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“5 day Harbin”

Ice Festival Harbin-Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 8 Tours in Harbin
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Owner description: A private Harbin tour is an enjoyable way of seeing Harbin and its top attractions, such as Ice and Snow World, Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, and the Siberian Tiger Park.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed December 27, 2016

The guide, Mr Walton Wang, was very accommodating to our requests to try certain restaurants. He also provided a lot of useful information such as where to buy the famous Harbin red sausage. In addition, he even provided us with the local specialities to try out like ma die-er ice cream and the bingtanghulu (iced fruits). The trip whirled past so quickly because both of my friend and I were having so much fun. The accommodation packaged by them was reasonably priced and Mr Tango Tan was responsive to phone calls. Our young driver , despite Chinese speaking, was a cheerful fellow. We had a fabulous time. They also worked late on the second day to accommodate our shopping time. So that was lovely of them.

One tip for those flying in from Hong Kong - if you are flying STRAIGHT from Hong Kong (via Shenzhen Airlines ZH9088 transiting through Yantai) , please make it clear to them that it is an international airport (Guo Ji dao da) . You will also most likely depart from the international airport (we did via ZH9087) - recheck the area before allowing your driver to leave. Make no mistake about that. Harbin has 2 airports - international and domestic - both being 2.5 km apart from each other. We were left waiting there because the driver was waiting at the domestic arrival (Guo nei dao da). It was not the fault of the poor chap because it does say on Harbin airport arrival board that it is Terminal B (domestic airport) but the bus took us to International Arrivals. We didn't get enough sleep and neither did the poor young driver/guide/Mr Tango Tan. So basically it was hard on both sides. The airport personnel were nice enough not to throw us out into the minus 20 degree weather - they waited for us to be found by our driver. It was nice of the personnel as they were due to leave home but stayed on for an extra 15 minutes to see us safely off.

In case you don't know what international arrival look like or have zero mandarin to help -
1. it only has Arrival 1 and 2 doors without any A or B
2. the next tell tail sign is the shuttle bus sign outside telling you when the international bus shuttle takes you to the domestic airport.

2  Thank Fiona F
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Reviewed December 26, 2016

Harbin and the Ice Festival needs no additional promotion as the city and attractions in itself are magical and worth the trip, the sub zero temperatures and travel time. Overall tour planning expectations that planned and paid for were met, however the tourguide appointed was probably an apprentice at best. But its ok, as the attractions can carry themselves so well on its own without guide assistance.

1  Thank KevinJ1975
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Reviewed December 16, 2016

I love to visit this place again. Its very easy to make all the important visits to sightseeing in just one day. I did it can you also make it if you dont want to stay for long.

Thank Abdul G
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Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Our guide referred to Harbin as "The Eye of the Chicken" as he pointed to an atlas. On a map China does indeed resemble a chicken! During the 1917 Russian Revolution many White Russians fled to Harbin settling in what is now referred to as The Old Quarter. Their cultural influence is readily evident in the architecture and cuisine. Most of the buildings in the old quarter are in a terrible state of decay from neglect and nonuse after the White Russians were forced to leave. Luckily, the Russian Orthodox church, St. Sophia has been restored and reopened to the public as a museum. Parts of the old quarter have been opened to foreigners recently.

White Russian cultural influence is apparent in local cuisine as well. Variations of hard cheese, dark bread, and Russian sausages are plentiful in Harbin shops and fine dining establishments. The menus are a treat for history buffs.

The Harbin Ice Festival held at Zhaolin Park has increased in size every January since it began in 1963. In additional to mega ice displays created by Chinese locals there is an international ice sculpture juried event that produces the finest ice sculptures I've seen. The smaller International sculptures line the bank of the partially frozen Songhua River. During the day these magnificent displays of carved ice attract large crowds inspite of the subzero temperatures. As night falls and the temperature drops, Harbin's city of sculpted ice and snow is lit up with dim colored lights, drawing even larger crowds enjoying ice cream and slipping down ice slides!

Many activities are held on the frozen surface of the Songhua River. We enjoyed a covered carriage ride drawn by magnificent black stallion. We watched reindeer racing and old Chinese men, wearing nothing more than a latex swim cap and swimming trunks, take a quick dip in a carved out hole into River. I'm told this annual ritual is believed to improve a man's constitution! Didn't see any ladies jumping in the drink!☺

I highly recommend you carry extra layers of warm clothing during your visit to Harbin. The temperature can quickly become a biting, bitter cold especially on the river. Carry a large backpack for a warm, insulated blanket, scarves, knitted cap, mittens, and a couple pairs of thermal socks in case you get wet. This precaution will keep your excursion enjoyable. Because the weather is often sub-zero temperatures this event may not be suitable for the young and elderly. There are no ADA accommodations anywhere in Harbin that I found. Our hotel's elevator was sporadically functional. Many times we had to climb 8 flights of stairs in a non-heated steel stairwell with the rails to cold to hang on to.

5  Thank VintageExplorer
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Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This was a highlight the art craft and presentation and colorful building is great. I had never seen like it before. It was great during the day and spectacular during the night. It is must see exhibit. I highly recommend it to you but be prepared wear ski clothes as it gets very cold. It was -15 c when we visited. It was one of the best shows on earth.

Thank Hig11
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