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  • Shenyang Imperial Palace
  • St. Sophia Church
  • Lvshun (Port Arthur)
  • Central Street
  • Xinghai Park
  • Sun Island Scenic Area
  • Tiger Beach Ocean Park
  • East Cockscomb Hill / Dongjiguan Fortress

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10 Days Harbin Ice & Snow Festival and Northeast China Tour

Tour Code: ST05
Tour Duration: 10 Days
Destination: Changchun, Dalian, Harbin, Shenyang
Tour overview: If you are a skiing lover, this tour is absolutely a good choice - the yearly snow duration of 150 days in Jihua Ski Resort in Harbin will bring you much "snow joy". Combined with the Shenyang Imperial Palace, another "Forbidden City" in Northeastern China, and the Puppet Emperor's Imperial Palace where China's last emperor lived, you can learn some things about Chinese history without going to Beijing, the most important imperial city in China. Also, you can enjoy your lovely beach time on the Xinghai Square in Dalian...

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10 Days Harbin Ice & Snow Festival and Northeast China Tour 10 Days Harbin Ice & Snow Festival and Northeast China Tour 10 Days Harbin Ice & Snow Festival and Northeast China Tour 10 Days Harbin Ice & Snow Festival and Northeast China Tour

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Harbin Arrive in Harbin, be met and transferred to your hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-La Hotel Harbin Modern Hotel, Harbin Songhuajiang Gloria Inn, Harbin
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Day 2 Harbin Full day visit Sun Island Scenic Area , St. Sophia Church ,Guogeli Street. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-La Hotel Harbin Modern Hotel, Harbin Songhuajiang Gloria Inn, Harbin
B,L
Day 3 Harbin Full day visit Jihua Ski Resort, Harbin Great & Snow World, Central Street . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-La Hotel Harbin Modern Hotel, Harbin Songhuajiang Gloria Inn, Harbin
B,L
Day 4 Harbin/Changchun See the Winter Swimming Show, the Flood Control Monument, then take a coach to Changchun. Arrive in Changchun, be met and transferred to your hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-La Hotel, Changchun Paradise Hotel - Changchun Home Inn Shengli Street - Changchun
B,L
Day 5 Changchun/Jilin/Changchun Drive to Jilin, visit Songhua River, Jilin Rime, Catholic Church, Sika Deer Farm, back to Changchun and visit the Culture Square. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-La Hotel, Changchun Paradise Hotel - Changchun Home Inn Shengli Street - Changchun
B,L
Day 6 Changchun/Shenyang Today you will visit Puppet Emperor's Imperial Palace, the Eight Ministries of Puppet Manchuguo Regime. Then take coach to Shenyang. Arrive in Shenyang, be met and transferred to your hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sofitel Shenyang Lido Crowne Plaza Shenyang Parkview Ibis Shenyang Tiexi
B,L
Day 7 Shenyang Full day visit Sunbird Square, 12 Bronze Statues of Emperors in Qing Dynasty and Residence of Zhangs. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sofitel Shenyang Lido Crowne Plaza Shenyang Parkview Ibis Shenyang Tiexi
B,L
Day 8 Shenyang/Dalian Visit Shenyang Imperial Palace ,Nine One Eight Memorial. Then take a coach to Dalian. Arrive in Dalian, be met and transferred to your hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Furama Hotel Dalian Ramada Plaza Dalian Grand Hotel Dalian
B,L
Day 9 Dalian Full day visit Full day visit Lvshun (Port Arthur) , East Cockscomb Hill / Dongjiguan Fortress , Tiger Beach Ocean Park . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Furama Hotel Dalian Ramada Plaza Dalian Grand Hotel Dalian
B,L
Day 10 Dalian Visit the Xinghai Park ,Then you will be transferred to airport to take flight departure. Details... B, L
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Harbin Arrival

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Arrive in Harbin, the Capital of Heilongjiang Province, which is well known as the "Ice City" in China. You will be greeted by your guide at the airport and transferred to your Hotel. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure.

Day 2 Harbin (B, L)

Harbin (B, L)

Sightseeing: Sun Island Park Snow Sculpture, St. Sophia Church Square, Guogeli Street

This morning, we will fisit go to Sun Island Park Snow Sculpture and Zhaolin Park Disney Ice Fun Fair, the sparkling ice sculptures and lanterns showing the theme of the ever popular Disneyland this year. Afternoon sightseeing features St. Sophia Church Square, a famous catholic church. On the way you will also have a coach sightseeing at Guogeli Street, which was named after a famous Russian Poet.

Day 3 Harbin (B, L)

Harbin (B, L)

Sightseeing: Jihua Ski Resort, Central Street, Great & Snow World

Today's highlight is a visit to Jihua Ski Resort (exclude Entrance Fee& personal Skiing Fee), having a chance to take part in many winter activities like skiing, skating, snow sledge, snow motorcycle, horse driven plough etc. Then transfer back to Harbin and stroll along Central Street, a nondeductible place to get some good buy of local souvenir, and Harbin Great & Snow World.

Day 4 Harbin / Changchun (B, L)

Harbin / Changchun (B, L)

Transfer via: Coach on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Winter Swimming Show, Flood Control Monument

Today you will have a look at the Winter Swimming Show, the Flood Control Monument. After that, you will take a coach to Changchun. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 5 Changchun / Jilin City / Changchun (B, L)

Changchun / Jilin City / Changchun (B, L)

Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Songhua River, Jilin Rime, Cotholic Church, Sika Deer Farm, Culture Square

After breakfast, we will drive to Jilin, have the visit to Songhua River, Jilin Rime, Catholic Church and Sika Deer Farm. Then drive back to Changchun, visit the Culture Square.

Day 6 Changchun / Shenyang (B, L)

Changchun / Shenyang (B, L)

Transfer via: Coach on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Puppet Emperor's Imperial Palace, The Eight Ministries of Puppet Manchuguo Regime

You will visit the Puppet Emperor's Imperial Palace and the Eight Ministries of Puppet Manchuguo Regime, which were established as a way for the Japanese to legitimize their claim to the territory of Northeast China.

After the tour, you will take coach to Shenyang. Be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 7 Shenyang (B, L)

Shenyang (B, L)

Sightseeing:  Sunbird Square, 12 Bronze Statues of Emperors in Qing Dynasty, Residence of Zhangs

Today's tour includes Sunbird Square, 12 Bronze Statues of Emperors in Qing Dynasty and Residence of Zhangs, the mansion of General Zhang Zuolin and General Zhang Xueliang, father and son warlords, both have outstanding influence in China's Modern History.

Day 8 Shenyang / Dalian (B, L)

Shenyang / Dalian (B, L)

Transfer via: Coach on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Shenyang Imperial Palace, Nine One Eight Memorial

Have a morning sightseeing to Shenyang Imperial Palace, the seat of power for Nurhachi & his son Huangtaiji before Qing Dynasty established, and Nine One Eight Memorial, a palace for people to memorize the history of Shenyang City.

After the tours, you will be transferred to Dalian. When you arirve in, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 9 Dalian (B, L)

Dalian (B, L)

Sightseeing: Lvshun Military Port, East Cockscomb Hill, Tiger Beach Park

Today's highlight is Lushun Military Port, East Cockscomb Hill and Tiger Beach Park, which is famous for its vivid Tigers Sculpture.

Day 10 Dalian Departure (B, L)

Dalian Departure (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
Sightseeing: Xinghai Square

The last sightseeing before your leaving is a quick visit to the Xinghai Square. After a short time free for your leisure, you will be transferred to Dalian Airport for your departure flight

Comment on our service from Brandon Michael Driggs,USA

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes. We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Hi Molly,

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes.

We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Best wishes,

Brandon


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Comment on our service from Serene Zhou,Philippines

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter. The trip was fun and informative.

Hi Stella,

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter (Hope i didn't get his name wrong) .

The trip was fun and informative. Peter is extremely caring and helpful to all the guests who participated in this group trip to Mutianyu great wall & Ming Tombs tour. He made sure nobody was left out of left behind. He is very polite and attentive to our needs.

Peter also made sure we are safe, he was concerned about the distance if the guests could find their hotel or find their way back to their hotel. I must thank Peter for insisting to drop us near our hotel where we CAN see our hotel building at least.

I hope you can let Peter know that he's an awesome guide and the Americans and the rest of us had so much fun.

Best Regards,

Serene Zhou & Ernest


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Comment on our service from Qiao Wenshu, Australia

This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too.



This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. I booked a 1 person private tour with these people for 4 days trip in Harbin for the Winter festival and I think it was really worth it.

I booked a 4 day tour in Harbin with them at the last minute and the person I contacted was Molly, who did all the arrangements for me. They pulled it off at the last minute, and around Chinese new year too! I contacted them just before Chinese New year and they responded really quick (yes, China time is 3 hours behind Sydney, so my responses came after 12pm local time each day). She even told me they will be on public holiday from Chinese New Year until Monday the 11th of Feb and then on Monday the 11th of Feb, I got a message from her back with a quote from the local partners first thing, so I was able to make other arrangements quickly, like getting my plane tickets, and visa.

Molly provided me with an itinerary and a quote and I was happy with it, costed $1560 AUD including single non-shared accommodation (I chose 3 star accommodation because I am not fussy about the hotel), breakfast, private transport, pick up and drop off from airport, driver, and an English speaking guide all for myself, so I had 2 people helping me out during my time there, plus entry tickets to all the attractions, for 4 days. I saw a local Australian tour company that had a 5 day Harbin group tour for $1525 AUD with a maximum of 12 people, but it’s really a 3 day tour because that tour lets people arrive in Beijing, then everyone catches the train overnight to Harbin, and days 2-4 are spent sightseeing before catching the train back to Beijing on the 5th day, plus there was another tour company that offered private tours that quoted over $2000 AUD for a similar itinerary, so I believe it was money well spent. My itinerary included the Ice and Snow world, Snow Sculptures and skiing.

Molly gave me the name and contact details of my guide (Allison) as soon as one was allocated to me, and I contacted her on Wechat (a Chinese messenger phone app). Allison is pleasant and speaks English well. The driver helped put my luggage in the car. Allison was knowledgeable and I was impressed that she was flexible and had the sense to check with the local contacts immediately upon picking me up from the airport and getting into the car, to see if the attractions I wanted to see were still open.

Allison took photos for me, and was pretty good at it, and told me lots of relevant history and behind the scenes stories, for example, how the ice blocks are harvested from the river with people standing on the frozen river, drilling holes along the perimeter of the block as deep as it is thick, and connecting them with a saw and lifting them out with a crane; how the Dao in Laodaowai refers to the railway the Russians built when they came to Harbin, and forced the locals out of the railway/developed area, hence the name Lao “Old” Dao “Railway” Wai “outside” refers to outside the railway area.

As a local, she also helped me haggle a better price for the candied fruit sticks (Bing Tang Hu Lu) and I learnt that the Modern (Ma Die Er) Ice cream block is so named because it used to be sold from the Modern Hotel/shop and they were never individually packaged, rather, sold in tubs, so technically it’s only authentic if you buy it from the Modern shop on Central Street. (There is a shop with an oval red neon sign with 1906 on it.), and the original flavours are Original and Coffee (maybe something else, I forgot), the fruit flavours are new, so I recommend the original one. I saw reviews saying it's not that good - last time I was there in the summer I had one and didn't think it lived up to it's reputation because I ate a different branded one, so go for the authentic one at ¥10 each for the original flavour. (same price as the shop in the domestic airport in Harbin). They come on a stick, I haven't see the scoop ones.

Allison also took great care of me as a friend, and helped me walk around on slippery snow/ice and gave me some bandaids and heat packs when I got some grazes from the snow shoe walking around, and warned me not to go onto the frozen lake.

The car I used was a private car, in China, cars are allowed on road according to the numbers on the license plate, to limit the maximum number of cars on the road each day. Thankfully my itinerary was relaxed so there was some space to move around to get everything done, while still being within the permitted days for the car (if it’s outside, you can still have the car on the roads I was told, but just further from the attraction than if it was on a permitted day, which means a little more walking. I got door to door service every day!). It was clean and comfortable inside. Larger groups get coaches.

If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too. The driver was very professional and like another reviewer said, did not talk all the time, and didn't ask random personal info like local taxi drivers might. Wasn't too much 'awkward silence' either cause I talked with the guide in the back seat.

I got dropped off at the airport and Allison took me directly to the check in counter and they knew exactly which counter and flight I was taking (gave them the info before arriving, was surprised they kept it) so the driver drove me right up to the correct entry. Best service!

Best wishes,

Qiao Wenshu  


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Comment on our service from Annette Esselborn, Germany

We had a wonderful day. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you. The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

Hello Sandy,

 

Thank you for your request. We had a wonderful day, even though we experienced exactly the snow on the Chinese wall. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you.

 

The Ming Tombs were interesting, but of course the Great Wall of China was the highlight for us. And despite the snow, it was an experience. Somewhat hectic was the climb from lunch (by the way very, very delicious!) But I know that this was only due to the weather that day.

 

The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

If I come back in 2 years with a group, we would like to book again the same tour (maybe without snow ....) with the same tour guide.

 

Our heartfelt thanks!

Viele Grüße

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Comment on our service from Nancy Tuksaudom,USA

Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us. We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! We had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us!

 

Hi Sandie!

Thanks for your email! We are both doing fine and have happy memories of the time we spent touring China, thanks to you! 

We are home now (since early February) and planning our next trip in Mexico for April.

  

We totally enjoyed our time in China, despite the fact that it was cooler than we had planned for/expected. Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us, as we did the flights, as well. The only semi-negative comment was that the Guilin hotel heat situation was sub-par. 

We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! They often showed us much more than we expected and worked very hard to make all connections efficiently, etc. 

  

I did complete feedback forms for each guide in each city. I hope that they forwarded them to you. They were likely to be more thorough than what I just wrote to you. 

The bottom line, though, was that we had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us! 

If you ever visit Seattle, Washington, please let me know and I/we will show you around our beautiful city and environs. 

Thanks again!  

Nancy and Pricha (Tuksaudom)

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Comment on our service from Gracie Chan, USA

We had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU! Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

 

Hello Sandy,

Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for being patient. Here's what we thought of the trip.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU!

Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. It was great to have their help dealing with hotel checking-ins and transportation details. It was very convenient and helpful. Having to move in and out of hotels daily and trying to catch all those train on time are very stressful ~ A big "Thanks" for all their help.  

I want you to know that we consider Jackie Zhang (our guide for Zhangye & Dunhuang) to be the BEST of all the guides we encountered on this trip. She is enthusiastic, meticulous and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell that she enjoys her job tremendously!

         

My observation ~ Most "Foreign Visitors" don't always have a base knowledge of the history of the places they are visiting. A SHORT & CONCISE explanation is better than a long and winding narrative. It should not be assumed that one formula works for everyone. Some visitors are more knowledgeable than others and vice versa.

We enjoyed all the sights we visited on this trip tremendously. That said, there are some room for improvements.

The one disappointment for me was the visit to Qinghai Lake. It was too commercialized. It would have been so much better if we were able to stop by the lake area BEFORE the visitor center where it was much more pristine and unspoiled. After all, we are there to take it the natural beauty of the area after all.

Our guide and driver was most accommodating when we asked them to stop by the side of the road in order for us to photograph herds of YAK and sheep. It was the highlight of the trip for me! I am sure other visitors will feel the same way.

My suggestion ~ Maybe some sort of arrangements can be made with local farmers that owned land along the Qinghai lake for a short stop over in your future tours? This way, your visitors can have wonderful opportunities to photograph and experience the scenery and lifestyle of the local people.

My observation ~ In Turpan, the Turpan Museum would have been a BETTER choice than the visit to the Karez well system (Kan'erjing Museum). There is really nothing much to see here.  

The International Grand Bazaar was also a bit of a disappointment, it was too touristy. I think we would find it much more interesting if we have the opportunity to visit a local street market instead.

We rode a donkey cart at the Flaming Mountains. It was great fun! I think this should be included in the future and its a great way to help the local make some extra money too. You agree?

Hotels ~ We still prefer staying at International Brand hotels. We really liked the Sofitel Hotels (in Xian & Xining) and the Sheraton in Urumqi.  

We find the service and breakfast food selection available at the local brand hotels are still somewhat lacking compared to the International Brand hotels.

Food ~ We had some amazing and some mediocre food on this trip. The quality of the meal is inconsistent. I guess it depended a lot on your local tour coordinators?    

I hope our observations and honest suggestions are helpful to you. Please do not consider this is as criticism of our trip but as suggestions for improvements. We had lots of fun and we hope you'll be able to attract more visitors to your tour. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

I have attached the "corrected" photo and an extra one taken at the Flaming Mountains. You have our permission to include all three of the photos along with the following review to your website. I will write a review for TripAdvisor.com later.

Regards,

Gracie.


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