Let it snow! Let’s take a trip like no other to the frozen northeastern China, the glorious Dongbei, to see the world’s largest and most elaborate ice sculptures, brilliantly illuminated Ice Lantern Show, and enjoy all kids of snow and ice activities at the International Ice & Snow Festival in Harbin this winter. This grand ice and snow festival is usually held during every January and February. To begin your winter adventure, you will visit embrace the splendors of Beijing first, including the magnificent Forbidden City, sublime Temple of Heaven, beautiful garden of Summer Palace, and hike the spectacular Mutianyu Great Wall as well. A modern, fast and comfortable high speed train will take you to arrive at Harbin after your Beijing sightseeing. I will be a wonderful memory in your travelling life.
The high speed railway between Beijing and Harbin goes as long as about 1,330km, with 14 stations along the line at Beijing, Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang, Changchun, Harbin, etc. There are usually 6 (sometimes more) high speed trains you can take each day.
Day 1 Beijing ArrivalAirport or railway station pick up and check in hotel
Ni Hao, welcome to Beijing, the iconic city as well as the capital of China! You will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.
- Modern Face of Beijing
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)Today's highlights: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong Rickshaw, Summer Palace
After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.
Next activity is to hop on a rickshaw to experience Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made of neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to feel the old Beijing life style, meet various antique shops and small boutiques, feel the historical changes of Beijing, also pay a visit to a local family’s home in the traditional Hutongs.
After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful paintings in the Long Corridor.
- Forbidden City
- Summer Palace
Day 3 Beijing Great Wall Tour (B, L)Today's highlights: Mutianyu Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
After breakfast, drive from your hotel to visit the imperial site – Temple of Heaven. It was originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for harvest, now becomes a bustling place for locals to take part in traditional activities, such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, etc.
The rest of today is to drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall. You will visit the Mutianyu, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It will more than live up to all of your expectations! This great wall, linking Gubeikou in the east and Juyongguan in the west, was served as the vital military strategic point in the ancient time. Moreover, Mutianyu section is the “longest great wall in China” so far and since protection work is well done here, tourists can now see its original appearance and enjoy the real ancient culture of great wall. Also, spectacular natural scenery in Mutianyu Great Wall always impresses visitors here for its abundant vegetation. You’ll take a cable car to ascend the Great Wall, then hike the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu. It's a wonderful experience to climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views and take brag-worthy photos of the wall wriggling along mountain ridges. After the exciting time, descend Mutianyu Great Wall by cable car. (Note: If energy permits, you can hike up or down which takes about 40 minutes to climb steps. Please tell your likes to your travel consultant.)
After the Great Wall visit, drive back to Beijing city and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to see its famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.
Optional activity: After the whole day’s tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude.
- Temple of Heaven
- The Great Wall Family
Day 4 High Speed Train to HarbinToday's highlights: Bullet Train Experience, Ice Lantern Show in Zhaolin Park
After breakfast, you will be taken to the railway station to catch a high speed bullet train to Harbin, the most popular tourist destination in the China’s northeastern region, shortly known as Dongbei. The railway stretches as long as about 1,330km , with 14 stations along the line at Beijing, Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang, Changchun, Harbin, etc. After about 7~8 hours interesting ride on the fast and comfortabel bullet train, you will arrive at Harbin West Railway Station. Your local tour guide is ready to pick you up and transfer you to check in your hotel in downtown. The rest of today is on your own to explore charming ice city of China.
In this evening, you can get to Zhaolin Park with the largest scale of outdoor ice lantern show in the world. (Please note: it holds every year from January 5th to the end of February. Please wear warm done coat and shoes when visiting it at night.)
- High Speed Bullet Train to Harbin
- Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern
Day 5 Harbin (B)Today's highlights: Sun Island Scenic Resort, Ice and Snow World, Siberian Tiger Park
Today's tour begins to visit the Sun Island Scenic Resort, which is a major venue of Ice and Snow Festival located north Harbin right by the Songhua River. It is a popular recreational zone with a Russian-style town, some small lakes, several exquisite gardens as well as various interesting galleries and museums. When winter comes, this snow-covered land is also the best place to appreciate the amazing snow and ice sculptures. While in hot seasons, it is a perfect summer resort.
Then, visit the nearby Siberian Tiger Park, the largest breeding center in the world for endangered Siberian Tigers. You’ll not only pay a safe walk to observe different kinds of tigers (Siberian Tigers, White Tigers, Snow Tiger, Liger, Jaguar), but also take a bus with wire-mesh protection through the park to closely see the tigers and take some photos.
After dinner, you will head to the amazing Ice and Snow World, the highlights of Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, to appreciate the magical and extraordinary ice lanterns and sculptures with colorful lights at night. Please wear enough layers of proper clothes and warm shoes to keep you away from the freeze especially when you want to stay here longer to enjoy the beautiful scenery.)
Note: 1) The open time of Ice and Snow Festival is not fixed, but it usually lasts about 2 months from late December to early March. The Ice and Snow world is only open during the festival. 2) An indoor Ice and Snow Paradise with smaller scale is built in the scenic area of the Ice and Snow World, and tourists could also enjoy the ice and snow there as well when the festival ends.
- Gorgeous Ice and Snow World
- Snow Sculptures in Sun Island
- Siberian Tiger Park
Day 6 Harbin & Harbin Departure (B, L)Today's highlights: St. Sophia Cathedral, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, Laodaowai Baroque Styled Architectures
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. You will firstly visit Sophia Square to admire the holy appearance of the St. Sophia Cathedral, which is a typical Byzantine architecture and was once the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East. At present it is used as an arts gallery.
Close to the church, you’ll then visit the exotic Zhongyang Pedestrian Street which is a long corridor of European architectures with 71 buildings in different styles with long history standing by. (The Stalin Park is very close to the pedestrian, so if are interested and time permits, you could walk there to feel the charm of Russian architectures and enjoy many creative artistic sculptures.)
Then, you will go to visit the Laodaowai, where Harbin originated. It is popular as a featured street block full of old Baroque styled architectures with traditional Chinese elements. Take a leisure stroll along the streets to appreciate the ancient buildings and interesting folk sculptures and hear the good telling of the old life of Harbin people and history of Harbin in the past 100 years. After that, you will have a new experience to the Jiuzhan Park to watch some interesting activities on ice, such as going winter swimming in the so cold water under the frozen water surface, doing winter fishing through a hole dug on the iced Songhua River, etc.
After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or train station for your flight / train to next destination. Service ends!
- Holy St. Sophia Cathidral
- Zhongyang Pedestrian Street
- Laodaowai Street Block
1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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Your trip was well planned, and went amazingly smoothly. If there was one piece of advice I would give it would be to try to find out which train station exit to meet the guides at. The stations can be very large, crowded and a little intimidating if you have not been there before. While I knew we could always phone them, sometimes batteries run out or phone numbers are lost!
All your guides were excellent. Lily in Beijing was really friendly and was really informative. She seemed to know a lot about everything. The driver was also really friendly and was an excellent driver, particularly with the difficult, snowy roads on the day we went to the Wall.
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Terry was also good, but we didn’t get much time to get to know him with just the one day in Shanghai, and we had bad luck with the weather- heavy rain and low clouds made Shanghai a bit tricky for a proper tour!
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