On January 5 the city of Harbin in northeastern China will host its 26th annual Ice and Snow Festival. Giant buildings are sculpted from ice — courtesy of the nearby Songhua River. And at night, everything is lit with lasers and ice lanterns.
When I think of parties with an ice sculpture centerpiece, it's usually some genteel affair with finger sandwiches and a string quartet providing the music. That's why it's such a surprise to see the massively impressive ice sculpture of Optimus Prime, rising to a towering 26 feet.