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4 Day Amazing Harbin Ice and Snow Exploration with Festival Fun

The Very Essence of Harbin


Harbin, this terrific wonderland of snow and ice is one of the top best vacation for winter fun. Far from that, it is also a worth-to-chew cultural destination with influential history and rich Russian elements. This 4-day in-depth Harbin tour is really ideal to discover this scenic and cultural provincial capital. The whole itinerary is specially designed to take you to have best fun with the wonderful ice and snow sculpture event, admire the charming snow scenery at Snow Town, enjoy the various local winter entertainment, etc. Furthermore, we will take you to visit the impact museum and site to figure out what Harbin has experienced and how it has become what you can see nowadays. Apart from that, of course, you will have some great hours to walk around the symbolic St. Sophia Cathedral and Zhongyang Street to imagine the past live in old Harbin and taste its quite different exotic flavor.

Highlights of this tour

  • Enjoy the best festive atmosphere on Harbin Ice and Snow Festival with the best highlights including Harbin Ice and Snow World, International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Ice Lantern Fair, etc.;
  • Immerse into the fabulous winter scenery and winter fun in the most beautiful snow town - China Snow Town in Harbin;
  • Stroll at St. Sophia Cathedral, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, etc. to admire the 72 exotic buildings of foreign styles and savor the strong Russian beauty of Harbin.

(Warm Tip: Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is usually held during December to late February or early March every year, please plan your trip accordingly. Besides, if you want to attend the Opening Ceremony of Harbin World Ice and Snow Festival and appreciate its fabulous firework show at Ice and Snow World on January 5th every year, you can enjoy the tour around that date.)

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Harbin / Snow Town
Travel Length:
4 Days & 3 Nights
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Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Harbin Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Harbin, the Capital of Heilongjiang Province, which is well known as the "Ice City" in China. Your local guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport / railway station. Then you will be escorted to your hotel (prebooked by us) in downtown Harbin. The rest of today is on your own to explore this city.

Arrival Ideas:

Harbin Taiping International Airport is 41 km’s driving distance from downtown area. It has flights from Beijing (2 hrs), Dalian (1.5 hrs), Qingdao (2 hrs), Jinan (2 hrs), Xian (3 hrs), Shanghai (3 hrs), Chengdu (3.5-4 hrs), Ordos (2.5 hrs), Hangzhou (3 hrs), Guangzhou (4-4.5 hrs), Xiamen (4-4.5hrs), Wuhan (3-3.5 hrs), Sanya (5 hrs) and more destinations in China, and more international cities like Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Moscow, Phuket Island, etc. While Harbin West Railway Station has high-speed trains linking Harbin with Beijing (7~8 hrs), Changchun (1 hr), Shenyang (2.5~3 hrs), Dalian (4~5 hrs), Jilin (2-3 hrs), Tianjin (6.5 hrs), etc.

Evening Ideas (Explore on your own):

In this evening, you can visit Zhaolin Park, one of the 3 main venues of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, to appreciate the wonderful world largest scale of outdoor ice lantern show. Take a relaxing walk in the “ocean of ice lantern” with over thousand exquisite arts that are totally different every year and feel the joy of the big World Ice and Snow Festival. (Please note: it holds every year from January 5th to the end of February. Please wear warm down coat and shoes when visiting it at night.)

Ice City - Harbin Harbin Ice Lantern Fair at Zhaolin Park
Day 2 Harbin - China Snow Town (B)

After breakfast, meet your guide and driver at your hotel, then drive 5~6 hours to China Snow Town, the No.1 China Snow Town located in Shuangfeng Wood Farm in Mudanjiang City, about 280 kilometers from Harbin. On route, you will enjoy the beautiful snow scene in the winter wonderland - bright sunshine, clear sky, fresh air, endless snow-capped land, primitive wooden houses.

After arrival, take a short rest in your hotel and then reach up the viewing deck to capture a panoramic view of the amazing China Snow Town, a dreamlike paradise. Later, enjoy a leisure walk along the 500-meter-long Xueyun Avenue with all wooden houses hanging with red lanterns and if you like, try some local snacks at this lively street. Have fun at Snow Town Photography Ground where you can play with snow, bringing you a happy childhood memory. Later, walk around the snow town at your own pace, you can enjoy amazing snowscape and experience the lifestyle of snow town people. When the night falls, if you like, walk outside and enjoy the charming night view.

Please Note:

1. Weather condition and what to wear: The weather is freezing in China Snow Town and the temperature is around -15 ℃ to -35 ℃ during November to February. Take enough warm clothes, shoes, wind cap, and gloves with you. And sunglasses, sunblocking scream, antifreeze, high-calorie snacks are also needed.

2. Snow activities to enjoy more fun: Many exciting snow activities are provided in this town. If you are interested, you can try skiing, snowmobiling, dog-drawn sled, horse-drawn sled, etc. You need to pay an extra fee for each activity.

3. Photography tips: If you like photography, you can go to Dream Home to shoot the snow mushrooms, performance of Errenzhuan and take photos of sunset and panoramic view of the whole white world. Remember to bring the cold-proofing and warm your camera.

4. Best location for Night View: Night scene is the essence of China Snow Town. There are three best locations to appreciate night view - Dream Home, Xueyue Avenue and Fairytale World Plank Road.

China Snow Town Sled Dogs China Snow Town China Snow Town Amazing Night View
Day 3 China Snow Town - Harbin Ice and Snow World (B, L)

After breakfast, you will take the mini sightseeing bus to Yangcaoshan Hill, one of the most beautiful places around the Snow Town. At about 1,250 meters above sea level, it's the tallest peak in the region and known as the most beautiful place in Snow Town. With its rare trees, it is the best spot to view sunrise and sunset. If you want to enjoy the sunrise view, do remember to come early, as the sun rises at 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. in winter. When the first ray of the red sun shines on the vast snow land, it is so magnificent! Then the red and golden sunlight is going to sprinkle over the whole hill, bringing vitality to life. When reaching up the top of Yangcaoshan Hill, you will be rewarded with a expansive panoramic view of the whole hill, which is the best moments to take pictures as many as you can. After the fun time at the top, take mini bus down to China Snow Town.

Bading farewell to the snow town, you will return to Harbin city to visit the incredible gorgeous Ice and Snow World, the highlights of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Start your freedom stroll in the dazzling magical world of ice to appreciate over 2,000 pieces of sculptures of ice and snow dyed with romantic colorful LED lights, including pagodas, towers, famous world architectures, landscapes, etc., which easily makes you want to stay longer in such a magic world. You can also choose to have fun with the world's longest sliding, or other winter activities on ice, such as ice maze, ice climbing, skating, etc. To enrich your experience to the fullest, you shouldn't miss out the magnificent night view of the Ice and Snow World.

Accommodate in Harbin city.

Beautiful Ice Sculptures at Ice and Snow World Janislene's group from Brazil enjoy sunrise at Yangcao Hill in China Snow Town in December 2020
Day 4 Harbin Tour & Harbin Departure (B, L)

Today after breakfast, meet your guide and driver, then go to Sophia Square to admire the holy appearance of the St. Sophia Cathedral. This must-visit site is a typical Byzantine architecture constructed in 1907 with a large green dome and was once the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East. The cathedral is the symbolic architecture in Harbin and at present is used as Harbin Architectural Art Gallery and displays some souvenirs. Then, you’ll visit the nearby exotic Zhongyang Pedestrian Street. Stroll along this 1,400 meters long historic street to appreciate the 71 precious buildings in different styles with long history, including Renaissance, Baroque, etc. The last site to visit is the Sun Island Scenic Resort, which is a major venue to hold the International Snow Sculpture Art Expo on Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in winter. Walk into this vast pure lovely fairyland of 60,000 square meters and meet the incredible “white visual storm”. Have a close look at the thousands of excellent large-scaled artistic snow sculptures of landscape, cartoon, figures, buildings, etc., which will make you wow at the outstanding talent of the craftsmen who inject life into the cold snow.

After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or train station for your flight / train to your next destination or home. Tour ends!

Snow Sculpture Art Expo at Sun Island Holy St. Sophia Cathidral

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