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Experience Harbin Ice Festival & Beijing

Looking to check out the famed Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival and get some time in wintertime Beijing, too? Well, slip on your mittens, traveller, because this six-day adventure has your name all over it. Take in the traditional ice-lantern exhibits, alpine skiing events, and enormous ice sculptures that have made the Harbin festival world-famous over two fascinating days with two days apiece in Beijing before and after. How do you say “winter wonderland” in Mandarin? You’re one step closer to finding out.

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: ACHF/165815
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Beijing, China
  • Finishes: Beijing, China
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Beijing
  • Harbin

Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Beijing

Visit the famous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City before boarding an overnight train to Harbin.

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Day 3: Harbin

Arrive in Harbin this morning and enjoy a walking tour along Central Street. Later, head to the Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival to enjoy the stunning ice sculptures and sunset over the city.
After dark at Harbin Ice and Snow World lights dance among the sculptures and the festival becomes a whole new world. Take a stroll and get lost in an ice maze, or lace up some skates and hop on the ice rink. Since 1999 the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival has grown to be the largest in the world and finds world-famous ice sculptors to recreate real buildings, towers, even castles (some of which you may recognize from around the world) all out of ice and snow. It's hard to imagine these icy structures born out of master craftmanship melting down by March.

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Day 4: Harbin

Enjoy a free morning to explore Harbin. Visit Sun Island to enjoy world-class snow sculptures. This afternoon visit the beautiful Saint Sophia Orthodox Church. This evening, board an overnight train to Beijing.
Sun Island is the birthplace of snow sculpture art in China. Be sure to bring your hat and mitts so you can hop on a snowmobile for a ride through an open snowy field or if you'd like, even participate in a couple of holes of snow golf. The snow sculptures are best seen in daylight because unlike the ice sculptures seen yesterday they're not lit up at night. These snow sculptures will put any snowman you've ever seen to shame as their giant scale and the vast array of shapes and sculptures are unlike anything you'll ever see at any other winter festival.

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Day 5: Beijing

After arriving in Beijing this morning, explore the Great Wall – one of China's most iconic structures. Enjoy a final evening in this bustling metropolis.

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Day 6: Beijing

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
    • Harbin city tour
    • St Sophia Cathedral visit
    • Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
    • Great Wall excursion
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (3 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts)
    • No meals included
    Transport
    • Overnight train (beds), private vehicle
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy the key sites of Beijing
  • Experience the world's largest snow festival
  • Marvel at the snow sculptures and ice lanterns
  • Enjoy ice skating and sledding