Day 1 Arrival/Harbin
Transfer via: your own arranged flight/train
Sites visited: St. Sofia Church, Central Street, Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Art Fair
Upon arrive in the ice city Harbin in the early afternoon, you will be met by local English speaking guide at Harbin airport or railway station and transferred to the hotel, then start your trip from Central Street.
We head to Central street after watching the grand church. The Central Street, also known the Zhongyang Street, which was originally built in 1898 when there were abundant of Russian business man in Harbin, China. The Central Street is considered as the architectural art galley: Baroque and byzantine lining both sides, including Russian bakeries, French fashion houses and Japanese restaurants and so on. It's a good place to see architectural styles as well as for shopping and taste different Cuisine.
Then we lead to the Saint Sophia 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.
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: Sun Island, Harbin Polarland, Siberian Tiger Park, Ice and Snow World
The Sun Island Scenic Area (Tai Yang Dao). It's a great place for escaping the hot summer with cool weather and nice scenery, flowers, lakes and cute animals in the forest. 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.
Harbin Polarland seats in Sun Island and is the first polar land themed park mixed with fish, sharks, dolphins animal shows, polar land sights and Harbin winter ice festival interactive experience. Then you will enjoy Songhua River fish banquet in Longhua Yucun.
Afternoon 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.
Optional evening show: Russian song and dance performance
Day 3 Harbin/Departure
Transfer via: your own arranged flight/train
Meal: B, L, D
Sites visited: Stalin Park, Winter Swimming Performance, Ice Activities
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. You can see all kinds of people males, females, from youth to to 70 years old men swim through the frozen surface of the Songhua River. Also there is Winter Swimming Competition held in Harbin every year.
Beside the Flood Control Monument is the Stalin Park. It's a lovely park to enjoy leisure for local people. It's a ideal place to keep the heat away in the summer, you can sample some snacks and dink a bottle of beer under the trees and feeling the cool breezing. In winter it become an ice activities center. There are all sorts of ice related sports holding there like ice swimming, ice skating, ice hockey and ice sailing and so on. After you will stroll along the down town and see the St. Sophia Cathedral square, the St. Alekseyev Church, the Russian Flavor Street, Gogol Street, and enjoy the Russian Bar Street.
In the evening you will take your own arranged train or flight back home.