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China Snow Town

Sunday, February 4th, 2018
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If you are thinking of Harbin tour, it is worth having a two-day side trip from Harbin to China Snow Town if you are interested in experiencing the coldest weather and heaviest snow in China.

China Snow Town, also known as China Snow Village or literally Zhongguo Xuexiang (中国雪乡) in Chinese is reputed as the most desirable place to experience the thickest snow and plentiful snow activities in China.

China Snow Town is the nickname of Shuangfeng Forest Farm (双峰林场) in Changting Township (长汀镇) at Hailin City (海林市), Mudanjiang (牡丹江), Heilongjian Province. The forest farm is under the administration of Dahailin Forestry Bureau (大海林林业局).

Shangfeng Forest Farm is located roughly between Harbin (280km to the southeast of Harbin ) and Mudanjiang (170km to the west of Mudanjiang).

The seat of Shuangfeng Forest Farm ( China Snow Town) is a one-street town nestled in a valley surrounded by the thick mountain forest. Like many other forest farms, Shuangfeng Forest Farm is no longer allowed to cut trees for logging trade due to the new policies from the central government. The main task of these forest farms is to raise or take care of the trees in their controlled areas respectively.

Shuangfeng Forest Farm’s unique geological location results in nearly 7-month snowing period in the town, the thickest snow in China. The snow in the town is both thick and sticky, a feature making the town a snow fairyland.

In winter, the traditional houses and courtyards are decorated by the thick snow, creating magnificent natural snow engraving arts – snow mushrooms, snow curtains, snow rabbits, snow horses.

At night, the whole town is lit up by the red lanterns hanging outside their houses and on the streets, making the snow town a romantic place for wandering and unwinding.

Since 2000, Shuangfeng Farm has become more and more popular for its snow landscape featuring the snow arts bestowed by the nature. Gradually Shuangfeng Forest Farm has been transformed from a traditional forest farm into a hot snow destination, attracting thousands of visitors each winter. The RMB 95 entrance fee collected from all visitors have become the main income for the forest farm.

Now China Snow Town has become the password of Shuangfeng Forest Farm which has gradually disappeared from the public. The best time to visit China Snow Town ranges from December to February. Harbin and Mandanjiang are the two main entry cities where you can take long-distance buses or hire a vehicle to get to China Snow Town.

At the time of my writing, there are 7 hotels in the town like Days Hotel & Suites Xuexiang and Xueyunge Hotel. The hotels in the town are far from meeting the increasing demand of tourists coming to the town at peak season.

Most of the workers at the forest farm have turned their courtyard homes into family inns which are mainly composed of several 4-person stone-bed room ( kang ) with shared or private bathrooms. Beside accommodation, they also offer food service, or three meals a day if you prefer. They even go out of their way to help you assisting in planning your local travel arrangement.

Top things to do in China Snow Town
1. Get up early to catch sunrise view at Yangcaoshan Mountain or Tudingshan Mountain. Book your tickets through the official agents or your host family.
2. Hike across from China Snow Valley (雪谷) to Snow Town, a challenging 15-km walking on the snow.
3. Go skiing at Snow Town Ski Resort
4. Taking photos freely on the street or around the houses in the town.
5. Taking pictures at the two paid sites on the street.
6. Just experience the coldest weather.
7. Have a bite of the local food.
8. Enjoy the local Er-Ren-Zhuan (Two-person performance).

Entrance Fee: RMB 95 ( valid for two days )

Recommended Hotels or Inns in China Snow Town

1. Days Hotel & Suites Xuexiang 万嘉雪乡戴斯度假酒店 (5 star)
Rooms: 170
Rack Price: 1880
0453-7410888

2. Xueyunge Hotel 雪韵阁酒店 ( 3 star)
Rooms: 170
Rack Price: RMB 980
0453 – 7410858

 

For hotel booking in Xuexiang ( Snow Town), please check out the link below:
http://hotel.elong.net/xuexiang/

How to get to China Snow Town?

China Snow Town Tourist Map

China Snow Town Tourist Map

China Snow Town Tourist Map

Nangang Bus Station 南岗客运站
Kindly reminder:  You’d better take the special buses from Nangang Bus Station ( 南岗客运站) in Harbin though there are other on-route bus stops in Harbin.

Nangang Passenger Bus Station Address: No.26, Shenchun Street, Harbin
Tel: 0451 – 53634528, or 82830118

地址:黑龙江省哈尔滨市春申街26号
电话:0451-53634528或0451-82830118

Harbin – Yabuli – China Snow Town Shuttle Bus Route:
Operating Time:Mid-December to February
Ticket fares:
Harbin – Yabuli Ski Resort RMB 55;
Yabuli Ski Resort – China Snow Town RMB65
Harbin – China Snow Town RMB 120

Shuttle Bus Timetable ( Harbin – Yubuli – Snow Town )
Harbin – Snow Town:  6:00; 10:00 and 13:00 ( 3 times a day); Single Trip takes about 5 hours;
Harbin – Yabuli:  6:00; 10:00 and 13:00 ( 3 times a day); Single Trip takes about 3 hours;
Yabuli – Snow Town: 9:20, 13:20 and 16:20 (3 times a day); Single Trip takes about 1 hour;

Shuttle Bus Timetable ( Snow Town – Yabuli – Harbin )
Snow Town – Harbin:  7:00; 10:30 and 13:30 ( 3 times a day); Single Trip takes about 5 hours;
Yabuli – Harbin:  9:20; 12:50 and 15:20 ( 3 times a day); Single Trip takes about 3 hours;
Snow Town – Yabuli: 7:00, 10:30 and 13:30 (3 times a day); Single Trip takes about 1 hour;

 

For me, China Snow Town is a paradise for photography with much opportunity for picture-taking.

The One Street China Snow Town

One of the street-front stores

One of the street-front stores

 

Street vendors are doing business despite of the extreme cold outside.

Street vendors are doing business despite of the extreme cold outside

Street vendors are doing business despite of the extreme cold outside

Dreamland (梦幻家园) is a pay attraction with much opportunity for photo taking.

Have a bite of baked potato.

Have a bite of baked potato.

Have a bite of baked potato.

Snow covered houses

Snow covered houses

Snow covered houses

Rows of houses and courtyards are blanketed by white snow

Rows of houses and courtyards are blanketed by white snow

Rows of houses and courtyards are blanketed by white snow

The snow house resembles a huge mushroom

The snow house resembles a huge mushroom

The snow house resembles a huge mushroom

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
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.

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.