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Tour Overview

Do you know the must-visit destinations in China during winter? It’s the Ice City – Harbin. Follow us on a quirky trip to the Northeast, discovering the captivating fusion of Chinese and Russian cultures. The itinerary begins in Beijing, where imperial history unfolds in the Forbidden City’s opulence and traditional Hutongs’ charm. Explore the spiritual legacy at the Temple of Heaven and marvel at the engineering feat of Mutianyu Great Wall. Olympic marvels and Peking Duck await before a high-speed journey transports you to Harbin. Here, delve into winter wonderlands with intricate snow sculptures, Siberian tigers, and the magical Ice and Snow World. Harbin’s architectural tapestry, from St. Sophia Cathedral to Central Street, completes this unforgettable cultural odyssey.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Marvel at the grandeur of UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, exploring its halls and gardens. Dive into Beijing’s history, immersing yourself in imperial opulence.
2. Ride a rickshaw through Beijing’s traditional Hutongs, connecting with locals. After lunch, stroll through the Summer Palace’s serene gardens, embracing Chinese landscape design.
3. Discover the spiritual significance of the Temple of Heaven, witnessing Tai Chi and water calligraphy. Then, explore the marvels of Mutianyu Great Wall, an ancient engineering feat.
4. Admire the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, symbols of Beijing’s modernity. Indulge in optional Peking Roasted Duck, a culinary highlight representing the city’s rich heritage.
5. Explore Sun Island’s enchanting snow sculptures and the Siberian Tiger Park. Embrace the magic of the Ice and Snow World, a dazzling festival of illuminated ice sculptures.
6. Immerse yourself in Harbin’s cultural diversity at St. Sophia Cathedral. Stroll along Central Street, a vibrant blend of Chinese and Russian influences, capturing the city’s unique history.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Beijing, your dedicated guide and driver will warmly welcome you and then transfer you to your designated hotel. Take some time to settle in and relax after your journey.

    The remainder of the day is yours to explore Beijing at your own pace. Feel free to seek practical suggestions and recommendations from your knowledgeable tour guide, who can provide insights into local attractions, dining options, and cultural experiences. This leisurely afternoon allows you to acclimate to the vibrant atmosphere of the city.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Tiananmen Square Beijing
    Tiananmen Square in Beijing

  2. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel, preparing for an exciting day of exploration. Start your tour with a visit to Tiananmen Square, an iconic symbol of China's history and culture. Marvel at the vastness of this public square, which has witnessed significant events throughout the nation's history.

    Following the square, have a short walk to the Forbidden City, officially known as the Palace Museum, which is a monumental architectural masterpiece. Nestled at the heart of Beijing, this imperial palace served as the home to Chinese emperors for nearly 500 years. With its grand halls, ornate courtyards, and intricate details, the Forbidden City represents the zenith of traditional Chinese palatial architecture. Explore the imperial grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, wandering through its impressive halls and gardens. Discover the rich history and architectural beauty that characterize this ancient palace complex.

    Forbidden City Beijing
    Forbidden City

    Then, you will be guided to experience the charm of Beijing's traditional alleyways, known as Hutongs, with a delightful rickshaw ride. Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting a traditional family. Gain insights into their daily life, and traditions, and perhaps even participate in cultural activities.

    Enjoy a well-deserved lunch at a local eatery, savoring authentic Beijing cuisine that reflects the city's diverse flavors. Spend your afternoon exploring the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. You can wander through the serene gardens, admire the elegant architecture, and enjoy the picturesque views of Kunming Lake. As the day concludes, you'll have absorbed the essence of Beijing's history, culture, and local life, setting the stage for further exploration in the days to come.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  3. Today, you will embark on a cultural journey as you drive to the Temple of Heaven, a testament to imperial China's profound spiritual beliefs. This architectural masterpiece served as the sacred space where emperors performed rites to ensure good harvests. The park surrounding the temple is a hub of cultural activities, where you will witness locals engaging in the ancient art of Tai Chi and practicing mesmerizing water calligraphy. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of this historical site.

    Temple of Heaven Beijing
    Temple of Heaven

    Then, you will be transferred to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, a marvel of ancient engineering, nestled amid scenic mountain landscapes. Renowned for its well-preserved condition and strategic watchtowers, Mutianyu offers a glimpse into China's rich history. Experience the grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site by taking a cable car to the mountaintop. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views as you traverse the iconic wall. For the adventurous souls, consider hiking up or down a section of the Great Wall. This provides a unique perspective and a sense of accomplishment amid the stunning landscape.

    After that, drive back to Beijing, stopping to view the Bird's Nest and Water Cube, famous structures from the 2008 Olympics. These landmarks showcase Beijing's ability to blend tradition with contemporary innovation. Marvel at their architectural brilliance and take memorable photos from the outside.

    Optional Evening Activity:

    Indulge in the evening with an optional activity - savoring the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude. This delectable dish is a culinary delight representing Beijing's rich culinary heritage (additional cost applies).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Hike the Mutianyu Great Wall
    Hike the Mutianyu Great Wall

  4. Have a delightful breakfast at your hotel, savoring a fusion of flavors that reflect the diversity of Chinese cuisine. Afterwards, you'll be escorted to the railway station to catch a high-speed bullet train to Harbin, known as the Ice City, which beckons with its unique blend of Russian and Chinese cultures. Enjoy the comfortable and swift journey, taking in the diverse landscapes along the way.

    Upon arrival at Harbin West Railway Station, your local guide will guide you through the city's dynamic history and transport you to the city center. Take some time to relax and refresh. The rest of the day is yours to explore the captivating Ice City at your own pace. A recommended highlight is the Ice Lantern Show in Zhaolin Park, which is a spectacle of intricate ice sculptures illuminated by colorful lights. This annual event showcases Harbin's winter charm, turning the park into a magical wonderland. Explore the park at your own pace, marveling at the creativity and craftsmanship displayed in each frozen masterpiece.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Harbin

    Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Show
    Ice Lantern Show

  5. As the day begins, venture to Sun Island, a winter wonderland known for its enchanting snow sculptures. This island transforms into a mesmerizing gallery, featuring intricate sculptures crafted from pure white snow. Marvel at the creativity on display and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere. Then, take an exciting adventure at the Siberian Tiger Park, where you'll encounter these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. This conservation park is home to Siberian tigers, providing a unique opportunity to observe and learn about these endangered species.

    Sun Island in Harbin
    Sun Island in January 2023

    Savor a delicious dinner, indulging in local Harbin cuisine, known for its diverse flavors influenced by Russian and Chinese culinary traditions. As night falls, experience the enchantment of the Ice and Snow World, a dazzling display of illuminated ice sculptures. This annual festival transforms the area into a magical realm of frozen artistry. Engage in various ice and snow activities, from ice slides to sculptures, creating lasting memories in this winter wonderland.

    Warm Tip:

    Be aware of potential queues during peak times, especially during the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year and weekends. Planning ahead can enhance your experience.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Harbin

    Ice and Snow World Harbin
    Experience ice slide in Ice and Snow World

  6. After breakfast, your guide will take you to explore the St. Sophia Cathedral, an architectural marvel that stands as a testament to Harbin's rich history. This Russian Orthodox church, with its distinctive onion domes, reflects the city's cultural diversity. Then, take a leisurely walk along Central Street, a vibrant pedestrian thoroughfare lined with historical buildings and diverse shops. Immerse yourself in the charming ambiance, blending Chinese and Russian influences.

    Harbin Saint Sophia Church
    St. Sophia Cathedral

    After that, take a guided tour of Laodaowai, an area steeped in history, showcasing the fusion of Chinese and Russian cultures. Admire the architecture and gain insights into the cultural exchange that shaped this unique neighborhood. Conclude your tour with a visit to Jiuzhan Park along the scenic Songhua River. This riverside retreat offers tranquility and natural beauty, providing a serene backdrop to reflect on your Harbin experience.

    After the tour, your driver will escort you to the airport for your onward flight or to your next destination. As you bid farewell to Harbin, carry with you the memories of its winter wonders and rich cultural heritage.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: N/A

    Laodaowai in Harbin
    Laodaowai, a historic district

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 5 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • Second-class trains from Beijing to Harbin;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Beijing / off Harbin;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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