Harbin, reputed as the “Ice City” in northeast of China, attracts thousands of worldwide tourists by the charming Central Street, the marvelous Ice and Snow World, the amazing Yabuli Ski Resort as well as the splendid Snow Town. In this 3 days tour, you will not only enjoy the best sights of Harbin city but also take an interesting excursion to experience the fabulous skiing and snow village.
The best time to visit Harbin is from December to February of the next year, when the weather is freezing cold, and Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival takes place during this period.
- Day 1: Harbin Arrival & Harbin Tour (L)Northeast Tiger Park, Central Street, Sun Island Park, Sun Island Snow Sculpture
Upon your arrival at Harbin airport / train station, our English speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.
Your exploration begins with 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.
Then, come to 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. Have some relaxing walking and taste some local snacks would be a perfect choice.
Later, move on to Sun Island Park. As an island in the Songhua river of Harbin city, it is located between the new and old city of Harbin and is divided into eastern district, central district and western district. With the rapid development of tourism, it has become a multi-functional scenic area composed of ice and snow culture, folk culture and other natural resources, which is also a renowned summer resort and an ecological area along the Songhua river in China. In winter, you can enjoy the wonderful Sun Island Snow Sculpture there.
Friendly Tip: People also can take cable car along the Songhua River to arrive at Sun Island Park. It is an optional choice to better enjoy the Songhua River view. If you would like to take it, just please pay in cash at the spot.
Optional Night Activity: If you would like to visit the Ice and Snow World, please pay the entrance fee ( around CNY300-350 / pax ) on your own. Just let your guide knows in advance.
Ice and Snow World: 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in Harbin
- Day 2: Harbin - Yabuli Ski Resort - Snow Town (B, L)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 ski in primary skiing 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 around 2.5 hours to Snow Town.
Accommodation: Guesthouse in Snow Town
Special note: The accommodation resources in Snow Town are very limited when it comes to the peak season in every winter. Thus, the usual hotel standard is local guesthouse with at least 2 pax sharing one room. If you are looking for better hotel instead of guesthouse, please inform us as early as you can because good hotels sell too fast in Snow Town, usually needs reserve a few months ahead.
- Day 3: Snow Town - Harbin & Harbin Departure (B, L)Snow Town
In the morning, follow your guide to explore the amazing Snow Town. The full name called “China Snow Town National Forest Park”, is located in Mudanjiang city, Heilongjiang province, China, which is about 280 kilometers away from Harbin. It covers an area of 17,916 hectares and is 1,100 meters above sea level. Because of the frequent intersection of cold air of lake Baikal and sea warm current of Sea of Japan, it forms the unique climate that snow period lasts for seven months (from October to May in next year) and the snow thickness can be up to 2 meters. Thus, with the heavy snowfall and high viscosity of the snow, it enjoys the great reputation as famous “China’s snow town”.
After lunch, drive back to Harbin. The driving lasts around 5.5 hours, you can enjoy the urban snow scenery on the way. Finally, you will be dropped off at Harbin airport / train station for departure.