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“Not As Good As the Ice Show”

Sun Island (Tai Yang Dao)
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Private Day Tour: Harbin City and Ice and Snow World
Ranked #3 of 208 things to do in Harbin
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Hong Kong, China
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“Not As Good As the Ice Show”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

The snow sculpture exhibition at Sun Island Park was the first Ice and Snow Festival component we visited upon arriving in Harbin. By itself it's beautiful by most standards - although if you visited towards the tail-end of the festival like we did, many of the snow sculptures had started to melt, were less spectacular than before and probably not worth the incredibly hefty admission fee (¥200) we paid to enter the park.

When we got to the Ice and Snow World that same evening, it became very clear almost immediately that the snow sculpture exhibition has nothing at all on the famed ice show, which is absolutely breathtaking, especially at sunset. The ice show actually features some snow sculptures as well so it is not like you're missing out on a lot if you skip the snow exhibition.

To quote our Harbin born-and-raised driver, the ice show (go at sunset) is what everyone comes to Harbin for. The Sun Island snow sculpture exhibition and the Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern show are just additional money-generators for the local government and not at all worth the pricey admission. We have to concur.

But if you have to visit the snow sculpture exhibition as well, there are actually an astonishing number of snow sculptures in the park. Although, after an hour of wandering around the park, what seemed like very interesting and photogenic snow sculptures at first started to all look the same. We also got tired of walking on slush and gray ice rather than the white snow we encountered in the Snow World. We hightailed out of the park in no time.

Tip: Wear disposable heat packs in your shoes as your feet will get very cold walking on ice and snow all day.

Visited February 2014
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“The place of amusements in Harbin”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

This place actually consists of lots of amusement place in Harbin such as Snow and Ice Festival, Heilongjiang Science and Technology Museum, and Polarland. Definitely have to spend one full day to come here and you probably should decide first where would you go since it's really big.

Visited January 2014
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“Not totally worth it for me”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

I was super excited to see the snow sculptures but it was kind of a let down. My 3 year old got bored really fast, so that made the rest of the day hard. The sculptures are all spread way out, so it makes it harder to see it all.

Visited January 2014
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Ra'anana, Israel
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“Snow and Ice Festival Venues”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

We were there during the Snow and Ice Festival. Two of the three festival venues are on the island - Snow and Ice World and in the Sun Island Scenic Area is the Snow Sculpture Expo. The area is really beautiful with lots of trees, the wide river and plenty for nature lovers. See my review of the Snow and Ice World for more details about the festival.

Visited February 2014
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Lahad Datu, Malaysia
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“A number of excellent snow sculptures but many very average”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

This place is closed at 4 p.m. same for the toilets there. Not very impressed by the work of art there because have seen more excellent arts.

Visited February 2014
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