When I was 10 years younger, a wee lass armed with little more than a deadjournal account and a whole lot of indignation, my first ever blog post was, in fact, about the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. Now, as then, I'm stunned by the majesty of these creations, the perfect marriage of nature's providence and human achievement.
The child in me is more than a little pleased at seeing a Mario 64 level come to life:
Made even more stunning with fireworks and embedded lighting:
A view from the top of one of the ice sculptures:
Please, please, check out the rest of the photos, then come back and share our favorites.
(all photos credited and h/t to Boston.com, which you should click to, b/c holy amazeballs, batman!)