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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.

Scenic Drive from Harbin to China Snow Town

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
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China Snow Town, also known as China Snow Village is a hot winter destination where you are said to be able to catch a glimpse of the most beautiful snow landscape (thickest and stickiest snow) in China.

The Snow Town is officially called “Shuangfeng Forest Farm”, one of the 20 tree farms under the administration of Dahailin Forestry Bureau (大海林林业局) in Changting Township (长汀镇) of Hailin City (海林市), Mudanjiang (牡丹江), Heilongjiang Province in the most northern China.

The unique geographic locations of these forest farms give them much longer snowing time in a year resulting in big and heavy snow, a big draw that attracts thousands of tourists each winter season from all parts of China, especially from the Southern China and some from Southeast Asian countries where snowing is a rarity.

Two of the forest farms are much sought after by visitors are Shengfeng Forest Farm (popularly known as China Snow Town) and Dongsheng Forest Farm ( also known as China Snow Valley). China Snow Town and China Snow Valley is only 13 km apart, a 4-6 hour snow hike, which has become a most popular snow trek for winter holiday makers.

Driving from Harbin to China Snow Town takes about 6 hours, a 280 km scenic ride with much photograph opportunity. Many visitors would prefer to share a vehicle, starting up early from Harbin, and drive to the southeast direction first to the city of Wuchang.

We are passing by the city of Wuchang, 11okm southeast of Harbin. Wuchang is well known for its fine quality rice.

We are passing by the city of Wuchang

We are passing by the city of Wuchang

Along the Linping Road, at about 180km, we reach a forest farm known as Fendou Forest Farm ( 奋斗林场) where four of the passengers in my vehicle get off , where they change for another van which will bring them to China Snow Valley ( Dongsheng Forest Farm), 44 km from Fendou Forest Farm. They are going to hike from China Snow Valley to China Snow Town Tomorrow, a 13km snow hike.

At Fendou Forest Farm, a side road branches off the main road, leading to China Snow Valley.
A side road leading to China Snow Valley.

A mountain side road leading to China Snow Valley

A side road leading to China Snow Valley

A side road leading to China Snow Valley

Left only me and my driver -Mr. Jia, we continue to drive along the snow-covered cement road towards China Snow Town. Less vehicles and more snow on the road with more magnificent view – white clouds and azure sky.

Less vehicles and more snow on the road

Less vehicles and more snow on the road

We are driving though a forest of birch trees.

We are driving though a forest of birch trees.

We are driving though a forest of birch trees.

A close-up view of the birch wood

A close-up view of the birch wood

A close-up view of the birch wood

We are steadily driving up along the snow covered mountain road. We are driving up along the zigzag mountain road.

We are driving up along the zigzag mountain road.

We are driving up along the zigzag mountain road.

On the steep slope up, with 4 passengers having left the van, on this particular period, our van refuses to go for it is not heavy enough to grasp the ground. and our van is rotating on the same place. Mr.Jia has to put snow chains on his van.

Mr.Jia has to put snow chains on his van

Mr.Jia has to put snow chains on his van

The snow chain is on the van now

The snow chain is on the van now

The snow chain is on the van now

 

Our van is climbing up the mountain.

Our van is climbing up the mountain.

Our van is climbing up the mountain.

 

The entrance to China Snow Town is in sight.

The entrance to China Snow Town is in sight.

The entrance to China Snow Town is in sight.

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

Shuttle Bus from Harbin to China Snow Town

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.