Harbin Ice and Snow Festival for 2019

Having Fun on the 2020 36th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2020" in China

The winter can not only be white and quiet, it also can be colorful and abustle. But you have to go the right place. If you are looking for such as winter adventure, please come to Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. Here you can not only enjoy pleasant landscape of white and pure snow and ice, but also participate in many interesting activities and events.

Firstly established in 1985, the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is one of the Four Great International Ice and Snow Festivals in the World. Compared with other three festivals (Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Quebec Winter Carnival in Canada, Olso Helmenkollen Ski Festival in Norway), it is more scenic and cultural. The festival is not only the annual important festival for local people, but also the carnival for winter holiday lovers from all over the world. During the festival, a large number of artistic sculptures made by snow and ice will be exhibited in deferent venues, as the biggest highlight of the festival. Besides, many interesting activities and events will be organized, such as Ice Sculpture Competition, Ice Hockey, Skiing, Skating, Winter Photography, etc. Each Harbin Ice and Snow Festival has a spectacular theme. The festival in 2019 was themed by “Pearl on the Crown of Ice & Snow”, 2016 was themed by “Ice Silk Road and Snow China”, and 2015 was themed by “Holy Land of Snow Kingdom and Sightseeing from Ice Heaven”.

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2019

Land of Ice and Snow

When and Where

(Official opening date for 2020 36th Harbin Ice & Snow Festival is not published yet, and we will update the information once we receive the notice)

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is usually held during middle or late December to the next February, which is slightly changed every year. The opening date of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is usually during late December on which a grand opening ceremony will be presented. And the official opening date for the 35th Ice and Snow Festival in 2019 was on January 5th, 2019. But actually, many related venues and activities are usually started in advance from December 22nd (or later), and will not close until the middle and even end of February. You are suggested to come during the period after the opening ceremony when all the venues are open, and all tourist-friendly facilities are offered. The New Year Day and Chinese Spring Festival also take place during the ice and snow festival when many interesting activities related to traditional Chinese culture will be organized. Below is the timetable of the Ice and Snow Festival of 2019 for your reference:

Event / Activity Date Venue
45th Harbin Ice Lantern Art Fair Dec 22, 2018 - Feb, 2019 Zhaolin Park
31st International Snow Sculpture Art Expo Dec 20, 2018 - Feb, 2019 Sun Island
20th Harbin Ice and Snow World Dec 24, 2018 - Feb, 2019 Ice and Snow World
33rd Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition Jan 6-8, 2019 Zhaolin Park
24th Harbin International Snow Sculpture Competition Jan 4-6, 2019 Sun Island
11th International University Students Snow Sculpture Competition  Jan 4-7, 2019 Harbin Engineering University
25th National Snow Sculpture Competition

Dec 17-20, 2018

Sun Island
35th Ice Festival City Circuit Procession Jan 5, 2019 Harbin Expo Center to Ice Snow World
35th Harbin Ice Festival Opening Jan 5, 2019 Harbin Expo Center
35th Harbin Ice Snow Group Wedding Ceremony Jan 5, 2019 Sun Island
2019 New Year Concert Dec 31, 2018 Harbin City Concert Hall
2019 International Children Art Variety Tournament Jan 5-10, 2019 Harbin Youth Theater
21st International Skiing Festival Opening Dec 20, 2018 Yabuli Ski Resort
2019 International Winter Swimming Game Jan 1-5, 2019 Harbin Ice Festival Swimming Venue
Songhua River Ice Snow Happy Valley Jan 1- Feb.5, 2019 Songhua River
34th Harbin Ice Festival International Trade Fair Jan 5- 8, 2019 Harbin Expo Center
8th Central Street Ice Sculpture Art and Culture Festival Dec 25, 2018-Feb, 2019 Central Street

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The Best Time to Come

Our advice is – if you want to take part in all kinds of activities and events, you can choose late December ~ early January to come. If you want it be less crowded, choose the dates between early January and about January 20th and early February. However, to avoid too many crowds, we suggest you not to visit the festival during the week of Chinese Spring Festival (January 24th - 31st, 2020).

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Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2019

Ice and Snow World

Where to Go – Main Venues of the Ice and Snow Festival

There are three main venues used for the Ice and Snow Festival - Ice and Snow World, Sun Island and Zhaolin Park. Each site has its own features, offering different landscape as well as activities.

Ice and Snow World – 36th Ice and Snow World

The Ice and Snow World is the main venue of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. It is the largest ice and snow amusement park in the world with an area of 600,000 square meters. It has the most beautiful ice sculptures during the festival and there will be more than 2,000 displayed. You are suggested to visit this site in the late afternoon when the lights will be turned on and create a vivid and colorful world of castles, streets, walls, towers, etc. Some structures are over three stories high and show very intricate designs. Taking a roam amongst those bright and glittery ice towers is really mind-blowing and unforgettable!

Well, if time allows, you can stay for 3-4 hours and even a full day at the Ice and Snow World. Before enjoying the wonderful night views, you can go to see the International Ice Sculptures Competition (indoor), watch performances ( figure skating, cool LED hip-hop, romantic ballroom dancing, and hot dance), join in ice and snow sports (skating, curling, sleighing, ice biking, ice slide, etc.).

What to Expect: Ice sculpture masterpieces, LED light shows, performances, ice and snow sports, etc.

Location: west to Sun Island, Ice and Snow World, Songbei District, Harbin 150000, China (黑龙江省哈尔滨市松北区(江北)冰雪大世界园区); about 20 minutes’ driving distance from St. Sophia Cathedral

Opening Time: 11:00 - 21:00

Recommended Visiting Time: about 1-2 hours for simple walk to see sculptures and lights; 3-5 hours include performances and ice and snow activities.

Ticket: 330 RMB

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Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2019

Amazing Ice Sculpture (Ice and Snow World)

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2019

Dacing Show (Ice and Snow World)

Sun Island – 32nd International Snow Sculpture Art Expo and more

The Sun Island is a stunning place with crystal lakes, delicate rockeries, beautiful flowers and exotic architectures. However, during the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, it becomes another major venue and shows you the most distinguished snow sculptures which are large in size and related to culture. On the pure white ground, countless excellent sculpture works come out from snow, such as iconic ancient architectures, figures, cartoon characters, landscapes, etc., just for your exciting moments to admiration and photography. Moreover, there you will also find quite a lot interesting winter sports, including skating, sliding, etc. You are suggested to visit this site during the day time.

What to Expect: Snow sculpture masterpieces, ice and snow spots, etc.

Location: No.3 Jingbei Road, Pingfang District, Harbin 150000, China (黑龙江省哈尔滨松北区警备路3号); about 25-30 minutes’ driving distance from St. Sophia Cathedral

Opening Time: 08:00 - 17:00

Recommended Visiting Time: about 1 hours for simple walk to see sculptures; 2-3 hours include ice slides and other snow activities.

Ticket: 240 RMB for ticket of International Snow Sculpture Art Fair

Warm Tips: you are highly suggested to wear sunglasses for the glary from sun on the snow is really intense

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2019 Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2019

Snow Sculptures (Sun Island)

Zhaolin Park

During Harbin Snow and Ice Festival, Zhaolin Park provides an Ice Lantern Garden Party since 1963. Visitors will be shocked by the vast sea of ice lanterns. More than 1500 icescape works are displayed to form a fantastic and festival land for family and friends visitors. This place gives richer atmosphere to feel local culture and Chinese tradition for gathering. Besides the large sculpted pagodas, animals, pavilions, landscapes, etc., you can hand your companions to join in the entertaining items to have fun and warm up your bodies.

What to Expect: Icescape works, ice lights, ice entertaining activities, etc.

Location: No.37 Senlin Street, Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China (黑龙江省哈尔滨道里区森林街39号); 10 minutes walking from St. Sophia Cathedral

Opening Time: 09:00 - 21:00

Recommended Visiting Time: about 1-3 hours.

Ticket: 150 RMB

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2019

Ice Lantern Garden Party (Zhaolin Park)

Tips: During Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, the average temperature of Harbin is -18℃ and it may fall to below -30℃ at night, so wear more clothes and warm shoes to keep you from being freeze. Done coat, thick jacket, mouth-muffle, hat and gloves will also be helpful.

Apart from the main venues above, you can also visit other sites to feel the festive atmosphere of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. Zhongyang Pedestrian Street usually will hold a Zhongyang Street Ice Sculpture Art and Culture Festival, Harbin City Concert Hall will hold the New Year Concert to celebrate the coming of the new year, Songhua River will be the site for a lot of ice sports including the International Winter Swimming Game, etc.

How to Plan Your Harbin Ice & Snow Festival Itinerary?

Usually, you are suggested arrange about 3 days to visit the top city highlights of Harbin and have fun in the Ice & Snow Festival. If time permits, you can spend about 2 more days to travel further to Yabuli Ski Resort or China Snow Town to spend more time with snow and snow activities. Please see our popular itineraries at below for your trip planning inspiration.

3 Days Harbin Ice Festival Tour

Day 1 - Arrive at Harbin by flight or high speed trains. If time allows, go to visit Zhaolin Park to enjoy the Ice Lantern Garden Party.

Day 2 - Go to Sun Island to see the magnificent Snow Sculptures. Then, visit the nearby Siberian Tiger Park to observe different kinds of tigers (Siberian Tigers, White Tigers, Snow Tiger, Liger, and Jaguar). Lastly go to the amazing Ice and Snow World.

Day 3 - Before Harbin departure, go to visit the best Harbin city attractions, including St. Sophia Church, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, Laodaoway, and Jiuzhan Park with a lot of winter activities in ice.

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Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2019

Opening Ceremony of Ice and Snow Festival

5 Days Ice and Snow Festival & China Snow Town Winter Tour

Day 1 - Arrive at Harbin by flight or high speed trains. If time allows, go to visit Zhaolin Park to enjoy the Ice Lantern Garden Party.

Day 2 - Go to Sun Island to see the magnificent Snow Sculptures. Then, visit the nearby Siberian Tiger Park to observe different kinds of tigers (Siberian Tigers, White Tigers, Snow Tiger, Liger, and Jaguar). Lastly go to the amazing Ice and Snow World.

Day 3 - Drive about 5~6 hours to China Snow Town, the No.1 China Snow Town located in Shuangfeng Wood Farm in Mudanjiang. Explore the snowscape around.

Day 4 - Hike Yangcaoshan Hill, the highest hill in the snow town at 1235 meters above the sea level. Later, continue your adventure to Dream Home which is a famous site to shoot some Chinese TV series and movies. After that, wander along the 500-meter-long Snow Charm Avenue decorated with big red lanterns. Last, say goodbye to this fairytale snow world and drive back to Harbin.

Day 5 - Before Harbin departure, go to visit the best Harbin city attractions, including St. Sophia Church, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, Laodaoway, and Jiuzhan Park with a lot of winter activities in ice.

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Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2019

St. Sophia Church in Harbin City

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2019

Beautiful China Snow Town

5 Days Harbin Winter Tour with Yabuli Ski Resort

Day 1 - Arrive at Harbin by flight or high speed trains.

Day 2-3 – Go to Yabuli by car and enjoy the marvelous snowscape and have best fun with skiing and diverse snow activities. In the afternoon, go back to Harbin city by car to have good rest.

Day 4 – Go to Sun Island to see the magnificent Snow Sculptures. Then, visit the nearby Siberian Tiger Park to observe different kinds of tigers (Siberian Tigers, White Tigers, Snow Tiger, Liger, and Jaguar). Lastly go to the amazing Ice and Snow World.

Day 5 - Before Harbin departure, go to visit the best Harbin city attractions, including St. Sophia Church, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, Harbin Flood Control Memorial Tower, and Stalin Park with a lot of winter activities in ice.

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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2019

Yabuli Ski Resort Skiing

Travel Harbin Ice and Snow Festival with Beijing

Beijing is the most popular gateway to Harbin, therefore, a lot of visitors prefer departing from Beijing to enter the ice city. From Beijing, you can take a flight to Harbin, which takes only about two hours. There usually are about 15~20 flights to Harbin each day. You can also take a high speed train. Beijing has 7 high speed bullet trains to Harbin each day with a total train ride around 7~8 hours.

You are suggested to spend 3~4 days in Beijing visiting the famous World Heritage Sites of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Great Wall, etc. Then transfer to Harbin to join the Ice and Snow Festival.

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Forbidden City in Beijing

Forbidden City in Beijing

Travel Harbin Ice & Snow Festival with Northeast China

If you got a long vacation, you can extend your trip beyond Harbin and its Ice & Snow Festival to visit more brilliant culture and holy winter landscape of the whole Northeast China, in Jilin, Changchun, Shenyang and Dalian.

Day 1 - Arrive in Harbin.

Day 2-3 - Visit Harbin city highlights, enjoy Ice & Snow Festival and transfer to Jilin City.

Day 4 - Visit Jilin City highlights and Songhua River scenery. Then, transfer to Changchun by car.

Day 5 - Visit Changchun to learn its history and culture once as the capital of Puppet Manchukuo, and transfer to Shenyang.

Day 6 - Visit Shenyang City highlights about the past Imperial Palace and famous general, etc. and move to Dalian City.

Day 7-8 - Before flying off from Dalian City, admire the pleasant sea scenery, Western styled street blocks and city highlights.

>> Check detailed 8 Days Northeast China Tour with Harbin Ice & Snow Festival

Songhua River Rime

Rime on Songhua River

Shenyang Imperial Palace

Shenyang Imperial Palace

Travel Harbin & Experience Ice & Snow Festival with China Discovery

To help you experience a worry-free Harbin trip and catch all the highlights in this wonderful city in northeast China, we recommend you choose to travel with China Discovery. Our local guide and driver will escort you from your hotel to the tourist spot with comfortable Licensed Private Car Arranged by China Discovery, and the guide will give interesting and professional introduction of the highlights to enrich your trip. So you can save more time and energy from the vehicle planning and waiting to pay more attention to the attractions and local culture.

Furthermore, if you are interested in visiting more destinations in China, such as Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Lhasa, Yangtze River Cruise, etc., please feel free to tell us directly, and our professional travel expert will help you tailor make your own trip according to your interests, needs and budget!

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