China’s Top 8 Family-friendly Winter Activities

China in winter isn’t all about coldness and darkness, instead, it turns to be one of world’ best countries for travelling with children. The various winter activities in China will keep both the parents and kids occupied and happy during the ‘gloomy’ season.

1. Shanghai Ice Town 

One of the country’s most popular destinations, dynamic Shanghai seldom sees the snowfall, yet it boasts a fantastic artificial ice town offering fun-filled winter activities such as making snowman, joining the snowball fights and other winter games, experiencing the life at the poles, watching the cartoon characters parade and dining at the snow and ice restaurant. Address: Italian Center, the Shanghai Expo Mart, Pudong District

Ice Town in China

Ice Town Shanghai China

2. Hello Kitty Theme Park in Anji

Open in early 2015, it is the world’s biggest Hello Kitty Park, and consists of six theme lands, with 11 themed facilities, including performance venues, amusement rides, a luxury castle resort and Asia’s first giant skywheel with slides. Anji Hello Kitty Park is easily accessible from Hangzhou and Shanghai. 

Hello Kitty Castle

Hello Kitty Park in China

3. Chimelong Safari Park

Guangzhou enjoys a warm and short winter. 

The Safari Park of Chimelong is known as the best safari park in China, and the biggest safari park with the largest number of species throughout the world. Here children will have the chances of getting very close to many rare animals and even touch them. 

Chimelong Paradise and Chimelong International Circus are also available in winter. 

Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou

Best Safari Parks in China

4. Snow and ice tour in Harbin

Harbin has its most beautiful and happiest time in winter. Have fun with kids in the magic world made up of all kinds of ice and snow sculptures and ice lanterns during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. 190km southeast of Harbin, Yabuli International Ski Resort is ideal for family skiing.  

Harbin Ice and Snow world

China winter holiday to Harbin

5. Snow Town

Approximately 280km away from Harbin, Snow Town has a snow-covered period lasting for seven months. The snow is as high as one meter and decorates the folk houses into the different shapes of mushrooms and various animals 

Snow fairyland in China

kid-friendly winter activities

6. Sea beaches in Sanya

Get some winter sun in China’s biggest tropical island Hainan, with a beach-fringed playground. Enjoy a stress-free family holiday by lying on the sunny beach, basking in the sunshine, and playing with the kids, as well as having a relaxing time at some hot springs.  

sea beaches holidays in winter 

7. Sightseeing tour in the warm Yunnan

For families fascinated with beautiful natural scenery, travel with your kids to the Spring City Kunming to explore the colorful flower markets and then have a relaxed, fun-filled boat trip in heavenly Bamei or Puzhehei.

Flower market in Kunming China

family tour in Yunnan

8. Yellow Mountain 

If the children are not pleased with hiking, take the cable car up to the top, then enjoy the snow fairyland. Go further to the nearby Hongcun or Xidi Village for the old streets, old Huizhou style dwellings and experiencing the unique local life. 

the snow world of Yellow Mountain China

The old villages around Yellow Mountain


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