China’s shimmering, ephemeral, city. Annual Harbin Ice & Snow Festival. This year’s extraordinary ice sculpture,carved from huge blocks of the Songhua river, lit by millions of LED fairy lights, the centrepiece inspired by Iceland’s famous, romantic Gothic Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik. 150 feet high. 2014 Tourist trips taking in the Chinese New Year are available. Photo Wang Kai/ Rex Features. The Dutch town of Zwolle hosts the largest ice festival in Europe. Canary Wharf puts on an ice sculpting weekend in London.10/12 January 2014.