China Snow Town

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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 )

 

China Snow Town Tourist Center ( You can buy bus tickets )
China Snow Town is a one-street town. The street is known as “Xueyun Dajie”, about 500 meters long. The tourist center is located in the middle section of the street, near Xueyunge Hotel 雪韵阁酒店.
Enquiry Phone Number in China Snow Town: 15714539911
Enquiry Phone Number in Harbin: 0451 – 84695670
Enquiry Phone Number in Yabuli:    0451 – 83289006

24-hour enquiry in China Snow Town: 400-000-0453

The Highly Recommended Hotel in China Snow Town
Xueyunge Hotel 雪韵阁酒店 ( check out http://hotel.elong.net/90254432/ )
Rack Price: RMB 980 ( Changing with the market )
0453 – 7410858
Add:  This hotel is located in the middle section of the one-street China snow town, close to the tourist center where you can buy the bus tickets for Harbin or Yabuli.

For more hotel booking in Xuexiang ( Snow Town), please check out the link below:
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.

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33 Responses to “China Snow Town”

  1. Bee Leng Ng says:

    Hi, I am interested in making reservation for a night stay in Days Hotel and Suites on 10/2/2016. Can you advise how do I make the booking? Thank you.

  2. gina says:

    Hi,
    The Zhaou Shenglin Family Inn. I just want to re-confirm that each room has 4-Kang Bed? and the price quoted RMB400-500 is per room or per pax?

  3. Daniel says:

    Hi Gina,

    Not quite sure if each room has a 4-bed kang. But last time the room I stayed had a 4-connected-bed kang. Mr.Zhao is glad to have more connected beds on a kang. So I think most of the rooms have a kang with 3 or 4 connected beds. The room rates go with the market. The price RMB 400-500 is not bad.

    Don’t expect too much from the room condition! Small, crowded, basic, just a homestay with limited facilities.

  4. Tracy says:

    Hi, we are a family of 3 wanting to stay in Snowtown or Donsheng for 2 nights, January 2017. We would like to go by car not bus. How do we book for this. Thanks

  5. Daniel says:

    Hi Tracy,

    Well received your inquiry! One of our staff members will contact you on Monday. Thanks!

  6. Chan says:

    Hi there, I am interested in booking a room for 2 people at Zhao Shenglin Family Inn 赵胜林家庭旅馆 for one night, 26 December 2016. Can you let me know how to book it? And how much?

    Thanks
    Chan

  7. Daniel says:

    Hi Chan,

    Zhao Shenglin Family Inn is very basic and simple. I’m not sure you will be comfortable with this kind of inn run by a family. Personally I suggest you stay in a hotel.

    If you want to book a room at Zhao Shenglin Family Inn, you need to call them. But they cannot speak any English.

  8. Shirley THAM says:

    We (11 Adults & 11 years old) are interested to go to China Snow Town on 25th December 2016 to 26th December 2016 and wanted to book for the package. Can you recommend us the established travel agent who can arrange for transport from Harbin to China Snow Town, 1 night staying in the village, 3 meals and transport from China Snow Town to Yabuli Ski Resort?

  9. Daniel says:

    Hi Shirley THAM,

    Sorry for my delayed reply! One of our staff members will contact you for the details. Thanks!

  10. sophie says:

    Hi Daniel,

    I’m planning to go to Harbin this coming January and would like to spend a night at xuexiang. Could you help me with the planning/booking of transportation from and to harbin and one night in a kangtou please ? As I will most likely travel alone, is there any bus to take to minimise costs? Thanks a lot

  11. Daniel says:

    Hi Ms Sophie,

    Most of the family inn (kang beds) owners cannot speak any English. They often use the typical Chinese way online or offline to promote their family-run inns. Many of the owners offer pick-up service from Harbin to Xuexiang ( shared SUV or Mini-bus ) a decent price. So if you book one of their kang beds, you can also ask for the transfer service from Harbin to Xuexiang.

    As for the transfer from Xuexiang to Harbin, you can also use their service. Alternatively you take the bus from Xuexiang to Harbin, or take the early morning long-distance bus from Xuexiang to Mudanjiang ( I did last time ), where you connect the train back to Beijing or other places.

    Do you work and live in China? Can you speak Chinese? It is a bit challenging to travel to Xuexiang alone. Last time I toured Xuexiang on my own too. It was hard for me too. Xuexiang is packed with Chinese tourists, especially the tourists from the southern China most of whom have never seen snow in their life.

    The kang beds are very basic and don’t expect too much on the conditions in Xuexiang as a whole. My experience a few years ago tells me that Xuexiang is a nice place, but some areas in Xuexiang are a bit a ripoff.

    Personally, you should first book a kang-bed with shared shuttle service from Harbin to Xuexiang and back to Harbin or Mudanjiang. Actually you don’ have to return to Harbin. Mudanjiang is closer to Xuexiang.

    Last time I used Zhao Shenglin Family Inn 赵胜林家庭旅馆
    Rooms: 6 ( one with a private toilet and bathing)
    Price: RMB 400-500 ( 4-bed kang)
    Tel: 0453 – 7410753

    Zhao Shenglin Family Inn is just so so, very basic,just a kind of experience.

    If you need any further information, please let me know.

    Thanks for your inquiry!

  12. Wannaporn says:

    Hi,

    Would you like prefer the quotation for 2-day Snow town tour from Harbin, baed on 4 people travelling on Feb.12 to Feb.13 ? We can join or private group. We will arrive to Harbin on Feb.11, and plan to go to snow town on Feb.12, stay in village 1 night, back to Harbin on Feb.13 before we leave from Harbin by night train at 21.28. Thank you so much.

  13. Daniel says:

    Hi Wannaporn,

    Thank you very much for reading my travel blog – China Snow Town. I went there on a fam trip in Jan, 2015. It was an amazing place. But the overall condition there is not up to the good standard you will see in big cities like Harbin, Beijing,etc.

    I have forwarded your travel request to our service center. One of our trip advisors will contact you tomorrow for the details. We’ll do our best to facilitate your 2-day Harbin Snow Town tour. It’s a good idea to have a private var or suv for your party of four to share the cost.

    By the way, don’t expect too much on the living and eating conditions in the cold and remote village. Wish you a pleasant trip in advance!!

  14. sophie says:

    Hi Daniel, I’ve read your article and all the messages above and like a lot of people I would like to go to xueaxiang for a two-three days trip and experience a night in a kangtou . My friend and I live in China and speak basic chinese but would you recommend to travel through a tour guide anyway ? We would like to avoid too much hassle but of course have to consider the budget.. Could you please tell me how to book two beds in the Zhao shenglin Inn ? I only see a phone number and I’d rather book online as my chinese is really not so great. Thanks a lot in advance

  15. Daniel says:

    Hi Ms Sophie,

    It is nearly impossible to book a tour guide in Xuexiang who can speak English or French. Basically you need to hire a tour guide from Harbin, which will be beyond your budget deifinitely.

    If you can book a kang-bed room at a local family inn, normally they can provide shared van transfer service from Harbin to Snow Town.

    So there are two tricky things: 1) how to get from Harbin ( or other cities ) to Xuexiang; 2) how to book a room in Xuexiang.

    Though the snow scene in Xuexiang is amazing, the local service and hospitality are far below expectation. Everything is overpriced. I don’t known if things have been changed for better or even worse.

    Most of the local family inns use the online social media in Chinese ( Wechat, QQ, ….) to sell their rooms. The owners have very much good business and are interested in working with large hotel booking sites and vice versa.

    But I do find a hotel booking site which sells the hotels and kang-bed rooms even including Zhao shenglin Inn. But I’ve never used their hotel booking service to book a small family inn. Just for your reference.

    Xuexiang Hotels
    hotel.elong.net/xuexiang/

    By the way, www.elong.net/ is largely owned by expedia.com.

    Have a great time in Xuexiang ( Snow Town )!

  16. sophie says:

    HI Daniel,

    thank you so much for your very helpful answer. I assume like most of the touristy towns in China it will be a bit of a rip off there, but the landscape probably makes it worth it ! Thanks again for the great tips 🙂

  17. Daniel says:

    Hi Sophie,

    Thanks for your feedback and upbeat attitude! You are right and nothing is perfect. Just be vigilant against possile dark sides and look forward to the bright sides.

    Enjoy your trip!

  18. Tracy says:

    Hi Daniel, we are still trying to work out transport from Harbin to Snowtown, we have booked our room. How to book bus in advance is our problem, also we need to book from Snowtown to Mudanjiang. Can anyone that has done this recently, please give advise thanks

  19. Daniel says:

    Hi Tracy,

    Happy Holidays!

    1. Snow Town to Mudanjiang
    There is an early daily long-distance bus going from Snow Town to Mudanjiang. Please reconfirm with your hotel staff. Everybody knows the bus. No worry about this.

    2. Harbin to Snow Town.
    It is a bit tricky to locate the shuttle bus from Harbin to Snow Town. Usually the hotels and inns in Snow Town offer shared-van transfer from Harbin to Snow Town. Again try to contac your hotel in Snow Town for assistance for the shared transfer.

  20. Farhan says:

    Hello,

    I want to go to Jingpu lake from mudanjiang and on the way back I want to go to China snow town and spend a night there…is it possible that I come directly to China snow town from Jingpu lake ? is yes then how ?
    we are 2 person and we also need 1 nigt stay at china snow town..

    can you please advise via email … Thanks

  21. Farhan says:

    Hello,

    I want to go to Jingpu lake from mudanjiang and on the way back I want to go to China snow town and spend a night there…is it possible that I come directly to China snow town from Jingpu lake ? is yes then how ?
    we are 2 person and we also need 1 nigt stay at china snow town..

    can you please advise via email …

    Thanks

  22. Daniel says:

    Dear Farhan,

    I’m not sure whether you can go directly to China snow town from Jingpu lake. Basically you may first go to the city of Mudanjiang where you take the long-distance bus to China Snow Town.

  23. Daniel says:

    Dear Farhan,

    As far as I Know, you need to first go to the city of Mudanjiang where you take a long-distance bus to China Snow Town.

  24. Leanne says:

    Hi Daniel,

    I’ve read through all your post and information. Very informative about snow town. I’m planning a DIY trip with my family this December to Snow Town and Yabuli. I have 4 days 3 night for Yabuli and Snow Town. Need to seek your advice which itinerary sound more doable Harbin to Yabuli stay 2 night then to Snow town stay 1 night then back to Harbin 5 hours by bus or
    Harbin direct to Snow Town stay 1 night then to Yabuli stay 2 night then back to Harbin.
    I’m not sure which is more convenient considering the transport transfer.

    Please advice 🙏🏻
    TQ

  25. Daniel says:

    Dear Leanne,

    Thanks for reading the information!

    Sorry, as for your question, I’m not 100% sure which is better. But for me, I would choose Harbin to Yabuli stay 2 night then to Snow town stay 1 night then back to Harbin 5 hours by bus. It seems the two make no big difference. Have a good time!

  26. Jan says:

    Hi Daniel,

    We are planning to go on a 2D1N trip to Snow Village this Dec. 25. I was wondering: Would it be doable to go without joining a local tour? We can speak basic Chinese. Also, for the different activities such as: visiting 羊草山, dogsledding, skiing, snowmobiling,etc, how do we join those activities? And what else would you recommend us to do when we visit snow village. THanks!

  27. Daniel says:

    Dear Jan,

    Not quite sure whether you can visit 羊草山 in the early morning for the sunrise on your own. Basically you need to buy a ticket via your hotel or other agents to use the local transfer service.

    You can do dogsledding, snowmobiling on your own, but I don’t know where to ski in China town.

    Sorry for my limited knowledge about the present situation of China Snow Town. Good luck!

  28. Victoria says:

    Hi Daniel,

    Do you know around how much is the cost to rent the snowmobile to Yangcao Maountain and dogsledding in Snow Town? Also, do you know how we can rent the snowmobile?

  29. Daniel says:

    Dear Victoria,

    Sorry, I don’t have the update price information on the rental of the snowmobile to Yangcao Mountain and dog sledding in Snow Town.

    Last time I bought the voucher for the activity of seeing the sunrise at Yangcao Mountain, and the voucher included the snowmobile service.

  30. jaja1579 says:

    We are planning to go on a 2D1N trip to Snow Village this Dec. 22. We can’t speak Chinese. How much for 2 persons to join trip ? . Thanks!

  31. Daniel says:

    Dear jaja1579,

    Thanks for your inquiry! One of our trip adviors will contact you for the details. Much appreciated!

  32. Elin says:

    Hi Daniel
    We will be in Harbin on 10 April 2018 for 3 days, then will get a train to A Cheng (1N). 2N stay at Yabuli & train to Hailin for 1N. Will there still be snow? Any economy accommodation for just 1 night. Thank you for your kind advice.

  33. Daniel says:

    Dear Elin,

    It is too late to visit Harbin, Yabuli and China Snow Town in April. For snow scene, February latest for Harbin and March for China Snow Town.

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