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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

By TravelChinaGuide | 2017-01-10 |   3897

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow. The 33rd session will be held from January 4, 2017 to March 2017. The best collections of ice artworks were mainly exhibited in the following venues:

Sun Island Scenic Area

Ice and Snow World

Zhaolin Park

Ice Lantern Garden Party

Yabuli International Ski Resort

The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually from around 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 is the forerunner of the Ice and Snow Festival and is still the best loved part of the overall event in the opinion of all who go to that city each year.

Three Major Venues

1. Sun Island

It is the site of the Snow Sculpture Exposition displaying a wonderful snow world. It has the world's largest indoor ice and snow art museum and it opens to the public from November every year.

Admission Fee

Snow Sculpture Exposition: CNY 240 for adults; CNY 120 for children between 3.9 and 4.6 feet (1.2-1.4m); Free for children under 3.9 feet

Other time: CNY 30 (just admission fee)

Expo Opening Time: Dec. 10, 2016 to the early Mar., 2017

Operating Hours during the Expo Dec. 10 to 31, 2016: 08:00-17:00; Jan. 1 to the early Mar., 2017: 08:00-20:00


1. Take bus 29, 47, 80, 119, 125, 126, 127, 211, 212, 213, 215, 216, 219, 223, 225, 226, 346, 396, 551, or 552, and get off at Taiyangdao Daokou (Sun Island Crossing) Station.

2. Take the cable car over the Songhua River directly to the scenic area.

2. Ice and Snow World

It came into being in 1999 and is one of the world's largest ice architecture parks. The inspiration for the ice and snow sculptures there usually is derived from traditional Chinese fairy tales or world famous architectures such as the Great Wall, the Egyptian Pyramids, etc.

Admission Fee

CNY 330 for adults; CNY 200 for children between 3.9 and 4.6 feet; Free for children under 3.9 feet

Opening Time: Dec. 22, 2016 to Mar., 2017

Operating Hours: 11:00-22:00


Take bus 29, 47, 80, 88, 119, 125, 126, 127, 211, 212, 213, 215, 216, 219, 223, 225, 226, 346, 396, 551, or 552 to the Ice and Snow World directly.

3. Zhaolin Park

It is a 'must see' during the Ice and Snow Festival because it has a traditional program that shows the most excellent ice lanterns. With water, lights and the natural ice from the Songhua River running through this city as the material, the ice lanterns are made by freezing water, piling up ice or snow, then carving, enchasing, decorating, etc. The Ice Lantern Garden Party has been held here annually since 1963. There are numerous pieces of ice artworks in the park arranged in groups according to different themes depicting Chinese classic masterworks, European folktales and customs and so on. A great variety of objects such as buildings, gardens, flowers, waterfalls, European-styled churches, lions, tigers, dragons are carved from ice. In the daytime, the ice sculptures are magnificent and verisimilitude. Moreover, with the interspersion of the sparkling colored lights embedded in the sculptures at night, the park becomes a glorious and amazing ice world.

Admission Fee

During the festival: CNY 150 per adult; free for children under 3.9 feet

Other time: Free

Ice Lantern Garden Opening Time: Dec. 23, 2016 to the early Mar., 2017

Operating Hours during the Festival 10:00-21:00


Take bus 4, 8, 23, 53, 83, 114, 132, 136, 201 or 206, and get off at Zhaolin Gongyuan (Zhaolin Park) Station.

The 33rd Ice and Snow Festival Highlights (2017)

It will start from January 4 to March 2017, covering three important Chinese festivals – New Year's Day, Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival. Based on the theme of "Bright Pearl of the Crown of Ice and Snow", a variety of activities about ice and snow, concerning tourism, culture, fashion, the economy and trade and sports, will welcome all tourists. People can enjoy beautiful ice sculptures and snow arts in the Sun Island Scenic Area, Ice and Snow World, Zhaolin Park and Central Street. In addition, St. Sophia Church, Harbin Polarland and Songhua River are also worth a visit during the festival.

2017 activities schedule for your reference

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