Harbin is the cradle of ice and snow culture. The Sun Island Snow Expo, known to be the origin of China’s ice sculpture, has now become part of the Harbin International Ice Festival. As the earliest and the largest scale ice sculpture event in China with the highest level of art, the Sun Island Snow Expo is thought to be a famed international event offering a platform for the artists to show their best works. In winter, everything in the Sun Island is covered with snow, including all the trees and flowers, forming a dreamlike paradise that is also known as a winter wonderland. Besides, you can also go to Yabuli Ski field, which used to be the hunting ground of the emperors and royal families back in the Qing Dynasty. Currently, Yabuli Ski field is the largest ski field and the largest comprehensive winter sports training center in China.
Yabuli Skiiing: The Most Colorful, Coolest & Purest World in China
Day 1: Harbin - Welcome to the Ice City - Harbin! Make sure that you button up your coat when walking out of the airport; your personal tour guide will greet you with a warm smile at the arrival hall. Together you will take the private, heated vehicle back to the hotel. After checking in, head to Songhua River to watch the brave local people swim in icy water. After lunch in a fine local restaurant, visit St. Sophia Cathedral, an Byzantine style Eastern Orthodox Church. It is now mainly used as an architectural art gallery to display the past, current and future development of Harbin city. Then you will spend some quality time on Central Street; feel free to take pictures of the first pedestrian street in China and the many styles architectures.
Day 2: Harbin - After a big breakfast, drive about twenty minutes to the Sun Island Scenic Area, which provides beautiful landscapes all year round. Every winter, snow sculptures are made and displayed in different themes. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will head for Harbin Ice and Snow World to witness the exquisiteness of annual ice sculptures. Come have a drink in the ice bar, take a seat in the ice hotel and try golfing in the snow. You are in the Ice City, forget about the cold and enjoy what the cold brings to you. When night falls, the lights and lasers are on display, making it a wonderful and colorful fairyland.
Day 3: Harbin/Yabuli - Pack everything, your guide and driver will transfer you to Yabuli for some skiing. The private transfer in the snow could take around3.5 hours; a direct train is also available at the same time duration. Yabuli Snow Mountain reaches 137.4 meters, the average temperature is 2 to 10 degrees Celsius, snow depth reaches 30-50 cm, 120 days a year for optimal skiing, all these facts make Yabuli a perfect place to hold both international skiing competitions and leisure skiing as well. After checking in, go ahead, pick the right gear and trail, it is time to ski like the pros on TV!
Hotels recommended: Yabuli luxury hotels - Yabuli Med Club Resort, Yabuli International Convention & Exhibition Center or similar
Day 4: Yabuli - We know that you still want to ski for today. Just do it.
Day 5: Yabuli - Your guide and driver will show up at the hotel at the appointed time. Say goodbye to Yabuli and hit the road for your next destination.
Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request
- Note: the Highlights of Harbin tour itinerary mentioned above is only a sample; we can customize this tour to meet your requests.