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6 Days Icy Harbin Tour with Winter Hiking to China Snow Town

Winter Festival Fun with Worthy Hiking into Peaceful Snow Forest Mountain

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Thinking about walking back to the quiet snow covered forest mountain after jubilant Harbin Ice and Snow Festival?

If you are energetic or want to experience some distinct close-up with winter snow, this 6 days tour is the best tour package taking you to hike for around 4-5 hours on Yangcao Mountain from primitive China Snow Valley and famous China Snow Town, thus to fully embrace the peaceful original forest sea and snow plains and take fabulous photo of the dreamy No.1 China Snow Town with creamy snow here and there. Besides and of course, you will spend extremely fun time strolling around the dazzling maze made by outstanding ice and snow sculptures on the grand Harbin Ice and Snow Festival for a big winter celebration. Furthermore, this itinerary never fails to let you feel the authentic exotic Russian charm and architectural gems in the icy Harbin in this go! Join to explore now!

Highlights of this tour

  • Immerse into the dazzling world of ice and snow sculptures on Harbin Ice and Snow Festival;
  • Soak in the dreamy scenery of snow mushrooms and snow covered houses at China Snow Town;
  • Take a worthy challenging hiking from China Snow Valley to China Snow Town for expensive primitive snow sightseeing savory;
  • Have a classic visit of the church, old streets, park, etc. of Harbin City to feel its strong exotic Russian flavored culture.

Please note: the best time to visit Harbin is during Dec.24~early March for the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is holding and you can fully enjoy the gorgeous ice and snow artworks here.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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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.
Travel Route:
Harbin / China Snow Valley / China Snow Town / Harbin
Travel Length:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-HBSTHT-06
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureFestivalHikingMountaineeringPhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

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.

Evening Ideas (Explore on your Own):

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 Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern
Day 2 Harbin - China Snow Valley (B)

In this morning after breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel. Then, you’ll be driven 4~4.5 hours to China Snow Valley (Dongsheng Wood Farm). Sharing the same peak with China Snow Town, they valley with dense snow of 1-3 meters deep averagely is popular for winter fun. And boasting over 200 hectares grassland, over 100 hectares primitive forests and luxurious trees, it shows the special primitive charm of deep mountain forests and especially favored for hiking to China Snow Town.

After your arrival, your guide and driver will help you check in into your local guest house. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the scenery of forest covered with snow like a fairyland and activities around the valley, and also have a good rest for the hiking of the next day! Have a good sleep!

China Snow Valley Rural View
Day 3 China Snow Valley - China Snow Town (B)

Today, after breakfast, your guide will meet you at your guest house and then take you to start the 4-5 hours’ hiking to China Snow Town on Yangcao Hill. The primitive village with kitchen smoke is quite peaceful and lovely for a nice glance. Walk from China Snow Valley at about 400 meters above sea to embrace the extremely original sightseeing of forest sea and snow plains, chanting winter stream, snow hanging trees, etc., which is the best gift and motivation of this hiking adventure. After arriving at the top of Yangcao Mountain of about 1200 meters above sea, catch the fabulous panorama of the large spread of dreamy rimes dressing the pines into white and silver on the whole hills and take pictures as many as you can. Have a short break on the summit, continue to walk downhill on the front side of Yangcao Mountain. You’ll throw yourselves among the tall trees, embrace nature to the fullest and appreciate the most gorgeous rime and misty pines. The way is wider and flatter, so you will needs only about 1.5-2 hours to admire the ideal rural village with milky cream snow at China Snow Town. It is the No.1 China Snow Town located in Shuangfeng Wood Farm in Mudanjiang City, about 280 kilometers from Harbin. On route, you’ll enjoy the beautiful snow scene in the winter wonderland - bright sunshine, clear sky, fresh air, endless snow-capped land, primitive wooden houses… (Note: the hiking from China Snow Valley to China Snow Town needs good physical condition and energy, so please book this tour based on your conditions. Besides, snow sledging and snowmobiling are available on the hiking way to save your energy if you like, which need extra payment)

After arrival, take a short rest in your hotel and then reach up the viewing deck to capture a panoramic view of the amazing China Snow Town, a dreamlike paradise. Later, enjoy a leisure walk along the 500-meter-long Xueyun Avenue with all wooden houses hanging with red lanterns and if you like, try some local snacks at this lively street. Have fun at Snow Town Photography Ground where you can play with snow, bringing you a happy childhood memory. Later, walk around the snow town at your own pace, you can enjoy amazing snowscape and experience the lifestyle of snow town people. When the night falls, if you like, walk outside and enjoy charming night view.

Please Note:

1. Lunch Today: We suggest you bring some snacks like biscuits, chocolate, beef, etc. and hot drinking water for simple lunch on the hiking way;

2. Weather Condition & What to Wear: The weather is extremely cold in China Snow Town and the temperature is around -15 ℃ to -35 ℃ during November to February. Take enough warm clothes, shoes, windcap, and gloves with you. And sunglasses, sunblocking scream, antifreeze, high-calorie snacks are also needed.

3. Snow Activities to Enjoy more Fun: Many exciting snow activities are provided in this town. If you are interested, you can try skiing, snowmobiling, dog-drawn sled, horse-drawn sled, etc. You need to pay extra fee for each activity.

4. Photography Tips: If you like photography, you can go to Dream Home to shoot the snow mushrooms, performance of Errenzhuan and take photos of sunset and panoramic view of the whole white world. Remember to bring the cold-proofing and warm your camera.

5. Best Location for Night View: Night scene is the essence of China Snow Town. There are three best locations to appreciate night view - Dream Home, Xueyue Avenue and Fairytale World Plank Road.

China Snow Valley Winter Hiking Snow Panorama on Top of Yangcao Mountain China Snow Town Sled Dogs China Snow Town Xueyun Avenue China Snow Town Amazing Night View
Day 4 China Snow Town - Harbin (B)

Good morning! After breakfast, continue your adventure to Dream Home which is a famous site to shoot some Chinese TV series and movies. This over 8000 s.q.m. wide garden is like a fairyland world with mushroom houses, snow mushrooms, interesting activities on ice and snow, etc. attract lots of people to take its dreamy photos. Layout there with various shapes of snow, wells, little bridges, etc. Also makes this site particularly exquisite. Take photos and know the real life of the loggers.

After that, it is time to say goodbye to this fairytale world. You’ll be driven back to Harbin. Your guide and driver will help you check in into your hotel. Have a good sleep!

China Snow Town
Day 5 Harbin (B, L)

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 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.)

Then, 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.

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 Island Siberian Tiger Park Gorgeous Ice and Snow World
Day 6 Harbin & Harbin Departure (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, 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 that, 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.

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!

St. Sophia Church at Night Zhongyang Pedestrian Street Laodaowai Street Block

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