Harbin (Ice Festival) Travel Guide
哈尔滨Snow and ice festivals have taken place in Harbin for decades, mainly in Zhaolin Park south of the river. In 2000, winter events began on Sun island featuring large buildings and structures which dwarfed previous activities in Zhaolin Park. However the intimacy, ice carving contest and night lighting in Zhaolin Park still make it a must see in addition to the activities on Sun Island. On Sun Island you can visit Ice and Snow World which is especially nice when lit up in the evening. It is a colorful city of ice. Rather than using ice as a building material, you can see structures made of snow at the Snow Sculpture Park on Sun Island. A walk up the Zhongyang Pedestrian Street makes for great people watching, architecture spotting, coffee, snacks, dining, photo opportunities, and of course shopping. A hotel on this street is recommended for convenience.
When to visitHarbin is a northerly place with a climate similar to Minnesota or Norway. Winter is cold and dry, summer is warm and pleasant. There is a full 4 seasons. Most likely it will be cold when you go to Harbin since that is the time of the Snow and Ice festival as well as ski season
NightlifeHarbin Ice and Snow World Zhaolin Park Zhongyang Pedestrian Street
Near Harbin (Ice Festival)Yabuli International Ski Resort
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