Harbin, known as the Ice City, is not only one of the best places to go for a winter vacation in China, but also a cultural mecca full of Russian flavor. On this 4-day tour, you will see a wide variety of ice and snow sculptures, enjoy the stunning snowy scenery of China’s Snow Town, and experience fun snow and ice activities.
We will also take you to experience the magic of Yangcaoshan Hill at sunrise, after which the Harbin Ice and Snow World awaits you. In addition, you will explore the cultural heritage of St. Sophia Cathedral and Central Street. This itinerary seamlessly combines cultural exploration, natural beauty and winter celebrations for an unforgettable stay in Harbin.
2. Take an evening stroll through China Snow Town dotted with colorful lights.
3. Witness breathtaking sunrise at Yangcaoshan Hill, photograph the views created by the frost-covered landscape and foggy pine trees.
4. Marvel at the spectacular ice sculptures and participate in thrilling ice and snow activities at the Harbin Ice and Snow World.
5. Admire Harbin’s cultural gem – the iconic St. Sophia Cathedral.
- Day 1: Welcome to Harbin
Welcome to Harbin, the "Ice City" in China! Upon your arrival, your friendly guide and driver will meet you at the airport/train station and then transfer you to your hotel in the downtown area. After check-in, take some time to rest and freshen up.
In the evening, you can explore the city on your own. A highly recommended activity is the enchanting Ice Lantern Show in Zhaolin Park, which has been held annually from January 5th to the end of February since 1963. This free event takes place in a 6.5-hectare ice and snow kingdom, featuring over 2,000 cubic meters of ice and more than 1,500 ice sculptures. The display showcases the distinctive artistry of ice lanterns with a unique northern charm. You'll witness beautifully crafted ice lanterns illuminating the night.
Accommodation: in Harbin
- Day 2: To China Snow TownXueyun Avenue
After breakfast, you will depart for the captivating China Snow Town, a winter wonderland located 260 kilometers from Harbin. This place transforms into a fairy-tale world during winter, boasting pure and abundant snowfall that lasts from October to April. It's an ideal destination for enjoying and playing in the snow. The snow-covered wooden houses create a unique spectacle known as "mushroom snow," becoming the signature attraction of Snow Town. On the way, you will enjoy the primitive wooden houses and endless snow-capped land.
Upon arrival, you will check into the hotel for a short rest. Next, take a stroll along Xueyun Avenue, the liveliest area in Snow Town. Stretching more than 900 meters from north to south, this street is lined with numerous shops on both sides, featuring distinctive Northeastern architectural styles adorned with red lanterns. Afterwards, you can leisurely explore Snow Town at your own pace, marveling at the breathtaking snowy landscapes and experiencing the joy of water turning into ice.
As night falls, you will witness the town transform into a fairy-tale landscape, where the glistening snow reflects the soft glow of lights, creating an enchanting atmosphere.
Accommodation: in Snow Town
- Day 3: Snow Town to HarbinYangcaoshan Hill, Ice and Snow World
Today, you need to get up early for a picturesque morning. Your guide will take you to the highest place around Snow Town - Yangcaoshan Hill. The mountaintop offers a broad panoramic view, making it a perfect location for watching the sunrise and sunset. The reward for waking up early is an awe-inspiring sunrise, painting the sky with hues of pink and gold, and revealing the delicate beauty of rime-covered landscapes and misty pines.
After that, we will begin our journey back to Harbin city. Following dinner, you will experience an ice and snow feast at the Ice Festival in Harbin Ice and Snow World. This site boasts the world's largest ice sculpture exhibition, featuring a dazzling array of ice lanterns, snow sculptures, and ice carvings. Within the Ice and Snow World, you can immerse yourself in the pure joy of ice and snow, participating in activities such as ice slides and ice skating, and reveling in the delights of winter. The nighttime scene here is particularly enchanting, with sparkling ice lanterns creating a crystal-clear, fairytale-like ambiance.
Meal: Breakfast + Lunch
Accommodation: in Harbin
- Day 4: Cultural and Architectural TourSt. Sophia Cathedral, Central Street, Sun Island
After breakfast in your hotel, your tour guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and then lead you to the iconic St. Sophia Cathedral, a symbol of the city's history and culture. Built in 1907, this Eastern Orthodox church features a distinctive Byzantine architectural style with red walls contrasting against green domes and a dark green onion-shaped roof. Continue walking to Central Street, Harbin's historic street famous for its European-style architecture and rich history. Strolling along this street feels like stepping back in time to an ancient era, with every brick and tile narrating Harbin's story.
The final adventure of the day takes place at the Sun Island Scenic Area, the venue for the world's largest snow sculpture art carnival. The Snow Sculpture Art Expo is held annually for about two months, featuring different themes each year. Here, you can admire exquisite large-scale snow sculptures created by artists from various countries, including China, Russia, the United States, and more. In addition to the beautiful snow sculptures, there are also plenty of ice and snow amusement activities, allowing you to enjoy both the art and the joy brought by ice and snow.
As your journey concludes, your driver escorts you to the airport/train station. Wish you a pleasant journey and hope to see you again soon!
Meal: Breakfast + Lunch