Harbin, Northern China, China
Day 1: Harbin - St. Sophia Church - Central Street - Ice and Snow World (L)
At 9am, your private guide and car will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel and take you to first stop of the the day, St. Sophia Church, which is a Byzantine style building. It was first built in 1907 and rebuilt into brick and wood structure in 1912, and the original shape of the church and its Latin cross footprint was preserved during reconstruction. St. Sophia Church is the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East. Next, visit the Central Street, which was originally built in 1898 when there were abundant of Russian businessmen in Harbin, China. The Central Street is considered as an architectural art galley with Baroque and Byzantine styles structures lining up along both sides including Russian bakeries, French fashion houses, and Japanese restaurants...etc. In the evening, you will go to Ice and Snow World, located on the north bank of the Songhua River, an amusement park and a major attraction of Harbin hosting International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival dunging the winter. There are full of spectacular ice and snow sculptures created by artists from all over the world. Please wear sufficient layers of clothing and insulated shoes to keep yourself away from the freezing temperature because you will want to linger there a little longer to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Day 2: Harbin - Sun Island (L)
This morning, you will be taken to visit the Sun Island Scenic Area (Tai Yang Dao). It is a great place for escaping scorching summer to cooler temperature and beautiful scenery with flowers, lakes, and cute animals in the forest. When it comes to winter, the island will be covered by thick layer of snow and the world-famous snow sculpture festival, International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, will take place here. There are a variety of massive and tall snow sculptures exhibiting on the island that you will absolutely be mesmerized.
Daily Lunch Location Options (choose one):
A: Dumplings at Harbin famous local dumpling restaurant: The Oriental King Dumpling
B: Self-serve hot pot restaurant
C: Barbecue buffet restaurant
Lunch Drink Options (choose one):
A: Harbin Beer
Your own prearranged centrally located Harbin hotel