Fest-goers needn’t travel far to see the Empire State Building, Reykjavik’s Hallgrimskirkja church (with a 240m-long slide, if you don't mind freezing your butt off), or the Colosseum. Like a much colder Vegas, Harbin’s full of corny replicas.
Towering over visitors, the fest's illuminated structures -- made entirely out of chiseled H2O -- are among its most impressive attractions. Some are even alcohol-themed, for adult ice aficionados.
Even the bridges are frozen solid (just like the traffic on the GW -- boom tish).
Colossal snow sculptures, like this one, put your sad backyard snowman to shame…
…as will this copyright-violating Disney version.
You can probably even buy bootleg DVDs of Frozen
at their "Magic Kingdom" landmark.
brave souls willing to bare their chests, winter swimming's another popular pastime at Harbin, especially among the Speedo-clad (Superman pose: optional).
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.