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Tour Code :
C1823
City / Province :
Harbin
Best tour month :
January,February
Type :
Views of the city
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      Harbin Ice Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow. The 32st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be held from January 5, 2016 and last for over one month. The best collections of ice artworks were exhibited in the following five main places:

      The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually from January 5 and lasts for over one month. Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang Province and this is China's original and greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world.

      The city's location in northeast China accounts for its arctic climate which provides abundant natural ice and snow. Subsequently, the 'Ice City' of Harbin is recognized as the cradle of ice and snow art in China and is famous for its exquisite and artistic ice and snow sculptures. The fabulous Ice Lantern Festival was the forerunner of the current festival and is still the best loved part of the overall event in the opinion of all who go to that city each year.

      The first Ice lanterns were a winter-time tradition in northeast China. During the Qing Dynasty(1644 - 1911), the local peasants and fishermen often made and used ice lanterns as jack-lights during the winter months. At that time these were made simply by pouring water into a bucket that was then put out in the open to freeze. It was then gently warmed before the water froze completely so that the bucket-shaped ice could be pulled out. A hole was chiseled in the top and the water remaining inside poured out creating a hollow vessel. A candle was then placed inside resulting in a windproof lantern that gained great popularity in the region around the city.

      Today, the Ice Festival is not only an exposition of ice and snow art, but also an annual cultural event for international exchange. Every year, there are many ice sculpture experts, artists and fans from America, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Russia, China, etc. gathering in this city to participate ice sculpting competitions and to communicate with each other in the ice and snow world. Also, Harbin ice lanterns have been exhibited in most of China's main cities as well as in many countries in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Oceania. For more than 40 years, the city's local natural resource of ice and snow has been fully explored to provide joy and fun for visitors to the city. Now during the festival, many sporting competitions are also popular including ice-skating, sledding and so on. Weddings, parties and other entertainments are now very much a feature of this ice world, adding their own contribution to the celebrations of this great festival of art, culture, sports and tourism..

  • All-inclusive Harbin City local culture and history 4 day private tour

    All-inclusive Harbin City local culture and history 4 day private tour

      If you've ever dreamt of a winter wonderland, Harbin will put on a spectacular show for you. During the winter months, the skies will open up and crisp white snowflakes will begin to cover all its paths. This winter package is a perfect balance of winter culture and beautiful arts in snow and ice, great for photographing! On this tour, immerse yourself in historical and cultural Harbin to discover the city by visiting Sun Island, Siberian Tiger Park, Ice and Snow World, St. Sofia Church, Central Street, Stalin Park and Ice Lantern Art Fair in Zhaolin Park.

    Price : from USD 280

  • Three-day private best of Harbin tour in winter

    Three-day private best of Harbin tour in winter

      In this unique tour package, seek a safari-style adventure from Siberian Tiger Park, enjoy International Snow Sculpture Art EXPO in the reputed Sun-Island Park, get lost in the wonderland of ice and snow world in the evening, explore the historical and cultural sites covering St.Sofia Church, Central Street and Stalin Park. The tour offers a private guide for a more personalized experience, a separate driver ensures full attention throughout the day, all entrance fees, authentic meals and free hotel pickup and drop-off included.

    Price : from USD 212

  • Private two-day city tour of Harbin in winter wonderland

    Private two-day city tour of Harbin in winter wonderland

        This Harbin winter trip provides the ultimate freedom and flexibility to see all the highlights of Harbin in winter and experience Harbin's incredible nature and culture at your own pace. Get intimate contact with the Siberian tigers, have an excellent chance of appreciating the classic Saint Sophia Cathedral, experience the wonderland of Harbin Ice and Snow World, venture to the vibrant Central Street, and marvel at Sun Island Scenic Area for an incredible array of ice sculptures.

    Price : from USD 185

  • One day leisure sightseeing tour to Harbin

    One day leisure sightseeing tour to Harbin

    Don't let the cold and snow stop you from exploring the magical Harbin. Enjoy the flexibility of a delightful winter journey that will allow you to experience adventure, action and excitement only available during this time of the year. See the best of Harbin in winter on this private sightseeing tour. View the Russian-style St. Sophia Cathedral, see the Western-inspired buildings along Zhongyang Central Street, admire the vast ice sculptures in Stalin Park, Sun Island ,Ice and Snow World, and enjoy intimate contact with Siberian Tiger. Private transport, a Chinese lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.  

    Price : from USD 171

  • 2-Day Private Tour Combo Package of Harbin Ice And Snow

    2-Day Private Tour Combo Package of Harbin Ice And Snow

    During winter, Harbin — capital of China’s northern most province — receives an avalanche of visitors to see the most spectacular of its works which are massive and elaborate recreations of castles, historic landmarks and famous figures, lit up at night in dazzling bright colors see the best of the winter wonderland on a private 2 day tour of the city’s highlights. In the tour, explore Siberian Tiger Park, Dragon tower, LaoDaoWai Road, Snow and Ice world, Church of St. Sophia, Central street, Songhua River, Sun Island, Harbin Polarland and Zhaolin Park​.   

    Price : from USD 490

  • 3Days Private In-depth travel in Harbin Ice And Snow Festival Including Yabuli ski resort and special lunch

    3Days Private In-depth travel in Harbin Ice And Snow Festival Including Yabuli ski resort and special lunch

    Harbin comes alive in the winter – sculptures and ice castles rise up out of the ice that grips the city by the frozen Songhua River – it is a glittering spectacle that's well worth the risk of a little frostbite. Spend a full day to see all the highlights of Harbin winter and experience the magnificent Church of St. Sophia,Central Street,Songhua River, Sun Island,Harbin Polarland,Zhaolin Park​,Siberian Tiger Park,Drgaon tower,LaoDaoWai street,snow and ice world and Yabuli Ski Resort.   

    Price : from USD 598

  • Harbin City One Day Private Tour Visit The Most Beautiful Winter On Earth

    Harbin City One Day Private Tour Visit The Most Beautiful Winter On Earth

    Harbin is an international city. Harbin local culture is fundamentally Han culture, combined with Manchu and Russian cultures. This combination of cultural influences impacted local architectural style, food, musics, and customs. On this tour, immerse yourself in historical and cultural Harbin to discover the city through the eyes of locals.Experience the Church of St. Sophia, Central Street, Sun island Snow Sculpture and Polar museum, Harbin Polarland, and Snow and Ice World. ​  

    Price : from USD 350

  • 1 day private tour of classic attractions in Harbin

    1 day private tour of classic attractions in Harbin

    Enhance your sightseeing experience in Harbin with this enriching one-day private adventure tour that grants you access to the festival's wintry wonders, including traditional ice-lantern exhibits, alpine skiing events, and the world’s largest ice sculptures Explore Sun Island Snow Sculpture, Siberian Tiger Park, church of St. Sophia, Central street, and snow and ice world.Admission tickets and Harbin cuisine lunch are included in the package.   

    Price : from USD 200

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