China Snow Town (Xuexiang)

 Chinese Name: 中国雪乡
 English Names: China Snow Town, China Snow Village
 Location: 217 miles (350 kilometers) east of Harbin City, in the northeast of China

China Snow Town, formerly known as the Shuangfeng Forestry Center, is a good place for visitors and photographers to view the splendid snowscape. This town will go through seven-month snowy period annually from October to next May. Because of the frequent snowfall, the 470-acre land will be covered by snow with an average thickness of 6.6 feet (2 meters) in winter. During that time, this town is turned into a white fairy wonderland. In addition to the beautiful natural scene, visitors can also enjoy the entertainment activities such as skiing, snowballing, and horse-sledding.
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In winter, houses there are covered under the thick snow, looking like clouds, rabbits and mushrooms. Xueyun Avenue is the liveliest place in the town, gathering various shops and inns along the 547-yard (500-meter) street. You can have a taste of the frozen pear or sugar-coated haws, or take photos with the bar renovated from the old-fashioned locomotive while walking down the street. The village is even beautiful in the night. Local people will decorate their houses with red lanterns. Under the light of the lanterns, the town looks like a graceful painting of winter full of the rural features. At night, it must be an unforgettable experience for visitors to sleep on the traditional heated kang bed, a common bed piled up with bricks and warmed by fire in northern China.

Yangcao Mountain

With an elevation of 4,429 feet (1,350 meters), Yangcao Mountain is located to the northwest of the village. The plants are sparse on the top. Without any obstacle blocking the vision, the peak provides visitors a perfect viewing platform to enjoy the wide stunning snowscape of the hills, valley, and rimes. Because of the advantage in height and the broad perspective, Yangcao Mountain is the best place in China Snow Town to view the scene of sunrise and sunset.
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Ski Resort

It must be the dream of most visitors to speed among the mountains and forests, wearing a vivid ski suit. This dream can be achieved in the Snow Town Ski Resort. As an important entertainment venue in the village, the resort offers activities like skiing, horse-sled, dog-sled and circle-sled.

Dream Home

Dream Home is a comprehensive area of food, accommodation and entertainment on the west of Xueyun Avenue. There is an old-fashioned inn in this area, which is the location of over ten movies and TV dramas. Visitors can also enjoy the folk culture and famous Northeast Song-and-dance Duet (Er Ren Zhuan) in this area.

Film and Television Base

Many movies and TV dramas are shot in the Snow Town. Located to the southwest of the village, there are more than 30 houses in the Film and Television Base to reflect the living situation of people of different classes in different times, including the bandits’ lair, the dormitory of the educated youth (1966 to 1976), and courtyards of the wealthy families.

The base is also a place to feel the mysterious Shaman culture, which is a primitive religion in northern China, through traditional God-invitation ritual and other religious activities.
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How to get there?

The Snow Town is 217 miles (350 kilometers) away from Harbin. There is a through bus shuttling between the two destinations. You can also go take a train to Hailin first, and then take a taxi to the scenic area.

By through bus

Departure Place Time Ticket Price
Nangang Passenger Station in Harbin 6:40 – 13:00, 12:10 – 18:30 CNY 120
Tourist Center in the Snow Town 8:00 – 14:30, 13:30 – 20:00
*Visitors who return to Harbin by the bus departing at 8:00 can be taken directly to the Harbin Taiping International Airport.

By train

Take a train in Harbin Railway Station or Harbin East Railway Station to Hailin Station. The trip would take about five hours. Upon arrival, take a taxi to the scenic area.
Admission Fee Adult Ticket: CNY 95
Half-price Ticket for juniors aged between 6 and 18 (including 18)
Free entry for children less than 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) (including 3.9 feet) in height or aged under 6 (including 6)
Tour Bus: CNY 30 (Optional)
Opening Hours November 16 to March 31 Next Year: 07:00~18:00
April 1 to November 15: 08:30~17:00

Best Time to Travel

1. The best time to visit the China Snow Town is during December to next March. You can enjoy the large-scale snowscape and play snow sports like skiing, sledding, and snowboarding. The average temperature during that period is around -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Centigrade). You should well prepare the cold-proof outfits.
2. Going there during the Spring Festival is strongly recommended. Besides the scene of snow, every house is decorated with red lanterns and streamers during that time. At night, there will be firework show, creating a joyful and festive atmosphere.

Further Reading: Top 10 Things to Do in Harbin
- Last modified on Apr. 15, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Snow Town (Xuexiang)
Asked by Anna from INDONESIA | Oct. 21, 2020 00:51Reply
Shuttle bus from Yabuli to Snow Town
Hello, where to buy the shuttle bus ticket in Yabuli? I found the shuttle bus ticket office jn Harbin and Snow Town, but less information about the one in Yabuli.
Answers (4)
Answered by Aiden | Oct. 25, 2020 23:53

From Harbin Railway Station, you can walk to the Longyun Coach Station on the opposite site. There are several shuttle buses to Yabuli Town. It takes around 3 hours on the way. After arriving, you can transfer the mini bus to the ski resort.
Answered by Anna | Oct. 26, 2020 06:21

Thank you Aiden. Yes, I found where to find shuttle bus in Harbin and Snow Town. But I didn't find any information where to ride the shuttle bus from Yabuli. Do you know where should I ride the shuttle bus in Yabuli? Is it near the skiing resort?
Answered by Aiden | Nov. 05, 2020 18:08

As I know, after you take the coach arrive at Yabuli Town, you will find the mini bus nearby and go to the ski resort directly.
Answered by Anna | Nov. 06, 2020 16:54

Dear Aiden, thank you. So, maybe it just the opposite, if we want to go from Yabuli, we have to find the coach to Yabuli shuttle bus station from ski resort. Okay, thank you for your information.
Asked by Benjamin Domingo from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 21, 2019 17:19Reply
Are there buses from harbin that travel to Snow Town?
If there are what are the schedules & fare? Thank you very much.
Answers (3)
Answered by Mia from THAILAND | Dec. 24, 2019 18:12

Yes, you can take bus from Nangang Coach station (No.26, Chunshen street, Nangang district) at 6:00, 8:00, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 and 12:00 .
Answered by Mario from INDONESIA | Dec. 29, 2019 07:06

Where to buy its ticket? Also in no. 26 chunshen street ?
Answered by MIA from THAILAND | Dec. 29, 2019 22:11

Well, you can buy bus ticket on the spot. Yes, it is located at No.26, Chunshen street.
Asked by Benjamin Domingo from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 12, 2019 01:08Reply
Can I just book a hotel or Inn at Snow town upon arrival without reservation?
We are going there in Feb. 16, 2020. And also how much is the range of cheap hotels or Inn? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ian from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 15, 2019 18:21

Yes, you can. The price of relativel cheap hotel ranges from CNY100-CNY300.
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