Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China

“13 day small group tour featuring overnight sleeper trains, bullet trains and a domestic flight as you travel from Shanghai to Harbin via Beijing and Xian.”

Highlights

Shanghai | Jinmao tower | Xitang | Xi'an | Terracotta Warriors | Beijing | Temple of Heaven | Tiananmen Square | Forbidden City | Great Wall of China | Harbin |

Description of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China

Take two weeks to experience the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China’s Heilongjiang province and you’ll be left in no uncertain terms as to the intricacy and the creativity of some of the greatest ice sculptors on the planet.

Seriously, Harbin’s Ice and Snow Festival has some of the most amazing sculptures carved into the frozen landscapes surrounding the city with huge palaces, walls and shapes created directly from ice and often illuminated to make a mesmerising nocturnal ambience.

Alongside the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China you’ll also be exploring some of the world’s most iconic non-ice made structures, with the Forbidden City, Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors of Xian all to be found within one amazing two week holiday.

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01 Jan 2018
£ 2449
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06 Jan 2019
£ 2469
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20 Jan 2019
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Responsible tourism: Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip we spend 10 nights in hotels and 1 night on a first class sleeper train. All of the hotels we use are locally owned and locally staffed, which is way of boosting employment levels in the areas we visit. We also try to select accommodation for environmental awareness, which is still in its infancy in China. For example, the hotel in Beijing encourages clients switch off lights with signs, has optional daily linen changing and air-con is only turned on when temperatures hit 26 degrees outside. Where meals are not supplied, tour leaders will take clients to locally owned restaurants where food is authentic and either locally grown or sourced. Leaders will encourage clients to try local food such as dumplings, roasted duck, pancakes, stir fried vegetables etc.

Community:
Often people can experience quite a culture shock when travelling in China, so our local guides are always keen help clients understand local culture better and to connect more genuinely with local communities. Part of this cultural exchange and support of community is made by visiting small businesses throughout the trip. There are several occasions where guests are encouraged to do this- for example, in the Muslim Quarter in Xi’an, there are bazaars and food markets where it is possible to support local producers and even see crafts and food made (dumplings, pancakes, fruit drinks etc.).

Local Craft and Culture:
There is so much on offer in terms of culture on this trip. Just to name a few activities, we see the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Mosque and Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and the Ice & Snow festival in Harbin. We even offer optional activities where you can see the opera, an acrobat show or take a kung fu or bike ride! Crafts are available throughout the trip and there are some wonderful, traditionally made souvenirs available. Leaders will be able to advise where the best places to shop are and what should be avoided e.g. traditional medicine made from endangered animals.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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