Harbin Ice Festival 2015 Dates

Harbin, the capital and largest city of Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China, is now home to the biggest ice and snow festival in the world. The 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival will officially start on January 5, 2015 and end on February 28, 2015. The theme parks of the festival will include Harbin Ice and Snow World, Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Ice Lantern Fair, Songhua River Ice and Snow Happy Valley, and so on. During December of 2014, many national/international ice and snow sculpture contests will be held for the festival. The theme parks of the festival will conduct a trial opening from December 20 to January 4, the earliest date to see the festival is around December 25, 2014. 

2014 Harbin Ice and Snow World

2014 Harbin Ice and Snow World

2014 Harbin Ice and Snow World

2014 Harbin Ice Festival

Snow Sculptures from 2014 Harbin Ice Festival

2014 Harbin Ice Lantern Fair

(note: these pictures were taken during the Harbin ice festival 2014)


Questions & Answers about Harbin Ice Festival 2015 Dates

Asked by julie 2015-08-03

Hi... I am planning to go to harbin,but I'm a bit confuse, when should I go there. Can u advise me, it's better to go there on December or Jan 2016?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-08-05

Hi,

Please see this article http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/article-p75-best-time-to-visit-harbin.html

Asked by Juliet 2015-06-22

HI I am planning to go Harbin from Sngapore around 27-28 Dec this year and wonder if there will still be snowing and any tour package that includes return ticket

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-06-24

Hi Juliet,

Usually, it's started to snow at the end of Nov or early Dec in Harbin. Our tour packages only include the China domestic flight tickets, not include the international flight tickets.

Asked by Erik Turcotte from South Korea 2015-06-01

Hello, I just saw the dates for next year: January 5, 2016 to February 25, 2016. Unfortunately, my vacation starts on February 26. If I were to arrive in Harbin on February 27, which is 2 days after the official end of the festival, is there still much to see and do? Could I still have access to the festival areas?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-06-02

If you want to see the perfect ice/snow sculptures, you'd better go to Harbin before February 25. In the past few years, all the theme parks were closed around Feb 25. There was only an exceptional case for the 2015 Harbin Ice Festival, the theme park of the Ice and Snow World was closed on March 4 for Harbin was still very cold in this early March.

Asked by Maria from Singapore 2015-02-28

Can we still experience the Ice and Snow Festival on March 8-11, 2015? We want to see the huge ice sculptures and castles in Harbin. Are ski resorts still open? We also want to ski and visit China Snow Town. Thanks!

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-02-28

It is a little late. Some theme parks may be closed by that time. Try to go there before March 5. You can still enjoy skiing in China Snow Town in March.

Asked by Audrey from France 2015-02-13

We can only come to Harbin after Spring Festival, the 27th of Feb, is it still possible to see the ice and snow sculpture? We are with small children (5 and 7 years old) and no matter if the sculpture are not perfect. Thanks

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-02-13

You can see ice and snow sculptures at the Ice and Snow World at this time to go because the park will open till early March this year. The Ice and Snow Happy Valley was closed on Feb 10, the closing time of the other theme parks (Ice Lantern Fair and Sun Island International Sow Sculpture Art Expo) have not yet been announced.

Asked by vandana from india 2015-01-18

hi what are the tickket charges for this park... we r planning to visit in feb

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-19

Please see the ticket price for each theme park here http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/article-p167-harbin-ice-festival-2015-ticket-prices.html

Asked by Simon Johannes Storm from Denmark 2015-01-12

Hey, are there any days after the 5th of January where they have special events at the ice and snow world? Fireworks etc?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-13

The firework can only be seen in the opening ceremony in the evening of Jan 5.

Asked by Michael herst from USA 2015-01-13

So amazing! It says this is a competition. What to the winners get? I want to come visit Harbin! Thanks! Michael

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-13

Most of the buildings and sculptures were created by the local artists, they were hired by the sponsors. Only some were created by the foreign artists during the international ice sculpture competition. The winner will get prize money and honorary certificate.

Asked by Bean Bopper from UK 2015-01-06

How long does it take to get from Beijing to Harbin? Is it one direct train or do I need to change trains? Is there a website I can look up travel details on?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-06

It takes about 7-8 hours from Beijing to Harbin by direct high-speed train.

Asked by Ingrid Torquato Oliveira from Brazil 2015-01-06

I'll arrive in China on february 17th. If I go to Harbin on february 25th it's a good date? The sculptures will remain the same?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-06

You'd better go there before Feb 25th. Some sculptures may be starting to melt if the weather turns warm.

Asked by elias diab from lebanon 2015-01-04

hello please from where its better to go to harbin from guangzhou or shanghai

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-05

both are good. the two cities have many flights to harbin. You'd better compare all the prices (between the cities) and then make your decision.

Asked by aroba maryam from china 2015-01-01

i am planning to visit harbin in start of feb this year.is it a good time?i want to see the whole ice festival and snow sculptures.please tell me the right time to visit harbin this year so i can see all things shown in above pictures.thankyou.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-04

Jan 1 - Feb 17 is a good time to see the ice festival. It will be very crowded after Feb. 17.

Asked by Wojtek koz from China 2014-12-16

Hey. Is that good time (25.12.2014-27.12.2014) to see anythink intresting in Harbin? It's the only this time when I would arrive there

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-17

It will be a good time to go there if the theme parks of the festival have their trial open during this time. For info about the theme parks trial open, please pay attention to our press release http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/travel-news.html

Asked by TongYew from Malaysia 2014-12-11

When or how can I know if the Ice and Snow World and Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo will have the test open in December 2014? I am coming to Harbin on 22 to 27 December 2014.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-11

Please pay attention to our news page within this month. http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/travel-news.html

Asked by Johnnie Walker from Meiguo 2014-12-09

Hello, My friend and I are thinking about traveling to Harbin on the date of December 13 to appreciate the ice sculptures. We are wondering if we would be able to see the process of the sculpting or anything regarding the scultures. Is this possbile or will we be wasting our time? Thank you

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-11

It is a waste of time visiting Harbin for the ice/snow sculptures in this time because you are not allowed to enter the theme parks.

Asked by nik norzainal Abidin mohd kamaludin from Malaysia 2014-12-05

How to go Harbin from Beijing by train? I'm travelling with my family of 5 from Malaysia and will be landed in Beijing on the 17th January around 3.00pm.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-05

You can take train at Beijing Railway Station or Beijing South Railway Station.

Asked by karen tse from usa 2014-12-01

Is the ice sculptures centralized in one area? How many days are needed to see the whole festival?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-04

Most of the ice sculptures/buildings are centralized in Ice & Snow World.

It takes at least 1 day and two nights to see the whole festival if you don't see other scenic spots in Harbin. We suggest you'd better spend 2 -3 days to enjoy the festival and take some interesting winter activities in Harbin. The International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is only open in the day time (sometimes, it may open at night if cultural performances are showed there). The best time to see the ice & snow world and the ice lantern fair is 17:30-21:00, because all the ice lanterns and ice sculptures/buildings are only illuminated at night.



Asked by Bussara 2014-11-27

Hello, The ice festival open all the day or what time is start and close during the day ?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-02

The festival has 4 theme parks, their business hours are as follow:

1. Ice and Snow World
Business hours: 09:00-21:00


2. Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo
Business hours: 8:00--17:30

3. Ice Lantern Fair at Zhaolin Park
Business hours: 09:00-21:00

4. Songhua River Ice and Snow Happy Valley
Business hours: 8:00--17:30

Asked by Panita from Thailand 2014-11-27

How important to prepare the entrance ticket for ice festival or we can buy at the entrance? I plan to visit there on Jan 5,2015. Please suggest?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-02

You need not to prepare the ticket, just buy it at the entrance when you arrive there.

Asked by karen from usa 2014-12-01

When is the least crowded time to see the festival?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-02

Try to avoid weekends and Chinese New Year (Feb 18-25, 2015) if possible.

Asked by suryady from indonesia 2014-11-29

Hi. Im going to harbin on 1 january. Can i see "trial" ice festival? (The harbin ice festival).

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-02

All depends on weather. If the theme parks have a trial run you will.

Asked by Kathrin from GER 2014-11-22

Where and when can I buy tickets for the opening Event on the 5th of January 2015? How much does it cost?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-25

You can buy the ticket in the ticket office of the Harbin Ice and Snow World before the opening start.

Asked by Gene Tang from Hong Kong 2014-11-19

We are planning on visiting the Ice Festival on Feb 20/21/22 2015. As this falls on the second, third and fourth days of Chinese New Year, will the Ice Festival still be open?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-20

The festival will open to Feb 25.

Asked by aA from Thailand 2014-11-08

Hi i'm plan to go to Shanghai around 20-27 Dec and Want to go to Harbin 28-31 Dec On 28-31 Harbin Ice Festival 2015 Still Opened ?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-10

The ice festival will open on January 5, 2015 and end on February 28, 2015.

Asked by Christie Tsai 2014-11-03

I'm planning to visit Harbin for the festival next year. I'd like to know if each theme park of the festival has the same opening day, end day(start on January 5, 2015 and end on February 28, 2015) or they have their own days?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-06

The opening days and end days of the theme parks are different. All the parks will have a trial-run or officially open to the public from December 25, 2014 to Jan 5, 2015 if weather permits. The ice/snow sculpture start to thaw by the end of Feb. If you want to see the perfect ice/snow sculpture, you'd better go there before February 25, 2015.

Asked by Nelson Filipe Dias Sales from Portugal 2014-11-05

Can I use my ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) to get a student discount? Thanks!

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-06

The parks only offer discount to Chinese students.

Asked by errol d hansen from Australia 2014-11-05

If I arrive in Harbin after 6th January, 2015, will there still be plenty of Ice Festival attractions to see? What is the LATEST date I could arrive and still enjoy the attractions?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-06

The festival will be closed by the end of Feb, 2015. you'd better go there before 25th, Feb, 2015.

Asked by Kishan from India 2014-11-01

I am planing to visit harbin on 21st to 23rd of december, will there be anything that will be open ?(in seeing the ice festival )

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-03

The theme parks of the ice festival will be not open before 23rd of Dec, but you can visit the non-seasonal tourist attractions, such as Saint Sophia Church, Siberian Tiger Park, Harbin Polarland, etc.

Asked by Sandra from Austria 2014-10-21

Hello, where can we buy tickets for entry? and the price for one ticket? thank you very much in advance. BR

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-10-22

You can buy tickets (full prices) in the ticket offices of the theme parks. At present the prices of 2015 are still unclear. If you book our tours, you can get our discount tickets of all the theme parks.

Asked by irina bilka from Österreich 2014-10-17

hallo, is it still possible to vist the ice sculpters at the end of march?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-10-20

You cannot see the ice sculptures by then because the festival will close by the end of February (around Feb 25).

Asked by Robert Schrader from United States 2014-10-07

What time will the opening ceremony occur on 5 January?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-10-08

19:30 pm

Asked by Linda Huang from Australia 2014-09-10

When will "Harbin Ice and Snow World" open this year? If I arrive at the end of December, e.g. 28th December 2014; 29th December 2014, the show will be definitly on then?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-09-10

We wouldn't say that the Ice and Snow World will be definitely on then, but actually the festival had a test open from 25th Dec - 31st Dec in the past years. The open of the Ice and Snow World sometimes depends on the local temperature. If we meet the high temperature, it will be postponed. For example, the 14th Harbin Ice and Snow World didn't have a test open on 25th Dec - 31st Dec, 2013, it was opened on 5th January, 2014.

Asked by CAPT.S.V.KALELE from India 2014-09-05

Dear Team Leader. We, from , INDIA are visiting your place in the month of February . Will appreciate if can guide us. Regarding warm clothing. Thanks. Regards. CAPT. S.V.KALELE.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-09-09

We are pleased to be your travel agent for the Harbin Ice Festival, please find the tour itinerary and helpful suggestions in the email.

Asked by Mahaboob from INDIA 2014-08-30

let me know the tour operators from India who will cover the snow festivel..

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-08-30

We don't know which indian tour operator who will cover the snow festivel. We recommend you'd better use a local tour operator to avoid paying more money to the different agents.

Asked by Bob G from Australia 2014-08-23

Is fine weather more likely in January or in February? Or is it likely to be overcast or snowing any time?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-08-25

For much of January and February, the weather is fine. Sometimes it is overcast or snowing.

Asked by Eric Hamlin from Philippines 2014-08-17

I see that the ice festival runs through February. If I come towards the end, are the ice sculptures still in good condition, or will they start to be worn. I'm trying to decide if I should even come if I can't make it until the end of February.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-08-18

Usually the ice sculptures start to be worn by the end of February in the hot year. We suggest that you try to go there before February 25.

Asked by Jesus from Spain 2014-08-11

If I arrive on december 27th, what would I be able to see?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-08-12

If weather permits, all the theme parks of the festival will have a test run around Dec.25. Visitors can go into the park to see the ice lanterns and ice/snow sculptures.

Asked by paul from Philippines 2014-08-06

Do I have to spend for heavy winter clothing for this trip since I am based in a temperate country like the Philippines.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-08-06

All people have to spend for heavy clothing because Harbin is very cold in winter. For info on Harbin weather and tips for winter dress in Harbin, please read the articles:

http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/article-p19-climate-of-harbin.html

http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/article-p33-tips-for-winter-dress-for-harbin-travel.html

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