With negative 20 and 30 degree Celsius temperatures you’d be forgiven for doing a double take when hearing that winter is Harbin’s peak tourist season. You’d be right to do so. -30 is cold. The Harbin Ice Festival runs officially from January 5th until February 5th but is really open until warm weather melts it (usually the end of February or early to mid March). But you can see it before it opens too (although some of the sculptures may not be finished).
Things to see at the Harbin Ice Festival