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[1-Day Tour] Harbin Ice & Snow Festival (Private)

English

Private Tour

Daily

Harbin

Songhua River | St. Sophia Cathedral | Siberian Tiger Park | Sun Island Park | Ice & Snow World

While Harbin's subzero temperatures may get a little nippy, winter is the perfect time for a visit. This comprehensive tour allows you to take in the best this winter wonderland has to offer—all in one day. View rare and endangered Siberian tigers up close, visit St. Sophia Cathedral, the symbol of Harbin, and check out the world's largest ice and snow art exhibition. Also watch as daring locals jump into Harbin's freezing Songhua River for a spot of winter swimming.

Details

9:30 a.m. Harbin downtown hotel pickup

10:00 a.m. Songhua River (about 1 hour)

Watch Songhua River winter swimming while most people are packing on layers of clothes, others are taking them off. Watch as dozens of brave Harbin locals dive into the freezing Songhua River for a spot of winter swimming, a popular winter pastime here. After the show, take one free ride on the ice slide.

11:30 a.m. St. Sophia Cathedral (Shèng Suǒfēiyà Jiàotáng, 圣索非亚教堂) (about 1 hour)

With the completion of the Sino-Russian railway bringing an influx of Russians into Harbin, Orthodox churches were in high demand. Construction began on the St. Sophia Cathedral, or the Church of St. Sophia, in 1903 to meet the needs of the Russian Orthodox and to reinstate and unify their presence in the area during the Russo-Japanese War. Completed in 1907, the church was later expanded and renovated in 1923 and still stands proudly in Harbin's downtown today.

12:30 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense)

1:30 p.m. Siberian Tiger Park (Dōngběi Hǔlín Yuán, 东北虎林园) (about 1.5 hours)

Situated on the northern bank of the Songhua River, the Siberian Tiger Park is the largest natural refuge for Siberian Tigers in the world. The park is home to about 70 tigers that are monitored and taken care of by the park tenants. Drive through the open-range tiger enclosures in a specially protected bus or jeep. You may even witness the macabre spectacle of live poultry, sheep or even cattle, which are available for purchase, being fed to the tigers as 'entertainment.' Elsewhere you can view other large felines including white tigers, lions and pumas.

3:30 p.m. Sun Island Park (Tàiyángdǎo Gōngyuán, 太阳岛公园) (about 1.5 hours)

One of Harbin's most popular recreational spots, Sun Island Park is a collection of natural islands in the Songhua River, just north of the city. During the warmer seasons, Sun Island Park is ideal for barbecues, picnics and swimming, while in the frigid winter months, the park is perfect for sledding, skiing and other cold-weather activities and is a focal point for the famous Harbin Ice Festival. Additionally, when the river ices over, local residents flock to Sun Island to play hockey and ice skate.

5:00 p.m. Ice and Snow World (Bīngxuě Yìshù Gōng, 冰雪艺术宫) (about 1.5 hours)

The next stop is the world-famous Ice and Snow World (Open on 31 Dec), Harbin's main winter attraction. This is the largest ice and snow art exhibition in the world and features a different theme each year. As darkness falls, so do the temperatures, but this is the best time to visit as the huge ice sculptures are illuminated by multicoloured lights which contrast with the night sky and make for a spectacular and unforgettable display.

7:00 p.m. Return to hotel


Please note:

-To request a tailor-made on this tour, please make a note in the "additional request" section while booking online or inform us by email at thingstodo@ctrip.com.

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

-English-speaking tour guide

-Admission fees and transportation as listed in the details

-Travel Accident Insurance

What is excluded?

-Personal expenses, optional items and anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

1. Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. If you cancel at least 7 working days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 4 and 6 working days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee (applied on per order basis). If you cancel within 3 working days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.

2. You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide.

3. Only credit card payments will be accepted. Once payment has cleared, Ctrip will send you a confirmation email with your booking details. If credit card payment does not clear, your booking will automatically be canceled. In order to process your payment smoothly, we highly recommend you inform your credit card bank about this transaction in advance.

4. Time arrangements described in itineraries are subject to change. Guides reserve the right to change arrangements according to weather, transportation and other variable conditions. However, in such cases, Ctrip shall not change any services that have already been booked.

5. If you opt to join only part of this activity, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the activity that you miss.

6. All listed meals are Chinese food. Please notify us ahead of time for any dietary restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.).

7. Please ensure personal and travel information is entered correctly. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect and missing information.

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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

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