Unless it’s keeping your whiskey cool, ice is the worst. But people are willing to do all sorts of crazy cold things, like booze in bars made out of the stuff, and even sleep in modern-day igloos, so China's Harbin Ice Festival (Jan 5th–Feb 28th) will no doubt warm the hearts of some of the Snow Misers amongst you.
China rebuilt famous world monuments out of ice, because China
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.
stupid brave souls willing to bare their chests, winter swimming's another popular pastime at Harbin, especially among the Speedo-clad (Superman pose: optional).