A tourist visits an ice sculpture for the upcoming 26th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on Jan. 3. The festival features palaces, pagodas, an Egyptian Sphynyx, slides, and various statues, all made out of ice. The festival is said to be the oldest of its kind and will continue for two months.
The Beijing Games have been dogged with global criticism on everything from censorship to pollution. But Chinese people still see them as their government does: a great coming-out party.