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.

Sun Island Sculpture

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.

Sun Island Sculpture
Sun Island Sculpture

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 metro line 2, get off at Sun Island and take Exit 2 or 3.
2. Take bus no. 29, 42, 43, 47, 80, 119, 125, 126, 127, 211, 212, 213, 215, 216, 219, 223, 225 and get off at Sun Island Crossing.
3. Take the cable car over the Songhua River directly to the scenic area. 

Admission Fee:

Ticket for the Snow Sculpture Art Exposition:
CNY 198 for adults;
Free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet)

Other time: CNY30 (just admission fee)

Time of the Snow Sculpture Art Exposition Dec. 2023 - Feb. 2024
Opening Hours  other time 08:30 - 17:00

Read More: Top 10 Things to Do in Harbin
- Last updated on Dec. 26, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Sun Island Scenic Area
Asked by Maria from ARMENIA | Jan. 17, 2024 18:51Reply
Online Tickets
Can my Chinese friend who is holding Chinese ID card buy a ticket online for me to visit Sun Island?
Answers (1)
Answered by James | Jan. 17, 2024 19:21

Generally, it is possible.
Asked by DLEO from SINGAPORE | Nov. 14, 2023 16:23Reply
Airport bus stop in zhong yang street

May I know which bus stop to alight in Zhong Yang Street from Airport bus No. 3? I aIight at which bus stop (in front of which building)? I will be staying in Sweet Postoffice Youth Hostel 甜蜜邮局青年社。 Any morning or night market near this hostel? Is this hostel located at good location? I haven't book yet. Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen | Nov. 15, 2023 19:07

Generally, there is no direct bus available. It is suggested to take the airport bus to Harbin Railway Station first and then take a taxi to your hotel directly.
Asked by Pearl from SINGAPORE | Nov. 29, 2019 07:22Reply
How to go by bus from Joy Boutique Hotel to Sun island?
Answers (2)
Answered by Pam from USA | Dec. 02, 2019 18:23

Take bus 42 from Shangyou Street stop to it directly. It takes 40 minutes with CNY2.
Answered by Pearl from SINGAPORE | Dec. 03, 2019 17:34

Thank you for your reply.
Asked by Sonia Miller from ENGLAND | Jan. 07, 2019 04:02Reply
Cable car in Harbin Sun Island Scenic Area operating times
What time does the cable car start and finish?
Can I come back and 8pm?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kaia from ITALY | Jan. 09, 2019 23:50

Do you also refer to the Songhuajiang Cable Car?
If yes, the operating hours are 08:30-17:45 (Monday - Thursday) and 08:30-18:45 (Friday - Sunday).
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?
Answers (1)
Answered by Joseph from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 04, 2018 01:38

No official website is available and you can take the cable car in No. 218 Tongjiang square, Tongjiang street.
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