Harbin's Ice Wonderland Exploration

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Harbin, Flight not included

Airport Transfer (Harbin)

Day 2: Sun Island Scenic Area, Siberian Tiger Park, The Central Street, Harbin Zhaolin Park

Sun Island Scenic Area (1.5 hours): Sun Island Park is a major sight of Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. In winter during the festival, the park becomes a wonderful snow world with many snow sculptures of various sizes created by Chinese and international artists. In summer the park is a big recreational center.

Siberian Tiger Park (1 hour): It is the largest breeding center in the world for Siberian tigers. Tourists take a bus with wire-mesh protection through the park to see at close quarters about 100 purebred Siberian tigers, who roam freely inside the park. There is also a cage area housing lions, pumas, leopards and ligers (result of a lion and a tiger breeding). Tourists can purchase meat or live poultry to feed the tigers.

The Central Street (30 minutes): Originally built in 1898, Central Street is the most prosperous street in Harbin. This one-mile-long pedestrian street is also considered an architectural art gallery, with buildings of the most influential western architectural styles, such as Baroque and Byzantine, lining both sides. Central Street also provides a good opportunity for shopping and dining.

Harbin Zhaolin Park: Zhaolin Park is a major attraction of Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. In winter it is turned into a world of ice lanterns created with a certain theme. At night the park is colorful, brought to life with lighting and sound. During the three other seasons the park is a recreational area.

Day 3: Winter Swimming Watching, The Jile Temple (Jile si), Confucius Temple, Dragon tower, The Ice and Snow World

Winter Swimming Watching (30 minutes): The ice city of Harbin is an ideal place for various kinds of winter sports. Some local people, especially senior citizens, believe that winter swimming benefits the health. When the outdoor temperature falls to −30℃ (−22℉), these swimmers wear their swimsuits and plunge into the icy swimming pool chiseled through the frozen surface of the Songhua River.

The Jile Temple (Jile si): Built in 1923, Jile Temple is the largest Buddhist Temple in Heilongjiang Province. Its architecture and layout all follow the Chinese Buddhist style. It is very popular among local people, especially during traditional festivals, when people come to pray and burn incense. There is pagoda complex inside the temple where tourists can admire the ancient pagodas.

Confucius Temple : Built in 1926, it is the largest and best preserved Confucian temple in Northeast China. The whole complex was constructed in memory of Confucius, an influential Chinese philosopher who lived about 2,500 years ago. Each year, a grand traditional ceremony is held in late September to worship this great thinker.

Dragon tower: Dragon Tower with a height of 336 meters (1,102 ft) is a landmark of Harbin City, and it serves as Heilongjiang TV Broadcasting Tower. The observation platform at 190 meters (623 ft) gives a nice panoramic view of Harbin City. A revolving restaurant at the height of 186 meters (610 ft) offers a nice dining experience.

The Ice and Snow World (1.5 hours): Located on the north bank of the Songhua River, Ice and Snow World is a major attraction of Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Artists from around China, and around the world, gather together to create a galaxy of ice and snow sculptures, which look even more beautiful when lit up after dusk.

Day 4: Depart Harbin, Flight not included

Hotel to airport Transfer (Harbin)

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