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Harbin Ice and Snow World
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Very impressive, though area perhaps smaller than I'd imagined (snow sculpture park much larger). Actually compact area. Worth going both during the day and especially at night. Ticket prices high, but certainly a LARGE number of mainland Chinese feel price is worth it (Harbin locals pay a much reduced fee). Take the afternoon ticket option, which gives you access from something like 13:30 to 21:00. As with any amusement park, refreshments inside VERY expensive. Took dedicated public bus from just off walking street to and from, though Chinese "queuing" something to be experienced (did have guards to ensure queuing order on return trip). 2 rmb each way per person. Bought tickets at location, though they were also offered on bus (concerned about counterfeit, but it was the same vendor on another trip to the snow park). Queuing for tickets at venue seems to be "typical" Chinese, so rugby scrum training comes in handy. Just part of the experience.

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Reviewed February 24, 2014

If something were to be the highlight of our trip, this is definitely it! Even though the entrance ticket is high, around 300 RMB per person (we got 150 each for being a student in China), it was worth the price. Amazing buildings and sculptures made of ice and snow were all inside, such as Disney castles or particular buildings of some countries such as Chinese and Japanese temples, the colosseum, and so on and so forth.. There were also some indoor and outdoor shows and slides made of ice. Try to find the longest and tallest slide, it is usually crowded and I had to wait 2 hours for it, but if you can bear with the cold it was quite amazing. You have to absolutely cover yourself especially your feet for it is really really really cold there. There are some small shops that you can enter to heat your body, but some of them require you to buy something and it's not cheap.

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Over the top! This is somethng you must see. The evining is more fun, altough daytime is not bad either and a lot more quiet. Plenty of iceslides and at 18.30 there is a show at the end of festival. T;'s no problem to get transport back to town if your willing to pay extra for the taxi or stand in line the bus.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

This was definitely the highlight of our trip. Wow! The work that goes into it is incredible. It is very expensive to get in, 300 rmb a person (my 3 year old was free), but worth it. It was so cold though that my Nikon D3100 froze up an hour and a half in. Ha! So plan for a back up if need be. Enjoy!!!

The one thing we did not know before hand was that you need to either hire a driver or pay a taxi (about 75rmb an hour) to wait on you. We were very grateful that some friends of ours that went with us did pay their taxi to wait, so we just split the cost with them. If they had not done that I don't know what we would have done. As we were leaving we tried to hail a few taxis with their light on, but none of them would stop to pick us up. So just make sure before you go that you have a plan for transportation home.

Also, I think you can purchase tickets ahead of time from Ctrip...makes your entry much faster!

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Let's admit it..its freaking cold in Harbin. Let alone this 'ice and snow' world completely carved out of blocks of rock hard ice taken from the local Songhua River. It looks really amazing and is nothing short of a winter wonderland you'd only expect to see in fairy tales. And it's no mean feat for those artists to make all this happen within a matter of days every year. But locals wouldn't normally bother visiting it simply because it's too cold and it's a rip-off. The extortionately high entrance fee!

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