For travelers planning a winter vacation in China, you must not forget Ice City Harbin. Beijing with rich culture and history undoubtedly is a must-see city for visitors to China, but Harbin will make your China holiday extra special. You will see the most beautiful snow scenery, try skiing, wander around the grand Ice and Snow World, and explore the amazing Baroque buildings left by a history of pain. So how about getting off the beaten track and spending a few days in Harbin to experience something different?
- Day 1: Beijing-Harbin by Overnight Train
Our Beijing driver will pick you up at 19:00 pm at your Beijing downtown hotel and transfer you to the train station for your overnight train to Harbin (Z17/21：15-07：12). You will spend the night on the train.
For the train tickets, we usually deliver the tickets to your hotel in advance, but for special cases such as late booking without enough time for sending the tickets to Beijing, we will inform the driver to help you collet the tickets at the train station.
Accommodation: Beijing-Harbin overnight train
- Day 2: Harbin Arrival & Harbin (L+D)Sun Island, Saint Sophia Cathedral, Central Avenue, Harbin Ice and Snow World (B+L)
AM: You will arrive at Harbin in the early morning after 10 hours train ride. Before getting off the train, please double check your belongings to ensure you have collet all your staff. Our guide will wait for you at the exit of the train station by holding a name sign. After you meet the guide and driver, you can have a breakfast (on your own cost) before starting explore the city.
The first stop will be the famous Sun Island on the north bank of Songhua River. You will see lovely squirrels and swans, experience Russian customs and appreciate the amazing snow sculptures of various shapes. Next you will move on to Saint Sophia Cathedral, a typical Byzantine style Orthodox Church built in 1907 by Russian. Just follow your guide to learn its history and admire the magnificent architecture.
Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.
PM: After lunch, have a walk on the Central Avenue. You will see many old buildings of various styles on this bustling pedestrian street. Next, you will visit the incredible Harbin Ice and Snow World. You will stroll around to enjoy the world’s finest examples of ice art against the dazzling lights. Please take enough warm clothes and shoes as Harbin is icy cold in winter so as to keep yourself warm and fully enjoy the spectacular scenery.
After enjoying the dinner, your guide and driver will take you to your Harbin downtown hotel to have a good rest.
Accommodation: Harbin local 4 stars hotel
- Day 3: Harbin-China Snow Town by CarChina Snow Town (B+L+D)
AM: After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at about 8:00 am at your hotel lobby and then directly drive to China Snow Town. The place is 280 kilometers away from Harbin City and it will take about 5 to 6 hours to get there. You can chat with your guide and enjoy the snow scenery on the way. Upon arrival, you can have some rest at your hotel and then have a lunch.
Snowing lasts for about 7 months from October to next April and snow can be as thick as 2 meters here. Wooden houses, mountains and trees are all covered under a white blanket, just like a fairytale world. You can stroll along the plank road to have a panoramic view of the gorgeous snow town, say “ni hao” to the locals and have a glimpse of their life, and capture the beautiful moments with your camera.
After dinner, night life just begins. You can go for a nice walk at the lantern-lit night, participate in bonfire party, and dance Yangge with the locals.
Accommodation: Snow Town 4 stars hotel
- Day 4: Yangcaoshan Hill-Yabuli Ski Resort by CarYangcaoshan Hill, Yabuli Ski Resort (B+L+D)
AM: Today you will explore Yangcaoshan Hill, one of the most beautiful places at China Snow Town. The hill’s highest point is Camel Peak with an altitude of 1,235 meters. You will hike about 2 hours to Camel Peak. Listen to the snow crunch under your feet and watch the white snow shining under the sun. Don’t be intimidated by the cold and long journey. You will find out all those walks are worthwhile and tiredness will go away immediately when you see the magnificent scenery on the top.
Noon: You will hike down and have a lunch.
PM: After some rest, we will drive to Yabuli Ski Resort, the largest and best ski resort in China, and stay overnight.
Accommodation: Yabuli local 4 stars hotel
- Day 5: Yabuli Ski Resort-Harbin by CarYabuli Ski Resort, Harbin (B+L+D)
After breakfast, meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby and go for skiing about 3 hours.
The Yabuli Ski 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 can optionally try some of them.
After you have great fun in this heaven for skiing, we will have a lunch and drive back to Harbin.
Accommodation: Harbin local 4 stars hotel
- Day 6: Harbin - Beijing by Overnight Train (B)
Today you will explore the city on your own. Your driver will pick you up at 7:00 pm at your hotel lobby and transfer you to the train station for your overnight train back to Beijing（Z16/ 21:20 – 07:24). You will spend the night on the train.
Accommodation: Harbin – Beijing overnight train
- Day 7: Beijing Arrival
When you arrive in Beijing, Meet your driver at train station. Then transfer to your hotel.
Please note the Yabuli Ski Resort and China Sown Town are only available in winter (usually from December to next February).
- 2 ways Beijing-Harbin overnight train with soft sleeper (4 berths in 1 cabin)
- All entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
- All private transfer between train stations, hotels and scenic spots
- Air-condition car and driver, English speaking tour guide
- Comfortable hotels (4 start) for 4 nights with breakfast
- Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
- Ski suit and glasses at Yabuli Ski Rsort; snowmobile at Yangcaoshan Hill
- One bottle of mineral water per day
- All personal consumption
- Guide service on the train and Beijing train station
- Single Room Supplement (USD160 per pax)
- Excess Baggage Charges