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Combine two of the world's most spectacular celebrations: Harbin Snow and Ice Festival and Chinese New Year in Shanghai with Wendy Wu herself. Exclusive Dragon Boat Cruise. Explore awe-inspiring ice carved sculptures.
Our Harbin Ice & Snow Festival itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Harbin, China’s ‘Ice City’. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Situated on the bank of the Songhua River, Harbin has long been the crossroads of Chinese and Russian culture. Evident in its architecture, style and cuisine Harbin truly displays an ideal blend of east and west. The city is most famous for its annual Ice & Snow Festival – the largest of its kind – where participants travel from all over the world to exhibit majestic winter sculptures. Take a tour through the festival, see fearless swimmers brave icy temperatures averaging -15c and explore the Siberian and Jewish influences in this fascinating city.
This morning, fly to Shanghai. Known as the ‘Paris of the East’, Shanghai is China’s greatest metropolis and emanates the image of modern China. Today’s explorations include the beautiful Yu Garden; the atmospheric alleys of the old town and a visit to the Shanghai Museum, filled with copious relics and artefacts from all eras of China’s diverse history. In the evening dine on the acclaimed dumplings at Dintaifeng, one of the finest restaurants in Shanghai.
The next day, bring in the Chinese New Year. Have the opportunity to explore this amazing city at leisure soaking in the festival spirit. In the evening we will head to the Huangpu River, where the colonial Bund faces the futuristic Pudong, to board our magnificent Chinese New Year Cruise.
Spend the day exploring the city and enjoying the Chinese New Year spirit.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home arriving the same or following day.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Yarrow Hotel in Harbin is located close to Harbin’s local attractions, including the Harbin Amusement Park. Modern rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, a minibar and tea making facilities. The en-suite also has complimentary toiletries. The onsite restaurant provides Chinese and Western buffet breakfast for every guest....Read more
The Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel is within the shopping district of Xu Jia Hui and built into the fa?ade of Shanghai’s Olympic Stadium. Classically decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, satellite television, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants serve both Cantonese and Western cuisines. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre are also available. ...Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. Out of hours is 0044 1888 288 288. Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. SMS and call rates can be expensive: we recommend that you contact your mobile supplier for more details. Some of our hotels have WIFI in the rooms and some will only have it in the lobby. There may be additional charges. Many websites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned and inaccessible in China. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.
Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel. We indicate tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy.
The cost of meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consist of small dishes of local cuisine which are placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ for everyone to share. If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend where to eat. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and the UK's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you to Asia soon!
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