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Harbin Ice Festival Express - 6 Days map

Let it snow! Celebrate the New Year at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, home to the world's largest and most elaborate ice sculptures. Experience the magic and otherworldly beauty of Sun Island Park and Ice and Snow World on New Year's Eve, making this a holiday like no other.

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Trip Highlights

Harbin - Explore the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, including Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Harbin Ice and Snow World and Harbin Ice Lantern Show at Zhaolin Park
Beijing - Wander the capital of China, with free time to explore at your leisure
Huanghuacheng Great Wall - A section of the Great Wall of China, unique for its partially submerged and picturesque portion of the wall


Daily breakfasts and 2 dinners
Economy Flight: Beijing – Harbin
Touring of Beijing, Great Wall area, and Harbin Ice Festival
Beijing Capital Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer day 5
English speaking specialist guides at some sites
4 nights 4 star hotels
1 overnight train: Harbin - Beijing (4-berth soft sleeper cabin)
Escorted by an experienced English speaking Chinese Tour guide
All relevant transfers and transportation in private heated vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$120-130pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$35-45pp, paid in local currency


Day 1

Welcome to Beijing

28 December. Huang ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

The day is yours to explore Beijing, the captivating capital of China, renowned for its blend of history, contemporary skyscrapers, and iconic cultural sites such as the Great Wall of China.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

The Great Wall of China

Today, prepare for an exciting journey to the iconic Great Wall of China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Wall stands as an enduring symbol of Chinese civilization and ingenuity. Initially constructed for defensive purposes, it snakes an impressive 6,700 kilometers across diverse terrains and towering mountains.

We'll be visiting the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, known as the "Yellow Flower Great Wall." Its name originates from the vibrant yellow wildflowers that bloom along the wall during specific seasons. What sets Huanghuacheng apart is that a portion of the wall is partially submerged underwater. We'll embark on a scenic hike along the wall, offering breathtaking views and a deeper understanding of the structure's historical significance.

This evening will be spent at your own leisure.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Hello Harbin!

Beijing - Harbin. After breakfast at the hotel, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Harbin. Known as the "Ice City," Harbin is famous for its stunning ice and snow sculptures, particularly showcased during the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival—the highlight of your visit!

Upon arrival in Harbin, we'll head to the hotel, where you can settle in and relax amidst the city's unique blend of Russian and Chinese architecture. Later in the evening, we'll head to a local restaurant for dinner. One of the highlights on the menu is "Fried Pork in Scoop" (Guo Bao Rou), a beloved dish from northeastern Chinese cuisine. This dish features thinly sliced pork coated in a crispy batter and served with a delightful sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy this delicious introduction to Harbin's local tastes, as we kick off our journey in this vibrant city.
Overnight: Harbin  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival

We begin the last day of the year at the bustling Hongzhuan Local Market, celebrated for its diverse offerings and tasty local flavours.

Next, we venture to Sun Island Park for the China Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. While the official opening is on January 5th, the festival welcomes visitors from mid-December, offering a perfect opportunity to witness sculptors putting final touches on their masterpieces.

After breaking for lunch, our journey continues to the enchanting Harbin Snow and Ice World. Imagine gliding down a massive ice luge resembling the Great Wall of China or ascending a replica of the Emperor’s Summer Palace in Beijing, complete with towers, a guardhouse, and a moat with a seven-arched bridge. Here, you can even sail on Empress Dowager Cixi’s ice marble boat. The creations at Snow and Ice World defy imagination, enchanting, inspiring, and sometimes wonderfully bizarre—what surprises await this year are anyone’s guess!

Dinner awaits at a local restaurant with a specialty dish, "Northeastern Braised Chicken in Iron Pan," known for its hearty flavours. We'll end the day at our hotel bar, ringing in the New Year with festive lights and local 'Maitai firewater.' It's a perfect way to welcome the coming year in Harbin's enchanting atmosphere!
Overnight: Harbin  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Happy New Year - Harbin Ice Lantern Show

Harbin - Beijing (Overnight train). Happy New Year! Today, we begin with a visit to the Chinese Eastern Railway Bridge, a historic landmark that has defined Harbin's identity for a century. We'll then explore Stalin Park, a serene riverside park stretching 1,750 meters. Our tour also includes an exterior visit to the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Sophia, originally built in 1907 once the largest Orthodox church in the Far East.

A highlight of our day awaits at Zhaolin Park, the birthplace of the enchanting Ice Lanterns and host to the renowned Ice Lantern Art Fair. Here, we'll marvel at spectacular ice sculptures illuminated by traditional Chinese lanterns and neon lights. Since its first Ice Lantern party in 1963, the park has set seven Guinness World Records for its impressive creations.

Afterwards, we'll leisurely stroll along Central Street, celebrated for its historic charm and elegant architecture. At the Modern Hotel, a landmark dating back to the 1910s and often likened to the Palace of Versailles, we'll indulge in ice popsicles. Lunch will be at your leisure, followed by a drive through East and West Dazhi Street to admire old churches, such as the Eastern Orthodox church and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

After returning to the hotel, enjoy the afternoon with a late check-out until 6:00 PM. Dinner will be at your leisure in downtown Harbin. Later, we'll transfer to the train station for our overnight journey back to Beijing.
Overnight: Soft Sleeper Train to Beijing  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Beijing - your way

02 January. After arriving in Beijing by overnight train, you'll be greeted by a driver and a national guide who will escort you to a nearby hotel for breakfast. You can leave your luggage at the hotel and explore Beijing at your leisure, ensuring to return in time for your included departure transfer to the airport, scheduled to coincide with your international flight. Please ensure your flight departs from Beijing after 2 PM to accommodate any potential delays. If needed, post-tour accommodation can also be arranged.

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Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 4 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

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Twin Share
Single Room
28 Dec - 02 Jan 30% off
Twin Share
Single Room
28 Dec - 02 Jan 30% off

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Dong Fang Hotel Beijing, Beijing

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Dong Fang Hotel Beijing, nestled in Beijing's Cultural Tourism District, offers a rich cultural experience with its proximity to historical attractions. Comprising of three distinct buildings from 1918, 1953, and 1985, this Republic of China-themed hotel seamlessly blends nostalgia with classic charm. Guests can savor traditional Shandong cuisine at the 'Flavor 1918 restaurant'.

Harbin Nangang District Government Atour Hotel, Harbin

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Harbin Nangang District Government Atour Hotel is strategically situated for travelers eager to explore the city. Located just 2km from Binjiang Railway Station, it offers convenient access to transportation options. Within close proximity are attractions like the Temple of the Holy Virgin, Gogol Street, and The Russia Heyuan, ensuring plenty to see and do. After a day of exploring, guests can unwind in the hotel's comfortable accommodations. Renowned for its excellent facilities, the Harbin Nangang District Government Atour Hotel offers a restaurant, 24 hour lobby, and a fitness centre.

At a Glance

Trip Type
28 December
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 5, Dinner: 2
Minimum Age
12 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Dep. Transfer
No - bookable for a supplement
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