Harbin Travel Tips

On August 25, 2011, in More Cities, Other Regions, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you plan to go to Harbin, you may always worry about the chilly weather. Actually, it is not that cold in Harbin. You just have to take appropriate warm clothing. Down coats and trousers are very cheap there but also good quality. Additionally, you can put on a cotton hat, a scarf or gloves […]

When you plan to go to Harbin, you may always worry about the chilly weather. Actually, it is not that cold in Harbin. You just have to take appropriate warm clothing. Down coats and trousers are very cheap there but also good quality. Additionally, you can put on a cotton hat, a scarf or gloves to keep yourself warm. You would be advised to bring some medicine for colds just in case, because the temperature difference between indoor and outdoor is pretty huge. A lipstick and a bottle of body lotion is recommended to take as it is cold and dry in the winter Harbin. If you take the professional cinema with you, please take care of it and try to keep it covered. Otherwise it may break due to the temperature being around minus twenty degrees.

Best time to visit Harbin

Harbin lies on the Songnen Flatland which is in high latitudes area. The annual temperature is just 3.6℃. The annual temperature in the coldest month is around -18 ℃. It is called the ice city, because the winter is long and cold while the summer is relatively short. The ice and snow festival is held in Harbin every year. So the best time to visit Harbin is from December to January. In the skiing resort, it is even colder than the downtown area. You need to wear warm clothing. The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival usually opens to the public since the fifth day of Chinese lunar year. The Ice and Snow World is attractive, especially during the Christmas, the New year or after the fifth day of the lunar year. Summer in Harbin is quite short but very cool. It’s a perfect summer resort.

Harbin Routes

  1. Church of St. Sophia-Central Street-Songhua River-Sun Island Snow Exhibit – Polar Land House- Ice and Snow World
  2. Northeast Tiger Park—Stalin Park—Flood Memorial Tower—Ice Lantern Festival
  3. Yabuli Skiing Resort for one-day tour
  4. Snow Village for a two-day-tour. You can live a farmers’ daily life and sleep on a heated brick bed.
  5. There are shows of two people that preform songs and dances at night in Harbin.

Harbin Tickets:

1. Ice and Snow World: From Monday to Tuesday, the ticket price for an adult is 280 RMB and 150 RMB for a child. On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the ticket prices for an adult is 330 RMB but still 150 RMB for a child.

Reduced price for non-profit companies and social associations: 10% cut for these organizations if there are fifty people that go together. Please note that a letter of recommendation is needed.

Other discount: From Monday to Wednesday (holidays not included), the ticket price is 150 RMB for a citizen person. The ticket price for Students, soldiers, children between 1.2 to 1.4 meters high is also 150 RMB.

It is free for disabled people providing they show proof, people above 70 and children under 1.2 meters high.

2. Polar Land House: The ticket price for an adult is 130 RMB and 80 RMB for a student

3. Sun Island: The ticket price for an adult is 30 RMB and 15 RMB for a student.

4. Northeast Tiger Park: The ticket price is 90 RMB usually and it is 80RMB if you order the ticket in the first place. The ticket price is 45 RMB for a child between 1.1 to 1.4 meters. Open hours: 9:00-16:40

How to Get to the Harbin

Harbin Airline:

Harbin Taiping International Airport is 30km away from the center of Harbin. It is the second largest national aeroport in the northeastern of China. Airplanes will fly to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Qingdao, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Dalian, Xi’an, Hong Kong and some other tourism cities. It also has the airplane fly to America, Russia, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Note:

You can take a bus to the airport. The bus stars every half an hour, the charge is 20RMB/person. It will take you 40 minutes to arrive at the airport.

By subway:

Harbin is the second largest railway terminal in the northeastern of China. The five railways of Jingha, Binsui, Binbei, Labin and Binzhou are all at here.

There is not only has the passenger trains from Harbin to the main city\ies of northeastern of China and the Inner Mongolia, but also has passenger trains to some cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hankou, Zhenzhou, Jinan, Yantai, Dezhou, Xuzhou and so on. The cities of Qiqihaer, Mudanjiang, Suihua, and Jiamusi have the bullet high speed trains.

By bus:

The national road 102 (Jingha high expressway), the national road 202 (Heihe — Dalian), the national road 221 (Harbin — Tongjiang), the national road 301 (Manzhouli – Suifen River), the four national roads lead to the whole country.

There are three expressways of Harbin – Daqing, Harbin – Mudanjiang and Suifen River, Harbin – Jiamusi. There also have ten bus lines lead to many main cities.

By waterway:

Harbin Harbor is one of the eight inland river harbors in China and it is the largest inland river harbor. The water transport line throughout Songhua River, Heilong River, Wusuli River and Neng River and connected with some harbors in Russia. The water transport line will lead to the Japan, Korea, and the southeastern are of Asia. Now the passenger transportation harbors and cargo port.

The passenger transportation harbor will from Harbin to Jiamusi, Beilao Zhou, Qinghe. The lines begin with April and close at the beginning of November.

There are also 3 lines from Harbin to the Sun Island for visitors.

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Central Street

On August 25, 2011, in More Cities, Other Regions, Shopping, by Jack Li

The Central Street is the most prosperous business street in Harbin. The avenue was built in 1898. The avenue was called China Avenue in the past and people changed its name to Central Avenue in 1925. Then the avenue developed into the business street up to now. The street has 71 European style buildings. And […]

The Central Street is the most prosperous business street in Harbin. The avenue was built in 1898. The avenue was called China Avenue in the past and people changed its name to Central Avenue in 1925. Then the avenue developed into the business street up to now. The street has 71 European style buildings. And 13 modern style buildings include the Renaissance style, the Baroque style, and the eclecticism style. In August 1996, the Harbin government decided to transform the avenue to a pedestrian street. After ten months’ reform, the avenue became the longest pedestrian street in Asia in June 1st, 1997. Harbin is a city which influenced a lot by European culture. People called it “Oriental Moscow”, “Oriental Paris.” You can see many European style buildings. The street also reflected the culture and people’s life style. In hundred years, the street not only is an old street, but also an Architecture Art Museum. The street is 1450 meters long. The east of the street is the from the Friendship Road to the west property line of the Jingwei street while the west of the street is from the Friendship Road, Tongjiang Street to the east property line of Jingwei Street. The south of the street is from the Shangzhi Street to the north property line of Jingwei Street and the north of the street is from the Shangzhi Street to the Tongjian Street. The street has 175 leisure area, 18 parking lots, 152 classical street lamps in European style, and 14 lawns. And the street also has the 5 sculptures and one surveillance center with 30 cameras. It will make sure the safety of people and the street the whole day.

Harbin

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Yabuli Skiing Resort

On August 25, 2011, in Activities, Modern Architecture, More Cities, Other Regions, by Jack Li

Yabuli Skiing resort is located in the east of the Shangzhi City, Heilongjiang Province. The skiing resorts composed with windmill mountain village, the national sports committee and the transport mountain village. It also has the green hill ski field, the communication mountain village, Yunding mountain village, Haihan mountain village and farm houses. The skiing resort […]

Yabuli Skiing resort is located in the east of the Shangzhi City, Heilongjiang Province. The skiing resorts composed with windmill mountain village, the national sports committee and the transport mountain village. It also has the green hill ski field, the communication mountain village, Yunding mountain village, Haihan mountain village and farm houses. The skiing resort is 193km from the Harbin City and 120km from the Mudanjiang City. The highest peak is 1374.8 meters high.  The average temperature is -10℃ and the lowest air temperature is -44℃. The snow period is 170 days and the ski period is 150 days. From the middle of the November to the end of the March next year is the best time to ski. Yalibu Skiing resort has complete facilities with 11 advanced ski runs. The high mountain run is the longest in Asia. There is a special round ski run for snowfield motorcycle and sled and 3 hanging chair ropeways, 3towing ropeways and 1 lifting handle type ropeway. There is also has some modern facilities for making snow, press snow. People can ski all the ski runs by the ropeways and needn’t take off your skis.

Harbin

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Sun Island

On August 25, 2011, in Islands, More Cities, Other Regions, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

The Sun Island is located in the north bank of the Songhua River of Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China. This is a famous tourism resort in China and is a national 5A level scenic spot. It covers an area of 88 square meters. Here are two legends about the Sun Island. The first is people […]

The Sun Island is located in the north bank of the Songhua River of Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China. This is a famous tourism resort in China and is a national 5A level scenic spot. It covers an area of 88 square meters. Here are two legends about the Sun Island. The first is people said the island is a round island and the shape looks like the sun, so called the Sun Island. The second story about the island is people said the island was covered with clean silver sand. Under the sunlight, the island was very hot, so called the Sun Island. The scenery is beautiful because of the Songhua River around the island. In spring, the trees are turning green and the birds singing make people don’t want to leave here. In summer, the cool place has colorful flowers and many singing insects. In autumn, here has fresh air and golden leaves. In winter, it is very cold here, but you can see the ice sculptures and snow view. All the trees will cover white snow and look very beautiful. The four seasons have different sceneries. So the Sun Island famous for “the scenery is more beautiful than the south region in China.” In July 2009, the “Oriental Paris” – Sun Island is awarded the “the United Nations Dwelling Environment Prize” and it is the only place to have this reputation.

Harbin

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Church of St. Sophia

On August 25, 2011, in Historical Relics, More Cities, Other Regions, by Jack Li

The Church of St. Sophia is located in the No.95 in the Harbin Daoli Street and the church is the symbolic building in Harbin. It was built in March, 1907. The church was a church built by the Fourth Infantry of the Russia. And the same year, the Russia tea businessman Iraq.fees.Red Sijia Cover made […]

The Church of St. Sophia is located in the No.95 in the Harbin Daoli Street and the church is the symbolic building in Harbin. It was built in March, 1907. The church was a church built by the Fourth Infantry of the Russia. And the same year, the Russia tea businessman Iraq.fees.Red Sijia Cover made a contribution to the church and repaired it. In 1911, people built a brick wall outside the wood wall and it became the wood-brick structure church. In September 27th 1923, the church of St. Sophia was repaired again. After nine months, the church became the largest Nicolas church in the Far East area. It was designed by the Russia architect Cocia Cuffs. The church looks splendid and classic. It is 53.53 meters tall and the architecture are is 721 square meters. The church has the capacity to contain 2000 people. The top of the front door is a bell tower, 7 chimes and they look like 7 musical notes. Only the professional people can play the beautiful songs. The church influenced by the Byzantine style. So the shape of the church building is like a cross. The liberation of Harbin, the Harbin government took over the church. In 1960 the church was closed and then it was used for practice place of the theatre and the storage. During the Culture Revolution period, the church was heavy damaged. The main structure of the building was destroyed and the wall paintings, clocks and cross were missed. In 1986, the church was regarded as the first protection architecture by the Harbin government. In November 1996, it was regarded as the fourth generation National Preservation of Culture Relics by the State Council.

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Harbin Ice and Snow World

On August 25, 2011, in Festivals, More Cities, Other Regions, by Jack Li

Harbin Ice and Snow World in Heilongjiang began to be built by Harbin government in 1999. It is a part of constructions to welcome the new 21st century. It fully takes advantage of the ice and snow in Harbin and builds and finally brings out the unprecedented large-scale and exquisite ice-snow art works—Harbin Ice and […]

Harbin Ice and Snow World in Heilongjiang began to be built by Harbin government in 1999. It is a part of constructions to welcome the new 21st century. It fully takes advantage of the ice and snow in Harbin and builds and finally brings out the unprecedented large-scale and exquisite ice-snow art works—Harbin Ice and Snow World. It shows the public the culture of ice and snow and the unique charm of ice-snow travelling of the famous city- Harbin.

With the popularity of Harbin Ice-snow World, every year millions of travelers come here to enjoy themselves. In the Ice and Snow World, you can see the world’s highest, most beautiful, grandest and most charming ice and snow sight. You can also experience ice bar, ice hotel, ice maze, climbing ice cliff and playing golf and football on the snow. The colorful ice and snow entertaining activities will bring endless joy and make you forget to return as if you were in the fairyland on the earth. The most magnificent view ever and wonder in the human world, Harbin Ice-snow World will realize your colorful ice and snow dream.

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Harbin

On August 25, 2011, in Modern Architecture, More Cities, Other Regions, by Jack Li

Harbin (simplified Chinese: 哈尔滨; pinyin: Hā’ěrbīn) is the capital of Heilongjiang Province and the largest city in the Northeast China. It is also the political, economic, cultural and transport center in the Northeast China. Being one of metropolises in China, Harbin has the largest urban area and the second largest population. The best time to […]

Harbin (simplified Chinese: 哈尔滨; pinyin: Hā’ěrbīn) is the capital of Heilongjiang Province and the largest city in the Northeast China. It is also the political, economic, cultural and transport center in the Northeast China. Being one of metropolises in China, Harbin has the largest urban area and the second largest population. The best time to go to Harbin is from December to January. During this period, you can appreciate ice and snow which is very different from the other parts of China. Another good time to visit Harbin is in the summer, between July and September. It is cool there and is a perfect summer resort.

Harbin is a city with both Chinese and Western styles. The local people are quite frank and straightforward. There are plenty of cultural activities in Harbin, such as; Harbin Summer Concert, Ice Lantern Festival and so on. More than five hundred attractions in Harbin are worthy to visit including; Polar Region House, Flood Memorial Tower, Wenmiao Temple, Jile Temple, church of St. Sophia, Central Street, Xiaohong’s Former Residence (a famous writer), Northeast Forest Land, Yabuli Skiing Resort. Besides these attractions, there is; Jingbo Lake, Wudalianchi Lake near Harbin. Harbin was cited as Chinese excellent travel city by the national travel bureau.

Harbin is seen as the equivalent of Paris and is called the Oriental Paris, or the Oriental Moscow. There are architectures of Chinese type and Western type in Harbin. Church of St. Sophia is magnificent. Nicola Church is mysterious. The Russian style cabin is very exquisite. The annual Harbin Summer Concert, the International Statue Competition and the International Economic & Trade Fairs make the city more attractive to visitors from home and abroad.

Harbin Attractions

Ice and Snow World

Sun Island

Yabuli Skiing Street

Central Street

Church of St. Sophia

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Winter Olympics in China – get ready!

On July 8, 2011, in Beijing, Cool Places, by Jack Li

Congratulations to South Korea! Just a few days ago Pyeongchang won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. This will be the second such event taking place in this country after 1988 summer Games in Seoul.  This news made me think – could China repeat the success of Beijing 2008 and organise Winter Olympics, […]

Congratulations to South Korea! Just a few days ago Pyeongchang won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. This will be the second such event taking place in this country after 1988 summer Games in Seoul.  This news made me think – could China repeat the success of Beijing 2008 and organise Winter Olympics, maybe even in twice as short time as Korea had to wait? While China Tours
and China Flights take care of the logistics, let me introduce you to the world of winter sports in China!

With many mountain ranges, China is no short of decent ski resorts. Many serve as a training base for both Chinese and international athletes. China has improved significantly in the Winter Games, winning 11 medals in Vancouver, which gave it the 7th place at the medal tally. Sending a total of 90 sportsmen, it beat the world record in women’s short track speed skating. With the commitment of
all the Chinese, as shown during the 2008 Games, chances are China will stand as a candidate for successive Winter Olympics!

The question remains which city would be the most suitable one to organise the event. The biggest and best ski resort in China is Yabuli Ski Resort. It was already the host of 1996 Asian Winter Games. With plenty of snowfall, it was designed primarily for the experienced skiers. For the Olympics, it could set up a partnership with the capital of Heilongjiang province, Harbin, located ca 180km from the resort. In fact, such project was already thought of! Harbin bid for the 2010 Olympics and organised 2009 Winter Universiade, which indicates that the facilities are there. Harbin is also a hometown to 2010 Vancouver Olympics figure skating gold medallists, Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo.

One of the natural candidates is of course Beijing. Its experience of recently hosting the biggest sporting event in the world is an unbeatable advantage of the capital. Infrastructure and transportation system are of a high standard. What’s more, two big ski resorts are located just around an hour drive from the city.

Beijing Huabei International Ski Resort, northeast from Beijing, offers a breath-taking scenery – it is surrounded by the Great Wall. With a complete set of hotels and restaurants, it has both skiing and snowboarding facilities. It is the largest such complex in the vicinity of Beijing. Another resort, the Beijing Nanshan Ski Village, is located just around 20km away. It specialises in snowboard (it is actually the place that introduced snowboarding to China!). It boasts the first international standard halp-pipe, snow park and mogul trail in China. With these two resorts at hand, Beijing seems like a perfect candidate for the host!

Another place which has to be considered is Xiling Ski Resort, nicknamed China’s best alpine ski resort. It’s located a bit over 100km from Sichuan province capital, Chengdu, in Southwest China. It has very favourable weather conditions, as, given the high elevation (ca 2,400m above the sea level), the snow is deep and lasting and the temperatures stay low. Nevertheless, it is equipped with an advanced snowmaking system. If the authorities invested in other winter sport facilities, Chengdu could turn out to be a strong candidate as well.

All these resorts have a chance to organise the Winter Olympics in the future. Meanwhile, why not try them out by yourself? Check China Travel for tours.

 

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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

On January 21, 2011, in Cool Places, by Sandy Li

When start China Travel, most people will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, or Guangzhou. But in winter, if you want to feel the excitement of cold weather and beautiful ice and snow in your China Tours, you should come to Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province, in the northeast of China. Because of the city’s location, […]

When start China Travel, most people will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, or Guangzhou. But in winter, if you want to feel the excitement of cold weather and beautiful ice and snow in your China Tours, you should come to Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province, in the northeast of China. Because of the city’s location, Harbin has abundant natural ice and snow. It is known as a Paradise of Ice and Snow, or “Ice City” of China and is also famous for its significant outdoor winter artwork. Thanks to the intelligence and efforts of artists, the art of ice and snow sculpture began in Harbin about thirty years ago. They add color and light to those cold ice and snow by taking advantage of the northern cold winter weather. So tourists, both at home and abroad, are glad to visit Harbin to feel the culture of ice and snow. Otherwise, there are so many people have never seen snow in their cities before. They want to experience a new feeling of adventure.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival provides the tourists a whole new world of ice and snow each year. The 27th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will begin from January 5, 2011 and last for over one month. The most splendid collections of ice and snow artworks are exhibited in the following main places: Harbin Ice and Snow World, Ice Lantern Garden Party, Sun Island Scenic Area, Yabuli International Ski Resort and Zhaolin Park, as well as each side of main streets in Harbin.

The festival is now one of the most popular local festivals in China, as well as one of the largest ice and snow spectaculars in the world, making Harbin a popular destination for numerous tourists all over the world to spend their winter holidays. They can do all sorts of things during the festival: skating, skiing, tobogganing, ice sailing, ice hockey, or simply enjoying the winter scenery.

The ice and snow sculpture could be made in all shapes and sizes. They can be as small as a little bird or as big as a building. The designs range from human figures, animals and castles. The most impressive sculptures are the Great Wall, Eiffel Tower and Tiananmen Tower. They also made iced-sliding-boards. Lots of people, including kids, play on it. Besides, people also hold a competition for the exhibition. Some are professional artists for making ice lantern, but some are just for hobby.

The ice lantern and sculpture exhibitions provide tourists a good opportunity to appreciate the unique ice and snow art. The sculptures which are exhibited in the public squares, parks and main streets turn the whole city into a dreamlike world of pure whiteness and gleaming crystal.

Today, Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is not only an exhibition of ice and snow artwork, but also an annual cultural event for international exchange. The sculpture experts and fans from America, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Russia gather in Harbin to communicate with each other in this ice and snow world. Meanwhile, Harbin ice lanterns exhibit in most of cities in China and other countries.

If you are interested in this ice and snow world, please book your China Flights and come to Harbin. 

 

China Information: Travel Tips about Small Paris in the East—–Harbin

On September 20, 2010, in Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

The famous Chinese northern city, Harbin, is renowned by its ice and snow culture, Sun Island scenery and the reputation of Small Paris in The East. Harbin is a good place when traveling in winter vacation. Harbin Summer concert establishes the status of the music city and the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival attracts the […]

The famous Chinese northern city, Harbin, is renowned by its ice and snow culture, Sun Island scenery and the reputation of Small Paris in The East. Harbin is a good place when traveling in winter vacation. Harbin Summer concert establishes the status of the music city and the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival attracts the tourists at home and abroad.

Harbin is a city tightly bound to the ice and snow, when winter comes, the temperature here is as low as the 30 degrees below. So it is a good choice to travel here. You can take Beijing Flights here and live in Beijing Hotels. Here are some tips when traveling to Harbin.

St Sophia Cathedral

In BC1903, with the establishment of the Chinese Eastern Railway, the Russia fourth troop had invaded Harbin. To keep soldiers’ minds steady who are away from hometown, Russia troops started to establish the ST Sophia Cathedral. At the same year, a cathedral of the whole wood structure was located in Harbin. In 27th, September, 1923, ST Sophia Cathedral started its second building and construction. After 9 years of considerable construction, a gorgeous, elegant and magnificent architecture had been completed.

St Sophia Cathedral is grand and exquisite. The body of the architecture is composed by the red bricks. The dome of it is like an grand and full onion head, while the four sides of dome are like tents heads. The head of the gate is a bell tower and seven music bells, which are exactly seven musical notes knocked by skilled bell ringers with both hands and feet.

St Sophia Cathedral composes the unique exotic scenic spot and city glam. At the meanwhile, it is an important historical evidence of Russia invading Harbin and precious site of Harbin’s history research.

Harbin Sun Island

Harbin Sun Island is a beautiful pearl in Harbin for its well known summer resort. It is the pride and honor of Harbin people. At the beginning of 1980, a famous song called The Beautiful Sun Island singed out its authentic flavor.

Harbin Sun Island has a beautiful scenery and the climate is comfortable in summer for its green wild, colorful flowers spreading the island, the white sea and sands around it. In winter, the Harbin Sun Island is wrapped in snow and ice, which is especially enchanting.

Harbin Sun Island culture is fascinating and attracting. It has a lot of ice and snow entertainments, such as the snow sliding, snow sailing, skating and hockey playing. Well known Harbin Snow Sculpture art expo and the civil ice sculpture contests are held once a year. At that time, various and diverse snow and ice sculptures are all around and unusually brilliant.

Harbin Central Street

Harbin Central Street is a rare architecture art street in China with 71 European style architectures and 13 buildings of renaissance style and Baroque style enjoying the protection of municipality level. Now it is the longest walking street in Asia.

Harbin Central Street is beautiful and in orders. Its unique European feel, buildings of shopping halls, abundant culture life and colorful recreational areas are totally becoming a bright view in Harbin.

Harbin Ice and Snow World

Harbin Ice and Snow World is born at the beach of Songhua River in 1999. Every year, it will hold an ice and snow art event, which collects the essence of the world snow arts and creates a garden including world level snow entertainment. It mix the ideas, arts, tours and entertainments together. The scene is huge and brand and is honored as the Snow Epic Poetry Picture Scroll.

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