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 Jul. 08, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Harbin Ice and Snow World
Asked by Charlie from SINGAPORE | Jul. 07, 2019 19:59Reply
Hi, I would like to visit Harbin from 25 to 29 Nov. Will the place be opened?
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Answered by Sean from CANADA | Jul. 08, 2019 01:27

I'm afraid not. Generally, it opens from late December.
Asked by Yoke from SINGAPORE | Mar. 31, 2019 20:27Reply
What can I look forward to if I visit Harbin Ice and Snow World in June?
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Answered by Colton from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 03, 2019 23:39

Yoke, don't worry. You can still visit this scenic area in June. You can also see the ice sculptures indoor. Have a nice time!
Asked by Lmn from TURKEY | Feb. 14, 2019 12:15Reply
Hi I'm planning to Harbin to visit the festival on 23-24 February
But the temperature seems getting higher after 18th Feb. Is there an exact closure time, will the ice and snow world be still opened ?
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Answered by Cora from ITALY | Feb. 14, 2019 18:26

Generally speaking, it will last until the late Feb. There is no latest news about the exact closure time.
Asked by rozilina from MALAYSIA | Jan. 22, 2019 17:18Reply
i am planning for a trip to Harbin Ice and Snow World between 22-28 march 2019
will it still be open?
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Answered by Pat from FRANCE | Jan. 24, 2019 18:30

Oh, as I know, it will open until the early March. I am afraid that you cannot go there at the end of March.
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

Yes, it will still open at that time. Generally speaking, it will be closed in March.
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