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Highlights

  •  Visit the Orthodox St Sophia’s Church, the largest in the Far East
  •  Enjoy the Snow Festival on Sun Island
  •  Visit the magical ice lanterns
  •  Admire Snow World
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Overview

We are excited to present this short itinerary to enjoy the very special spectacle of the Ice Lantern Festival. Rather than simply endure below-zero temperatures for half of the year, the residents of Harbin in the north eastern corner of China celebrate them with annual snow and ice festivals!

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This is a private tour and is escorted by local guides in Beijing and Harbin.

Price Includes

* Twin-shared accommodation with breakfast
* Transfers, transportation, meals and sightseeing as listed
* Services of English-speaking local guides 
 

Not Included

* Tipping payable locally £15 per person
* Optional excursions, travel insurance, personal expenses and gratuities
* Any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after brochure publication
* Chinese visa
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Pre tour extension to Ice Lanterns Festival

Pre tour extension to Ice Lanterns Festival

Visit the Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin

Day 1
Beijing - Harbin 3 nights

Fly from Heathrow and connect through Beijing airport for a flight to Harbin and stay 3 nights at the Days Hotel Xinkailai Harbin or similar.

Day 2
Harbin

Harbin is one of the most unusual cities in China with a wealth of beautiful Russian and European buildings stretched along Central Street, visit the Orthodox St Sophia’s Church, the largest in the Far East, now a museum exhibiting the many varied architectural styles of Harbin.This evening visit Snow World, where there are amazing exhibits of buildings and structures made entirely from ice and colourfully illuminated at night. A real winter wonderland! (BLD)

Day 3
Harbin

Today enjoy the Snow Festival on Sun Island, an amazing array of snow sculptures that have been traditional here since Manchu times, and every year, they seem to get more elaborate and spectacular.This evening visit Zhaolin Park and the Ice Lantern Festival. These ice lanterns are magical, sculpted creations depicting mythical beasts, Chinese and European folk tales, waterfalls, temples and so on, and again, they are prettily illuminated at night. (BLD)

Day 4
Harbin - Beijing 1 night

A free day for your own exploration. Optional return to the Ice Festival or perhaps visit the Siberian Tiger Park (please note that it is the custom here for live prey to be fed to the tigers). Evening flight to Beijing and overnight at the Beijing International Hotel (B)

Day 5
Beijing

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Hotels

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Shangri-La Traders Hotel Beijing

A member of the renowned Shangri-La group, the 4-star Traders is a smart, contemporary hotel with 570 rooms measuring 28 sq m with complimentary broadband internet, safe, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron and ironing board.

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Days Hotel Xinkailai, Harbin

The Days Inn Hotel is an impressive building of classical European architecture located beside the beautiful Songhua River.  The hotel has 259 comfortable and elegant rooms and suites, all fully equipped with broadband internet access, mini-bar, central air-conditioning, and satellite TV.  There is a Chinese restaurant and a coffee shop.

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