Harbin Attractions - Things to Do

Top Things to Do

 The 33rd Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, 2017
 
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
 Ice Lantern Garden Party
 Harbin Ice and Snow World
 Sun Island Scenic Area
 Harbin Polarland
 Siberian Tiger Park
 St. Sophia Cathedral
 Central Street
 Yabuli International Ski Resort
 Jile Temple
 

St. Sophia Church
Map of Tourist Attractions

The ice and snow are the top attraction in Harbin. Multicolored ice lanterns, vivid ice and snow carvings and exciting ice sports will be sure to bring you lots of fun. If you wish to enjoy the great fruits of nature and wisdom, please come to the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival held between the 5th of January and the end of February every year. Ice Lantern Garden Party is the other appealing destination in this city that is equally wonderful as the Ice and Snow Festival despite their different characteristics. From the third festival in 2001, the site of Harbin Ice and Snow World has been relocated to the western zone of Sun Island. No. 29, 80, 88 and No.119 buses can take you there and a tourist special route operates between 7:00 and 18:00 daily. Moreover, established in 1985 and held annually from January 5, it is China's original and greatest ice artwork festival.

In terms of fun, visiting the Sun Island Scenic Area is considered to be one of the best things to do in Harbin summer. It consists of Sun Island together with some smaller islands. Alongside the Songhua River and influenced by the monsoon climate, there is a clear distinction between the sceneries of the four seasons on the islands. However, it is in winter, when the whole island is covered with snow, that it is the time to attend the famous Snow Carving Festival here. Buses of 29, 88 and 119 also go there. Or, you can take the buses numbered 8, 12, 16, 95, 101, 102, 103, 118 or 126. These will take you to the Flood Control Monument, and from there you can take a cruise liner or a cable way (CNY80 for round-trip ticket) to get to the island.
Nearby Attraction: Harbin Polarland

Ice Sculpture, Zhaolin Park
Ice Lantern Party in Zhaolin Park
Harbin Ice and Snow World
Ice and Snow World
Siberian Tiger Park which is adjacent to the Sun Island should be your next destination. The park rears more than five hundred beautiful but endangered purebred Siberian tigers. Vivacious little tigers and fierce fully grown tigers will introduce you to their fascinating world. It will take you about one hour to complete the trip; you will have to take a car to visit most of the viewing spots.
Admission fee: CNY90 for regular ticket and half for children.
Bus routes: No.35 or 122 reaches the park.
 
St. Sophia Church
St. Sophia Church
As well as these bewitching scenic spots, the city also has a number of other sights waiting for you. St. Sophia Cathedral, also called Harbin Construction Arts Gallery, is the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East. You can visit here from 8:30 to 17:30 every day by purchasing the entrance ticket of CNY20. Another pearl of this city is the Dragon Tower; actually, it is theHeilongjiang broadcast and TV tower, ranked as the first highest in Asia and second highest in the world.The No.7 buses go there and the entrance fee to the tower is CNY150 per person.

Since the city is also known as the Eastern Moscow, some Russian architecture can be found here. The best sights that vividly reflect the foreign styles is Central Street (Zhongyang Dajie) which includes a great number of buildings in the European architectural styles ranging from Renaissance and the baroque to eclecticism. Meanwhile, it is also the most prosperous pedestrian street in this city, housing multitudinous department stores and restaurants. If you want to try more exciting sports during your trip, don't worry, the Yabuli International Ski Resort which is located in the Yabuli Winding Village is recommended. This resort is considered to be China's monument to its skiing industry.

As one of the four well-known buddhist temples in the three northeastern provinces (Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang) of China, Jile Temple is also worth a visit. The other three are Banruo Temple in Changchun, Ci'en Temple in Shenyang and Lengyan Temple in Yingkou.
- Last modified on Oct. 26, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Harbin Attractions
Asked by Claire from USA | Oct. 25, 2018 10:23Reply
I am traveling Harbin during Dec 20-Dec 27, will I be able to enjoy the snow and ice festival?
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Answered by Sansaui from URUGUAY | Oct. 26, 2018 00:10
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There is no the official news announced and the expected opening time may be January 5th, 2019 based on the past years. But there may be a soft opening by the end of December and it won't disappoint you.
Asked by Arty from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 23, 2018 06:16Reply
Just like to know, will it be too early to arrive harbin on 20 Dec to 2 Jan to enjoy the sculptures
since its still in "commissioning period"?
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Answered by Nicole from USA | Apr. 23, 2018 22:33
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No worry! It's not early and it officially opens on Jan. 1 annually.
Asked by Muhammad Amsyari from SINGAPORE | Feb. 19, 2018 01:39Reply
anything for children in harbin?
I would like to know if there is something for children to enjoy in Harbin. I don't want the children to be bored or long queues to attraction areas. I'm planning to go in December 2018. My other choice is South Korea where there are things for children like Everland, MBC World Etc.
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Answered by Clair from SWITZERLAND | Feb. 22, 2018 20:56
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Well, Children Park, Polar Land, Snow Town and Sun Island are all great attractions for children. Besides, you can also take them to Ice & Snow World to enjoy the ice sculptures during Dec. Have a great trip!
Answered by Muhammad Amsyari from SINGAPURA | Feb. 23, 2018 00:13
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Thanks Clair for the response... appreciate much😉😉
Asked by Joyce Chong from SINGAPORE | Jan. 27, 2018 06:36Reply
Is March good time to visit Harbin?
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Answered by Chole from JAPAN | Jan. 28, 2018 21:49
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Yes, it’s good, and you can go there in early March. As I know, the Ice and Snow Festival will close on Mar. 10. Have a nice trip!
Asked by Andrew from CANADA | Jan. 09, 2018 01:46Reply
Street safety in Harbin: Are there any areas a tourist should avoid, especially at night?
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Answered by Donna from CANADA | Jan. 09, 2018 20:02
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Don’t worry! It’s a friendly & safe city and nice to visitors. But you’d better not go out at night, it’s sooooo cold!
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