Established in 1985 and held annually from January 5, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is one of the world’s four largest ice and snow festivals, along with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival, and last for one month. It is China’s original and greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors from all over the world.
However the exhibits often open earlier and stay longer, weather permitting. Ice sculptures are decorated with lasers and ice lanterns. While there are ice sculptures throughout the city, there are two main exhibition areas: Enormous snow sculptures at Sun Island and the separate “Ice and Snow World” that operates each night.
Walking around the three venues, you’ll see world record-sized snow sculptures longer than two football fields, and some ice buildings, palaces, monuments, or statues about 50 meters tall that you can walk and slide around in and on.
There are three places where travelers can see ice sculptures and lanterns and other winter activities: the Grand World of Ice and Snow for a great variety of snow activities, Sun Island Park where ice sculptures are displayed, and Zhaolin Park for ice lanterns show.
Take a look at some photos of the festival first!
The tickets price is as following:
Harbin Ice and Snow World Tickets:
9:00—12:00 (Adult: RMB 150; Children/student ticket: RMB 120 )
Adult: RMB 330 (New Year’s Day, the Spring Festival, the Lantern Festival)
Adult: RMB 300 (ordinary days)
Student/children: RMB 160
Tips: 70 or more years old and 1.2 meters children are free to visit the Ice and Snow World
Sun Island Ice and Snow World: Adult RMB 80; Children RMB 40
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