The 33rd Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, 2017
The ice and snow are Harbin's greatest attraction. Multicolored ice lanterns, vivid ice and snow carvings and exciting ice sports will be sure to bring you lots of fun.
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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 Lantern Garden Party 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, the Sun Island Scenic Area is considered to be the city's best natural summer venue. 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
Admission fee: CNY90 for regular ticket and half for children.
Bus routes: No.35 or 122 reaches the park.
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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.