07 January 2014 07:30 | By Maureen O'Hare
2014 Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

Harbin Ice Swimming Competition 2014



A swimmer reacts after swimming in a pool carved into the thick ice covering the Songhua River (© REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
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  • man takes a picture of ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (© REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
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Around 700 swimmers from across China took part in the Harbin Ice Swimming Competition on the festival's opening day. The brave participants swam in a pool carved into the thick ice covering the Songhua River.

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