Plan your Harbin Trip? Located in the center of Northeast Asia, Harbin is called the bright pearl on the Bridge of Eurasia Land. The whole city covers an area of 53,100 km. Harbin is originally a Manchu word meaning “a place for drying fishing nets”. It is known for its bitterly cold winters and is often called the “Ice City”. Harbin is well-known for its beautiful ice sculptures in winter and plays an important part in Sino-Russian trade.
Started in 1999, the Ice and Snow World is a large-scale exhibition hall of ice and snow sculptures and art. The scene is majestic. It’s reputed as “the Ice and Snow Epic Picture”. The inspiration for the ice and snow sculptures there usually is derived from traditional Chinese fairy tales or world famous architectures such as the Great Wall, the Egyptian Pyramids, etc. It shows to people the spectacular charm of the snow art and snow tourism.
330 Yuan (Friday-Sunday and public holidays)
260Yuan (27th -30th Dec.)
300Yuan (25th, 26th , 31st Dec.)
Opening Time: 09:00-21:30 during the Harbin Ice Festival since Dec. 25th
Bus Route: Bus No. 211, 212, 213, 346 to Sun Island Road Crossing (Taiyangdao Daokou) Station.
Harbin Ice Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow. The 27th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will begin from January 5, 2011 and last for over one month. It is held annually from January 5 every year and lasts for over one month.
It is one of the world’s four grandest ice and snow festivals, together with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival. The activities of the festival are rich and colorful, including Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Sun Island, Ice and Snow World (also located in Sun Island) and Ice-lantern Exhibition in Zhaolin Garden.
With 1,450-meter length and 21.34-meter width, the central street is a perfect remnant of the bustling international business activities at the turn of the 20th century. it has become the largest and longest business street in Asia. Perhaps the street is the most bustling street in Harbin as there are at least 200,000 people visit here each day.
The Central Street is also a veritable museum of different European architectural styles, such as Baroque, Renaissance, Eclecticism and Byzantine facades. long corridor of European architectural art is the pride of every Harbin.
How to get there: Bus No. 53, 113, 114, 201
Yabuli is located in the Shangzhi City, around 200 kilometers east of Harbin. Yabuli is a year-round tourist attraction specializing in Ski activities
Yabuli Ski Resort is currently the biggest and has the most complete facilities among ski resorts in China. Among its features is the 3800m long main skiing trail located at an altitude of 1300m. Cable car lifts are also available. Yabuli Ski Resort is surrounded by mountain ranges covered with pine forests.
Price List for Skiing:
Half Day 320 on Weekday; 380 on Weekend; 460 on Holiday
As the the largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the Far East, St Sofia Orthodox Church is 53.3 meters (175 feet) high and occupies an area of 721 square meters (0.18 acres). style of the building is Neo-Byzantine. The main structure is laid out in the shape of a cross with the main hall topped with a huge green tipped dome. There are smaller steeples, and the domes and steeples are topped with gold colored crosses. It looks like the church building at the Red Square in Moscow.
Ticket Price: 20 Yuan
Opening Time: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: Bus No. 1, 2, 13, 15, 64, 66, 113
Park located on the banks of the Songhua River in Harbin and can be reached by ferry boat (5 rmb). Pleasant to stroll during the warmer months and on the weekends newly married couples can be seen taking pictures. In the winter it becomes part of the ice city festivities.
Gondola ride over Songhua River, access point is the Sun Island Park. A nice way to work your way back from Sun Island in a gondola car that takes you over the banks of the Songhua.
30 Yuan (at other time)
08:30-19:00 (during the snow sculpture expo)
How to get there: Bus No. 29, 85, 88 to Sun Island Station.
With a total area of 12,000 square meters, the Heilongjiang Provincial Museum holds more than 107,000 exhibits, including fossils unearthed in Wuchang Xuetian Village which prove the presence of ancient human beings in the Heilongjiang Region more than 20,000 years ago. And there are some other exhibitions such as Heilongjiang Historical Relics Exhibition, Heilongjiang Ancient Animals Exhibition, Early Engravings of the Great Northern Wilderness and so on.
Ticket Price: Free
09:00-16:30 (Off Season)
How to get there: Bus No. 7, 10, 21, 58, 64, and 101
Covering an area of 1.2 million square meters, The garden for grown tigers covers 360,000 square meters with 30 feral adult tigers. Travelers can wander through it in a special sightseeing car. There are more than 40 cubs in the cub garden, all of them less than three years old. They are very lovely. In addition, there is a free Popular Science Exhibition Hall in the Siberian Tiger Park. In the exhibition hall, people can see information on tigers in pictures and samples as well as in words.
50 Yuan for Children between 110cm-140cm
Opening Time: 09:00-16:00
How to get there: Bus No.85