Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (also known as Harbin Ice Festival), mainly consists of three different theme parks:
1. Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is held every year in the Sun Island Scenic Area. It starts from January to the end of February/ beginning of March.
The expo has a different cultural theme every year. Generally the sponsor cooperates with other countries including Russia, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, and sometimes North Korea as well.
During the exhibition, visitors can see many giant illuminated snow sculptures featuring different cultures.
How to get there: By taxi is always the best option, or you can take the public bus No. 29, 54, 85, 88 and 346
2. Harbin Ice and Snow World
Harbin Ice and Snow World is a unique ice and snow cultural and tourist festival sponsored by Harbin Cultural Tourism Group and commissioned by Harbin Municipal Government.
Harbin Ice and Snow World is one of the most important parks, and my favorite one as well, of Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.
Year after year it has become the most popular winter attraction in the world, I am sure this is because this park looks like a dream, a fairytale where you can appreciate the breathtaking colorful illuminated ice and snow sculptures and also enjoy some fun winter activities.
Address: West part of the Sun Island, Songbei District
Opening Time/Hours: Around the end of December to late February 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Ticket Price: The ticket price for this park will be adjusted every year. However, you can get an overall idea by checking these prices:
Day – 09:00-12:00 Child/Student ￥ 120 Adult ￥ 150
Night – 12:00-21:00 Child/Student ￥ 160 Adult ￥ 300
Do Not Forget that the adult ticket price will rise to during the New Year’s holiday (January 1-3), Chinese Spring Festival (Check the dates, they change evert year), and the Lantern Festival (February 14).
How to get there: The best way is by taxi, but you can also take the public bus: No. 552, 551, 346, 219, 216, 212, 211, 85 or 54, and get off at the Sun Island road junction.
3. Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair
At the beginning, ice lanterns in Harbin were only used for lighting at night when fishermen were fishing at Song Hua River. Later they have been used as decorations in front of gates.
Address: 74 You Yi Lu (74 Friendship Road), the northern end of Zhaolin Street in Daoli District
How to get there: Electric bus No. 101, 103 and 114.
More Pictures That Will Inspire You To Visit Harbin During The Winter (despite the cold)
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