Harbin Snow and Ice Festival Venues 2015

China, Harbin, Snow and Ice Festival

Harbin Snow and Ice Festival 2014

In 2015 the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival will have the theme of ” Happy Ice Snow Exciting City.” It will open on 5th January 2015 with a large firework display and many activities. Having recently planned a trip to Harbin I know online info about Harbin venues can be confusion so here is the low-down on where to go and what you must see at the Harbin 2015 Snow and Ice Festival. I visited in 2014 and will be pleased to help anyone who wants any advise or further info, just leave a comment.


China, Harbin, Snow and Ice Festival

Harbin Snow and Ice Festival

Overall name of festival: Harbin Snow and Ice Festival

With 3 main venues: (and a few minor venues)

VENUE ONE (and the best and biggest not-to-be-missed)

NAMES: Harbin Ice and Snow World; Grand World of Ice and Snow


  • Visit at night definitely. Takes about 2 hours to enjoy it. There is food and a souvenir store inside.
  • 09:00-12:00  150CNY adults; 120CNY kids under 1.2 meters tall
  • 12:00-21:00 300CNY adults (330CNY during New Year); 160CNY kids
  • Venue 1 and 2 are both across the river from the city center so what ever Harbin hotel you choose you will need transport to visit these sites.

VENUE TWO (and the next best must-see, also huge)

NAMES: Sun Island Park; Snow Sculpture Exposition; Sun Island Scenic Area (maybe also Ice Sculpture Garden/Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo/Ice and Snow Art Hall)


  • Visit during the day
  • Combine with a visit to the Polarland if you want to as it is right next door.
  • Time spent there between 2 hours and 3 depending if you are with kids and whether you want to play in the snow, take a sled ride, eat etc.
  • There is an entrance ticket and a ticket for a small bus which takes you from the entrance around the sculptures. The bus ride is not necessary, just an added extra if you don’t fancy lots of walking.
  • 8:30-19:00 during the  festival
  • 240CNY adults; 120CNY kids 1.2-1.4 meters tall; kids under 1.2 meters tall go free. 260CNY combo tickets entrance and bus inside the park.

Sun Island Snow and Ice Festival Harbin


NAMES: Zhaolin Park  (the location); Ice Lantern Show; Harbin Ice Lantern Art Fair ( another event in the same park); Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition (same event is also held in venue 2 above); Ice Lantern Garden Party (an event held in the park but often thought to be a separate venue); Harbin Ice Lantern Artistic Show


  • If you have to miss one venue miss this one
  • The park is about 5 minute walk (or less) from the central pedestrian street and you can even see it from the Ibis Hotel; it is the only one of the venues that is really in the city center and the only one you probably don’t need transport to.
  • Entrance 200CNY adults; 100CNY kids between 1.2 meters and 1.4 meters, under 1.2 meters enter for free(during Ice Festival). The Ice Lantern Garden Party is held in Zhaolin Park and entrance is a separate 100CNY for adults while kids under 1.4 meters tall enter for free.
  • Open hours 09:00-21:00

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6 Responses to Harbin Snow and Ice Festival Venues 2015

  1. Paul June 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    Are there any companies offering group tours that include this festival? As a single person, I would want to see all the sights with others on a tour…

    • Petal June 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

      Yes there are tour like this from Beijing and other big cities, try the official Harbin Ice Festival site or TravelChinaGuide. You can also arrive there and then join up with a tour from your hotel.

    • Lizzie September 25, 2014 at 6:01 am #

      Hi Paul (and Petal!)

      This post is great, definitely a must-read for anyone who wants to see the Ice Festival! The Dragon Trip is running one group tour (departing from Beijing on the 10th January) that visits Harbin as well as a few other places in Northern China – check it out 🙂

  2. Jesus August 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Hi! I plan on going at the end of the year… Around the 28th of December. Will it be open and worth it to go by then? Thanks!

    • Petal August 8, 2014 at 7:25 am #

      Yes you should be able to see the Ice festival then. As I said in the posts there are 3 main venues Zhaolin Park and Sun Island open on 21th December, Ice and Snow World opens on 23rd December and Sun Island really opens on 5th January. The grand parade and official opening is on 5th January 2015. So you may not be able to see it all but there will be the beginings. they open the sites for a trial period in December before the official opening in January.

  3. Petal October 31, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    Anna left a very useful comment on the other post about the festival – http://unique-travel-experience.com/china/harbin-ice-and-snow-festival-2014/ where she lists all the times, dates etc for each event at the festival – worth a read.

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