Shenyang, well connected with Harbin by high-speed train of 3-hour ride, is the first selection for most tourists who are looking for a side trip nearby Harbin. This 5-day tour is just designed so! You will not only enjoy yourself with the splendid Sun Island Snow Sculpture and Ice & Snow World, but also appreciate the featured architecture complex of Qing Dynasty in Shenyang Imperial Palace. Of course you would also have chance to experience the true skiing in Yabuli Ski Resort and immerse yourself in the heaven-like Snow Town.
- Day 1: Shenyang Arrival & Shenyang Tour (L)Shenyang Imperial Palace, Qing Dynasty Street, Commander Zhang's Mansion, Zhongjie Pedestrian Street
Upon your arrival at Shenyang airport / train station, the local 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 visit to Shenyang Imperial Palace. Located in the center area of Shenyang city, it was the royal palace of the initial Qing Dynasty and had served two great Emperors: Nurhaci and Huang Taiji. Covering the area of 63,272 square meters, Shenyang Imperial Palace, together with Forbidden City in Beijing, were the greatest and best-preserved imperial palaces in China. Visiting this huge palace, you will learn more history about Qing Dynasty.
Later, continue your visit to Qing Dynasty Street. The former name was Xinzheng Street, built in the 31st year of Guangxu, Qing Dynasty, was a prosperous street which full of restaurants, inns, bistros and tea houses in ancient times. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular sights for people who go to Shenyang. Strolling down the street, you will not only see many local snacks and stores, but also be attracted by the special Qing Dynasty buildings.
After lunch, move on to visit the Commander Zhang's Mansion, also called the former residence of Zhang Xueliang, a great general during China Civil War Period. Covering an area of 36, 000 square meters, this mansion is famous for its diversified architectural styles including Chinese traditional style, Chinese and Western-style, Roman style, European style as well as Japanese style. Thus, it was listed as the National Modern Architectural Complex by our country in late 20th century. Today, you will follow your guide to visit this huge architectural complex by visiting its main buildings: Daqing Building, Xiaoqing Building, The Red Buildings and Lady Zhao Si’s Building.
You will spend longer time in Lady Zhao Si’s Building, once was the former residence of General Zhang Xueliang’s lover, Zhao Yidi. This building was specially built in Japanese style, and looked like an isolated castle inside the entire mansion. Visiting it, you will better know the romantic love story between General Zhang and Lady Zhao.
Last, you will come to the Zhongjie Pedestrian Street. Regarded as the earliest commercial and pedestrian street in Shenyang, this 1,500-meter street has over 350 years’ history. The lively night market, prosperous gold and silver market, stone market and grain market will definitely worth your visit.
Accommodation: Overnight in Shenyang
- Day 2: Shenyang - Harbin by High-speed Train (B, L)Northeast Tiger Park, Sun Island Park, Central Street, Saint Sophia Church
In the morning, the driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and drop you off at Shenyang train station for you to catch a morning high-speed train to Harbin. The train rides around 3 hours, you can enjoy the scenery on the way.
When you arrive at Harbin train station, there will be the local English speaking tour guide picking you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name. You will officially start the visit with Northeast Tiger Park, a northeast tiger breeding and research center with 700+ Siberian tigers live there, and there are over 100 Siberian tigers and lions are open to public. Thus, you will see tigers in different life stages and learn more about the current living situation of Siberian tigers in China.
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 mufti-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, please pay in cash at the spot ( approximate CNY100 /way).
After that, drive to Harbin city and enjoy the relaxing sightseeing in the famous Central Street, a bustling pedestrian street in Harbin city. Walking along the street, you will find many old buildings designed in various western styles in early 1900s. And of course you will be attracted by the lively vendors, restaurants, pubs as well as snacks.
Later, continue your visit to Saint Sophia Church. It is a typical Byzantine architecture style Orthodox Church built in 1907 by Russian. Through the visit of this church, you will read the rich history of Harbin and even northeast part of China. Also, you can enjoy some relaxing walk in the Saint Sophia Church square to see how local people live, chat and exercise there.
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 3: Harbin - Yabuli Ski Resort-Snow Town (B,L)Yabuli Ski Resort, Snow Town
Today you will head to the exciting Yabuli Ski Resort where drives around 3.5 hours from Harbin city, thus, you can enjoy the snow and ice scenery on the way.
Upon arrival at Yabuli Ski Resort, follow your guide to fill your stomach at a local restaurant, then your skiing begins! The tour guide will help you to get the main entrance tickets and rent the basic ski equipment for you to ski on your own.
Friendly Tip: Only skiing in primary ski field was included in the current tour package, which including 3 hours skiing with 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.
In the late afternoon, drive around 2.5 hours to 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”.
In the evening, you can stroll down Xueyun Street on your own to explore the bustling night market, enjoy relaxing walking, taste some local snack or join the local bonfire party...
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 4: Snow Town-Harbin (B, L)Snow Town
This morning, you are free to enjoy the leisure time in Snow Town. You can use your camera to record this amazing place! There are some special photogenic sites in this town need pay in cash and which were NOT included in the current tour package ( optional ). Thus, if you would like to be there, feel free to ask your tour guide for assistance.
Optional Early Morning Activity: If you are looking for something special in the early morning, you may hop on a shuttle bus and transfer to Yangcaoshan Mountain to appreciate the marvelous sunrise ( on your own expense ).
At around 1pm, meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby and drive around 5.5 hours back to Harbin.
Accommodation: Overnight in Harbin
- Day 5: Harbin Departure (B)
Free and easy on your own until the pickup time for departure. Our driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer to Harbin airport / train station to see you off.
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