Harbin International Ice Lantern Festival & Snow Sculpture Expo 2013

Harbin International Ice Lantern Festival & Snow Sculpture Expo 2013

Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture festival is a great winter festival and if you are in China during this period, it really should not be missed.

The 27th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will start on January 5, 2013, and lasts to the end of February.

Harbin Ice Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow.

Why Harbin as the Ice City

Because of its location in northeast China accounting for the arctic climate, it provides abundant natural ice and snow. Subsequently, the “Ice City” of Harbin is recognized as the cradle of ice and snow art in China and is famous for its exquisite and artistic ice and snow sculptures.

Highlights of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Expo

  • Ice Lantern Festival at night is poetic and colourful fiesta of ice and light.
  • Daytime Snow Sculpture Expo on Sun Island is worldly famous
  • Drive into a park of over 200 free roaming Siberian tigers and lions on snow, feed them with flying pheasants and watch them capturing their prey is special experience. Great fun for both adults & children.
  • Watch swiming and diving peformance on the frozen river, and play ice Slides.
  • Drink in an ice Bar on the street of Russian-influenced architecture.
  • Japanese Germ Warfare Base in Harbin is an eye-opening site to get to know the history of World War II in the Far East.

Most Recommended Harbin Ice & Snow Festival Tour Packages

BJH-BH-01: 12 Days Winter Tour from Beijing to Jilin, Beidahu and Harbin

Duration: 12 days & 11 nights

Departure: You Choose!

Travel Services: Private tour guide & driver + Private car/van

Features: Beijing, Jilin, Beidahu Ski Resort and Harbin are the ideal tourist destinations of China in winter. This tour package is perfect for you to explore the winter highlights of China: skiing in Beidahu, Great Wall hiking, 2013 Harbin ice and snow festival, and many more.

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BJH-BH-02: 8 Days Beijing Harbin Winter Tour with Ice and Snow Festival

Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights

Departure: You Choose!

Travel Services: Private tour guide & driver + Private car/van

Features: Beijing and Harbin are the best tourist destinations to explore the winter in China. This classic 8 days Beijing Harbin tour package is your ideal itinerary, covering: Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Forbidden City, Olympic Green, Ming Tombs, Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, Zhaolin Park, and Saint Sophia Cathedral.

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Best Time to Visit

Harbin Snow and Ice Sculpture festival begin officially on the second week of January annually till mid February. But they are actually open to the visitors right after the Christmas, when ice lanterns are complete and 80% snow sculptures are done. By then, you can see sculptors working on them.

Best Collections of Ice Artworks

Harbin Ice and Snow World

The ice carvings at the Harbin Ice and Snow World are regarded as some of the world's finest examples of ice art, with visitors able to admire some of the largest and most majestic ice-sculpted masterpieces. Each of these ice carvings are designed in some way related to the festival's theme, enabling travelers to sample a variety of cultural flavors.

Ice Lantern Garden Party

The Ice Lantern Garden Party in Harbin City is the earliest and biggest artistic exhibition of the ice lantern in the open air in the world covering an area of 6.5 hectare (about 16 acres) and the quantity of used ice is about 2,000 stere (about 71000 cubic feet). It is listed as one of the 35 national 'absolutely rare and wonderfully beautiful' scenic spots by National Tourist Office.

Sun Island Park

The Sun Island Park is the site of the Snow Sculpture Exposition displaying a wonderful snow world. It has the world's largest indoor ice and snow art museum and it opens to the public from November every year.

Yabuli International Ski Resort

The Yabuli International Ski Resort, the biggest and best ski resort in China, is 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of Harbin and 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Mudanjiang in Shangzhi City, Heilongjiang Province.

Zhaolin Park

Zhaolin Park is a 'must see' during the Harbin Ice Festival because it has a traditional program that shows the most excellent ice lanterns. With water, lights and the natural ice from the Songhua River running through Harbin as the material, the ice lanterns are made by freezing water, piling up ice or snow, then carving, enchasing, decorating, etc.

Nowadays, Harbin Ice Festival is not only an exposition of ice and snow art, but also an annual cultural event for international exchange. Every year, there are many ice sculpture experts, artists and fans from America, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Russia, China, etc. gathering in Harbin to participate ice sculpting competitions and to communicate with each other in the ice and snow world.

There's more to do during winter as Harbin is ready to celebrate yet another annual ice festival in 2013.

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