Journey into the heart of winter at China’s Harbin Ice Festival
Embrace the frozen glory of winter in this journey to China’s frigid northeast and experience the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in all its winter wonder. From Beijing head to the remote north of the country to discover a city shaped by Russian as well as Chinese culture and experience a festival that’ll take your (frozen) breath away.
Built to accommodate Russian engineers working on the Trans-Siberian Railroad in the 19th century, discover Harbin’s Russian and Jewish heritage on a guided walking tour
Experience Harbin’s International Ice and Snow Festival, a vast winter wonderland of the biggest and most elaborate ice sculptures in the world
Tour the festival with a local guide during the day and again at night, when the frosty re-creations of famous buildings, monuments and characters are lit up in technicolour
Train travel is intrinsic to Chinese life. Bunk up with locals and other travellers on an overnight sleeper train from Beijing to Harbin, and experience a high speed train back the other way
This trip involves one long train journey - an overnight hard sleeper train from Beijing to Harbin. Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people. It's the main form of transport for locals, so take the chance to interact.
Temperatures in northern China in January are extremely cold, especially in Harbin. It can easily get as low as -35° C. As you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors exploring the city and the festival, it’s vital that you pack extremely warm clothes, including a coat, hat, gloves, scarf, boots and thermals.
We pack a lot in, in a short amount of time, so if you have some time to spare we highly recommend extra time in Shanghai and Beijing.
As a short, city based trip there's not a lot of time to experience China's beautiful natural landscapes or get further off the beaten track. If you have longer to spend exploring, consider our Yunnan & Tiger Leaping Gorge, North or South China Getaway, China Experience, or Travel the Silk Road trips.
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding overnight trains.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
3. Temperatures at this time of year in Harbin can be well below freezing. Please ensure you bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
4. Please make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster or civil unrest) necessitate a change to our planned route.
5. Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilets (squat/western) are available in each carriage, but there are no shower facilities. An upgrade to Soft Sleeper class is available on this trip.
6. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
7. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Beijing Office can be reached on Tel: +861064067328
Our China's Harbin Ice Festival trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.
Trip is worth it as long as you are prepared to get colder than you have probably ever been.
Review submitted 17 Jan 2017
Harbin Ice Festival is just amazing and worth taking the time out of your China travels to visit. I would 100% recommend this trip to anyone considering the Ice Festival.
Review submitted 16 Jan 2017