(ECNS) -- Visitors experienced the special flavor of ice and snow at a festival in Genhe, known as "cold pole",Decmeber 25.
A scalding open air hotpot helped visitors warm their insides.
Those in need could use a bathroom with ice cube walls.
Reindeer-sled races revealed much about local herding culture, with Genhe's Aoluguya Ewenki ethnic township home to China's only reindeer-breeding tribe.
43 participants created paintings across the icy ground while temperatures hovered around minus 40 degrees Celsius.
A half marathon and health run attracted over 1,500 participants.