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Harbin Tour - 100% No Shopping Stops

  • A city of natural summer resort
  • A city of ice and snow world
In the northeast corner of China, a city called Harbin is renowned for its snow-covered winter landscapes. With the opening of the grand Ice and Snow Festival held every year, visitors from different corners of the world come to admire the snow sculptures and ice lanterns, ski and participate in various kinds of winter sports by taking Harbin tours. In addition to experiencing the ice and snow, do not forget to take a leisurely walk along time-honored Central Street, taste Russian food in a baroque-style building, feed pigeons at the square of St. Sophia Cathedral and stroll along the beautiful Songhua River.

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What is the best time to visit Harbin?

The best season for a Harbin tour package is in winter, especially during the Ice and Snow Festival from January 5 to the end of February every year. However, several theme parks that host ice and snow activities usually start earlier; these can be visited by the end of December. In order to keep away from the big crowds and excessive price increases, we kindly suggest you avoid taking Harbin ice festival tours on some holidays like Christmas (Dec. 24 - Dec. 26), New Year’s Day (Jan. 1 - Jan. 3) and the Spring Festival (Feb. 4, Feb. 10, 2019).

Besides, due to the cool weather in July and August, planning a vacation package to Harbin in summer is also a good idea. It is really a very nice summer retreat.

When will the Ice and Snow Festival be held in 2019?

The Ice and Snow Festival in 2019 will be held from December 24, 2018 to February 28, 2019.

What are the must see/things to do during the Ice and Snow Festival? Are there any other places you recommend?

During the festival, you are highly recommended to visit Harbin Ice and Snow World - a "Snow Disneyland" built on Songhua River, appreciate the gorgeous Ice Sculptures in Sun Island Scenic Area or Stalin Park and attend the grand Ice Lantern Garden Party in Zhaolin Park.

Furthermore, there are some other sites like St. Sophia Cathedral, Jile Temple and Siberian Tiger Park that are also worth visiting.
Exquisite Ice Sculpture
Gorgeous Snow Sculpture

How to get to Harbin?

Taking a flight is the fastest way to Harbin from most cities in China because of the convenient direct flights. To reach Harbin, it takes around 2 hours from Beijing, 3 hours from Xian or Shanghai and 4.5 hours from Guangzhou.

It is also convenient to plan a Harbin tour itinerary by train from some nearby cities like Beijing and Shanghai. If you take Harbin tours from Beijing, it takes around 10 hours by normal train and 7-8.5 hours by high-speed or bullet train. However, if you plan a train journey from Shanghai to Harbin, taking a normal train needs at least 24 hours and a high-speed train lasts 12.5 hours or so. Please check the following recommended train schedules for your reference.
Journey Train Schedule  Duration  Seat Recommendation
    Beijing - Harbin    Z17 21:15/07:12+    9h57m          Overnight Soft Sleeper
    Beijing - Harbin    Z15 21:21/07:19+    9h58m          Overnight Soft Sleeper
    Beijing - Harbin    G381 07:55/14:55      7h     Second, Frist, Business Class
    Beijing - Harbin    G393 15:05/22:09    7h04m     Second, Frist, Business Class
  Shanghai - Harbin    G1204 09:39/21:54    12h15m     Second, Frist, Business Class
  Shanghai - Harbin    Z172 19:04/18:38+    23h34m           Overnight Soft Sleeper

Is it cold in Harbin in winter? What kind of clothes to wear?

Harbin is located in northeast China and is affected by the cold air from Siberia. The weather of Harbin in winter is extremely cold and the temperature outside normally drops to -25°C (-13°F) to -10°C (14°F). Therefore, it is necessary to dress warmly and bring thermal underwear, wool sweaters, down jacket, gloves, hats, scarfs, earmuffs and snow boots when you take a Harbin China tour in winter. However, if you stay indoors, a sweater plus a pair of warm pants are enough as there is heating available.
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    4.815 Reviews
    Alan
    Australia
    Posted on July 26, 2020
    We had fun on the Harbin tour. Our tour guide was enthusiastic, considerate, and humorous. The food at all of the restaurants was excellent and we were always pleased to notice that the restaurants were patronized by local people rather than by tour groups. The hotel was also tidy and comfortable.
    Luis Kuner
    Canada
    Posted on June 29, 2020
    We thought the journey to the Harbin was great! We were impressed at the quality of the hotels and food, and the knowledge of our local guide. We ate special dishes in group meals. They were delicious! Our guides were so patient and helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our special requests. All in all, we were very satisfied with the Harbin tour!
    Pierre
    France
    Posted on June 02, 2020
    A trip with great satisfaction! Our guide was earnest and was fun to be with and took good care of our needs and requests. The restaurant she recommended for us was nice! She also gave us advice when we wanted to buy souvenirs. So considerate! It was a really wonderful Harbin tour!
    Matthew
    Canada
    Posted on May 06, 2020
    We had never ever chosen a travel product via the internet before. But this time I had a good experience from the professional travel agency TravelChinaGuide. It was reasonable and scientific in all matters. We were very satisfied with this tour of Harbin! As well, we were so excited to have one day for free activities. Wonderful!
    Anna
    USA
    Posted on April 13, 2020
    I accompanied my parents on a 6-day trip Harbin trip organized by TCG last winter. The whole trip was reasonably carried out and not tiring at all.

    The happiest time was spent in visiting the big ice castles and vivid snow sculptures in Ice and Snow World. We also enjoyed a lot of Russian architecture at exotic Central Street. The tour guide’s explanations were very professional and interesting, and we understood some Russian and Harbin cultures.

    The accommodations were pretty good, and the meals were very rich. Chinese food was really diverse and delicious!! In short, this trip was great, and TCG will be my first choice in the future.
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    Gwin
    New Zealand
    Posted on March 10, 2020
    The 3 days Harbin tours were professionally arranged. I traveled with my 4-year-old daughter. In fact, I was a little worried before departure, but the tour guide was extremely considerate! Every part of the itinerary was planned thoroughly, and there was nothing to be regretted. Also, our guide’s special care for my little daughter made us enjoy a more comfortable journey! My daughter had really a good time at the Ice and Snow World! So much fun on various ice and snow sports!
    Fabiana
    United Kingdom
    Posted on January 14, 2020
    Our tour guide was very professional and always with a smile! She had a high sense of responsibility and arranged everything well for us. We were highly satisfied! Thanks so much! We were extremely pleased with the Harbin tours and would like to book another tour with the TravelChinaGuide in the future.
    David
    USA
    Posted on December 16, 2019
    In short, we were lucky to have a pleasing but not very tiring trip, as well as no shopping stop on the Harbin tour! We had a very reasonable itinerary. Nice tour guide, detailed and professional explanations! The hotel and group meals were good! We had much pleasure on the Harbin tour!
    Dawn
    USA
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    Our guide was very nice and had sufficient professional knowledge and provided superb service. If I had a chance to visit Harbin, I would choose her as my tour guide again. We really enjoyed our time on the Harbin tour!
    Tsuilan Perrault
    USA
    Posted on October 22, 2019
    During the Harbin tour, our guide had always answered our questions timely and professionally. She organized a reasonable and scientific itinerary for us. The service of pick-up at the airport and check-in in the hotel was excellent! Much satisfied!
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