Harbin is celebrated for its historical connection to Russia and is sometimes even called “the Moscow of the Far East”. Winter is the best season for visiting. The lively Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, the wide and often frozen Songhua River, the magnificent Orthodox Church, and the fascinating Ice-Snow World, are just some of the landmarks and wonderful sights on offer in the spectacular city of Harbin. Nighttime in Harbin resembles a white fairyland. This 4-Day tour ushers you into the largest Ice and Snow Festival, presenting you with an exceptional winter travel experience. Marveling at the vibrant multicolored lights on the western buildings and savoring the abundance of delectable refreshments in the restaurants, you will be bewitched by its charm and character.
Day 01: Arrival, Welcome to Harbin
Welcome to the fantastic ice world in Harbin. In this tour, you will discover a most remarkable ice and snow world. On your arrival, you will be picked up by your tour guide at the airport. You will be taken to your hotel to have a good rest.
Day 02:Explore Landmarks in Harbin (B,L)
After breakfast, a roughly one-hour drive brings you from your hotel to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street and you can take a walking tour of the bustling street. Then, transfer to Stalin Park where you will find a world of ice and snow. After an enjoyable lunch, explore one of the famous landmarks in this city – Saint Sophia Cathedral. Afterwards, visit Zhaolin Park to enjoy the Ice Lantern Festival.
Harbin Zhongyang Pedestrian Street
Harbin’s Zhongyang Pedestrian Street was first constructed in 1898, and the whole street was floored with square stones that are compact, bright, and look like Russian bread. This is an art corridor featuring multiple western constructions, including Renaissance style and Baroque style with Rococo decoration. At night, it will show off its colorful culture and breathtaking entertainment.
Located on the South Bank of the Songhua River, Stalin Park is an open park alongside the dam and imitates the classical Russian buildings mixed with the typical Northland style of China. It is famous for its art sculpture, and in the center of the park is the Flood Control Memorial Tower
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Saint Sophia Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East. The majestic Cathedral is built with red-brick walls and features impressive onion domes. The interior functions as the Harbin Architectural Art Gallery, being open to the public. You can also see a large music fountain and a lot of doves in front of the cathedral.
Harbin Ice Lantern Festival in Zhanglin Park starts on January 5th and lasts until late February. It becomes a sea of ice lanterns and a magical sight unfolds when the lanterns are lit.
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Day 03:Admiring Ice Sculptures (B,L)
After breakfast, allow about half an hour for leaving the hotel for a tour of Beidahuang Agricultural Garden. This visit will give an opportunity for you to enjoy local natural beauty. After having lunch in the local restaurant, continue your tour to discover a fairy-tale ice world. You will enjoy the exciting snow entertainment in Harbin Ice-Snow World and the diverse sculptures on Sun Island.
Beidahuang Agricultural Garden
In the garden, you can experience the joy of picking melons and vegetables, performing outdoor activities, and participating in a rich harvest. The garden is a practical and educational center. Visitors marvel at the peach trees blossoming in the snow in early spring. In the summer, the fresh fragrance of ripe melons and vegetables fill the garden. From then right through until autumn, is the right time to taste the fruits. Even in winter, visitors can enjoy the lush green of the garden.
Harbin Ice-Snow World
Harbin Ice-Snow World is open from Christmas Day until March. Brightly lit beautiful ice sculptures and castles attract a great many visitors. It also provides a variety of snow entertainment, including climbing ice castles, playing on the longest ice slide in China, taking the train through the forest, riding an ice bicycle or motorcycle, going skiing, and ice rock climbing. If you feel tired, you could sit down to watch a dance performance on the ice or take a cruise.
This island is located on the north bank of the Songhua River, opposite the prosperous city center. It is well-known for its natural beauty, for its exhibition of western architecture, for its showcase of the lifestyle of northern folk, and for the masterpieces created by snow sculpture artists from around the world. You can really enjoy yourself and have a memorable time in the snowfield.
Day 04:Harbin Departure (B)
The guide will transport you to the airport on time. We wish you a pleasant journey.