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Molly Britt, Gaylord National Resort, Public Relations, tries out the big ice slide, under colorful lights in a room temperature of nine degrees, as the artisan ice sculptors from Harbin, China, put the final touches on the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. These sculptors are master carvers who spend a month here each year turning two million pounds of ice into colorful ice sculptures in an environment of nine degrees. They are from Harbin, China, the capital city of China's northernmost province, Heilongjiang, across the border from Siberia, Russia. Harbin, China has been host of the Ice and Snow Festival for more than 25 years, welcoming approximately 800,000 visitors annually. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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China’s new leaders, led by new Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping (left), must deal with problems that have long festered — from a sputtering economy to friction with the U.S. — that have worsened in recent months as leadership focused on this week’s power transfer. (Associated Press)

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New General Secretary of Communist Party of China Xi Jinping's press conference is telecast live on a mall screen, center, in Beijing, China, Thursday Nov. 15, 2012. Xi became leader of China on Thursday, securing the Communist Party's top spot and oversight of the military in a political transition upset by scandals that have added fuel to public demands for change as the country faces slower economic growth. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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New General Secretary of Communist Party of China Xi Jinping's press conference is telecast live on a mall screen, center, in Beijing, China, Thursday Nov. 15, 2012. Xi became leader of China on Thursday, securing the Communist Party's top spot and oversight of the military in a political transition upset by scandals that have added fuel to public demands for change as the country faces slower economic growth. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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China’s only aircraft carrier, Liaoning, returns to port Oct. 30 after its first navy sea trial, in Dalian in northeastern China’s Liaoning province. Pilots reportedly need more practice taking off and landing on the deck. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** China's only aircraft carrier, Liaoning, returns to port Oct. 30 after its first navy sea trial, in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning province. (Associated Press)

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping attends during the closing ceremony for the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Designated as successor five years ago, Xi will take over as party general secretary from Hu Jintao on Thursday, Nov. 15, and as president next spring, in only China’s second orderly transfer of power. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping attends during the closing ceremony for the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Designated as successor five years ago, Xi will take over as party general secretary from Hu Jintao on Thursday, Nov. 15, and as president next spring, in only China’s second orderly transfer of power. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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**FILE** Reyes Jiang of China talks Nov. 9, 2012, with Alexus Hall during Cultural Coffee Hour that was hosted by the Japanese Student Association on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Reyes Jiang of China talks Nov. 9, 2012, with Alexus Hall during Cultural Coffee Hour that was hosted by the Japanese Student Association on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. (Associated Press)

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Ice sculptures from the Shrek movies are seen under colorful lights in a room temperature of nine degrees, as the artisan ice sculptors from Harbin, China, put the final touches on the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Yin Guo Long, 50, is one of the 40 artisan ice sculptors from Harbin, China, working on the construction of the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. They are from Harbin, China, the capital city of China's northernmost province, Heilongjiang, across the border from Siberia, Russia. Harbin, China has been host of the Ice and Snow Festival for more than 25 years, welcoming approximately 800,000 visitors annually. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Artisan ice sculptors from Harbin, China, shred blocks of ice into fluffy snow for decoration on the exhibit as they put the final touches on the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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An artisan ice sculptor from Harbin, China, puts the final touches on the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Artisan ice sculptors from Harbin, China, put the final touches on the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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An ice pick rests atop a block of ice as the artisan ice sculptors from Harbin, China, put the final touches on the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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An artisan ice sculptor from Harbin, China, puts the final touches on a ice sculpture of Shrek at the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Ice sculptures from the Shrek movies are seen under colorful lights in a room temperature of nine degrees, as the artisan ice sculptors from Harbin, China, put the final touches on the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Ice sculptures from the Shrek movies are seen on the big ice slide, under colorful lights in a room temperature of nine degrees, as the artisan ice sculptors from Harbin, China, put the final touches on the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Ice sculptures from the Shrek movies are seen under colorful lights in a room temperature of nine degrees, as the artisan ice sculptors from Harbin, China, put the final touches on the attraction ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)