Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

The middle of the week is a perfect time to think about possible plans for the weekend. Days are getting warmer and warmer, so, on the coming weekend, you have the last chance to visit Harbin for viewing amazing snow and ice sculptures. Are there any people who have not visited them yet?

When: 24th of December 2016 – 28th of February 2017

What: The 32nd 哈尔滨国际冰雪节, or Hā’ěrbīn Guójì Bīngxuě Jié in pinyin (International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival) has opened its doors for Harbin’s visitors. There are different expositions in different areas, and, of course, you need to pay separate entrance fees for each place. The “Ice and Snow World” will cost you 330RMB, the “Sun Island Scenic Area” (the Snow Fair with the biggest snow sculpture, open from 9am to 9pm) – 240RMB, and the “Ice Lantern Garden” – 200RMB. The artists have created huge ice or snow sculptures, which are looking like fairy castles, ice hills, snow yurts and so on. After 5 pm, all the sculptures are lit up, so the expositions look more colorful than during the day. Usually, it is very cold in Harbin during this time, so don’t forget the warmest clothes and shoes you own, and we would recommend you to take hot tea or water with you. In the Festival areas, you can touch, take pictures or even climb on nearly every sculpture (if you can manage it), so you will definitely have fun there. There are other activities on offer, like sliding down ice hills with plastic sledges or riding in a husky dog drawn carriage are also available for extra money. On the last day, February 28th, all visitors will have an unforgettable opportunity – they will be able to destroy all the “masterpieces” with their own bare hands.

Harbin is one of the most attractive Chinese cities during the winter time for people from all over the world because of its beautiful decorations, tons of winter activities and various cuisines from different parts of the planet.


Ice and Snow World from the top


Ice castle


Ice cubes


Many people come there every day to enjoy its beauty…and take pictures


Children are happy the possibility to climb on ice sculptures


Truly huge snow sculptures


This year special: Snow Rooster


There is no Chinese festival without mythical creatures


The size of many sculptures is really impressive


Sliding down ice hills with plastic sledges is such a funny activity

Extra tips:

  • The Siberian Tiger Park is another famous place in Harbin. The entrance fee is 100RMB and this lets you ride on a bus around the whole area, where tigers are walking, and then being dropped by a walkway where you can stroll along and see the animals inside a big cage. For extra money, you can feed the tigers – options start from 10RMB for a small piece of beef and go all the way up to a live goat for 1500RMB.

Tigers are walking in the park


The view from a walkway


Tiger’s food

  • Riding the Harbin Cable Car is another activity that tourists like. One way is 50RMB, round way 80RMB (I would recommend you take this second option, as there is only a hotel on the other side and not much to do). The most beautiful time to ride is in the evening – you can see the lit up cityscape and both sides of the river – both downtown and the Sun Island where the Snow and Ice city will be visible with its multi-colored vistas.

Cable car in winter (www.tripadvisor.com)


The view in summer is also very nice (www.tripadvisor.com)

Thank you for reading, and please remember that you are always welcome to share our posts with your friends. Feel free to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our blog as well. Have a good time in Shenyang – or in Harbin, as the case may be!

Written by Inna Mironova

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