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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 2020 36th Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin at its best time from late December 2019 to February 2020. 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
  • 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
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Day 1 Harbin Arrival & Harbin

Pick up in Harbin

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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:

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 done 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

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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

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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

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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, 2020.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. 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...

Hi Echo,

I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge “thank you” for organising our wonderful trip to China!

Both myself and Claire had an absolutely fantastic time and seeing China of today was awe inspiring.

We were delighted with the itinerary – although tough, (hotels, trains, planes and cars), it was worth getting to see every iconic site and more besides!!

We met the wonderful guides and drivers on our travels, and although it is very difficult to single any out one, I thought Danny, who looked after us in Guilin and the surrounding areas – was incredible.

The other guides were equally fantastic and they ensured we visited every site and more, to really make our trip to China a fantastic and memorable trip of a lifetime!

Thank you again for all your assistance and help you have provided over the past few months – you made this a trip to always remember.

If you could pass on both Claire and my thanks to everyone involved in making our trip very special, I would really appreciate it!

Best regards always,

Martin‚ Ireland, November 1, 2019

Superlative team and organization

Review of China Discovery

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Our group of 7 toured 3 weeks across China from Shanghai to Tibet. It was to be the trip of a lifetime, and it was. In my due process to search for the best itinerary and TA for us, I found Leo Li of China Discovery. Compared to other top in-China TAs, CD and Leo Li gave me everything I wanted including the best price for the desired itinerary. None of us were strangers to China. I was born there and had been there 5 times since, while the others had toured the capital cities but never the remote regions of Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan, and Tibet.

We were always prompted met with a guide as soon as we left the airport security area; we were transported in clean mini-vans with plenty of bottled water. It was always door-to-door everytime. We would be dropped off at one end and after the tour, the mini-van would be waiting for us at the other end -- no backtracking. Nothing was ever stolen or missing in the secured vans. The many guides we met were always courteous and spoke varying degrees of fluency but always well-informed. One even held my wife's hand as she walked slowly on icy pathways in Huanglong National Park.

Their pricing was reasonable -- better than if I booked myself. We stayed in not only elegant country inns, but also at Pullman, Sofitel, Shangri-la, and Grand Hyatt.

I have nothing but praise for Leo and his team. He is easily accessible 24/7. That is really necessary in China. His English is flawless, his personality infectious. We met him in Chengdu. Ask for Leo Li.

Date of experience: October 2019

Steve‚ USA, November 1, 2019

Dear Mrs. Zeng,

We liked your Arrangement very much and would book your service again.  

Thank you

Josef Paintner‚ Germany, October 31, 2019

Good morning Mark,

Thank you for all your support. Here are the answers to the questions:

1. Very good service: Patient, good arrangements, great hotel suggestion in Yangshuo (Li River Resort), answered all questions. Would recommend!

2. Drivers were all perfect. Tour guides were too, and Dickson had been very flexible due to rainy conditions, appreciated.

3. Guilin/Longsheng/Yangshuo is outstnading.  Jinshanling Great Wall should be one of the 7 wonders of the world.

4. All was great. A suggestion for hikers like us: Offer either optional lunch or take-out lunch as we often want to hike/explore on lunch time and not spend 1 hour in a restaurant in the middle of the day, especially when sunny.

I will plan to do the TripAdvisor recommendation when back at home.

Many thanks and best regards,

Marc‚ Canada, October 31, 2019

Dear Lily,

We have now returned to Australia after the holiday you organised for us in The Guilin and Hunan areas and are happy to provide some feedback on the service you offered.

1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Lily was efficient and polite and always got back to us within 24 hours of our contacting her.  She was very patient, particularly when the first trip we planned had to have major changes made due to our personal circumstances.

2. How do you comment your tour arrangements? 

The tour was everything we expected.Timing was excellent and the attractions we visited were beautiful. Your country has spectacular scenery.

Some things are worth mentioning:

  • The Guilin Park Hotel, while comfortable, was not really 4-star. The bathroom was very old, with mouldy wall tiles.  We would not recommend this hotel to others, although the location was perfect and the exterior and foyer looked beautiful.  The restaurant was uninviting, and the bar was not operating at all.
  • The One Art Hotel in Ping’An was superb, and the family operating the business were very friendly and welcoming. This hotel is highly recommended.
  • If we had our time over again we would have liked 2 nights in YangShou.  It was a lovely town and small enough for us to wander at our leisure
  • The bike ride along the Yulong River and then to Moon Hill and The Banyan Tree was great fun
  • There were long car trips involved in our visit to Fengshuan.  Perhaps we could have made a return trip from Zhangziajie by train and then flown from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai.
  • Steven was an excellent guide and he provided advice as to where we should eat for our evening meals. He also suggested things for us to eat.
  • Kevin was good, but perhaps not as helpful as Steven. He tended to rush us past things we wanted to see and we often had to ask him to slow down. 
  • It was difficult for us to order from restaurants in the Zhangziajie area.  There was very little English spoken – and I had not downloaded a translation service to my phone before I left.  I was not able to access this once I was in China as access to Google was blocked

3. Are  you  willing  to  recommend  our  service  to  your  people  who  also  have  an  interest  to  visit China?

We certainly are. This is the second time we have used your service and have no complaints whatsoever.  It is an excellent service and Lily is a pleasure to deal with.  We only wish we could have met her personally to thank her.

 4. Your general opinion on us?

5 star!  Well done

5. Do you have any suggestions on improving our services?

2 suggestions: 

Perhaps you could advise future customers to download translation app before they arrive.

Your guides could have with them a simple menu in Chinese/English that customers could refer to when in a non-English speaking restaurant. 

6. Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

See attached photos

7. We sometimes have requests from potential customers who would like to inquire from or our ex-customers. May they contact you for advices?   

Yes, of course.

Thank you once again for a wonderful itinerary,

Warm regards,

China Travel Photos

Lovely Villages and Beautiful River in Hunan and Guilin

Helen and Adrian Wild‚ Australia, October 31, 2019
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There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • 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 done 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.

5. To Customize Your Harbin Tour

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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