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Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
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If you are going to visit Harbin in winter, definitely you will put two must-see attractions into your Harbin tourHarbin Ice and Snow World, and Sun Island Snow Sculptures. The two sites are the prime draw cards of Harbin, enticing hundreds and thousands of visitors from home and abroad each winter season.

Today I’d like to introduce you to another ice and snow activity in Harbin which is more interactive and entertaining – Harbin Ice and Snow Valley, an important part of Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. This year is the 5th Harbin Ice and Snow Valley Festival which was originally inaugurated in the year of 2000. Since then, the Harbin Ice and Snow Valley is held annually lasting about 50 days starting December 25 and ending in Feb next year.

The venue of the ice and snow valley is located on the Songhuajiang River by the Harbin Flood Control Monument, on the northern tip of Zhongyang Street. Zhongyang Street is the main entrance into the huge ice park, which is also easily accessible from other 5 entries including Jiuzhan Street, Friendship Palace, Tongjiang Street, Wanda and Shangzhi Avenue along the south bank of Songhuajiang River.

This year’s ice and snow valley takes a total area of 76 square meters with 8 sections covering leisure, entertainment, food and beverage, folklore, shopping. There are over 50 ice and snow activities going on the huge park perched on Songhuajiang River which include winter swimming, whipping spinning tops, ice slides, snow cars, dogsleds, an large ice and snow maze, the Ewenki Mysterious Land, Inuit Culture Exhibition and more.

Free entrance to the huge park of Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley which includes 8 areas separated from each other on the iced river. But you are supposed to pay any activities inside the park. An advanced radar scanning system imported from Norway is equipped to monitor the thickness of the river ice surface, making sure the all activities on the iced river is safe.

Let’s follow me to have a glimpse of the so-called largest snow and ice playground in the world.

Walking along the famous Zhongyang Street from south to its northern tip, you will see a monument known as Harbin Flood Control Monument standing at the northern end of Zhongyang Street by Songhuajiang River. The monument was set up on October 1, 1958 in commemoration of the successive control of the huge flood by Harbin people in 1957.

Harbin Flood Control Monument

Harbin Flood Control Monument

North of the monument is the ice carved main entrance to Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley made of iced moon gates and pagodas.

the ice carved main entrance to Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley

the ice carved main entrance to Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley

Behind the ice carved main entrance is the ice ground on Songhuajiang River, the huge park of ice and snow happy valley with a total area of 76 square meters with 8 sections. Each section is composed of several fenced areas for different ice and snow activities.

A huge ice and snow playground

A huge ice and snow playground

 

Play the spinning top

Play the spinning top

Play the spinning top

Sliding on the ice

Sliding on the ice

Sliding on the ice

Self-guided stool sliding on the ice

Self-guided stool sliding on the ice

Self-guided stool sliding on the ice

 

Drive an ice and snow motor

Drive an ice and snow motor

Drive an ice and snow motor

Ice and Snow Tanks

Ice and Snow Tanks

Ice and Snow Tanks

Ice and snow manual car

Ice and snow manual car

Ice and snow manual car

Skiing on a track

Skiing on a track

kiing on a track

 

The Ewenki dogsleds

The Ewenki dogsleds

The Ewenki dogsleds

Winter Swimming

Winter Swimming

Winter Swimming

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Harbin Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Harbin:

Harbin China Snow Town 2 Day Tour from US$ 289p/p
Harbin Yabuli China Snow Town 4 Day Tour from US$ 579p/p

Harbin China Snow Town Private Transfer

Harbin 3 Day Winter Tour Package  from US$335 p/p
Harbin 4 Day Winter Tour package  from US$495 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 1 Day Round Trip   from US$85 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 2 Day Round Trip  from US$360 p/p

Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$460 p/p
Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$740 p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$630  p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$910  p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Harbin Ice Festival
Where to Stay in Harbin
Top Things to Do in Winter in Harbin
Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley
Harbin Ice and Snow World
Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
Harbin Winter Swimming
Madieer Popsicles in Harbin
Harbin Jihua Ski Resort

Yabuli Ski Resort

China Snow Town
Scenic Drive from Harbin to China Snow Town
Sunrise Glow over China Snow Village
Night View of China Snow Village

Any questions, just drop a line.

Night View of China Snow Village

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
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Planning your Harbin Tour? If you want to see and play the so-called best and thickest snow in China, you are supposed to go to China Snow Village, also known as China Snow Town, a 280km side trip from Harbin. Daily buses either from Harbin or Mudanjiang bring you to the famous village town in China.

China Snow Village, or China Snow Town, literally Zhongguo Xuexiang (z中国雪乡) in Chinese, is actually officially known as Shuangfeng Forest Farm. Its snow beauty has gradually transformed the village into a well-known snow tourist destination. Every winter the one-street village entices a consistent flow of tourists, especially from the Southern China where people rarely see any snow in their life time locally.

The snow in China Snow Village has two characteristics – the 7-month snowing period and the stickiness of the snow. In winter, all the traditional houses, and stuff in their courtyards, resemble big white mushrooms, snow balls, snow curtains, white rabbits, snow horses, or whatever you can imagine,just a fairyland.

When night falls, villagers will light up their red lanterns hanging at their houses, making Snow Village a land of white and red. Now follow me to have a glimpse of the one street village and some of the courtyards along the street.

Along the main street of the snow village, you will see, like other tourist destinations, restaurants, stores, vendors selling local products or tourist souvenirs. Behind the street front shops are usually lined with houses, which offer food and accommodation for tourists flocking here for experiencing the snow.

The Family Inn known as Zhao Shenglin Family Inn where I stay for two nights

The Family Inn known as Zhao Shenglin Family Inn

The Family Inn known as Zhao Shenglin Family Inn

The main street of China Snow Village.

The main street of China Snow Village.

The main street of China Snow Village.

A side lane branching off from the main street

A side lane branching off from the main street

A side lane branching off from the main street

A heavy snow covered street front restaurant

A heavy snow covered street front restaurant

A heavy snow covered street front restaurant

A grocery store

A grocery store

A grocery store

A busy vendor despite of the extreme cold outside

A busy vendor despite of the extreme cold outside

A busy vendor despite of the extreme cold outside

 

A snow covered house looks like a huge white crab

A snow covered house looks like a huge white crab

A snow covered house looks like a huge white crab

The house resembles a cake, a piece of bread?

A cake, a piece of bread

A cake, a piece of bread

The traditional house blanketed with snow looks like a huge white mushroom.

looks like a huge white mushroom

looks like a huge white mushroom

Traditional houses with a large courtyard, mushrooms and snow balls

Traditional houses with a large courtyard, mushrooms and snow balls

Traditional houses with a large courtyard, mushrooms and snow balls

06611Hassle-free Harbin, Yabuli and China Snow Town Guided transfer and  Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Harbin, Yabuli and China Snow Town:

Harbin China Snow Town 2 Day Tour from US$ 289p/p
Harbin Yabuli China Snow Town 4 Day Tour from US$ 579p/p

Harbin China Snow Town Private Transfer

Harbin 3 Day Winter Tour Package  from US$335 p/p
Harbin 4 Day Winter Tour package  from US$495 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 1 Day Round Trip   from US$85 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 2 Day Round Trip  from US$360 p/p

Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$460 p/p
Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$740 p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$630  p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$910  p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Harbin Ice Festival
Where to Stay in Harbin
Top Things to Do in Winter in Harbin
Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley
Harbin Ice and Snow World
Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
Harbin Winter Swimming
Madieer Popsicles in Harbin
Harbin Jihua Ski Resort

Yabuli Ski Resort

Harbin – Yabuli – China Snow Town Shuttle Bus

China Snow Town
Scenic Drive from Harbin to China Snow Town
Sunrise Glow over China Snow Village
Night View of China Snow Village

Any questions, just drop a line.

Any questions, just drop a line.

Sunrise Glow over China Snow Village

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
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Planning your Northeast China tour in winter? China Snow Village, or China Snow Town (中国雪乡) is worth your stay 1-2 night for exploring snow. Snow Village, literally “Xuexiang” in Chinese, officially known as Shuangfeng Forest Farm (双峰林场). It is located 170km west of Mudanjiang and 280km southeast of Harbin.

Given the unique geological location – a blend of the cold air from Siberia and the warm air from the Sea of Japan, Snow Village boasts the longest period of snowing in China, nearly 7 months. Snow Village has the best snow in China, thick and sticky, nicknamed “China Snow Village”.

For any new places, I would find a best place for sunrise or sunset view. Snow Village has two good locations for viewing sunrise – Yangcaoshan Mountain (羊草山) and Tudingshan Mountain (秃顶山). Visitors are not able to catch the sunrise over Snow Village since the village is nestled in a valley.

Recommended by my host family, I pay RMB 150 for a side trip to Tudingshan for sunrise view. First get on a shuttle bus going from the northern end of the village to the foot of Tudingshan Mountain, a 15-minute bus ride. At the bus terminal, we are required to take a snowmobile ( two persons for one snowmobile).

Line up for getting on a snowmobile.

Line up for getting on a snowmobile.

Line up for getting on a snowmobile.

Two passengers share one snowmobile.

Two passengers share one snowmobile.

Two passengers share one snowmobile.

It is a 10-minute-snowmobile ride, an exciting experience flying up through the thick snow in a forest. About 10 minutes later, we are on an open space on the mountain where we get off and start anther half hour’s hike up to the top of Tudingshan Mountain.

We trudge up the snow mountain and reach the rugged mountain summit. Windy and extremely cold, people are “foolishly” waiting for a potential sunrise.

Windy and extremely cold

Windy and extremely cold

Windy and extremely cold

Today’s sunrise refuses to come out due to the bad weather.

Climbing down the snow mountain, we meet another group of visitors going up for snow photography.

visitors going up for snow photography

visitors going up for snow photography

Again, taking a snowmobile back to the bus terminal for a ride back to Snow Village. Snowmobiles are waiting for us.

Snowmobiles are waiting for us.

Snowmobiles are waiting for us.

When back to Snow Village, we find part of the village is bathing under the sunrise glow!

we find part of the village is bathing under the sunrise glow

we find part of the village is bathing under the sunrise glow

The traditional houses are blanketed in the sunrise glow.

The traditional houses are blanketed in the sunrise glow.

The traditional houses are blanketed in the sunrise glow.

Rows of rows of village houses are leisurely lying there, looking brilliantly white under the sunrise glow.

oking brilliantly white under the sunrise glow

Looking brilliantly white under the sunrise glow

 

Walking in the main street in Snow Village under the sunrise glow.

Walking in the main street in Snow Village under the sunrise glow.

Walking in the main street in Snow Village under the sunrise glow.

So the dogsled

dogsleds

dogsled

06611Hassle-free Harbin, Yabuli and China Snow Town Guided transfer and  Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Harbin, Yabuli and China Snow Town:

Harbin China Snow Town 2 Day Tour from US$ 289p/p
Harbin Yabuli China Snow Town 4 Day Tour from US$ 579p/p

Harbin China Snow Town Private Transfer

Harbin 3 Day Winter Tour Package  from US$335 p/p
Harbin 4 Day Winter Tour package  from US$495 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 1 Day Round Trip   from US$85 p/p
Harbin Yabuli 2 Day Round Trip  from US$360 p/p

Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$460 p/p
Beijing Harbin 3 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$740 p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Bullet Train  from US$630  p/p
Beijing Harbin 4 Day Winter Round Trip by Flight  from US$910  p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Harbin Ice Festival
Where to Stay in Harbin
Top Things to Do in Winter in Harbin
Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley
Harbin Ice and Snow World
Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
Harbin Winter Swimming
Madieer Popsicles in Harbin
Harbin Jihua Ski Resort

Yabuli Ski Resort

Harbin – Yabuli – China Snow Town Shuttle Bus

China Snow Town
Scenic Drive from Harbin to China Snow Town
Sunrise Glow over China Snow Village
Night View of China Snow Village

Any questions, just drop a line.