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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.
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 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!
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Location: The North Bank of Songhua River, Songbei Avenue, Songbei District, Harbin City (哈尔滨市松北区松北大道松花江北岸)
Ticket: ¥ 200 ~ ¥ 330/person
Opening Time: 11:00~21:30 (24th, Dec to 17th, Feb)
Transportation: Bus No,29/No.88/No.118 are available to the theme park.
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.
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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.
Location: No.3 Taiyang Avenue, Songbei District, Harbin, China (哈尔滨市松北区太阳大道3号)
Ticket: ¥280 ~ ¥330/person for International Snow Sculpture Art Fair
Opening Time: 08:00 - 17:00
Transportation: 1. Take direct ship from ports at Flood Prevention Monument, Jiuzhan or Daowai Qidao Street to Sun Island.
2. Take Bus No.29/No.80/No.85/No.88 to Sun Island.
3. Take cable car from Tongjiang Street.
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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.
Location: No.377 Senlin Street, Daoli District, Harbin, China (哈尔滨市道里区森林街377号)
Opening Time: 08:00 - 17:00
Transportation: Bus No.16/No.23/No.64/No.83/No.94 are available to Daoli 3rd Street Bus Station, then walk for about 500 meters to the park.
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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.
Location: Daoli District, Harbin, China (哈尔滨市道里区)
Opening Time: 08:00 - 21:30
Transportation: Bus No.53/No.113/No.114/No.126 are available to Central Street.
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Notice: The above information is for reference only. The venues and admissions for Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in 2020 are not sure now. For the accurate information of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, please contact our Travel Consultant!
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.
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Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, one of the 4 international ice and snow festivals in the world, attracts many tourists from home and abroad. Then, how to plan a tour with it?
As we have mentioned, the festival has several important venues. Now that we will explore the festival, all of them are where we will go. 3 days are available for the travel. At the first day, you will arrive at Harbin. After having a rest, you could visit Zhaolin Park, where you could see Harbin Ice Lantern Show. At the next day, you can begin your ice festival tour by visiting Sun Island, where you will catch the art of snow by joining the International Snow Sculpture Art Fair. After that, you could go to a nearby attraction - Siberian Tiger Park, the largest breeding center in the world for endangered Siberian Tigers. After dinner, Harbin Ice and Snow World, the biggest highlight of the festival, will be your final destination of the day. At the last day, you could visit Saint Sophia Cathedral, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, Laodaowai and Jiuzhan Park. Then you could go back or go to the next destination.
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