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Private City Tour of Harbin in Winter

Harbin, China

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icon8 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


During the winter, Harbin — capital of China’s northernmost province — receives an avalanche of visitors. See the best of the winter wonderland on a private 8-hour tour of the city’s highlights, which include Saint Sophia Cathedral and Harbin Ice and Snow World. Admire architecture that pays testament to the city’s Russian heritage, stroll along the vibrant Zhongyang Street, studded with European-style buildings, and experience the world-famous Harbin Ice Festival, home to an incredible array of ice sculptures. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Private 8-hour tour of Harbin during the Harbin Ice Festival
  • A seasonal tour that reveals the city at its best
  • Visit Harbin highlights such as Saint Sophia Cathedral and the bustling Zhongyang Street
  • Marvel at incredible ice sculptures and watch locals swim in the freezing river at Harbin Ice Festival
  • Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off in Harbin are included
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English and Chinese speaking tour guide
Transport by private vehicle
Entrance fee charge of sites
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We can also pick up other clients who stay at hotels within the downtown area of Harbin.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Your full-day tour begins at your Harbin accommodation at 9am, when you’ll greet your guide and head to your first stop, the impressive Saint Sophia Cathedral. The structure’s mix of Byzantine and Russian architecture embodies Harbin’s rich history, which your guide explains in further detail.

From here, you’ll head to the bustling pedestrian street of Zhongyang, studded with European-style buildings and ice sculptures, before revitalizing with lunch at a Chinese restaurant.

Then, on to the main event: the Harbin Ice Festival, an annual festival that allures an avalanche of visitors. Hosted in the Harbin Ice and Snow World, the celebration features elaborate ice and snow sculptures, and offers you the chance to take part in winter activities such as skiing, riding ice bikes, or drinking at an ice bar (own expense).

Don’t leave without watching the famous Harbin winter swimming, where locals brave freezing temperatures to dive into the Songhau River. Your tour concludes with hotel drop-off at around 5pm.
Stop At:  
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Meet your private guide in your Harbin hotel lobby at 9am. It's a short drive to the impressive St. Sophia Cathedral, which combines Byzantine-style architecture with Russian folk architecture, and embodies Harbin's rich Russian heritage.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Zhongyang Pedestrian Street
Not far from here is the heart of Harbin, Zhongyang Street, a pedestrian paved street lined with European-style buildings and studded with small ice sculptures. First renovated in 1996, this was one of China's first commercial pedestrian streets. After a short stroll along Zhongyang Street, enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Harbin Ice and Snow World
After lunch comes the highlight of the day, a visit to the world-famous Harbin Ice Festival. You'll head to the main display area, Ice and Snow World, which is home to a spectacular array of ice statues, ice castles, ice slides, and snow sculptures. After you've explored you can choose to take part in ice activities, from skating and skiing to riding ice bikes or drinking in an ice bar, or see Harbin winter swimming. Every winter, swimming pools are hacked out of the ice on the frozen Songhua River, and locals brave temperatures often as low as -4° Fahrenheit (-20° Centigrade) to dive and swim in them, typically from ice steps. You'll be grateful for your warm winter wear as you watch! At the end of the afternoon, you'll be transferred back to your Harbin hotel, arriving around 5pm.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Passport names, passport numbers, date of birth and country is required at time of booking for all participants: please also provide a cellphone number for emergency contacts
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Private China Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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