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Harbin Ice & Snow Festival
   

Starts: Beijing;                                   Ends: Beijing
Itinerary: Beijing / Harbin / Beijing;     Duration:  2 Days / 1 Night

Harbin Ice Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow. Nowadays, ice lantern in broad sense refers to a series of plastic arts using ice and snow as raw material combining ice artworks with colored lights and splendid music. The specific patterns of ice lantern include ice and snow sculptures, ice flowers, ice architectures and so on. 

Highlights

  • Colorful  Grand Snow World
  •  Siberian Tiger Park
  • Ice & Sculpture Exhibition 
  • Winter Swimming Show
  • Zhaolin Park
  • Saint Sofia Church 
  • Central Avenue
     

Starts: Beijing;                                   Ends: Beijing

Itinerary: Beijing / Harbin / Beijing;     Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night

Day 01: Beijing – Harbin (L)  

  • Flight:  CZ6267; 08:55 / 10:45 (China Southern Airlines)
  • Your own transfer for the flight to Harbin.
  • Upon arrival, you'll be warmly greeted by your private guide, and then transfer to have lunch.
  • Transfer to visit the Siberian Tiger Park, it was set up as a place to breed and house Siberian tigers. There are now about 100 can be viewed. Followed transfer to visit the Ice Sculpture Exhibition on the Sun Island which is the largest one in the world. After a short rest, visit the highlight - the Colorful Grand Snow World.
  • Overnight in Harbin

Day 02: Harbin - Beijing (B, L)

  • Flight: CN7150; 19:00 / 20:50 (Grand China Airlines)
  • In the morning, you'll be transferred to Songhua River to watch the Winter Swimming Show, as dozens of brave locals plunge into the frozen Songhua River. And then transfer to Zhaolin Park, it is the name of a national hero who fought bravely in the flight against the Japanese invaders in 1930s. In memory of him, the provincial government of Heilong decided to build the park in 1963, hence the name - Zhaolin Park.
  • After lunch, visit Sanit Sofia Church, the largest Russian Orthodox Church of the Far East, which now houses the Architecture and Arts Museum of Harbin. Then wander in the city of Harbin Central Avenue, a pedestrian walkway, which includes streets built at the end of 19th century.
  • Transfer to the airport and take the flight back to Beijing.  
  • End of service 

Price:

 *twin sharing basis*

Age Classification

Price Based on Per Person in Cash

Adult ( 12 years old)

RMB 6,700 / Adult

Child (< 12 years old)

RMB 3,700 / Child with an extra-bed

 

Accommodation:

City

Hotel Name

Room Type

Harbin

Harbin Jingu Hotel (4 Star)

Standard Room

 

Included Services:

  • All domestic flight mentioned in the program in economy class including airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All private transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles.
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel with breakfast (based on twin sharing).
  • Private English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast; L: lunch).

Excluded Services:

  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and hotel porters.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Remarks:

  • Blackout dates: 07th - 13th Feb, 2016 (On request)
  • Quotation based on min. 2 adults traveling together.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability.

Harbin is known as the top winter destination in the world. Its tourism is mostly promoted by the International Ice & Snow Festival and various culture & winter activities organized by the locals and the government of Harbin City. The tourist season of Harbin mainly focus on Jan - March and Nov - Dec.  Here are some tips to keep in mind while you travel in Harbin in winter, hope they are helpful. Have fun in Harbin!!!

• The winter temperature of Harbin is very low. So please dress in layers. It is very important to keep warm and dry while enjoying outdoor activities in the icy winter.

• When not wearing a helmet, wear a hat, and a neck guard.  Keep ears covered too. Noses can be covered with neck guard.

• Make sure that clothes is comfortable. Tight clothing restricts circulation and can increase changes of frostbite.

• Wear brightly colored clothing in the ski fields - easier to be seen.

• Goggles that provide sun safety can also protect eyes from cold, wind and snow.

• Don't overdo activities.  

• Try to maintain healthy eating and sleeping habits.

• Avoid alcohol, tobacco, drugs and consider reducing caffeine consumption.

• Take some time to relax and give children some "down time" as well. 

• Children should be taught never to throw snow at other people. Snowballs can contain ice chunks or stones that can cause harm including damage to eyes.

• Never bury anyone in snow as there is a risk of suffocation and teach children never to make tunnels in the snow.


HERE ARE SOME WINTER CAMERA TIPS IN HARBIN

No need to stop taking pictures just because it is cold out, but the weather can be tough on your camera. Just remember to protect it from the change in humidity when you come inside on a cold day. This is really a simple tip - seal your camera in an air-tight plastic bag before you bring it inside after being out in the cold, and don't open the bag until the camera is roughly at room temperature. Warm air inside has a lot of moisture that will condense when it comes in contact with a cold camera. That moisture is bad news for your lens and the electronics within your camera.

 

Bonus hints:

• If you have the memory card and battery OUTSIDE the plastic bag. No doubt once you seal up your camera and head inside you will want to check out your pictures, but remember, DON'T open the bag until the camera warms up -- so take the memory card (and battery, if it needs to be charged) out of the camera BEFORE sealing the camera in the bag.

• Plastic bags are slippery! Remember this fact when you are carrying the camera in the bag, and when you put it down somewhere.

• Try and keep the temperature changes gradual, whether it be cooling off, or warming up.

• Don't follow the previous suggestion when it comes to batteries -- a battery won't last as long when it is cold, so keep it as warm as possible until you are ready to use it. If your battery dies out in the cold try heating it up for a while (inside your coat, for instance) and see if you can get a few more shots out of it. This applies to all batteries; a good reason to keep your iPod or other MP3 player warm.

• Most cameras will underexpose shots with lots of bright snow, making everything, except the snow, too dark. Try setting the manual exposure control to +1 or even +1.5. The snow will be even brighter, but the rest of the shot should be properly lit.
 

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