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Advertorial: A wonderful winter journey in Dongbei

Traverse a diverse range of sights and experiences in China, from a snow village to an active volcano


Dongbei turns into a winter wonderland come Dec.

Pining for a winter adventure like no other? This upcoming 11-day Konsortium Express & Tours package, led by 88.3 Jia FM DJ Ben, to Dongbei, China will take you out to the gorgeous sights of Northeast China.

Here are the key highlights:

Winter wonderland

The “Hobbit” Winter Dongbei itinerary will bring you to the quaint and picturesque Snow Village, a land of snow-capped wooden houses resembling stout mushrooms with their red roofs.

Be enchanted by the arresting Chang Bai Mountain Scenic Area in Jilin, where you may also catch a glimpse of the gorgeous snow willows streaking up from the ice. Another natural wonder here that’s especially beautiful in winter is the giant Heaven Lake in the crater of the active volcano of Changbai Mountain.

A whole new world

This tour may be taking you through charming China, but you may suddenly find yourself transported to an entirely different country — like Russia.

You’ll be visiting Volga Manor in Harbin, a Russian-themed hotel that sits stoically in the snow. Step in and be swept away into another culture altogether, as your surroundings are transformed by traditional Russian decor. The hotel offers a view of Saint Nicholas Church and features the rustic Pushkin Salon.

The tour will take you to a variety of key sights in major Harbin attractions, such as the Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum, Changchun’s Puppet Manchurian Palace and Harbin’s Sun Island Scenic Area and Central Street.

Food trail

Along the way, every meal will be a feast of local delicacies and specialties of each region.

Highlights include mushroom steamboat, a farmer’s feast, Ginseng chicken and authentic Manchu cuisine. At Volga Manor, you will be treated to a traditional Russian meal as well.

To prepare you for this trip, Konsortium will be providing complimentary gifts to all tour group members. These include thermal wear, gloves, a scarf, a mask and a hat.

Now you’re all set to take on the winter wonderland of Dongbei!

By Pamela Chow

This feature was brought to you by Konsortium Express & Tours. The tour departs on 10 Dec and costs $1,688 per passenger (excluding airport taxes of $320). Sign up as a pair and get $200 off per group. For bookings and enquiries, call 6392-5000.