Peter Walker Photographer

Harbin Ice Festival
Harbin, China, 2013

The winning entry from Russia in the Ice Carving competition, an alien motorbike. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. The winning entry from Russia in the Ice Carving competition, an alien motorbike. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
The second placed competition entry from Thailand, an ice carving of characters from traditional Thai theatre. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. The second placed competition entry from Thailand, an ice carving of characters from traditional Thai theatre. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Colourful castle surrounded by an ice-block maze. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Colourful castle surrounded by an ice-block maze. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Ice candle in Zhaolin Park. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013 Ice candle in Zhaolin Park. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013
A complete sculpture from Disney's Cinderella, with carriage, castle and characters, carved from solid snow. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. A complete sculpture from Disney's Cinderella, with carriage, castle and characters, carved from solid snow. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Egyptian Sphinx sculpture, nose intact, carved from snow. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Egyptian Sphinx sculpture, nose intact, carved from snow. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Two young Chinese girls sit in a tractor carved from snow. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Two young Chinese girls sit in a tractor carved from snow. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
A huge snow sculpture honouring the Songhua River, the original focal point of life in the Harbin area. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. A huge snow sculpture honouring the Songhua River, the original focal point of life in the Harbin area. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Swimmers line up for a freezing plunge into a pool cut into the frozen Songhua River. Air temperature minus 20 degrees; water temperature below freezing. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Swimmers line up for a freezing plunge into a pool cut into the frozen Songhua River. Air temperature minus 20 degrees; water temperature below freezing. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
St Sophia Church, one famous example of the Russian architecture in Harbin, Harbin, China, February 2013. St Sophia Church, one famous example of the Russian architecture in Harbin, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Country house "dacha" in "Russian Town", a small section of old Harbin dedicated to preserving the history of the Russian settlers. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Country house "dacha" in "Russian Town", a small section of old Harbin dedicated to preserving the history of the Russian settlers. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Bottle of Harbin Beer made from blocks of clear river ice. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Bottle of Harbin Beer made from blocks of clear river ice. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Ice spire made from blocks of ice and lit from within by fluorescent tubes. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Ice spire made from blocks of ice and lit from within by fluorescent tubes. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Statue of Buddha carved from snow and lit by orange floodlights. Some people pray and some people pose. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Statue of Buddha carved from snow and lit by orange floodlights. Some people pray and some people pose. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Chinese pagoda tower made from blocks of ice. The ice stays frozen from November to March. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Chinese pagoda tower made from blocks of ice. The ice stays frozen from November to March. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Chinese ice temple with walls of clear ice. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013 Chinese ice temple with walls of clear ice. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013
The massive centre-piece featuring a huge video screen at the heart of the of the Snow and Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. The massive centre-piece featuring a huge video screen at the heart of the of the Snow and Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Local tourist jumps for joy in an ice corridor, one way to keep warm in the minus 30 degree temperatures. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Local tourist jumps for joy in an ice corridor, one way to keep warm in the minus 30 degree temperatures. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
Chinese wine bottle built from blocks of ice. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. Chinese wine bottle built from blocks of ice. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.
The front gate of the main ice festival site, itself made of solid ice. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013. The front gate of the main ice festival site, itself made of solid ice. Ice Festival, Harbin, China, February 2013.