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 updated on Jul. 30, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on China Snow Town (Xuexiang)
Asked by DD | Nov. 25, 2023 17:52Reply
Any ski in xuexiang?
Hi, i booked 2 nights stay in xuexiang. just wondering is there any place i can ski in xuexiang or nearby?
If i stay in xuexiang , do i still need to pay admission fee again if i exit out and return on same day?

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa | Nov. 27, 2023 17:08

Yes, it is possible to ski. The ticket is valid within 48 hours.
Asked by Nantiya from THAILAND | Nov. 24, 2023 18:25Reply
Can i go to Snow Town from Harbin by train - mudanjing ?
Mudanjiang Train Station, is there a bus to China Snow Town?
Answers (1)
Answered by David | Nov. 27, 2023 01:09

Yes, a bus will depart from Mudanjian Passenger Station to Snow Town at 14:00. The bus station is about 3km from Mudanjiang Railway Station.
Asked by Junes from KOREA | Nov. 09, 2023 20:20Reply
How to go to China Snow Town from Jingpo lake (镜泊湖), Ning'an (宁安)
I leave Jingpo lake (镜泊湖), Ning'an (宁安) and head to China Snow Town around 1pm afternoon this Jan 3rd (Wednesday). I prefer train or bus, or tour bus (shuttle bus). How much and how long does it take? Where can I book the ticket in advance?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by James | Nov. 12, 2023 19:46

You can go to Changting or Mudanjiang first and then take a shuttle bus to Xuexiang. It is hard to find available bus schedule so it is more recommended to hire a car directly.
Asked by Jasvin Wuu from SINGAPORE | Nov. 08, 2023 06:12Reply
how can i get to mudanjiang from snow town? is there a bus? where can i find the bus timings?

is there a way to get to jingbo lake district from snow town?
Answers (2)
Answered by Tiffany | Nov. 09, 2023 18:54

According to the news, there used to be buses operating between Snow Town and Mudanjaing. I'm not clear about now. The schedule can't be found on line. It is better for you to confirm the hotel staff in the Snow Town who possibly knows the bus schedule.
Answered by Joe Lim | Nov. 13, 2023 17:26

Hi fellow SGP. I am also planning a trip to Snow Town, scheduled for January. I was planning to go there via Mudanjiang. Perhaps we need to look at alternative route from Yabuli
Asked by Yunni from INDONESIA | Oct. 30, 2023 01:15Reply
Is there bus from zhongyang station to snow town village?
I saw a guest house xuegu dingzihan shishang guest house. How to get there from the bus stop at snow toen village tourist center? Is there any public transportation in snow town village area?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nina | Oct. 30, 2023 19:32

Generally, the direct shuttle bus from Central Street will start service from mid-or late-November. When you reach the Snow Town, it is easy to walk to the hotel.
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