Why Is the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival Celebrated

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, the abbreviation of Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, is the first international festival focusing on ice and snow in China’s history. It is listed in the Four Great International Ice and Snow Festivals in the World, combined with Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Quebec Winter Carnival in Canada, Olso Helmenkollen Ski Festival in Norway.

Lasting for more than one month, Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is a big day in Harbin. It usually starts from 5th, January every year, but some relevant attractions may open from the late December. As the iconic tourism brand of Harbin, It has already been held for 35 times. During Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, you can admire various ice sculptures, snow sculptures, ice lanterns, wonderful performances. Three main venues of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival are listed in the following part, and Ice and Snow world is the main site.

  • International Ice Sculpture at Ice and Snow World
  • International Snow Sculpture Art Fair on Sun Island
  • Ice Lantern Garden Party at Zhaolin Park

There are also many other sport competitions during the ice and snow festival, including Winter Swimming Competition, International Ice Sculpture Competition, Hockey Competition, Snowfield Football Competition, Speed Skating Competition, Alpine Ski Competition, etc.

Furthermore, many romantic activities are also held during the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, such as photographic exhibition, book fair, ice and snow film festival, wedding on the ice, etc.

There is a saying, "Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets, and Heilongjiang's world of ice and snow are also invaluable assets". Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang fully shows this concept. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival attracts people from all over the world with its invaluable appreciating value and cultural value.

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The Main Venue of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival - Harbin Ice and Snow World

The Harbin Ice and Snow World is one of the largest ice and snow theme parks in the world, with an area of 600,000 square meters. It is also the irreplaceable landmark of Harbin City and world-known ice and snow tourism brand. It features more than 2,000 ice sculptures, landscapes, ice castles, rides and stage shows. It is literally a man-made winter fairyland. It is seen as “Disneyland of Ice and Snow”.

As part of the International Ice and Snow Festival of Harbin, the Harbin Ice and Snow World officially opened for the 20th consecutive year. The park is each winter built with ice rather than commonly used construction materials. There will be delicate ice and snow sculptures built under different themes in every year. Tourists could be fascinated by beautiful night view of the park, when these sculptures are decorated by colorful lights. Various interesting cultural activities and winter sports are also what you can’t miss in Winter of Harbin. There is also an indoor ice and snow paradise which can satisfy those who want to explore a cool icy world in Summer!

Just come and unlock more ways to play in this park!

Wonderful Review of the Harbin Ice and Snow World in the Recent Years

Harbin Ice and Snow World was themed with a different theme in every year, and the exhibition areas are designed according to the theme.

In 2019, the theme of Harbin Ice and Snow World was “Ice and Snow Are Invaluable Assets”. It has three special parts, including the reappearance of those famous ice and snow sculptures, blessing of a bright future, and Arena of Valor”, a hot game of Tencent.

In 2018, Harbin Ice and Snow World was themed with “Fantastic World, Garden of Ice and Snow”, featuring with the characteristics of the Belt and Road Initiative.

In 2017, the 18th Harbin Ice and Snow World shares its charm of ice and snow with the whole country by serving as the sub-venue of Spring Festival Gala.

In 2016, the theme of Harbin Ice and Snow World was “Ice Silk Road and Snow China”, including four parts of the charm of ice building, adventure in silk road, snow Olympic and Longjiang impression.

In 2015, Harbin Ice and Snow World was themed as “Holy Land of Snow Kingdom and Sightseeing from Ice Heaven” and the images of “ice & snow angels” could be found easily.

In 2014, the theme was “Fairyland” and famous cartoon and comic characters sculpture are shown on the park, like Angry Bird from Finland, Flying Dog Webber from Germany, Rubber Duck from Netherlands etc.

You could check for more about Harbin Ice and Snow World, such as its location, tickets, opening hours, etc. You could check for more about Harbin Ice and Snow World, such as its location, tickets, opening hours, etc.

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Other Important Venues of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Sun Island

Location: No.3 Taiyang Avenue, Songbei District, Harbin, China

Ticket: ¥280 ~ ¥330 / Person for International Snow Sculpture Art Fair

Sun Island is a National AAAAA Scenic Spot surrounded by crystal lakes, delicate rockeries, beautiful flowers and exotic architectures. Close to Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, it faces the Stalin Park on the other bank of Songhua River. It features with its distinguished ice and snow culture combined with folk culture. In the north part of island is Sun Island Park which has several small-scale flora and fauna gardens while the south part focuses on art exhibition and Russian style architectures. With top attraction of Swan Lake, Sun Waterfall, Squirrel Island and Fuchuan Garden, Sun Island is a perfect venue for admiring the beauty of flowers in spring and avoiding heat in summer. At night, tourists can watch Russian performance and taste Russian food in Russian town.

During International Snow Sculpture Art Fair, Sun Island is in a purely white coat. You can see snow in different stages, the first snow, gathered snow, flying snow, throbbing snow and snow sculptures which mean hope, unity, dream, interaction and culture.

Zhaolin Park

Location: No.377 Senlin Street, Daoli District, Harbin, China

Ticket: Free

Perched in the prosperous downtown area of Harbin City, Zhaolin Park is surrounded by towering Buildings. It is named after a national hero – Li Zhaolin who once made a great contribution in the Second World War. Zhaolin Park displays two kinds of natural landscape in its summer and winter. In summer, the park is covered by dense plants and plenty of flowers. It is greatly fun to have a walk here. While winter comes, a park of jade appears.

Zhaolin Park attracts most tourists from home and abroad with its Ice Lantern Garden Party which is one part of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. In Ice Lantern Garden Party, you must be shocked by the ice world and lantern sea. Thanks to the high-skilled artists and craftsmen, the natural ice turns to fine work of art. These works are called "Unrepeatable Fairy" because completely different works will be displayed in the party.

Central Street

Location: Daoli District, Harbin, China

Ticket: Free

Central Street is a prosperous pedestrian street in Harbin which connects Flooding Prevention in north and Xinyang Square in south. Lined with 71 western-style architectures on two sides, Central Street shows a strong exotic flavor. Shops along the road have all been restored, with plaques out front in English detailing their past lives as colonial homes and stores. In fact, the Central Street is an epitome of Harbin, owning a unique Harbin-style culture and western-style life. There are enough good restaurants and bars along the busy streets running off the Central Street which is paved with cobblestones. Among these restaurants and bars, some can date back to 100 years ago.

In winter, ice sculptures line the streets and make up a glittering and translucent street to have a walk.

Notice: The above information is for reference only. The venues and admissions for Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in 2019 are not sure now. For the accurate information of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, please contact our Travel Consultant!

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How to Get to Harbin

By Air: Fights are available to Harbin from most tourist cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Kunming, Chengdu etc. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is about 41 km’ s driving distance from Harbin Taiping International Airport.

By Train: Trains are available to take you to Harbin from most big cities of China. There are six high-speed trains starting at 06:34, 07:55, 10:28, 10:50, 13:52 and 15:15 from Beijing via Tianjin, Changchun, Shenyang to Harbin within 8 hours directly.

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Warm Tips

  • Weather and Wearing - During the winter of Harbin (late November to early March), the average monthly temperature is from -25℃ (-13℉) to 3℃ (37.4℉) and it may fall to below -30℃ at night, so wear more clothes and warm shoes to keep you from being freeze. Down coat, thick jacket, mouth-muffle and gloves will also be helpful.
  • Food and Drink - Harbin Ice and Snow World is equipped with warming houses and a viewing gallery which offers a shelter from the coldness and tiredness. You can also have some local food and featured specialties there.
  • Accommodation - For the venues of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival are in the downtown area of Harbin, you can accommodate in the downtown area. Harbin offers various hotels for different needs of customers, from the top luxury hotels to the economic business hotels.
  • Other Preparatory Work - Buying tickets in advance on official website will help you to skip the long queue when arrive Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. Make sure your camera or telephone can handle such temperatures and take standby battery with you.

You could also check the following links for more information about the temperature in winter of Harbin, and other things you can do in winter of Harbin.
>>Harbin in January | >>Harbin in February | >>Harbin in November | >>Harbin in December

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How to Plan a Harbin Tour

Usually, travelers spend about 3 days catching highlights of downtown area of Harbin city. During their 3-day Harbin tour, they will have leisure walk at exotic Zhongyang Pedestrian Street and Sophia Square, get close to appreciate those huge ice sculptures, and also have a date with Siberian Tigers

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For the visitors have 1-2 days more in Harbin, they will explore the hot destinations around Harbin city. If you are a ski amateur or a professional skier, you will no doubt create lifelong happy memories in Yabuli Ski Resort. And if you desire snow villages and sunrise over snow hills more, China Snow Town should on your travel list.

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A Harbin tour is usually starting from Tianjin or Beijing, as Tianjin is one of the most important ports for international cruises, while the capital city Beijing is always one of the most popular landing cities for a China tour. Some travellers even plan to have a northeast China tour covering several large cities of northeast China.

Furthermore, you could also combine your Harbin tour with any other hot travel destinations in China, such as, XianShanghaiGuilinLhasa, etc.

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Questions & Discussions

Following are latest questions and answers from our webusers and customers. You can learn many useful information from the discussion and cases. You can also join in the discussions or ask your own question. Our experts will help you ASAP.

Harbin Ice & Snow Amusement World
How do I buy the tickets for Harbin Ice & Snow Amusement World in advance if I am a foreigner not residing in China? Is there a dedicated website for advance ticket purchase?
2017-09-25 18:41
Dear Joyce,

Thanks for your message. You can purchase the ticket at the park or purchase online at https://hrbicesnow.fliggy.com/shop/view_shop.htm. Since the exact opening date of the Ice & Snow Festival of 2019 hasn't be announce yet, the accesses of ticket booking is still closed. If you want to visit the Indoor Ice and Snow Paradise, you can go to and buy the ticket in the park.

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