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4 Day Amazing Harbin Exploration with Ice Festival Fun

Admire a snow fairyland with meaningful “past of Harbin” discovery


Harbin, this terrific wonderland of snow and ice is one the top best vacation for winter fun. Far from that, it is also a worth-to-chew cultural destination with influential history and rich Russian elements. This 4-day in-depth Harbin tour is really ideal to discover this scenic and cultural provincial capital. The whole itinerary is specially designed to take you to have best fun with the wonderful ice and snow sculpture event, admire the charming snow scenery at Volga Manor, enjoy the various local winter entertainment, etc. Furthermore, we will take you to visit the impact museum and site to figure out what Harbin has experienced and how it has become what you can see nowadays. Apart from that, of course, you will have some great hours to walk around the symbolic St. Sophia Cathedral and Zhongyang Street to imagine the past live in old Harbin and taste its quite different exotic flavor.

Highlights of this tour

  • Have an in-depth discovery of Harbin’s history by visiting Unit 731 Museum to see displays about the human experiment during World War II and Heilongjiang Provincial Museum to hear interesting telling of Harbin and whole province from the remote era to recent decades, and walking at Laodaowai to see the historic Chinese Baroque architectures;
  • Enjoy the best festive atmosphere on Harbin Ice and Snow Festival with the best highlights including Harbin Ice and Snow World, International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Ice Lantern Fair, etc.;
  • Immerse into the fabulous Russian styled snow-capped wonderland at Volga Manor to be wowed at the peaceful winter scenery and winter funs;
  • Stroll at St. Sophia Cathedral, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, etc. to admire the 72 exotic buildings of foreign styles and savor the strong Russian beauty of Harbin.

(Warm Tip: Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is usually held during December to late February or early March every year, please plan your trip accordingly. Besides, 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.)

Basic Trip Information

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  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.
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4 Days & 3 Nights
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You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Harbin Arrival

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 a private vehicle. 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.

Optional Evening Activity:

In this evening, you can go to Zhaolin Park to appreciate the largest scale of outdoor ice lantern fair in the world. Complimented as “the non-repetitive fairy tales”, Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Show is one of the three exhibitions that make up the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. Spend 1-2 hours to enjoy all the colorful ice lanterns and ice sculptures. (Important Note: It is held every year from January 5th to the end of February. It is suggested to visit after 18:00 when all the lights turning on.)

Ice City - Harbin Harbin Ice Lantern Fair at Zhaolin Park
Day 2 Harbin (B, L)

Today, after breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel. You’ll go to 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. Then, you’ll visit the nearby exotic Zhongyang Pedestrian Street from 1900. Stroll along this 1,400 meters long historic street to appreciate the 71 precious buildings in different styles with long history, including Renaissance, Baroque, etc. (The Stalin Park is very close to the pedestrian, so if you are interested and time permits, you could walk there to admire the Russian architectures and enjoy many creative artistic sculptures.)

Then, 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 nice moment (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.)

After that, be escorted to the nearby Siberian Tiger Park, the largest breeding center in the world for endangered Siberian Tigers that. 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, the highlights of annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Start your freedom stroll in the dazzling magical world of ice where to appreciate over 2,000 pieces of sculptures of ice and snow including pagodas, towers, famous world architectures, landscapes, and so forth dyed with romantic colorful LED lights, which can easily make you want to stay longer in such an “Ice Wonderland in Harbin”. Besides the sightseeing, if you would like to enjoy the festive atmosphere to the fullest, you can choose to have fun with the world longest sliding, or other winter activities on ice, such as ice maze, ice climbing, skating, etc.

After that, your guide and drive will send you back to your hotel to have a rest! Good night!

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. 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, and you could visit there during other dates to avoid crowds.

Snow Sculptures in Sun IslandHarbin Siberian Tiger ParkBeautiful Ice Sculptures at Ice and Snow WorldHoly St. Sophia CathidralZhongyang Pedestrian Street
Day 3 Harbin (B, L)

After breakfast today, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel, and escort you to Unit 731 Museum at Pingfang District with about 1 hour’s driving. It is the site of the world’s largest biological warfare research center, where display a series of precious black and white photos, experimental tools, protection equipment, sculptures of experimental scene, etc. to tell the real medical experimental on human and animals undertook by the Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. The serious atmosphere will evoke the feelings for eternal peace in the world and cherish our life better.

After that, drive back to the downtown to visit 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.

Then, make a historical visit to 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. Walk free along those old streets and alleys to appreciate the ancient buildings with western façade but traditional Chinese courtyard and interior designs 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 today’s visit, you’ll be driven back to your hotel. Have a nice sleep!

Protection Equipment Displayed at Unit 731 MuseumSonghua River Winter SwimmingLaodaowai Street Block
Day 4 Harbin & Harbin Departure (B, L)

Today, after breakfast, you’ll go to visit Heilongjiang Provincial Museum that keeps the European Baroque outside building from 1906. In this museum, a great number of valuable cultural relics of bronze, gold, jade, ceramics, paintings, etc. are on display to tell the 40,000-year long human history and culture of the whole Heilongjiang Province, from the remote era, to the rising and declining of different ethnic minorities, from the origin of the last empire era in Chinese history, to the modern time changes and development with the whole nation. Besides, you will see a rich array of imitating scenes and historical relics to know the life of Russian immigrants and their influence to make Harbin rich of Russian flavor today.

Then, you will be driven for about 1 hour to Volga Manor. Just immerse yourself into the awesome exotic resort land to admire its appealing Russian styled castles, palaces, chateau, church, art gallery, salon… to be wondering if you are strolling in the neighboring Russia. There, stretch your body to gambol in the joyous snow world with many winter activities like skiing, snow tubing, snowmobiling, etc. to enjoy happy hours with snow to the fullest!

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

Heilongjiang Provincial MuseumVolga Manor Winter Scenery

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