You will never have been this cold before (and it will be worth it!)

Ice Palaces

Imagine voluntarily going to a city where the temperature can drop to -40 degrees Celsius and being outside all day and eating one of their delicacies: ice cream? That probably doesn’t sound that fun and you are probably not going to be jumping off the coach in excitement ready to book your air ticket but that is the scenario you will find yourself in if you are brave enough to head to the Harbin Ice Festival held every January/February in the very north-east of China and believe me it will be worth it!

Every year the city gets together to create the most magical winter wonderland they can produce that will making you soon forget how cold it really is and make you wish you could come back year after year.

From gigantic ice palaces

Ice Palaces

To getting lost in ice mazes

Harbin Ice Maze, lit up at night, aerial view

Or sliding down an ice slide

Harbin Ice Slide

To stumbling across a café made from snow

Snow Cafe

And finally getting to the see the cola bear

Snow cola bear

Where the east really meets the west

Russian Orthodox Church in China

To enjoying ice cream and hoping your tongue doesn’t stick to it!

Ice Cream in Harbin

Walk across a frozen river

Walking across a frozen river

Or step back in time and take a horse and carriage

 

Harbin Ice and Snow festival will take your breath away

Harbin Ice Festival aerial View

Have you been to Harbin Ice Festival? What did you think? Or would you like to go?

Harbin Ice Festival is held in the city of Harbin every January/February and is easily accessible from Beijing, Tianjin and other major cities by train or plane. Easily visited over 2 or 3 days this makes a nice weekend trip or for something a bit longer try some skiing or snowboarding at the nearby resorts or head even further north to the Russian border where you may see the Northern lights. Accommodation and transport gets very busy during the festival so make sure you book in advance but you only need to buy tickets for the ice festival on the day. Make sure you try a Harbin beer while you are in Harbin!

For more information check out the following blog post: How to… Harbin Ice Fetsival (coming soon!)

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A picture of the Harbin Ice festival sculpture

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11 Comments

    • My friends iphones didn’t fare too well but my samsung held up and everyones DSLR did as well!

  • We’ve never heard of this festival before. It looks amazing! The cafe made out of snow looks fake. I think I would face the cold temps for this awesome experience! Pinning for later..

  • We’ve never heard of this festival before. It looks amazing! The cafe made out of snow looks fake. I think I would face the cold temps for this awesome experience! Pinning for later..

  • I was in Calgary one winter when it was -31 degrees Celsius! So I can somehow relate. Thanks for letting me vicariously share your colorful Ice Festival in Harbin because I don’t think I will ever be able to go there!

  • Not gonna lie, that temperature terrifies me haha! I have friends who have been and they say it just gets SO cold that they almost can’t feel it (or themselves) anymore. I’m a big fan of China nonetheless and there’s a good chance I’ll get to go next year – maybe I should take the plunge :)

    • Go for it! It was breathtaking and although it sounds cold actually a British winter feels a lot colder…

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