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 Jan. 17, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Harbin Ice and Snow World
Asked by meifang0104 from VIETNAM | Jan. 14, 2019 09:01Reply
The time the ice festival close?
I'm going to visit harbin on 26th Feb. Is Harbin ice and snow world still open?
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Answered by Zoe from DENMARK | Jan. 17, 2019 18:50
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Yes, it will still open at that time. Generally speaking, it will be closed in March.
Asked by Loo from CANADA | Jan. 05, 2019 21:42Reply
Instead of walking, is there a shuttle for handicap visitor for Harbin Ice and Snow World?
My wife is mobility challenged. Can she tour inside ice & snow world by a shuttle or carriage?
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Answered by Alexandra from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 07, 2019 19:18
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Yes, I remember that there is sightseeing shuttle inside the scenic area. Have fun!
Asked by Shane from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 05, 2018 05:35Reply
Hi, I am thinking of travelling to Harbin Ice and Snow World end of January 2019
Do I need tickets or can I pay on the day? If I need tickets, what is the official website please?

Thanks!
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Answered by Eva from USA | Dec. 05, 2018 20:01
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Both ways are OK. If you book online, you need to get the paper ticket with your passport and the message at the ticket window when you arrive.
Asked by Shean from MALAYSIA | Dec. 04, 2018 20:41Reply
Is Harbin Ice and Snow world open in May 2019?
May I know whether it is open for public during this time of the year?
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Answered by Shay from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 04, 2018 22:43
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It is expected that the Ice and Snow World would be opened from 25, December of 2018 to March of 2019. So it wouldn't be opened in May 2019.
Asked by Megan from UNITED STATES | Nov. 25, 2018 18:07Reply
This coming Ice and Snow Festival says it starts on January 5th
but ice and snow world opens December 25th. Will the lights be on at night for snow world before the start date of January 5th?
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Answered by May from USA | Nov. 26, 2018 01:25
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Don't worry, the lights will be opened before January 5th.
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