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. 2018 to Mar. 2019)

 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. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Harbin Ice and Snow World
Asked by Chiara D'Agati from ITALY | Nov. 27, 2019 05:24Reply
Does the Ice and Snow world start from 21st of December or from 5th of January?
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Answered by Chris from CANADA | Nov. 28, 2019 19:52

Generally speaking, it will start from the end of December.
Asked by Ali Tayyab from HONG KONG | Nov. 22, 2019 02:58Reply
Is there any park which is open all year
I saw some reviews on TripAdvisor some people put reviews in September and October is there any park which is open all year
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Answered by Lily from MALAYSIA | Nov. 24, 2019 22:13

Sun Island Scenic Area, Ice and Snow World and Zhaolin Park are the popular places during ice festival in winter. During summer, you can go to Sun Island Scenic Area to watch indoor ice sculpture exhibition.
Asked by Ali Tayyab from HONG KONG | Nov. 21, 2019 17:17Reply
About Ice and Snow World Festival, which park is open all year and which open only in dec?
Which park is open in dec and jan only and which is open all year?
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Answered by Carol from DENMARK | Nov. 21, 2019 22:23

Well, no, generally speaking, the places of Ice and Snow Festival will open from late December to early March.
Asked by Catherine Pierce from UNITED STATES | Nov. 17, 2019 06:35Reply
Where is the ice & snow festival? Inside the zhaolin park?
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Answered by Pam from USA | Nov. 19, 2019 19:22

You can go to Sun Island, Ice and Snow World or Zhaolin Park to enjoy this festival.
Asked by Catherine Pierce from UNITED STATES | Nov. 14, 2019 03:54Reply
I'd like to have information about the ice hotel
How to book a night there? Is it a good idea to sleep two nights?
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Answered by Alex from THAILAND | Nov. 17, 2019 22:21

Sorry, I'm not sure where ice hotel is. Could you provide a detailed address?
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