Sun Island Scenic Area

Being famous both home and abroad, the Sun Island Scenic Area lies on the north bank of the Songhua River in Harbin City. This dainty area, surrounded by blue water, boasts crystal lakes, wooden rockeries, beautiful flowers and exotic buildings. In summer, the comfortable weather makes it the first choice to avoid summer heat, and in winter, the spot is a paradise for ice-snow travel. Every year, the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo held here exhibits enthralling ice or snow sculptures and architectures, attracting thousands of visitors.

Covering an area of 3,800 hectares (9,390 acres), Sun Island Scenic Area consists of the Sun Island and some other small islands. The area, with more than twenty scenic spots, can be divided into three parts. Animals' world is located in the north and west. The centre of the garden is featured by flowers, lakes and ice-snow beauty. And in the south, ice and snow series, exotic Russian series, a gallery and a memorial garden can be found. The amazing Sun Gate is composed of five white ellipse gates, with four small gates on the sides and a big one in the center. In front of the gate lies the symbol of the scenery-a tremendous stone named the Sun Stone.
 

Deer Garden & Swan Lake & Squirrel Island

The Deer Garden, the Swan Lake and the Squirrel Island in the north and west of the Sun Island Scenic Area make this place an animal's world. The Deer Garden is like a natural painting: some spotted deer run or walk on the slope while the others drink water from the stream. Facilities like slides, swings and the labyrinth lead children to a wonderland. In the Squirrel Island, visitors can feed the lovely squirrels in person. Near the Squirrel Island, elegant black swans, whooper swans, tundra swans, mandarin ducks, swan geese and other aquatic birds are fostered in the Swan Lake. With a man-made karst cave, the flying Sun Waterfall is near the paradise of animals.
 

Flower Garden

Interestingly, the Flower Garden near the Sun Gate is divided into twelve parts according to the signs of the zodiac. Walking clockwise from north to south, every visitor can find out his own constellation in the garden. Twelve breeds of cloves in the Clove Garden blossom from May to July, driving birds to sing for them.
 

Ice Sculpture Garden

The Ice Sculpture Garden recaptures many awarded works in the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo. With an area of 5,000 square meters (1.23 acres), the Ice and Snow Art Hall is the largest indoor one in the world. Exquisitely carved snow and ice works can be appreciated even in hot summer. Ice and Snow Culture Exhibition Hall provides detailed information for those who are fond of snow and ice.
 

Cloud-water Gloriette

The picturesque Cloud-water Gloriette is a must-see scenery spot. This gloriette relies on the Sun Lake and has two storeys on the water. In the gloriette, visitors get a whole view of the lake and the Sun Hill while breeze gently brushes their faces. In the center of the Sun Island Scenic Area, five lakes surround an isle and connect the Sun Hill. Weeping willows and the gloriette reflect in the clear water, making the area more charming. Near the Cloud-water Gloriette, visitors can enjoy the Japanese flavor in the Harbin-Niigata Friendship Garden. This garden is a typical Japanese courtyard featured by streams and a wooden bridge, blooming with flowers in spring and being quiet and graceful in summer.
 

Exotic Russian

Exotic Russian series are situated in the south of the Sun Island Scenic Area. Dining in the Russian restaurant, strolling on the Russian style streets and buying some craftworks are unexpected surprise for visitors. The Russian Artist Village shows Russian paintings while a gallery near the Ice and Snow Culture Exhibition Hall displays Chinese paintings. As the largest private collection exhibition hall in China, the Russian Art Exhibition Hall presents many pieces of Russian artworks. Visitors can watch Russian films and dances and listen to the Russian songs in the Russian Royal Golden Theater.
 

Other Things to Do in Sun Island

In summer, travelers can swim in the Songhua River, and sunbathe or have a picnic on the beach near the scenic area. In winter, skating and playing ice hockey are both good choices. Besides, travelers can also appreciate splendid snow sculptures in Sun Island Scenic Area during Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. The Snow Sculpture Exposition has been held annually here since 1988.

 

How to get to Sun Island Scenic Area

1. Take bus 29, 47, 80, 119, 125, 126, 127, 211, 212, 213, or 215, and get off at Taiyangdao Daokou (Sun Island Crossing) Station.
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2. Take the cable car over the Songhua River at Tongjiang Square directly to Sun Island Scenic Area. It costs CNY 80 for a round trip and CNY 50 for a single trip.
3. Take a boat from Flood Control Monument Square, Jiuzhan Square or Daowai Qidao Dock. It costs CNY 10 for a round trip. Visitors can get to the entrance of Sun Island Park directly.
* The boats are unavailable in winter because of the icy water.

Admission Fee:

Snow Sculpture Exposition:
CNY 240 for adults;
CNY 120 for children between 1.2-1.4m (3.9 and 4.6 feet);
Free for children under 1.2 meters.

Other time: CNY 30 (just admission fee)

Opening Hours: Dec. 20, 2017 to Feb., 2018: 08:30-18:30
- Last modified on Sep. 04, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Sun Island Scenic Area
Asked by Peter from MALAYSIA | Sep. 03, 2018 23:00Reply
Any official website to book cable car to Sun Island? The exact location/address of cable car?
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Answered by Joseph from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 04, 2018 01:38
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No official website is available and you can take the cable car in No. 218 Tongjiang square, Tongjiang street.
Asked by richard from USA | Apr. 21, 2018 19:39Reply
Do the cable cars operate in January to take you to Sun Island? How long is the cable car journey?
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Answered by Adam from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 23, 2018 03:23
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Yes, the cable cars stil work in January and it takes about 20 minutes.
Answered by richard from USA | Apr. 23, 2018 19:29
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thank you!!!
Asked by Sak from THAILAND | Nov. 28, 2017 23:03Reply
How to go to Wanda Ski plaza, Harbin from Green tree inn , Da'an street?
Wanda Ski plaza from Green tree inn , Da'an street near central street. Go by subway or by bus?
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Answered by Lisa from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 29, 2017 02:35
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Walk from the hotel to Tongjiang Street bus stop and take bus no. 47. Get off at Yinshuiwan and walk to the ski plaza within 5min.
Asked by monica from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 22, 2017 22:45Reply
How to go to sun island from ibis harbin hotel?
can i take a bus? do we need to take a ferry going there?

i will go on jan 24
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Answered by Eglise from FRANCE | Oct. 23, 2017 02:05
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Well, no ferry is needed. You can walk west along Dongjiudao Street for about 3 minutes and turn right. Walk to Renshou Baoxian Gongsi Bus Stop to take Bus 74. Transfer to Bus Fanghong Jinianta- Taiyangdao at Fanghong Jinianta.
Asked by Eka Margaret from INDONESIA | May. 08, 2017 01:59Reply
What can I do in Harbin Sun Island during May?
I have a plan to visit there on this month. My plan is Siberia Tiger Park - Polarland - Sun Island, do you think this is a good plan or not? We really don't have any idea what can we do in the island, could you suggest an activity and what should we do over there? Should we try the cable car or the boat for afternoon sightseeing
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Answered by Jack from USA | May. 10, 2017 03:23
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Well, your plan is okay. You can take a cable car and it will stop at the most attractions in the island. You can also have a picnic on an empty area with beautiful scenery. Notice, no fire in the scenic spot.
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