Harbin Ice and Snow World
|Harbin Ice and Snow World|
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.
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.