Join a Small Group Tour for the once in a lifetime experience of the incomparable Harbin Ice Festival. Beginning and ending in Beijing and including domestic flights and all meals, this five day extension can easily be connected with other Chinese holiday plans.
With ice and snow sculptors coming from around the world to celebrate their art, and picture perfect blue skies the usual forecast, this stunning experience is one you will remember forever.
Day 1: Beijing (D)
Upon arrival in Beijing you will be met by our local operator at the airport and transferred to Park Plaza Hotel located at the city downtown. After some time to freshen up, you will be transferred to Bianyifang Restaurant to meet the rest of your group as you experience the world famous Peking Duck.
Day 2 Beijing (BLD)
Following breakfast this morning you will be picked up and taken to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, one of the best preserved sections of this enduring structure. After stopping for lunch on the way back to Beijing, continue on to The Summer Palace – a beautiful 2.9 square kilometre park of lakes, gardens, and palaces which has been open to the public since the abdication of the Last Emperor in 1912.
Beijing - Harbin (BLD)
This morning check out from the hotel and transfer to the Forbidden City to explore this fascinating palace complex, home to the Chinese Imperial Palace from 1420 until 1912. Following lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Harbin, where a local representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel on the delightful pedestrian street in downtown Harbin.
Day 4: Harbin (BLD)
In the morning, take the ropeway over the frozen Songhua River to visit Sun Island Scenic Resort and see the world famous snow sculptures. There are activities including ice bikes, slides, and toboggan rides which are all free to try as you please. After dinner, head for the Ice and Snow World to enjoy the amazing ice sculptures which are the centrepiece of this incredible festival. These sculptures, entirely made of ice and up to 9 stories high, are truly mesmerizing as they are lit up with multi-coloured lights.
Day 5: Harbin (BLD)
After breakfast at your hotel, go to Stalin Park and see the swimming of locals in an area of the frozen river kept free just for this purpose. Then partake in whichever activity you would like to try on the ice (supplements apply). After lunch, visit UNIT 731 Museum to learn some of the heart-breaking history of this area which was for a time under Japanese occupation. Return to Harbin city for dinner.
Day 6: Harbin – Beijing (BLD)
Your last experience in Harbin is the stunning St Sophia Orthodox Church. Harbin was originally a Russian town built to mark the final stop of the Trans-Siberian Railway and this Church is one of the most stunning examples of the Russian influence still found here. Later this afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Beijing, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After some time to freshen up, you and your group will be taken out for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 7: Beijing (B)
Following breakfast, take some time at leisure to explore Beijing in your own way before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight, or connect to one of Innovative Travel’s other China itineraries.
- Airport meet assistance and transfer
- Air-conditioned transfers
- 4 star hotels
- Daily breakfast and other meals as specified
- Admission fees
- English speaking guides in each city
- Return flights Beijing-Harbin-Beijing with tax
- International airfares
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
First Class - Park Plaza Hotel
First Class - Jingu Hotel
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