Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival starts on January 5 and lasts for one month. However, exhibits often open earlier and stay longer if weather permits. While ice sculptures are erected throughout the city, there are two main exhibition areas:
During the festival, there are ice lantern sightseeing activities held in various parks in the city. Other winter activities during the festival includes Yabuli alpine skiing, winter swimming in Songhua River, and the ice-lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden.
Harbin is located in Northeast China and receives cold winter air jet stream from Siberia. The average temperature in summer is at 21.2 °C (70.2 °F) and –16.8 °C (1.8 °F) in winter. Annual lows of -35 °C (–31 °F) are not uncommon.
Itinerary (Attraction tickets and hotel accommodation are not included):
Day 1: Arriving Harbin (L)
Pickup from your own prearranges Harbin hotel lobby at 9am to start your day watching Ice Swimming Show and then continue Snow Fair on Sun Island, Harbin Porland and Ice and Snow World. You will have 2 to 3 hours to explore Ice and Snow World and another 2 hours for snow sculptures.
Day 2: Harbin (L)
After pickup from your own prearranged Harbin hotel, start your day with a visit to Sophia Church, Central Street, Flood Control Monument Plaza, Songhua River, Dragon Tower (the first tallest steel tower in Asia), and Chinese ice lantern festival in Zhaolin Park (the predecessor of the world of ice and snow with a twist).
Daily Lunch Options (choose one)
Lunch Drink Options (choose one):
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.