This Harbin-themed tour departing from Xian, including the amazing Jihua Ski Resort, the picturesque Russian styled Volga Manor, the brilliant Sun Island Park as well as the bustling Central Street, will take you to deeply enjoy a true world of ice and snow. Just follow your guide to appreciate every moment and try some local Dongbei ( Northeast part of China ) cuisines. Don’t forget to take your camera!
Jihua Ski Resort, Northeast Tiger Park, Sun Island, Central Street, Saint Sophia Church, Volga Manor
Please make your own way from Xian to Harbin. Taking flight is the fastest and most suggested way since the overnight train takes over 32 hours. Upon your arrival at Harbin Taiping International Airport, there will be the local driver picking you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name, and drop you off at local hotel. Free and easy on your own for rest of the day.
After breakfast, drive around 1.5 hours to Jihua Ski Resort to enjoy the exciting skiing.
Jihua Ski Resort,38km from Harbin city area, is one of the best ski resorts in China. The 15 different ski slopes will meet all skiers’ needs, no matter what your level is, beginner or master. Even if you don’t know how to ski at all, the coach will give you a one-to-one class upon your requirement.
Friendly Tip: Only the main entrance tickets to Jihua Ski Resort were included in the current tour package. You are supposed to pay all skiing fees or equipment rental fees on your own.
When you finish the fantastic ski, you will drive back to Harbin.
Today you will spend full day with the English speaking tour guide and driver to explore the best of Harbin city! The first site will be the 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. 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 ( optional ).
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).
There is Sun Island Snow Sculpture exhibition in Sun Island every winter, the entrance fee is around CNY180-280 per person. If you’d like to visit it, please pay in cash on your own.
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.
After breakfast, drive around 1.5 hours to Volga Manor, a wonderland with Russian-themed culture, buildings and foods. Located around 50 kilometers from Harbin city, this amazing park covers over 600,000 square meters along the Ashi River, including restaurants, entertainments, rivers, bridges, wetlands and over 30 different Russian-style architectures, so that it can accommodate up to over thousand people for different activities. Today, you will fully enjoy the highlight spots of this manor.
Saint Nicholas Church, also regarded as the architecture art gallery, is the landmark of Volga Manor. Took the old Saint Nicholas Church as a prototype, it was rebuilt in July of 2006 since the original church was damaged before the founding of People’s Republic of China. Now, you can admire the old Russian architectures here.
Pushkin Salon. This unique building with red brick walls has typified the rich extremes of Russian architecture which can be traced back to the late 19th century. There is a huge bronze statue of Pushkin standing in front of the door as if to welcome visitors from all over the world.
Pavlov Castle. The original Pavlov Castle, as one of the most famous castles in ancient Russia, was designed by a famed Russian designer from 1795 to 1797, which was. Here will you see this reconstructed building almost the same as the original one. Inside the castle, you will find a lot of exhibitions about the Russian arts and paintings.
Villa of Forest. Covering over 1,000 square meters, this villa was designed by a Russian designer which surrounded by trees, rivers and wetlands. Walking through the villa or stay one night there, you will find the true peace.
Besides, there is also the authentic Russian music and dance show available in the manor, you can enjoy it if it is not a Monday ( the show closes on each Monday).
After all the activities, you will check into hotel which inside the Volga Manor. If you are not exhausted, you can wonder around the manor in evening on your own to enjoy the special night view.
You can get up early to enjoy some relaxing walk in the peaceful Volga Manor. The 5 days winter tour will end by today. The guide and driver will drop you off at Harbin airport / train station for your departure. Should you need any further tour assistance in other Chinese cities, please feel free to contact us!
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Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.