At a Glance
- Located at the heart of Harbin’s business district, overlooking the fairways of the Harbin International Golf Club
- Luxurious, art-deco inspired interiors
Perfect base from which to explore the yearly Harbin Snow and Ice Festival
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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.
To start planning your vacation to Sofitel Harbin
At the heart of the city’s CBD, away from the bustle of downtown Harbin, the Sofitel is a 22-storey luxury hotel with views over the greens of Harbin International Golf Club.
Sofitel Harbin’s 322 rooms and suites are subtle yet stylish, with opulent fabrics and muted colors. Luxurious bathrooms include rainforest showers and separate bathtubs. Guests staying on the Executive Floor receive Club Sofitel privileges, including full use of the Club Lounge, breakfast and evening cocktails in the Club Lounge and all-day snacks soft drinks and local beers.
Sofitel Harbin is a particularly family-friendly hotel, with interconnecting rooms, multi-room suites, rollaway beds and baby cots available for families. Babysitting is available upon request.
The Sofitel Harbin is home to 3 unique retaurants, 2 in-house bars, a fully equipped gymnasium and heated indoor pool with sauna and jacuzzi. The 24-hour concierge can arrange a round of golf at the neighboring Harbin International Golf Club, or tours of the city with its Soviet-style architecture and fascinating heritage.
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 Center
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.
A Short Getaway to Harbin Ice Festival
from $2800 pp 3 nights
- Admire the world's largest ice and snow festival
- Explore landmark architectures which borrows influences from both China and Russia
- Gain insight into the historical power struggle between Russians, Chinese, Japanese, Mongols, Koreans and other ethnicities in Harbin
Location & directions
Situated in Harbin’s CBD, the Sofitel is approximately 1 hour’s drive from Harbin Taiping International Airport. The hotel is within walking distance of Sofitel Central Avenue Pedestrian Street and only 20 minutes by car from Harbin Snow and Ice World.
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