Harbin Ice and Snow World

Harbin Ice and Snow World
Harbin Ice and Snow World
First set-up by the Harbin Municipal Government in 1999, Harbin Ice and Snow World is by far the largest ice and snow art exhibition in the world. It is commonly referred to as possessing four of the key 'mosts': the most art attractions, the most beautiful night views, the most recreational activities and the most forms of entertainment. Furthermore, the festival is constantly evolving and each year brings with it a new theme, providing visitors with a totally unique experience from one year to the next.

The ice carvings at the Harbin Ice and Snow World are regarded as some of the world's finest examples of ice art, with visitors able to admire some of the largest and most majestic ice-sculpted masterpieces. Each of these ice carvings is designed in some way related to the festival's theme, enabling travelers to sample a variety of cultural flavors. For example, in its first year the festival's layout was designed around the idea of 'Prosperous China and High-flying Longjiang', with the ice carvings depicting the rapid development of the country. In 2005, the theme was 'Friendship between China and Russia', with all the sculptures fashioned in a typical Russian style. Among them were replicas of some of Russia's most famous architecture, such as the East Palace, and Moscow's Red Square.

One of the highlights for any visitor to the festival is to visit the site at night when multicolored lights set underground illuminate the sculptures, revealing a whole new colorful dimension to the exhibits. The contrasts of the bright and dazzling lights against the dark night sky make the works look all the more spectacular.
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The Harbin Ice and Snow World is also a centre for various forms of recreation and entertainment, with a variety of opportunities on offer. Visitors will be amazed by the magnificent ice buildings, including an ice maze, ice bar, and even an ice hotel. If you are a fan of snow sports, then there is also the chance to participate in activities such as ice rock-climbing, skating, skiing, sliding, snow fights, ice golf, and ice archery. In addition to all this, special performances based on the festival theme are put on throughout the event which will no doubt greatly entertain those in search of something a little less physically-demanding.

Understandably, the best time to travel to Harbin Ice and Snow World is during the winter. The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is held either in late December or in early January, and for those who dream of a proper winter experience, this place is the place to make those dreams become a reality.

How to get to the Harbin Ice and Snow World

Take Bus 29, 47, 80, 119, 125, 126, 127 or Sightseeing Bus Line 4 to Bingxue Dashijie (Harbin Ice and Snow World).
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Entrance Fee during the Ice and Snow Festival CNY 330;
CNY 200 for children between 1.2 and 1.4m (3.9 - 4.6 feet);
Free for children under 1.2m.
Opening Hours during the Festival 11:00-21:30 (late Dec. 2017 to early Mar. 2018)

 The largest indoor ice and snow paradise has been opened in Harbin Ice and Snow World. Tourists can visit there all the year round. The admission fee is CNY 198 per person and it opens from 9:00 to 17:00.
- Last modified on Oct. 18, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Harbin Ice and Snow World
Asked by Ilse from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 18, 2018 11:08Reply
Where to buy tickets and find 2019 dates of Harbin Ice and Snow festival?
Where can I buy tickets for this year's festival and what is the starting date? (I mean for the festival of dec 2018 to jan 2019)
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Answered by Rena from USA | Oct. 18, 2018 19:53

At present, there is no specific date for the 2019 Ice and Snow Festival. And you can get the ticket on its official website or some tourism websites.
Asked by ROZHENA BINTI IBRAHIM from MALAYSIA | Oct. 18, 2018 00:36Reply
Hi, I would to know is there snow fall on mid of January 2019, I'm planning to visit Harbin. TQ
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Answered by Beatrice from USA | Oct. 18, 2018 19:55

Of course there is heavy snow in this city that won't disappoint you.
Asked by sunshine from CHINA | Oct. 03, 2018 02:03Reply
Harbin ice & snow world: is there any disccount on student id card ?
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Answered by Jassica from USA | Oct. 10, 2018 00:20

Yes, there is. Students who are under 24 years old and has student ID card can enjoy the discounted price: CNY200 per person.
Asked by Kajal Mukherjee from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 19, 2018 21:07Reply
Ibis Hotel Harbin to Ice & Snow World
Hi there, we are staying at Ibis. Is it walking distance to the Ice & Snow World, or should we take bus? If we take taxi, how much would be the rough cost. We are 4 in the team.
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Answered by Julie from AUSTRIA | Jan. 21, 2018 21:57

Well, more than one Ibis Hotels are in the city, I suppose you are staying in the one in Daoli District. You can take a taxi and the fare is around 20RMB, the duration is about 15 minutes.
Asked by amann from GERMANY | Jan. 07, 2018 01:06Reply
Transportation from Harbin Airport to 80 South Fourth Street
hey, any advise on how to get to this place?
and also any advise on how to get to the Ice and Snow World?

thx a lot
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Answered by Ellien from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 08, 2018 01:24

If you refer to Nansidao Street in Daowai District, hope my reply help!
Take Shuttle Bus line 3 to Daowai Bus Station and then catch a taxi to your destination within 5 minutes.
The ice and snow world is about 8km west to the place you go first, and you can take another taxi to there. The fare is about 25RMB.
Answered by Amann from GERMANY | Jan. 12, 2018 09:35

it is also possible to take a bus to the Ice world?
Answered by Ellien from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 14, 2018 20:20

The bus is also okay. You need to walk north for 5 minutes to Daiwai Sandaojie and take bus 12/24/95 to Shirenda and then transfer to bus 29/47. Get off at Bingxue Dashijie (Ice and snow world).
Answered by Alan from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 21, 2018 09:26

Hi. I wonder if it is a good idea to stay at a hotel near West Railway or is it better downtown. Thanks
Answered by Jude from ITALY | Jan. 21, 2018 19:41

I think downtown is a better choice, and you can stay in Central Street.
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