world's biggest festival of its kind, opened in China's northern Heilongjiang province on Monday, January 7. Stephen Shaver /UPI/LANDOV
This year's Harbin festival features majestic ice castles and sculptures of fairytale characters bedecked with LED lights. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images
Russian and Chinese swimmers compete in the annual winter swimming competition during the Harbin festival on Thursday, January 10. Stephen Shaver /UPI/LANDOV
Winter swimming fans perform a boxing match on the frozen Songhua River during the Harbin festival, on Friday, January 11. Shen Li /Reuters/LANDOV
A young child slides down an ice slide at the opening ceremony of the Harbin festival on Saturday, January 5. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images
Anglers cast lines through holes into a frozen river during an ice fishing competition at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival on Saturday, January 5 in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea. The event attracts thousands of visitors every year. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
A child displays a fish caught during the ice fishing competition at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo festival. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images