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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.