Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin

Harbin, China

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  • Situated in downtown Harbin, on the banks of the Songhua River with far-reaching views
  • Excellent location from which to explore the annual Harbin Snow & Ice Festival
  • Luxurious guest rooms and suites, with a heated indoor pool, perfect for the cold winter months

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The north-eastern provinces of China are famed for their short, cool summers and long, freezing winters, due to their proximity with the cooler climes of Russia and North Korea. But it is the freezing winters when the cities of Harbin and Jilin are at their most spectacular. Harbin, China’s famed ‘city of ice’ transforms into a winter wonderland from December, when the dazzling Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival takes over the city. Temperatures of below -11°C ensure that the remarkable ice sculptures, carved from ice hewn from the Songhua River, remain pristine throughout the festival, that runs until the end of January. The city of Jilin is famous for its rime ice that clings to the willow trees on the banks of the Songhua River, in the sub-zero temperatures of January and February. This natural phenomenon occurs when the vapour rises from the river to meet the -20°C winter air, resulting in stunning crystalline formations on the trees.

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On the bank of the Songhua River, in China’s fabled ‘city of ice’, the Songbei Shangri-La is an elegant retreat amongst the soviet-style architecture of Harbin. Centrally located, it is perfectly placed to enjoy the spectacular Harbin Snow & Ice Festival.

Located at the heart of one of northern China’s most interesting and unusual cities, the Songbei Shangri-La is an international standard luxury hotel. The property’s 344 guest rooms and 33 executive serviced apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows with impressive views of the Songhua River and across the city. Rooms are serenely decorated, with tranquil tones, luxurious soft furnishings and modern amenities.  In-room wired internet and Wi-Fi access, large LED televisions and marble-clad bathrooms with rain showers and separate bathtubs come as standard. The Suites offer upwards of 91 square metres of pure luxury, with separate living areas and access to the exclusive Horizon Club.
During your stay at the Songbei Shangri-La, sample some tantalizing cuisine at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Café Song embraces Shangri-La’s renowned food theatre concept, with live cooking stations serving up the best Western and Asian dishes in style. Regional specialities from northern China are on the menu at the upscale Shang Kitchen, alongside roast Peking duck and delicious clay pot dishes. For a more relaxed dining experience, visit the hotel’s very own pub, De Drunk’n Pig, for live music and laid-back gastro-pub fare or head to the Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea in a relaxing and refined atmosphere.
Fitness enthusiasts will embrace the fully-equipped health club and gymnasium, filled with state-of-the-art equipment with views across the river and the city. For some laid-back leisure time, why not swim some laps at the hotels’ heated indoor swimming pool or relax in the jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. For the ultimate in relaxation, visit the CHI Spa for a pampering treatment in one of the private spa suites.
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The rooms and suites at the Songbei Shangri-La are luxurious and elegant, with muted hues and quality linens ensuring a restful and comfortable stay. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views across the city and the Songhua River. Horizon Club members and guests staying in Suites will receive full Horizon Club benefits, including access to the Horizon Club Lounge and a dedicated concierge service.


Interconnecting rooms, rollaway beds and baby cribs are available upon request. Children’s menus and babysitting are also available at the Songbei Shangri-La.


Four food and beverage outlets, including high-end Chinese cuisine and an in-house pub, are available at the Songbei Shangri-La. A fully equipped fitness centre heated indoor pool and luxurious spa are available for guests, along with 24-hour in-room dining and an attentive concierge.


  • Harbin Highlights

    Enjoy a city tour of Harbin including St. Sophia Church and Stalin Park. After lunch, enjoy some time at leisure at Central Street before a special hotpot dinner and finishing with a visit to the Ice Lantern Festival.

  • Japanese Biological Warfare Experimentation Centre

    A moving experience, learn about the darker times when the Japanese utilized Harbin to develop biological weapons against human subjects.

  • Sun Island and the Provincial Museum with Dinner

    Visit Sun Island this morning and enjoy the beautifully designed snow sculptures. Head to the Provincial Museum and afterwards indulge in a Russian dinner. The night ends with the highlight of the Ice Sculpture show.

Location & directions

Harbin, China

Located on the north bank of the Songhua River, Harbin Taiping International Airport is only 40 minutes' drive from Songbei Shangri-La, whilst Harbin West Railway Station is only a 30-minute drive. The hotel is only 5 minutes from the world-famous Ice & Snow World.

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