Best Time to Visit Harbin

Winter is the best time to visit Harbin for the annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is celebrated there. 

Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province, is located in Northeast China under the direct influence of the cold winter wind from Siberia. The average temperature is -16.8 degrees Celsius in winter. Sometimes, the temperature can drop to as low as -38.1 degrees Celsius.

Officially, the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival starts January 05th and lasts one month until ice melt. However, the theme parks often open earlier (around Christmas Day) and stay longer (until the end of February), weather permitting. That is to say, you can catch the ice festival if you visit Harbin from December 24 to December 31 or from January 1 to around February 25. 

If you visit the Harbin Ice Festival 2016, try to avoid these peak holiday days: Dec 24-26, 2015; Jan 1-3, 2016 and Feb 7-14, 2016 if possible.

Harbin Ice Festival 2015

Harbin Ice Festival 2015

Harbin Ice Festival 2015

Harbin Ice Festival 2015


Questions & Answers about Best Time to Visit Harbin

Asked by Duncan Tsu from China 2015-11-27

Hi I'm visiting harbin on the 11th December this year for a few days, will is that too early to visit the ice snow world and see the sculptures?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-11-30

It is too early to see the ice festival. More details, please see http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/article-p170-harbin-ice-festival-2016-dates.html

Asked by Patrick McGill from Scotland 2015-05-31

Can I hire suitable cold weather clothing in harbin

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-06-02

There is no place for renting winter clothes in Harbin at present. The clothes are not expensive. You can buy them when you get there.

Asked by Donna Pohl from USA 2015-01-25

Will I still be able to see the ice sculptures if I get to Harbin on Feb 28?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-27

The festival will be over by that time. If you want to see the perfect ice sculptures, you'd better go to Harbin before Feb 25.

Asked by Witoon Issariyakamol from Thailand 2015-01-13

We are going to Harbin on Mar 7 do we still can see any ice sculptures ? During night time do they still open light since Harbin Ice Festival is ended in end of Feb.2015 ?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-13

It is too late to see the festival. You'd better go there before Feb 25, all the theme parks will be closed around this time.

Asked by Samuel Luby from USA 2014-11-04

I am planning to fly into Harbin in December on Wed 24th, and leave Sunday Dec 28. Will the ice sculptures/festival activities be around/close to finish?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-06

Hi,

Please see the "Questions & Answers about Harbin Ice Festival 2015 Dates" here: http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/article-p146-harbin-ice-festival-2015-dates.html

Asked by Ale Sousa from Brazil 2014-10-04

Hi! We will be in Harbin on February of 2015, from the day 10 to 21. The Festival will be still open and working?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-10-04

The 2015 Harbin Ice Festival will officially start on January 5, 2015 and end on February 28, 2015. Visit http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/article-p146-harbin-ice-festival-2015-dates.html for more info.

Asked by CANDES NOEL from Philippines 2014-09-29

Hi. Im from Philippines. Best way to visit Harbin? Im coming from Manila Philippines Airport. What is the nearest airport in china going to HARBIN ? ill take connecting flight manila to canton, beijing , shanghai, ( ? )to harbin? Hoping for your reply asap

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-09-29

Of the 3 three cities (Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai), Beijing has the nearest airport going to Harbin. The best way to Harbin from the Philippines is via Beijing.

Asked by Minh Pham 2014-09-15

Hi, How can I go to Volga Manor by bus? I will stay at Ibis Shangzhi hotel. Thanks a lot

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-09-16

There is no direct bus from Ibis Shangzhi Hotel to Volga Manor. It is a waste of time to take bus to the manor, you have to change many buses and have to walk to find the bus stops. The best way to get there is by Taxi. It costs about CNY 60 - 100.

Asked by florence Goh from singapore 2014-08-31

we plan to visit Harbin in early Dec. Will we e able to see the ice sculptures?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-08-31

You are not able to see the the ice sculptures in early December, because all the theme parks are under buildings. To see the ice sculptures, you'd better go to Harbin after December 25.

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