Harbin, the ice capital of China, presents “Harbin Ice and Snow World” festival every year. The city becomes an ice wonderland, from modern architecture to traditional palaces, all carved by incredibly talented artists. It is a good choice as a Beijing side trip to enjoy your winter vacation with its superior ice and snow tourist resource. Reputed as the Oriental Moscow, Harbin has kept many Russian-style architectures, themed-parks as well as cultures. This tour with 2-hour flight from Beijing to Harbin saves more transportation time to attractions visiting. Just imagine the splendid Sun Island Park, Central Street, Saint Sophia Church, Northeast Tiger Park, and the exciting Yabuli Ski Resort.
- Day 1: Beijing - Harbin Tour by Flight (Lunch)Northeast Tiger Park, Sun Island Park, Sun Island Snow Sculpture
In the morning, our Beijing local driver will pick you up from the downtown hotel, and drive around 1 hour to Beijing airport for your flight to Harbin. Upon arrival, our local English speaking tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.
Before commencing the exploration, you will have lunch at a lcoal restaurant. The first site today is the Northeast Tiger Park, which is a northeast tiger breeding and research center. 700+ Siberian tigers live there. And 100+ Siberian tigers, lions are open to public. You will see tigers in different life stage and learn about the current living situation of Siberian tigers in China.
When night falls, the dreamy journey to the Ice and Snow World starts. Relying on the advantages of Harbin’s ice and snow in winter, the large-scale ice and snow art boutique project was launched to show the ice and snow culture and charm of Harbin that is a renowned tourism city in northeast China. Nowadays, it is a must-visit place in Harbin in winter. There are various kinds of ice sculptures, exciting snow entertainment projects and interesting themed performances. You can stroll around to enjoy the world’s finest examples of ice art against the dazzling lights.
Warm Notice: Please note that the annual Ice and Snow Festival usually opens from late December to early February.
Accommodation: Overnight in Harbin
- Day 2: Harbin -Yabuli - Harbin (Lunch)Yabuli Ski Resort
After breakfast, drive around 3.5 hours to the Yabuli Ski Resort to enjoy the exciting skiing. Upon arrival, come to a local restaurant to enjoy lunch and warm yourself. Then, follow your guide to get the entrance tickets and rent the ski equipment.
Friendly Tip: Only skiing in primary ski field was included in the current tour package, including 3 hours skiing with basic equipment like skiing boots, snowboard and ski poles. If you would like to have more time for skiing, please pay in cash on your own.
The resort enjoys a snow cover period of 170 days and skiing period 120 days, and the snow depth averages 30 cm – 50 cm at the foot of the mountain and reaches 1m on the mountain. Its best snow conditions make it a perfect place for both skiing racing and ski-touring. It boasts a total of 17 ski runs, from elementary, intermediate to advanced, as well as various cableways. No matter you are first time normal visitors or professional skiers, you will find the one suitable for you. There are also many entertainment activities such as snowmobiling, snow tubing, and horse-drawn sledge. You will have great fun in this heaven for skiing.
Last, drive back to Harbin.
Accommodation: Overnight in Harbin
- Day 3: Harbin Tour & Harbin Departure (Lunch)Saint Sophia Church, Heilongjiang Provincial Museum, Hongbo Square
Today you will further visit the best of Harbin city. The first site will be the famous Central Street, which is a bustling pedestrian street nearby Sophia Church. In the street you will meet many old buildings built in various western styles built in early 1900s.
Later, continue your visit to Saint Sophia Church. It is a typical Byzantine architecture style Orthodox Church built in 1907 by Russian. From the life of the church one will read history of Harbin and even northeast part of China. Also, you can enjoy some relaxing walking in the Saint Sophia Church square to see how local people live, chat and exercise there.
The next site will be the highlight of today - Heilongjiang Provincial Museum.The museum’s main building of Baroque style was built based on a Russian shopping mall. It has become a first-class state-protected architecture and houses more than 627,982 pieces of collections including historical relics, artworks, and natural specimens. You will learn more about Heilongjiang after this visit.
Last, come to Hongbo Square, a super large comprehensive underground commerce center combining trading, dining and entertainment. There is a landmark building at the center of the square, a glass house with stainless steel ball on its top. Many famous brands have stores on the square. You can get some nice things here if you like.
After all these activities, you will be dropped off at Harbin airport / train station for departure.