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Harbin Travel Guide

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As a unique travel destination, Harbin now is opening her arms to welcome visitors from all over the world. Its special history and location made the city exotic and beautiful, combining both Northern Chinese minority culture and foreign flavor. Harbin, once considered the backwaters of China is literally growing exponentially - ten years ago, the urban population estimate was one million. Now the population has skyrocketed to more than three million people. Also, Harbin used to be nicknamed "Little Moscow", and though much of the Soviet architecture has been torn down and replaced with modern buildings, the influence of Russia is still evident in the city today.

Harbin is full of scenic areas and cultural relics. For sightseeing, one can tour the Yuquan Hunting Fields, the Manchurian Tiger Garden, Virgin Forest, Jingpo Lake, and the Wudalianchi Zhalong Natural Protective Region, just to name a few. Also, Harbin is infamously renowned for its sports activities, with the most notable being skiing. For history buffs, Harbin boosts many cultural relics, including the Confucius Temple, Jile Temple, Sophia Church, Central Street adorned with Russian influence, Xiaohong's Former Residence, etc.

The city is famous for its moderate weather in summer and its wonderland of ice and snow in winter. Being the famous "Ice City" in northeastern China, Harbin attracts the visitors from home and abroad by the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival it helds each year. It is a happy carnival which provides visitors a whole new world of ice and snow. Visitors will also find the Sun Island, Siberia Tigers Park and Chinese-Russian Market in Harbin. Below is the detailed guide to Harbin attractions. Welcome to check out our other pages for more travel information about Harbin Feel free to contact us if you plan to travel to Harbin. We will provide the professional advice, individual itinerary and excellent travel service.

Harbin Attractions Guide

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  • The big churchAccording to Travel Guide to Harbin, St. Sophia Church in Harbin is the largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the Far East. It was built in 1907 by Russians and is the only one of several Orthodox churches in Harbin. Recently, the in ... ...
  • Northeast Tiger ZooNortheast Tiger is a  rare animal.They live in Russia and China . According to The Guide Map of Harbin,The park is located on the north bank of the Songhua River to the northwest of Harbin, occupying an area of 1,440,000 squa ... ...
  • The main streetHarbin's Main Street, also called "Central Street", is a pedestrian-only cobblestone street more than a kilometer (about a mile) long lined with stores, restaurants, old architecture dating from the Russian era, and malls. Central ... ...
  • Sino-Russia border trade marketHeilongjiang Province is located near the eastern border of Russia. Thus, this border is very important for both China and Russia. The Heilongjiang Province, in 2007, plans to double its imports and exports with Russia from the 20 ... ...
  • The Sun IslandAccording to Travel Guide to Harbin, Sun Island Park is located on the big island in Harbin and also on several smaller islands nearby in the Songhua River. The name of the Sun Island came from the Manzhou language. The fisherman ... ...
  • Songhua River The Songhua River is a river in Northeast China, and is the largest tributary of the Heilong River, flowing about 1,927 km from Changbai Mountains through the Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces. The river drains 212,000 square miles ... ...
  • Yabuli International Ski ResortThe reason why visitors travel into the northeast part of China is mainly for the skiing. Among many ski resorts in Harbin, Yabuli is no doubt a good chioce. Yabuli International Ski Resort has been now the biggest comprehens ... ...
  • Erlongshan International Ski ResortSkiing has become increasingly popular with Chinese as well as international ski travelers seeking new mountains and lower prices. Erlongshan International Ski Resort in Harbin is sure to be a good choice for you. It obtain its na ... ...
  • Heilongjiang Provincial Museum
    Heilongjiang Provincial Museum, located at No.50 Red Army Street in the center of the provincial capital Harbin City, is the biggest museum in Heilongjiang Province. It covers an area of more than 7,000 square meters. The Mus ... ...
  • Ice And Snow World
    The Harbin Ice and Snow festival is one of the world's four largest ice and snow festivals, along with Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway's Ski Festival. It was launched by the gov ... ...
  • The Yabuli International Ski Resort
    The Yabuli International Ski Resort, located in 200 kilometers east of Harbin and 120 kilometers west of Mudanjiang in Shangzhi City and is the home of China's first destination resort and has expanded into China's first ski ... ...
  • Harbin Siberian Tiger Park
    As the natural environment becomes worse, many creatures are endangered and some have died out. The Siberian tiger is on the list. It is the largest felid in the world and is known as the King of the Forest. In the 1980s, it ... ...

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Name:Harbin Travel Guide Needed Reply

Thinking of taking my family to travel to Harbin and include visiting the Ice Festival. Any advice for independant travel ( the best time to go, hotels, what to see, how long to stay etc.) would be very welcome. I understand there are also skiing resorts. Is it near the city or do we have to travel and stay in another hotel?

Name:Re: Harbin Travel Guide Needed

Hi, best time to travel in Harbin is in January. The skiing resorts are not far away from city. You can make a choice of either staying there or in city center. May we invite you to read our travel guide to Harbin on this page. We believe you can find answers to most of your questions. Then, please feel free to get back to us with any specific point you are not very clear. Our kind Harbin travel advisors will always ready to help.

Name:Harbin travel Reply

What should I wear when I go to Harbin in winter.

Name:Re:Harbin travel

You can wear your usual winter shoe. And you cannot wear high-heeled shoes, because the street equals to a skating rink. Wear down jacket and down pants.

Name:Visiting Harbin Reply

I will go to Harbin Ice Festival next January, which buses can I take?

Name:Re:Visiting Harbin

Thank you for asking. You can take buses of No.552, 551, 346, 219, 216, 212, 85 and 54 to the Ice and Snow World. Get off at the Taiyangdao Daokou station.

Name:China Snow Town Tour Reply

I am going to visit China Snow Town in Harbin. So I’d like to know what activities there are.

Name:Re:China Snow Town Tour

Hi, first, thanks for your asking. China Snow Town is a beauty, so you can see the very beautiful snow. And in the evening, tourists can participate in a bonfire party together with local people and sleep over at their homes. Further more, for photography enthusiasts, birches, cedrus, little huts, red lanterns, wattle wall, and sunrise are all wonderful themes.

Name:Harbin Accommodation Guide Reply

Hi, how is the accommodation of China Snow Town in Harbin?

Name:Re:Harbin Accommodation Guide

Hotels with excellent facilities are available in China’s Snow Town. You can also choose the family guesthouse to have an overnight stay at their Huokang (brick bed warmed by a fire underneath in Northern China).The northern Chinese cuisines are very delicious and special. you can enjoy the food at the local farmers’ homes or hotels.

Name: The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival Travel Guide Reply

I’d like to go to the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. When will it start and how long will it last?

Name:Re: The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival Travel Guide

It is opened on January 5 of each year and lasts until the end of February, depending on the weather.