Things To Do In Harbin In the Winter

Things To Do In Harbin In the Winter

Harbin is one of China’s biggest tourist attractions in the wintertime. The piercing cold temperatures ranging from -18 degrees to -30 degrees are also quite the spectacle.  It’s Ice and Snow World attracts very many tourists both locally and internationally and the wildlife of the area (Tigers) call many curious souls from all corners of the earth to gather in this Winter Wonderland. The best time to visit is in the winter because all the great tourist attractions come to life! 


  1. Siberian Tiger Park - The Siberian Tiger Park is home to many big cats. Species are ranging from Siberian Tigers, Tigers, Snow Leopards, Ligers and a Lion. You can either take a bus ride around the normal Tiger’s enclosure, where you get to feed adult-sized Tigers from the comfort of a thick layered caged bus for 300 Yuan. You pay an extra 200 Yuan for the option to feed these fury ferocious felines and afterwards walk around the Tiger Park where you get to see the other species of cats. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and the experience gives you a great thrill of adventure. 
  • Be careful with you’re the proximity of your fingers and the tiger’s teeth. It’s easy for your fingers to get eaten! 
  • Put the meat through the second layer of mesh in the cage, if it gets stuck in the first layer of mesh, the tiger won’t be able to eat
  • Don’t poke the tiger’s mouth with tongs, they will bleed and feel pain 
  • Ideal Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm 
  • Cost: 330 Yuan to go in the bus + 200 Yuan to feed tigers = 530 Yuan
  • Rating: 5/5 experience 

  1. Sun Island – Some sculptures have been made with snow and ice
  • Time Tip: Don’t take too long walking around the area, you’ll get cold quickly and will have lost a lot of energy, it’s close to Harbin Ice and Snow World 
  • There are a lot of people, pictures won’t be as great 
  • Rating: 2/5 experience
  • Cost: FREE
  • Ideal Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

  1. Harbin Ice and Snow World – This is an exceptional and unique experience, none like you will ever experience. There are magnanimous sculptures with brightly coloured lights, musical acts and music. Despite the cold weather, you can find a lot to enjoy. It entices all your senses in this frosty paradise completely made of ice. 


  • Best Time to see it is the nighttime when the ice sculptures are lit up with colourful lights 
  • With temperatures ranging from 20 to -30 degrees, it is important to keep walking, moving your limbs and layer up in very warm clothing
  • You can dance to the musical acts to keep your body warm 
  • Ideal Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Cost: 290 Yuan for a standard adult ticket, 460 Yuan for a 2day ticket for an adult
  • WARNING FOR TECHNOLOGICAL DEVICES: Your phone may crack or freeze or temporarily shut down because of the extremely cold conditions. If you’re going to carry a camera, make sure you have protective equipment or else you may break your lens and permanently damage your camera. Battery life is very low here, carry a power bank to charge your devices.  
  • Rating: 5/5 experience 

  1. Harbin Hotpot – This is a traditional meal of the North East where there are boiled goose and fried rice in a huge hotpot. The meal is prepared in a hotpot and fried in front It’s a very big meal with potatoes, stew, sugary sweet potatoes. It’s essential to get in touch with Chinese cultural dishes of the North East. 


  • Cost: 300 Yuan – The cost varies according to the restaurant you visit
  • It’s better to eat in a large group because there is a lot of food and it’s very filling 
  • Eating a lot of food is essential for keeping warm in the wintertime 
  • Rating: 5/5 taste


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