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Winter swimming event kicks off Ice and Snow Festival in China

Diego Azubel / EPA

A Chinese man dives into a pool cut out of the frozen waters of the Songhua Jiang river in sub-zero temperatures during a winter swimming event as part of the International Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, China on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. The three-month long festival attracts visitors from all over China as well as a number of foreign guests who brave below zero temperatures to see colorful large ice and snow sculptures, ride horse-drawn carriages and enjoy a number of winter activities set up on the sidelines of the festival.

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Sheng Li / Reuters

The annual winter festival in northeastern China opens on Jan. 5, 2012.