Harbin is located in the Northeast of China and is famous for its touristic winter activities. The most known is the Harbin Ice Festival that takes place from January to February. Temperature average during these months are between -12C to -23C 
Ice and Snow World
The biggest location is at the Ice and Snow World which it started in 1999 and is one the largest ice festivals in the world.
Opening Time: 11:00am - 9:30pm
Entrance Fee: 330 CNY for adults

As the ice sculptures are as impressive with and without lights, I highly recommend you to arrive a couple of hours before sunset (4:30pm-5:00pm) and then enjoy the slow turning on of the lights and its higher radiance as the sky darkness.
The festival has several activities for adults & children, such as shows, slides, labyrinths, kid's playgrounds as well as several restaurants.
Sun Island
Another major location is the exposition of Snow Sculptures at Sun Island
Opening Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Entrance Fee: 330 CNY for adults

Some of the snow sculptures also are illuminated at night, nonetheless since the exposition closes at 5:00pm the time to enjoy them is very short. If you are planning to stay only for 1 night in Harbin. I highly recommend you to enjoy the sunset time at Ice and Snow World instead. 
The City
You can explore the city by walking the pedestrian-only Central Street (Zhongyang Street), then go to Saint Sophia Orthodox Cathedral and finally visiting Zhaolin Park where a smaller ice sculpture exhibition takes place.

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