7. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Yang Xiaoqi, Harbin resident:
"I played on the slides and sleds. All kinds of slides. It felt so cold and fun."
8. Yang showing plastic sled UPSOUND (Mandarin) Yang Xiaoqi: "This thing is for people to sit on it. With the winter jacket, you cannot slide very fast. But when you sit on it, you can slide faster."
9. First person view of sliding down
10. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Jack So, Tourist from Hong Kong:
"Very hard to see a place like this in China, in Asia, so it's worth it to come here. "
11. Wide of child sliding down
12. Wide and pan of ice monuments
13. Wide of ice replica of Beijing's Temple of Heaven
14. Wide and tilt up of snow Buddha
15. Wide of snow buddha
16. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Men Kunyu, Bank employee, with girlfriend Xu Yuanyuan:
Men: "Today is the opening day so you have to try and make it early. Timing is very important. The ice festival is, for Harbin, part of the culture of the city. Basically, we come here every year when we have time, we love it. But today is a bit cold. Many projects haven't been completed."
Xu: "It is a unique holiday for us Harbin people. We have a day off."
17. Close of caramelized fruits on sticks called Tanghulu
18. Close of seller of Tanghulu: UPSOUND (Mandarin) "Frozen Tanghulu!"
The 33rd edition of the Ice and Snow Festival in China's northeastern city of Harbin has officially opened, with big crowds enduring the icy cold temperatures to come look at masterpieces of ice and snow carving, such as a replica of Beijing's Temple of Heaven or a giant Buddha.
With temperatures reaching -18 degrees Celsius (-0.4 Fahrenheit) and an air smothered by smog, revelers strolled around at night time to look at ice monuments ten times their height, decorated with multicolored lights.
The most popular attractions were the ice slides, where people would sit on a tiny plastic sled and let go down the slope.