Day 1 Harbin
Transfer via: your own arranged flight/train
Sites visited: Ice Lantern Show
After you arrived at Harbin Taiping International Airport your tour guide will be waiting for you holding a welcome board. Then you will be transfer to the hotel for a short rest. In the evening, you will visit the Ice Lantern Fair in Zhaolin Park. Ice Lantern Fair, also named the Ice Lantern Show, it is hold every year from 5th January to the end of February in Zhaolin Park. The park located in the downtown, it is a small and peaceful place. Still you can see pretty ice sculptures without many crowded. Especially at night when the ice sculptures are lit then which looks like a magical world.
Day 2 Harbin
Meals: B, L, D
Sites visited: St. Sophia Church, Central Street, Sun Island Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Siberian Tiger Park, Ice and Snow World
After breakfast, you start to visit the Harbin St Sophia Cathedral church, with Byzantine style and meaning of God's wisdom for name, look so beautiful as if it had been made by God's hands. The church's original shape and Latin cross footprint was preserved during reconstruction.It was first built in 1907 and rebuilt into brick and wood structure in 1912. It is the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East.
The Central Street, also known the Zhongyang Street, it is the business center and most prosperous street of Harbin city, the capital of Heilongjiang province. It was originally built in 1898 when there were abundant of Russian business man in Harbin, China.
In the afternoon you will visit the Sun Island Scenic Area to see the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo. When it comes to winter the island will be covered by thick snow and there will be a world-famous snow sculpture show: International Snow Sculpture Art Expo. There are various of massive, huge snow sculptures which is so impressive and amazing.
Then you will make an safari-style adventure in the Siberian Tiger Park. Siberian Tiger Park located on the north bank of the Songhua River. It is the largest natural park for wild Siberian tigers of China, even in the world. There are over 500 Siberian tigers this park. Here you can see wild tigers closely and take some fantastic photos.
In the evening you will go to visit the Ice and Snow World. Located on the north bank of the Songhua River, the Ice and Snow Amusement World is a major attraction of Harbin Interactional Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival dunging the winter. There are full of awesome ice and snow sculptures created by artists from all around world. Kind note that please wear enough layers of proper clothes and warm shoes to keep you away form the freeze especially when you want to stay there longer to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Day 3 Harbin
Sites visited: Jihua Skiing Resort
After breakfast, we will drive about 1.5 hours to Jihua Ski Resort where you can select to enjoy skiing and more activities are on your interests. (Ref. ski price: CNY180/ 2 hours; CNY240/4 hours). Late afternoon, we will drive back to Harbin for free evening relax.
Jihua Ski Resort, also called Jihua Changshou Mountain Ski Resort, sits in Binxi National Forest Park as the nearest SSSSS-level national ski resort to Harbin downtown (38km).This national ski resort is built in a natural basin and surrounded by mountains, the towering peaks snake around and enclose the resort forming a natural wind-sheltered heaven. The resort has 15 different ski slopes, which in total cover a distance of 30 km, cater for beginner, medium and advanced-level skiers. The resort has a ski school, which offers more than 100 professional skimeisters. The resort is the only training base for National Youth Skiing Team. The resort area gets heavy snowfall, with about 150 days of snow every year. It can receive 5,000 people at the same time. It is an ideal place for cross-country skiing.
Day 4 Harbin/Departure
Sites visited: Stalin Park, Winter swimming watching
After breakfast, our guide will escort to see the winter swimming performance. As the Ice City, Harbin is a ideal place to have winter swimming activities. The average temperature here is -18 °C in winter and many local people had get used to take winter swimming.
Stalin Park a good place for lacal people to enjoy leisure.It become an ice activities center in winter. There are all sorts of ice related sports such as ice swimming, ice skating, ice hockey and ice sailing and so on.
Remember some time for transfering to the airport/station, then take your own arranged flight/train back home.
Kind Note: If you are a professional skier, please choose Yabuli Ski Resort - the only one has ski trails in Harbin up to prefessional level.