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Planning a ski holiday this winter at Harbin


Hi Travel Buddies,

Harbin (哈尔滨) is the capital of Heilongjiang Province, or Black Dragon River, just across the border from Russia.  Every year, thousands of visitors brave the cold and flock to Harbin for the world famous’s Ice Lantern Festival during the winter.  If you travel down south by bus or trains from Harbin, you will reach Yabuli in just 3 hours.  Yabuli is the finest and biggest ski resort in China.

Our suggested itinerary

If you are flying into Beijing, you can plan a few days either before or after your skiing holiday.  We would like to do it after so that we can shop leisurely and no need to lug our shopping bags along the way.  Click on the link here to see our itinerary in Beijing for ideas.

When you are at Harbin, you will not want to miss the 27th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, starting from 5th January and typically runs for a month.  So set aside a day or more in the Harbin city.  Every year, the International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is held at Sun Island Park.  You can walk across the frozen Songhua River to Sun Island Park.  Take your time to admire the beautiful, majestic ice sculptures ranging from recreation of iconic buildings and palaces like Forbidden City, Tiananmen gate to churches, animals and people figures.  At night, these architectures lit up with colourful lights to create a magical and romantic effect.

If you are planning for a ski holiday this season and you are prepared to splurge, you can check out the all-inclusive package offered by Club Med Yabuli.  Club Med Yabuli is the first Club Med Resort in China, opens on 27th November 2010.  Since they have just opened, they may have some great offers to entice more tourists.  If Club Med is not your cup of tea, there are also a few other resorts for you to pick.

Getting to Harbin and Yabuli

  1. Take a flight to Harbin or Mudanjiang from Beijing.  You can arrange the resort van to pick you up or hire a cab from the airport.  Alternatively, you can take a train (3 hours from Harbin, 1.5 hours from Mudanjiang) to Yabuli.  Arrange the resort van to pick you up or hire a cab from Yabuli train station.
  2. Take an overnight train from Beijing to Harbin or Yabuli.  Arrange the resort van to pick you up or hire a cab from Yabuli train station.
  3. If you are traveling in and out Harbin, you can take the day ski train from Harbin directly to a new special train station (Yabulinan) that is located next to the entrance to the resort area. The train leaves Harbin station at 7:48 AM arriving about 10:30 AM and returns at 4:50 PM arriving Harbin about 7:30 PM.

Well, you may be wondering how cold is the weather over there now?  minus 19 degrees celsius at press time now 😛

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