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3 Days Harbin Ice Festival Tour

Grand International Festival in Snow Wonderland

The annual Harbin World Ice and Snow Festival is a really BIG grand event for people all round the world. Being the biggest world ice and snow festival since 1985, this international gala in Harbin is held on 3 main venues for everyone to spend an awesome winter vacation. On the festival occasion, more than 2,000 ice sculptures will be shown at Harbin Ice and Snow World of 600,000 s. q. m. to create an “Ice and Snow Disneyland”, different themed snow sculptures made of 120,000 cubic meters’ snow will be on display on the fairyland-like International Snow Sculpture Art Expo at Sun Island, over 1,500 ice lanterns will be decorated for the traditional Ice Lantern Fair at Zhaolin Park, etc.

This Harbin Ice Festival Tour is best suitable for global travelers who want to join in the 2021 37th Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin at its best time from late December 2020 to February 2021. In these wonderful 3 days, you will appreciate the must-see amazing glittering sculptures at Ice and Snow World and Sun Island, hang around the joyous and colorful Ice Lanterns Fair, have most fun with the interesting sport activities on ice and snow, visit snow-capped city iconic church and exotic Russian architectures, and get the jubilant festive atmosphere to the fullest... Take this tour to make your cool Harbin festival vacation come true!!

(Warm Tip: 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.)

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HBFT-03
  • Price : from Request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Trip Length : 3D/2N
  • Theme : Festival / Winter / Culture

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Seize the best time to join in the world grant event - Harbin World Ice and Snow Festival to be wowed at the gorgeous sculptures of ice and snow and feel the most jubilant atmosphere in traditional fairs and winter activities.
  • Throw yourself into the dazzling colorful wonderland made of more than 1,000 outstanding ice sculptures lit by beautiful LED lights at the extremely large Harbin Ice and Snow World of 6 million square meters.
  • Unveil your unprecedented admiration of the fairy tale world to get a real visual feast of pure white with various lifelike sculpture masterpieces of snow shining under sunshine on the International Snow Sculpture Art Expo.
  • Pay a classic visit to the top symbolic spots, namely St. Sophia Cathedral, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street and Laodaowai Baroque Street Block, to savor the exotic Harbin buildings and learn its influential part of history.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Harbin Arrival & Harbin

Pick up in Harbin

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 airport / railway station. Then you will be escorted to your hotel 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.)

  • Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern

Day 2 Harbin (B, L)

Sun Island - Siberian Tiger Park - Ice and Snow World

Today, you will begin your fabulous enjoyment of the World Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin officially. First, our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and escort you to visit the Sun Island Scenic Resort. It is a popular recreational zone with a Russian-style town, some small lakes, exquisite gardens, etc. during ordinary months. But in winter, it becomes a major venue of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to hold the International Snow Sculpture Art Fair. Walk into this vast fair venue to embrace the incredible “white visual storm” with numerous excellent large artistic sculpture of white snow, including landscape, cartoon, figures, buildings, etc. saying “hi” to you, which really deserves your big thumb-up to the praisable skill of people to make ordinary natural product into such nice masterpiece of art. (You are highly advised to wear sunglasses to visit the Snow Sculpture Art Fair since the glary from sunshine on the snow is really intense.)

Then, transfer by our car to the nearby Siberian Tiger Park, the largest breeding center in the world for endangered Siberian Tigers, which is the largest existing felid so far. More than 1,300 purebred Siberian Tigers are raised in this park. During the visit, you’ll not only pay a safe walk to observe different kinds of tigers (Siberian Tigers, White Tigers, White Lion, Leopard, Liger, etc.), but also take a tourist bus with wire-mesh protection through the park to closely see the tigers and lions 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 join in the superb annual carnival of ice. Step into this terrific wonderland to have the best look at all its magical and extraordinary sculptures of ice and snow, the eye-catching ice and snow castle and everything dressed in fascinating neon in red, orange, golden, silver, green, blue, purple, etc. at night. What you see is the real Harbin, the Ice City! If you would like to enjoy the amazing festive atmosphere more, you can extend to experience the world longest sliding, or other winter activities on ice, such as ice maze, ice climbing, skating, etc.

Note: 1) 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. 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.

  • Snow Sculptures in Sun Island Snow Sculptures in Sun Island
  • Harbin Siberian Tiger Park Harbin Siberian Tiger Park
  • Gorgeous Ice and Snow World Gorgeous Ice and Snow World

Day 3 Harbin Departure (B, L)

St. Sophia Cathedral - Zhongyang Pedestrian Street - Laodaowai - Watch Activities on Ice at Jiuzhan Park - Goodbye to Harbin

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 from 1907. This must-visit site is a typical Byzantine architecture 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. Remember to take some beautiful photos of its appearance during your visit. Close to the church, you’ll then visit the exotic Zhongyang Pedestrian Street from 1900. Take a leisure stroll along this 1,400 meters long corridor of European architectures to appreciate the 71 precious buildings in different styles with long history standing by, including Renaissance, Baroque, eclecticism, etc. (The Stalin Park is very close to the pedestrian, so if you are interested and time permits, you could walk there to feel the charm of Russian architectures and enjoy many creative artistic sculptures.)

After that, continue to visit Laodaowai, where Harbin originated. This popular featured street block is so far the largest Chinese Baroque street block in China where boasts many meaningful old Baroque styled architectures with rich romantic color from early 20th century. Make some historical walks along those old streets and alleys to appreciate the ancient buildings with western façade but traditional Chinese courtyard and interior design 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.

Then, make your final experience of Harbin winter with a fun visit to the Jiuzhan Park along Songhua River. Here you will watch some winter swimmers including some elders up to 60-70 years do winter swimming in the so cold water under the frozen water surface, and many people having fun on some interesting activities on ice, such as skating car, sliding, winter fishing, etc. on Songhua River

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

  • Holy St. Sophia Cathidral Holy St. Sophia Cathidral
  • Zhongyang Pedestrian Street Zhongyang Pedestrian Street
  • Songhua River Winter Swimming Songhua River Winter Swimming
  • Laodaowai Street Block Laodaowai Street Block

Recommended Add-on Options

The quotation for this trip is from Request Per Person

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, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. 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.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Thanks Wing, we came back safely and had a great trip overall. We had great tour guide and driver whom we will recommend without doubt and we took the liberty to change the schedule as we toured, depending on the weather and situation, which suited us. I’m actually glad lightning struck, allowing us to spend the last night in XM, as I think 2 days and 1 night in the Tulou is more than sufficient. I’ll leave Chew to comment on your email but you can also take my comments here if you want. Thanks again !

Hi Wing,

Yesterday just before check out at Xiamen ,  i had already completed a detailed questionnaire form and handed over to Adam.

(1)  How do you like our tour arrangements and are you willing to recommend our service to your friends?

Yes, it was good service from tour coordinator, tour guide and driver. They are all very professional and good people.  I will recommend to friends for sure.  

(2)  Do you have some suggestions for us to improve our service?

The initially proposed 3D2N itinerary is an overkill of Tulou visits.   The original plan was such that we visit Chu Xi on Day 3, but Chu Xi is the furthest (3 hours) from Xiamen, so it doesnt make too much sense cos it would be a mad rush if guests are rushing to fly off on Day 3.    Our tour guide Adam adapted the itinerary, we cut down the more commercialized tulous and he even  included He Keng Tulou which is the place that Hollywood Mulan was filmed in, that was a real treat.   

From our experiences, if we fly into Xiamen by 9am, we would have 2 full days of Tulou visits, which is more than sufficient.  First nite at HeRongZhuang was a good experience, the staff are very hospitable and room was very nice.   Second nite at Prince Hotel there was power failure, and after being in the dark for 4 hours, we decided to check out and drove to Xiamen.  We were on the road from 9.30pm to 12 midnight.  I think it would be better if the itinerary just have first nite in Tulou and second nite in Xiamen, with Day 3 in Xiamen.  

(3)  If you want to do travel again in China, would you like to use our service again?

Yes.  I would certainly consider

 

Regards

Chew - 2020.09.23‚ Singapore, September 23, 2020

Dear Wing,

The hotel is beautiful. We took a walk around and end up having dinner in the hotel. It's very nice.

We got back to the hotel a while ago. We enjoyed the trip with Sara very much. She is a lovely woman like you. And once again thank you very much for the lovely souvenirs.

Werawan - 2020.09.23‚ Japan, September 23, 2020

Dear Johnson,

Sorry for my late reply.

We were really very happy with the whole trip to Yunnan province. It was very special and we still talk about it a lot.

The program you suggested was great, and we had a fantastic time. Everything was flawless, convenient and no long waiting times.

We specifically liked:

  • Your responsiveness
  • That the guides are locals and can really introduce the local culture to the guests.
  • That the guides were flexible in the day to day arrangements
  • English skills of all guides were excellent!
  • That the guides take pictures J
  • The driver Mr. Yu was super. We felt very safe

Alice was fantastic. We enjoyed that she told us about her village, family etc. to help us to understand the Bai culture better. We liked her personal style. It felt like walking around with a friend, joking and having a good time.

Tom also made the Lijiang experience a very memorable one. He also opened up, reflected and gave us great insight in traditions and culture of Naxi. He knows everyone.

The best about Aten was that he made some suggestions how to optimize the program and how to avoid tourist crowds. He loves to talk to the guests, exchange ideas and make this a mutual learning experience.

We would without any doubt recommend your agency. We consider to book trips with you in the future.

Thank you very much for everything.

 

Best regards,

Christine

Christine - 2020.09.21‚ Germany, September 21, 2020

Hi Vivien,

Yes it was great. Bruce handled everything for us including assisting us with our hotel arrangements and our transportation the following morning. The mountain itself was beautiful.

Matthew - 2020.09.21‚ USA, September 21, 2020

Hi Riley,

Thanks for the follow up. Again, we are so happy with the trip and the services. Tour guide very good, car and driver very good and the places we visited are really nice. Also lunch was good.

Alejandro - 2020.09.21‚ Mexico, September 21, 2020
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  • Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern
  • Snow Sculptures in Sun Island Snow Sculptures in Sun Island
  • Harbin Siberian Tiger Park Harbin Siberian Tiger Park
  • Gorgeous Ice and Snow World Gorgeous Ice and Snow World
  • Holy St. Sophia Cathidral Holy St. Sophia Cathidral
  • Zhongyang Pedestrian Street Zhongyang Pedestrian Street
  • Songhua River Winter Swimming Songhua River Winter Swimming
  • Laodaowai Street Block Laodaowai Street Block

Most Important Harbin Travel Notes

1. Best Time to Visit Harbin

Harbin is suitable to visit all year round, and winter season during November to March is the best time to experience its charm as the Ice City with romantic snow scenery. However, the hot Harbin World Ice and Snow Festival is held usually from late December to late February and even early March, which is slightly different every year. So to have best fun in the big gala of ice and snow, you are most recommended to visit Harbin during December and February.

2. Differences & Highlights of Ice and Snow Festival Main Venues
VenueEvents
Ice and Snow World - 21st Harbin Ice and Snow World
- Open Ceremony of 36th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
- …
Sun Island - 32nd International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
- 24th Harbin International Snow Sculpture Competition
- 36th Harbin Ice Snow Group Wedding Ceremony
- …
Zhaolin Park - 46th Harbin Ice Lantern Art Fair
- 34th Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition
- …
3. What to Wear to Visit Harbin in Winter

Remember to wear much to keep warm! Harbin is located in the very Northeast of China and has severe cold winter with average temperature of -14.2℃ (6.44℉) during that season. To help you keep warm, it is best to wear thick clothes and warm shoes, such as down coat, thick jacket, mouth-muffle, gloves, hat, wool socks, snow boots, etc. Besides, sunglasses are necessary to visit the Snow Sculpture Art Fair at Sun Island.

4. Accommodation in Harbin

Since Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang Province, it offers a large number of accommodations at different levels, including 5-star international brands, 4-star comfort hotels, budget hostels and inns. You can find one very easy in the city. Usually, for travelers to Harbin, we suggest you arrange your accommodation in Daoli District where offers most of the tourist attractions and that is very close to Sun Island and Harbin Ice and Snow World, convenient places for eating, shopping and entertaining. Besides, Nangang, Harbin West Railway Station and nearby area, and Songbei District are also good places to stay.

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We China Discovery have rich experience to provide Harbin tour arrangement and customization services for global visitors. If you are would like to extend your Harbin tour to more attractions, such as the nearby Yabuli Ski Resorts with exciting skiing and other winter activities, China Snow Town with lovely snow sceneries, etc. or more interesting destinations like Jilin, Dalian, Changchun, Shenyang, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Yunnan, etc., please feel free to tell us about your ideas, and our professional travel expert will help you to customize your travel to Harbin and the whole vast China with their knowledge and sincerity!

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