Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

If you want to enjoy a colorful snow world or have an ice adventure in the white winter, come on, come to Harbin and take part in the 2021, 37th Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival! Here you can walk through the exquisite ice house just like living in the frozen Disney world; you can also have fun with amazing snow activities and ice sports at the same time!

Harbin Ice Festival Image

On January 5th, 1985, the first Harbin Ice and Snow Festival was held basing the traditional Ice Lantern Garden Party of northern China. Since then it has become an annual event from January 5th to February 5th, which is highly acclaimed around the world. The long and frigid winter, and the high plasticity and hardness of ice blocks quarried from the Songhua River, furnish favorable conditions for ice and snow sculpture. Now the "Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival" has become one of the world's four largest ice and snow festivals, along with Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway's Ski Festival.


- In Chinese: 哈尔滨国际冰雪节

- Other names: Harbin Ice Festival

- Significance: one of the most famous 

- History: held from 1985 till now

- Time: from January 5th to February 5th, 2021

- Main venues: Harbin Ice and Snow World, Sun Island, Zhaolin Park, Central Avenue, Songhua River, Winter Swimming Pool

Harbin Ice Festival Image

When To Visit – The Best Time To Come

Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival is the world's longest festival of ice and snow. There is only the opening ceremony on January 5th every year, not having the closing ceremony. The original program plans to last a month, in fact, the ceremony and activities is held in advance from December, lasting to the next February when snow and ice activities end. During the festival, local people celebrate it with four important festivals including New Year's Day, Spring Festival, the Lantern Festival and Skiing Festival.

If you want to join in the events or snow & ice activities, you can come to Harbin in the late December to early January; the great opening ceremony on January 5th is the one you couldn’t miss. If you want to avoid the visiting crowds, it’s better to participate to the Harbin Ice & Snow Festival after the Chinese Spring Festival Holiday (January 24th to 31st, 2020).

Harbin Ice & Snow Festival

Weather & Clothing

Cold-long winter & rainy-short summer is the feature of Harbin. With a 190-day freezing season, the northeastern city of Harbin is known as a "City of Ice" and a cradle of the ice-and-snow culture in the world. The temperature here in winter is much lower than that of the most places in China. It begins to snow from the end of October; it’s the coldest time in Harbin from December to the next March, but it’s also the hottest tour time of the year.

The average temperature in December is -10°C in the day and -20°C in the night.

The average temperature in January is -14°C in the day and -25°C in the night.

The average temperature in February is -8°C in the day and -20°C in the night.

●Clothing tips:

Actually, it’s not very cold to stay inside the house, because there is central heating in the northern China. Shirt with a suit of thermal underwear will be fine.

If you go outdoor, thicken or brushed thermal underwear with thicken down jacket will be needed. In northern China, feet are easy to frostbite, so water-proof snow boots with warm-feet paste are recommended. Scarf, gloves and mouth mask are also necessary to protect you from the freezing air.

Sunglasses are highly recommended to prevent the glary from the sun on snow.

Harbin Ice Carving

Where To Go – Main Sites Of The Ice & Snow Festival

The 2020 36th Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival will still be held in Harbin Ice and Snow World, Sun Island, Zhaolin Park, etc.

Harbin Ice and Snow World

Night comes early in Harbin, around 4:30 pm. With the yellow street lights lighting, it’s a good time to visit Harbin Ice and Snow World, which is the world's largest ice and snow art landscape, ice and snow entertainments and the most complete ice and snow holy land.

You can enjoy ice sculpture and architecture art, watch exotic performances, ice acrobatics shows, etc. Moreover, you can experience ice entertainments such as big slide, ice climbing rock, maze, and snow field football and curling sports, which can be called Snow & Ice Disneyland.

Address: Harbin Ice & Snow World scenic area, west of Sun Island, Songbei District, Harbin

Opening time: 11:00 – 21:00

Ticket price: RMB330

Harbin Ice Carving

Sun Island

Sun Island faces the busy city across the water. In summer, different kinds of flowers, trees, lovely hill and lake make the island a northern fairyland. In winter, it shows a completely particular scene. Snow covers the whole Sun Island; snow dances with ice trees in gorgeous lights, what a snow world!

As the International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, you can appreciate such snow sculptures in Sun Island, which were made by the top snow sculptors of the world and express the spirits and culture of northern China. Not only photography lovers, but also snow play lovers can enjoy a good time; ice pool, experience SUV speeding along the snow field and snowboarding will make you a wonderful snow adventure.

Address: No. 24, Linjiang Road, Songbei District, Harbin

Opening time: 08:00 – 17:00

Ticket price: RMB240 (for the International Snow Sculpture Art Expo)

Sun Island Image

Zhaolin Park

Built in 1906, Zhaolin Park is located in the downtown of Harbin and was named for the general Zhaolin Lee. As if the Sun Island is famous for snow sculptures, Zhaolin Park is known for its Ice Lantern Garden Party that has been held since 1963. When night falls, the ice lanterns in special shapes are colorful. Besides enjoy the ice lanterns and sculptures here, you can also make a sculpture yourselves, best for couples, students, friends and family! Every year, millions of travelers from home and abroad will come for a visit.

Address: No. 74 Youyi Road, Daoli District, Harbin

Opening time: 08:00 – 20:00

Ticket price: RMB150

Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Image

What To Do – The Classical Events

In time and space, the Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival creates the miracle of human labor. The craftsmen make hundreds of ice works by carving and cutting, decorating with colorful lights, making the cold ice lively.

During the festival, there are so many winter activities available such as ice lantern show, snow sculpture display, and international ice and snow sculpture competitions; winter swimming, ice hockey, speed-skating, alpine skiing, and cross-country skiing competitions; and ice and snow film festival exhibitions of paintings, calligraphy and photograph, folklore shows, ethnic song and dance parties, weddings on an ice-covered river. A participation in the ice-snow festival can be compared to a visit to a fairyland of crystal palace. Read more about the facts & timetable about the festival activities.

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