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6 Days In-depth Harbin Tour with China Snow Town & Yabuli Skiing

Comprehensive Way to Explore All the Bests in and around Ice City


Someone come to Harbin for the stunning Ice and Snow Festival, someone want to enjoy the fullest fun of skiing, while some travelers want to feel the most beautiful northern scenery...How about combining all the best highlights and awesome experience in one trip? If you say "Yes", this 6-day in-depth Harbin tour is the ideal one for you!

Highlights of this tour

  • Drive about 280 km from Harbin to the No.1 snow town in China - China Snow Town which is the best place to feel the charm of snow in the paradise-like world.
  • Transfer to Yabuli Ski Resort, the largest ski resort in China well located on the way between Harbin and China Snow Town. This is the heaven for skiing!
  • Immerse yourselves in the joyous Harbin Ice and Snow Festival and marvel at creative ice snow sculptures in different sites for great fun.

Good to Know: The best time to take this tour is during late December ~ early March since all the sites are open to travelers. More importantly, Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is held from January 5th to late February. Don’t miss the best time!

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.
Travel Route:
Harbin / China Snow Town / Yabuli Ski Resort / Harbin
Travel Length:
6 Days and 5 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
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.

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.)

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

In this morning after breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel. Then, you’ll be driven 5~6 hours to China Snow Town, 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…

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. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 Town Sled Dogs China Snow Town China Snow Town Amazing Night View
Day 3 China Snow Town - Yabuli Ski Resort (B)

Today’s highlights should be Yangcaoshan Hill, the most beautiful place in China Snow Town. Try to get up early in this morning. After breakfast, you’ll take the minu sightseeing bus to Yangcaoshan Hill, the highest hill in the snow town at 1235 meters above the sea level. The whole distance is about 5 kilometers from China Snow Town to the top.

Along the way, you’ll throw yourselves among the tall trees, embrace nature to the fullest and appreciate the most gorgeous rime and misty pines. When reach up the top of Yangcaoshan Hill, you’ll catch the expansive panoramic view of the whole hill and take pictures as many as you can. If you are lucky, see the splendid sunrise over Yangcaoshan. When the red sun first shines on the while vast land, it is so magnificent and then the red and golden sunlight is going to sprinkling over the whole hill, bringing vitality to life. After full fun at the top, it is time to get back. Take mini bus down to China Snow Town. (Alternative transportation: Instead of taking mini sightseeing bus, you can choose snow mobile to reach up and down.)

Later, continue your adventure to Dream Home which is a famous site to shoot some Chinese TV series and movies. Take photos and know the real life of the loggers.

In this afternoon, it is time to say goodbye to this fairyland. Later, youll be driven to the largest ski resort in China - Yabuli Ski Resort, taking 2-2.5 hours in total. Stay overnight in Yabuli. 

China Snow Town Sunrise Hiking in Yangcaoshan Hill
Day 4 Yabuli Ski Resort - Harbin (B)

After breakfast, start enjoying your skiing tour for about 2 or 3 hours in Yabuli Resort. Forget your age or level of skiing, and the world advanced ski resort would provide the best highlighting moment for you. Put on the cool clothing and ski on the pure white snow-capped mountain with your favorite speed, with the charming view of shimmering winter snow, warm sunshine and azure sky being the best background. Just put yourself into the snowy wonderland to ignite your winter holiday, laugh out loud, and play it to the most!

Besides skiing, you can try other interesting activities in Yabuli Ski Resort, like horse sledges, snow tubing, snowmobiling, etc. for your wide choices.

Horse Sledge: sitting on the sledge pulled by the horse on the snowfield, you could appreciate the amazing sightseeing of the vast snow world, snow covered pine trees in the forest, and lost in this fairyland with ease and leisure.

Snow Tubing: sit on the tube facing the bright sky and slide along the professional and safe snow trail. Since there is nothing controlling and speed and direction of the tube, you could feel the excitement and thrilling of sliding from the peak to the lower location freely and highly.

Snowmobiling: The cool motorcycles are well equipped with the wheels like tracks of a tank and are easy to be handled and of course safe. Ride one to tour in the beautiful snowfield and drive all the stress far away.

In the afternoon, be escorted back to Harbin City, which would need about 3 hours. Have a sweet night in your hotel.

Please Note:

1. Simple equipment such as skiing boots, poles and snowboards are included in the package, but other advanced equipment like horse sledge, snow tubing, snowmobiling, etc. need extra payment.

2. If you want to spend longer time skiing beyond 3 hours or choose intermediate or advanced skiing, you could give some extra payment to enjoy it to the most.

3. You should wear helmets, glasses, gloves, knee-pad, and skiing suit. If you don't bring yours, you can rent the equipment with reasonable prices at the ski resort.

4. All entertainment activities like skiing, horse sledge, snow tubing, snowmobiling, and so forth need extra but reasonable payment.)

Yabuli Ski ResortYabuli Ski Resort Snow MobilingYabuli Ski Resort Horse Sledge
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 IslandHarbin Siberian Tiger ParkGorgeous 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!

Holy St. Sophia CathidralZhongyang Pedestrian StreetLaodaowai Street Block

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