The main venue of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, this theme-park sized attraction is a dizzying spectacle of ice architecture, and a fun night out provided you wrap up warm. There's also a performance stage, ice bikes, ice mazes, huge snow slides, a ski hill, fireworks and more. Queues for the ice slides are bigger at weekends and during Chinese New Year. Heated restaurants, including fast food outlets, are handy for warming up and refueling.
The Harbin Ice and Snow World is on the west side of the island across the Sōnghuā River. Note that the half-price daytime ticket (valid from 9am to noon) does not grant admission to the venue at night. Bus 47 goes here from Tongjiang Jie and the railway station.