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Harbin – city of ice and snow

By Linting Hou

December 5

Harbin is China’s northernmost major city. The long, cold winters endow it with unique winter scenery. Here are three places we recommend.

Harbin is China’s northernmost major city. The long, cold winters endow it with unique winter scenery. Here are three places we recommend.

Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang, the northernmost province in China. In summer, its cool weather attracts a lot of visitors, but winter ushers in an experience you can’t get anywhere else.

1. Harbin Ice and Snow World

Harbin Ice and Snow World [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Ma Chengjun]
Harbin Ice and Snow World [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Ma Chengjun]
Ice and Snow World is a theme park dotted with ice and snow sculptures. It’s open from the end of December to the beginning of March. In the daytime, you can enjoy the amusement park, which has the longest ice slide in China, snow karts and snowmobiles. At night, when the colorful lights are turned on, the park becomes a wonderful place for family entertainment..

Entry: 330 yuan/person

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

2. The Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo

The Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Jiajun]
The Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Jiajun]
The Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is the largest ice and snow carnival in the world. It’s an important part of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, and goes from the end of December to the beginning of March.

Entry: 240 yuan/person

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3. Yabuli Ski Resort

Yabuli Ski Resort [Image Credit: VCG]
Yabuli Ski Resort [Image Credit: VCG]
195km from Harbin, Yabuli Ski Resort is the largest modernized ski area in China. In 1996, it hosted the Asian Winter Games. After that, it became an attraction for skiers and non-skiers from home and abroad. The resort is open from the middle of November to April.

Entry: 10 yuan/person

Skiing: 140 yuan/2 hours; 280 yuan/half-day; 380 yuan/day

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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