China builds the world's largest ice Santa
The city of Harbin in northern China is building the world's largest Santa Claus ice sculpture, even though this year, due to the effects of global warming, they had to make artificial snow for the scupture.
The giant sculpture, 160 metres long and 24 metres high mostly consists of a huge face with a beard and a hat.
Its huge size and unseasonably warm temperatures have made the job especially challenging, said Tang Guangjun, one of the sculptors.
"It is even bigger and higher than last year's, and more difficult. The weather swings between warm and cold, so it becomes very wet and slippery on the ice. It is very dangerous for us," he told Reuters Television.
Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province on the edge of Siberia, is one of China's coldest places. Winter temperatures can drop to below minus 35 degrees Celsius (- 31 F).