Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Lantern Festival or simply called Harbin Ice Festival, mainly consists of four theme parks: Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley, and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.

The festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution but had been resumed by 1985. Along with Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway's Ski Festival. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is listed as the top 4 ice and snow festivals in the world.

Harbin Ice and Snow World 2015

(Harbin Ice and Snow World 2015)

Traditionally, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival open in mid-December and last to the late February. But its official opening ceremony usually held on January 5th each year. And the time is usually considered as the official date of the formal beginning of the festival. The festival includes many interesting activities and events, such as ice and snow carnival, international ice sculptures competitions, ice lantern show, sliding, ice-sailing, sledging, ice hockey, ice football, speed skating, cross-field skiing and Alpine skiing competitions, fishing, swimming, ice and snow film art show, painting exhibition, calligraphy display, photo exhibition, folk song and dance performances, wedding ceremonies on ice, trade talks, trade fairs and all kinds of national or international sports events etc.

Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo 2015

(Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo 2015)

For years, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival has become the world’s most important winter tourist destination and photographers’ paradise. On December, January and February, thousands upon thousands of tourists flock to the ice city for their winter vacations, family holidays or honeymoon.

2015 Harbin Ice Lantern Fair

(Harbin Ice Lantern Fair 2015)

Travel Tips

1. Entrance: The main entrance of the festival’s venue is by the Flood Control Monument.

2. Tickets: To enter different venues (parks) of the festival, you have to buy different tickets in different prices.

3. If you enter the Zhaolin Park before 15:30 pm can get a discount at ticket price, but it is not the best time to see the ice lanterns. After 5:50 pm, the best time there is no discount.

4. The Harbin Ice Festival 2015 will be closed at the end of February. 

5. The theme parks of Harbin Ice Festival 2016 will have a trial operation from around December 24, 2015 to January 4, 2016. The festival will be officially opened to the public in January 5, 2016. 


Questions & Answers about Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

Asked by Davis from Malaysia 2015-09-19

I will be in Harbin from the 31st dec 2015 to 3 Jan 2016, will i be able to see the ice festival.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-09-22

Yes, you can see the ice festival.

Asked by Bruce Eckel from United States 2015-07-27

What will be the dates of the trial run for 2015? Is the weather usually cold enough. Would be coming there specifically for the ice show.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-07-28

According to the past few years, the weather was cold enough and the theme parks had a trial run from around 24. Dec to Jan 4.

Asked by Rainer from Australia 2015-07-02

What a fantastic place to visit!! Hard working Artists to place so much effort each year for visitors from all over the world to admire and appreciate. I certainly will visit. Thank you for all this information

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-07-06

Asked by Paige from canada 2015-01-19

This year is the 31 year they did the ice festival correct?

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2015-01-19

yes

Asked by Matteo 2014-12-26

The price of the ticket for Harbin Ice Festival is 300 yuan. But what is the price for Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Expo? Thank you so much

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-26

please see this article
http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/article-p162-ticket-prices-of-the-27th-harbin-sun-island-international-snow-sculpture-art-expo.html

Asked by JT from Singapor 2014-12-15

Hi, I would like to ask what visitors can expect to see during the trial run of the theme park? Would the lights be lighted up during trial run and are the operation hours same as the official opening hours? Thank you

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-16

Anybody can see the theme parks during the trial run if s/he buy the entrance tickets.

The lights are lighted up during the trial run.

The operation hours are same as the official opening hours.

Asked by Tom Ciurlik from USA 2014-11-28

is there a location to buy tickets in advance-we would like to plan a trip to Harpin sometime late Jan or early Feb

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-02

Only some Chinese websites offer ticket booking service online now. Actually, you need not buy the tickets in advance, you can buy them at the entrances when you get the parks.

Asked by KK Lo from Malaysia 2014-11-28

Hello, I am planning to visit harbin on 9th Jan, What is the best tourist spot i should visit.How many days should I stay in Harbin.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-12-02

If you don't go skiing or snowboarding, you should not miss the theme parks of the Festival: the ice and snow world, sun island international snow sculpture are expo and the ice lantern fair in Zhaolin park. The Siberian Tiger Park, St. Sofia Church, Central Street, Heilongjiang Province Museum, Harbin Polarland are also must-sees during the festival. It takes at least 3 days to visit all these spots.

Asked by alex boyer from mexico 2014-11-15

hello if I arrive to Harbin on the 28th of December and leaves the 30th of December, Can I still visit the theme parks??

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-17

The theme park officially open to the public on Jan 5th, 2015. You may visit the parks if they have a trial run during 25th - 28th of Dec but depends on weather. I suggest you better go there from Jan. 5 - Feb. 25.

Asked by Sherry from Singapore 2014-11-08

Hi, I am thinking of visiting Harbin on 14th December. Am I able to visit the sculptures if I enter Sun Island Park? Thank you!

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-11-10

It is too early to see the sculptures. You should go there from Jan 5, 2015 to Feb 25, 2015.

Asked by Andrea from Italy 2014-09-22

Hi, I could be in Harbin around December 31st and January 1st: what happens if the trial will be canceled? Will be impossible to visit any ice sculpture until january 5th? And about entrance tickets: is the trial free or at full price? Thanx.

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-09-23

If the temperature is low enough, the theme parks will have a trial run around December 25 - January 5, during this time you can visit the sculptures but you have to pay full price. Please note that the theme parks usually make a prior notice (via media) two week in advance if they have a trial run.

Asked by Jeany Rahayu from Indonesia 2014-09-17

Hi, I would like to ask a question. It is said on the web that: "The 2015 Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture will have a trial operation around December 25, 2014. It will officially open to the public in January 5, 2015" Can tourist still allow to visit on December 25? Thanks

Answered by Ice Festival Harbin    2014-09-17

Tourists are allowed to visit the theme parks of the festival during the trial operation. The trial operation depends on the local temperature. It will be put off or canceled if the temperature is high.

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