Add an extra 3 days to your China tour and visit the Harbin Ice Festival during the month of January or early February when the weather is coldest. Explore this winter wonderland and see the impressive ice sculptures and lit buildings that this city creates for their Ice Festival each year. Add this highly recommended addition to your highlights China tour during the winter months!
Day 1 : Arrive Harbin Day 2 : Sun Island Park & Siberian Tiger Park Day 3 : Grand World of Ice & Snow
View snow sculptures at Sun Island Park & Grand World of Ice & Snow
Drive through Siberian Tiger Park and view this endangered species
Tour the Provincial Museum featuring the history of Harbin City
Arrive to Harbin this morning and meet your local guide. Transfer to downtown Harbin and set out to explore the city.
Visit Central street (Zhongyang Dajie) and get your first glimpse of the various ice and snow sculptures lining the street. Visit the former St. Sofia Church, which was originally built beginning in 1923 and took almost a decade to complete. It is the largest church building in the Far East and is currently used as an architectural art museum today.
Later on today after it gets dark, go to see the Zhaolin Park, built to commemorate a general from World War II. The lit up ice sculptures here are the most impressive in all of Harbin and each year the theme of the sculptures varies.
Day 2 Sun Island Park & Siberian Tiger Park
After breakfast this morning at your hotel, transfer to the Sun Island Park on the northern bank of the Songhua River. This is the main spot of the Ice Festival of Harbin and a great place to see some amazing snow sculptures. The Songhua River freezes over in winter and most people take materials for the sculptures directly from the river.
Next drive to Siberian Tiger Park and get an up close look at the endangered Siberian tiger. This is a breeding center that is attempting to repopulate the almost extinct species. The research center now holds quite a few tigers and you have the opportunity to slowly drive through the park to see them through your car window.
Finally, visit the Grand World of Ice & Snow, which is the highlight of the Ice & Snow Festival. It is a large park where you can see many different sculptures made of snow and Ice.
Day 3 Grand World of Ice & Snow
This morning, visit the Provincial Museum of Heilongjiang where you can learn the history of the province and Harbin city. Lastly stroll through Stalin Park by the river where crowds of local people typically play on the iced over river. Children ice skating and local vendors fill the chilly air with sounds of bustling activity as the city comes alive during this exciting winter season.
Transfer this afternoon for your flight on to your next destination.
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.