If there is a unique place you can visit this January, what would it be? tiket.com has a suggestion for you. You can explore Harbin, the largest city in the northeastern region of China. There is a special event called Harbin Ice & Snow Festival this month that is unlike any other festivals in the world!
Imagine that more than 10,000 workers built the seasonal wonderland in the form of ice sculptures. When you visit Harbin, you can see illuminated ice castles, take some pictures and play on the ice! There are many fun activities you can do in Harbin.
What is Harbin Ice & Snow Festival?
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is a yearly event that you must see at least once in your lifetime. In January, people from all over the world flock into this snow city to see this spectacular festival.
There are four locations where you can see the festival, which are at Harbin Ice and Snow World, Ice Lantern Fair, Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo and Songhua River Ice and Snow Happy Valley.
At each place, you can see gigantic ice sculptures with different shapes and colors. There are ice sculptures in the shape of castles, churches, heart, swan, dragon and many more. Take Instagrammable pictures in front of these beautiful sculptures and iconic characters! Artists have prepared for this beautiful snow sculptures.
In January, there are winter swimming competitions. This is an interesting show to watch with your family. In Harbin, the transportation option you can choose is bus or taxi. It is going to be cold outside, so prepare your warm clothes!
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival lasts from January to February 5. Some of the attractions are open to visitors before the opening ceremony.
- Harbin Ice and Snow World
West side of Sun Island, Songbei District, Harbin
- Ice Lantern Fair
Zhaolin Park, at the northern end of Zhaolin Street in Daoli District.
- Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
No. 3 Jingbei Road, Sun Island Scenic Area, Songbei District
- Songhua River Ice and Snow Happy Valley
on Songhua River, near the flood control monument
What to Do Around Harbin?
1. Siberian Tiger Park
This is the largest natural park for wild Siberian tigers. When coming to this park, visitors can see exciting activities in the park such as looking at the live action of tigers praying other animals. The Siberian tigers are considered endangered now.
2. Swimming Performances
The winter swimming performances are held in Songhua river in wintertime. In the outdoor swimming pool, you can see professional swimmers jump into a pool and do speed swimming.
3. St. Sophia Cathedral Square
St. Sophia Cathedral is a former Russian Orthodox Church. The church covers a total area of 721 square meters. It is a great church with unique architecture. If you have time, it is a good idea to visit this place.
Visit this China’s Snow Town with Your Family
As the provincial capital of Heilongjiang, Harbin is also called the Moscow of the Far East. There is a heavy Russian influence in the city, which can be seen from the building’s architecture.
For an unforgettable experience, you can visit this China’s snow town this January! Buy a flight ticket to China via tiket.com. To know more information about what you can do in Harbin, read this article, t-mates. What are you waiting for? Explore China and have a good time with your family!