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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 The 40th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival at its best time. 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 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.
  • 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.
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Day 1 Harbin Arrival & Harbin

Harbin airport/train station pick up & hotel check-in

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.)

  • Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern

Day 2 Harbin (B, L)

Sun Island - Siberian Tiger Park - Ice and Snow World

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Firstly, you'll visit 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. With so amazing backdrop, you just can’t help taking some great photos to record the great moment (You are highly advised to wear sunglasses to visit the Snow Sculpture Art Fair since the snow is really glaring especially in sunny days.)

Then, be escorted to the nearby Siberian Tiger Park, the largest breeding center in the world for the endangered Siberian Tigers. Over 1,300 purebred Siberian Tigers are raised there. 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 incredible gorgeous Ice and Snow World (Opening time/hours: around December 23 to next late February/9:30 – 21:00), 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. Besides the sightseeing, if you would like to enjoy the festive atmosphere to the fullest, you can choose to have fun with the world's 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 protect you from the freeze especially. 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. 3) There may be long queues in front of some hot activity items in the Ice and Snow World during traditional Chinese Lunar New Year and weekends.

  • Jenn’s group from Canada - Ice & Snow World, Harbin Our customers Jenn’s group from Canada visited Ice & Snow World in Harbin, China in December 2020.
  • Daniel’s group from Australia - Sun Island, Harbin Our customers Daniel’s group from Australia visited Sun Island in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China in 2018.
  • Yong’s group from Malaysia - Siberian Tiger Park Our customers Yong’s group from Malaysia visited Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China in December 2020.

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!

  • Wendy's clients  - St. Sophia Church Wendy's clients visited St. Sophia Church in Harbin in 2018
  • Songhua River Winter Swimming Songhua River Winter Swimming
  • Laodaowai Street Block Laodaowai Street Block
  • Kayla Williams's group - Zhongyang Pedestrian Street Our customers Kayla Williams's group visited Zhongyang Pedestrian Street in 2017.

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, 2025.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 7.00. 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;
  • 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 to/off Harbin;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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Thank you Rita.

We are very sad that our trip is coming to an end. So far we have had a fantastic time and seen and done some amazing things.

I had a bit of spare time on the high-speed train so came up with this to help your customers. Up to you if you want to use it or make any adjustments (but I think it would be most helpful once people have booked) it reads as follows...

As part of your journey around fascinating and spectacular China, you will most likely take one or more of China Railways High Speed Trains.

These trains are both fast and efficient, enabling you to cover great distances quickly and in comfort.

You may be required to board the train without the assistance of a guide. This may occur depending on station regulations.

The following is suggested as information for travelers. Please note that this is not a definitive guide, as there may be differences depending on station and location, and may be subject to change.

First and most importantly, there are plenty of clean toilets at the stations, and the trains also have Western toilets in each carriage.

Whether you travel First or Second Class is up to you, but there is plenty of leg room in both classes. All trains are non smoking.

AT THE STATION.

Once at the station you will be required to go through security. You will need your passport for this. Your passport is linked to your ticket. We recommend wheeled suitcases or suchlike as luggage trolleys are not provided. Please note that your main bag will travel with you on the train. Unlike a plane where certain items can travel in the hold, prohibited items will be confiscated. Eg. Knives or souvenir swords.Check ahead for prohibited items to avoid disappointment.

You will need your passport, the train number, carriage number and seat allocation for your journey. This will be provided by your guide or on your itinerary. It will also pay to know your departure time.

There are departure boards in multiple places in the stations. These will link your train number with a boarding gate.

Your trains details will be in one of 3 colours.

Yellow: information stage

Green: boarding stage

Red: departure stage.

In order to run efficiently the trains do not wait. Please be in the correct place ready to board. Depending on the number of train carriages, there may be 2 boarding gates. Eg. 4A and 4B. These will correspond to the carriage number. Don't panic if you get it wrong, but it may result in having to walk a little further on the platform to get to your carriage.

You will need your passport to leave the station to go to the platform. There are lines for self check-in and another for passports/ assisted check-in. This may be detailed overhead, or look for the person manning the assisted check-in line. Use this line to proceed to the platform.

PLATFORM / TRAIN

If no train in platform: There are markings on the ground showing the approximate carriage location. You should wait there. If in doubt you can ask for help.

If train is at platform: Check the train number on the side of carriage.(in case two trains either side of platform)

Find your carriage number and board. Seat numbers are clearly labeled. Place your big luggage overhead. Some trains have additional storage at carriage end. Do not store drink bottles overhead as they may leak, due to cabin pressure.

Depending on the length of your journey some basic food may be available (cashless transactions.) You can take your own food if you wish. Hot water is also available on board.

Enjoy your safe and comfortable journey. Be sure to take in the scenery as you travel.

ARRIVAL

Not all train services may terminate at your destination. The next station is shown on a display at both carriage ends (in English also) . Knowing your arrival time will further assist you in getting off at the correct station.

If you are being met at the station your previous guide should give you directions where to meet, as the stations are normally large with multiple exits. You can also have your next guides name and phone number if you wish. You will need your passport again to exit the station terminal, at the manned checkout line.

Depending on the station layout you will be met at the terminal exit, or the arranged location. Your happy, smiling guide will have your name on a signboard to welcome you, and be ready to assist as required.

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Dave ‚ New Zealand, April 30, 2024

Hi Ariel,

It was really great! Thank you for organising!

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Fritz‚ Germany, April 29, 2024

Hello Jack,

Good Morning!

Just a note to say thank you for organizing our Xinjiang tour from 9 April 24 to 24 April 24. We are now in Perth Australia.

Overall this was an amazing trip, we all enjoyed it so much. We are now working on a return visit to China and is looking forward to use your services again soon.

We will recommend you and your company to my family and friends.

Best regards

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Alan and Lily‚ Australia, April 28, 2024

Dear Leo

I am writing this letter to express our thanks and gratitude to you for making our recent trip an unforgettable one.

The guides provided (David,Gila & Sally) were very professional and exhibited excellent attitude in providing a great service to us taking into consideration our needs and preferences. The group had a wonderful time thanks to your organisation and arrangement of the efficient team for us in this trip,

Overall this was an amazing trip, we all enjoyed it so much. We are now working on a return visit to China and is looking forward to use your services again soon.

On behalf of our group of 11 pax, we sincerely thank you for organising this wonderful trip for us.

Looking forward to more trips to China in the future with your company.

Best regards

Chan

Chan‚ Singapore, April 28, 2024

Hi Phoebe,

Jiuzhaigou just amazing and I am happy having had the opportunity to spend to days at the park The driver and tour guide are kind and told me a lot.

I took a lot of photos at Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou. Thank you so much for making this unforgettable experience possible.

Robert

Robert‚ Germany, April 28, 2024
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Photo gallery of this trip

  • Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern
  • Jenn’s group from Canada - Ice & Snow World, Harbin Jenn’s group from Canada - Ice & Snow World, Harbin
  • Daniel’s group from Australia - Sun Island, Harbin Daniel’s group from Australia - Sun Island, Harbin
  • Yong’s group from Malaysia - Siberian Tiger Park Yong’s group from Malaysia - Siberian Tiger Park
  • Wendy's clients  - St. Sophia Church Wendy's clients - St. Sophia Church
  • Songhua River Winter Swimming Songhua River Winter Swimming
  • Laodaowai Street Block Laodaowai Street Block
  • Kayla Williams's group - Zhongyang Pedestrian Street Kayla Williams's group - Zhongyang Pedestrian Street

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 - Annual Harbin Ice and Snow World
- Open Ceremony of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
- …
Sun Island - Annual International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
- Harbin International Snow Sculpture Competition
- Harbin Ice Snow Group Wedding Ceremony
- …
Zhaolin Park - Annual Harbin Ice Lantern Art Fair
- 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 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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