The festival is known by many shorter names such as ‘the Harbin Ice Lantern Festival’ or the ‘Harbin Ice Festival’ and has been around since 1963, consisting of 4 theme parks:
- Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
- Harbin Ice and Snow World
- Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley, and
- Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is listed under the top 5 snow festivals across the globe along side Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival and Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, becoming a global tourist destination and a paradise for photographers.
The most popular months to visit are January and February, where thousands of visitors take vacations, family getaways and honeymoons.
Tips for your visit:
- Different tickets are required to enter all venues and parks
- Main entrance is by the Flood Control Monument
- The Zhaolin Park will give you a discount on entrance fee before 15:30 (however its not the optimal time to see the lanterns). At 18:00 onwards the normal fee applies…
- The theme parks will officially be opened on January the 5th 2016
- Festival normally closes at the end of February
- A must see is the Harbin Ice Lantern Show! This is where you can see the historic and cultural ice lanterns formed in a very unique artistic way.
- The ‘Bingxue Large World’, nicknamed for the Harbin Ice and Snow World is the most unique ice and snow festival you have ever seen. Ever since it first opened, it has become increasingly popular by both locals and tourists.
- There are Morning tickets(09:00 – 12:00) and Afternoon (12:00 – 21:00 and better value for money for a long stay) tickets
- Kids get free entrance if under 1.2 metres
Where to stay
- Shangri-La Harbin
- Best Western Harbin Fortune
- Super 8 Harbin Flood Control
- Harbin International
- Holiday Inn City Centre
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