Arrive in Harbin • Watch locals swim in icy waters as others lace up skates on the Songhua river • Meander down the cobbled streets of Zhongyang • Get immersed in the city's unique Byzantine architecture • In the afternoon, find warmth indoors and learn how to make dumplings • For dinner, things heat up as you enjoy steaming hot pot • Evening falls and it's hard not to be mesmerized by the glistening ice lantern festival at Zhaolin park
Education - Winter Wonderland (Harbin)
With the warmest of winter coats, enjoy a spectacle of glistening ice sculptures, monuments of snow and an aurora of colour. Immerse yourself in the Byzantine architecture of St. Sophia Square, before lacing up some skates on the frozen Songhua River to join the locals in winter sports.
About This Trip
The icy Harbin, located in China's most northeasterly corner, is famous for its wintertime snow and ice sculptures. Beyond this, there is much more to be explored in this unique location. Stroll the streets and feel the mixture of cultures which makes this lively city on the tundra so special-- from Byzantine architecture to Stalin-era sculptures and Russian style dumplings. The city's history is written all over, and waiting for you to discover it.
What we love
- Breath-taking ice skating on the frozen Songhua River
- Photographing Harbin's unique and elegant Byzantine architecture
- Visiting the world's largest Ice and Snow Festival
In the morning, there is a quick skip across the river to Sun Island to marvel at the colossal snow creations • Jump in the mix with locals and take part in the 'Market Challenge' and barter in the Sino-Russian marketplace • Exploring the ice labyrinths and frosty palaces at Ice and Snow World, there are ample photo opportunities • Generating warmth can prove trying in such extreme temperatures, so take the chance to enjoy some heart warming pelmeni (Russian-style dumplings) • Then, for dessert, crunch on sweet Bing Tang Hulu, a candied colorful fruit on a skewer, a classical sweet throughout China
Join the locals in Stalin Park and partake in team winter sports before visiting the impressive Flood Control Monument • Marvel at the unique, multicultural development of Harbin • Visit the magnificent former Russian Orthodox Cathedral, St Sophia • Spend the afternoon at your leisure before transferring to the airport
Whether it's exploring the Byzantine architecture of St. Sophia square or learning how to make traditional chinese dumplings, this trip immerses you in northern chinese culture and fosters an understanding of Sino-Soviet history
A trip to Harbin offers an out of the ordinary experience, enabling you to learn the language through market bartering and chatting with locals.
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