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Harbin

On the map of China, Heilongjiang province in northeastern China is like a swan spreading its wings, while Harbin, its capital city is a glistening pearl around swan’s neck. With pigeons dancing, St. Sophia Church brings solemn tolls; with sun shining brightly, Sun Island evokes people’s happy memories; with continental flavor, European style architectures of Central Street show the charm of “Paris of the Orient”; with snowflakes fluttering, the Ice and Snow World brings you to get to the paradise of dream…

Located in China`s northernmost part, Harbin has long and bitter cold winter and short cool summer, which enjoys a good reputation for culture of ice and snow. Praised as “Ice City”, it is the ideal destination for ice and snow travel and avoiding summer heat. There is the largest ski center in Asia: Yabuli International Ski Resort. Also, it has annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, you can fully enjoy ice lantern show and ice activities such as ice-sailing, sledging, ice hockey, ice football and so on.

Things To Do

Admire Majestic Ice-sculptured Masterpieces

Harbin always tries to show its brilliant and unique aspect in winter, different from other cities, while the ice and snow are the best features of this city. when travel to Harbin during this time, Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival boasting biggest scale and longest time in the world, basically holds on Jan 5 and lasting about one month each year you cannot miss.

Seldom does any city have the chance to enable people to get so obsessed with the ice and snow, luckily, Harbin is one of them. Here, you may forget coldness and enjoy the ice and snow world under more than 20 degrees below zero temperature. Visitors can glimpse at how the ice and snow are endowed with life by ice sculpture artists.

No matter in Ice and Snow World, Ice Lantern Garden Party or Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Fair, characteristic ice sculptures are displayed, as if you stepped into fairy tale world with ice and snow. Coming here, not only can you see colorful and vivid ice and snow sculptures, but also enjoy exciting ice sports.

Explore Old Western-style Buildings

Harbin is a city emanating a romantic European flavor, endowed with generosity and blue like buckeen. Cold Russian ethos combines bold and unconstrained northeastern character into one, forming a very unique Harbin style. So western-style buildings are must-see during your Harbin Tour.

Strolling along Harbin ancient streets with European architectural styles like Central street, Gogol Russian Street, Daowai Street gives you an illusion that you are standing at one street of European cities. A great number bright colored buildings and churches in various western styles ranging from Gothicism, Baroque to Byzantium can be found here. This is also the reason why Harbin was called “Oriental Little Paris”.

In the morning, you can choose to watch doves dancing by standing quietly in front of St. Sophia Church, or enjoy the night view of Gogol Russian Street. But most attractive part belongs to old Daowai Streets, from No.1 street to No.11 steet, not only have spectacular baroque architectural complex for sightseeing, but authentic Harbin flavour for tasting.

Give a Big Hug to the Ice and Snow

Have you try to walk on the frozen Songhuajiang River, or skating, snow tubing on it? Have you been to Yabuli Ski Resort, alpine skiing on Asia’s longest slide, or sled pulled by dogs, motor in snowfield? If you haven’t experience those winter activities, come to city of ice. Harbin starts snowing in October, later, tourists will be fascinated by ice sculptures and winter events for long time. So hurry up and give a big hug to the ice and snow.

Enjoy Russian Splendid Meal

Harbin is deeply influenced by Russian culture, more than half are Russian citizens in the early 20th century, so a large number of Russian restaurant can be found here and there by far such as Portman Western Restaurant, Huamei Western Restaurant, Globetrotters Western Restaurant as well as well-known Modern western restaurant. Those Russian western restaurants not only are decorated with intense Russian flavor, but also provide you with the most authentic Russian cuisine. Although the taste cannot be accepted by everyone, only taste that you leave with no regrets.

Best Time to Visit

Harbin, located in China`s northernmost province, Heilongjiang, is the highest latitude and coldest provincial capital in China. It has four distinctive seasons with long and bitter cold winter and short cool summer. The best time to visit Harbin is from December to January of the next year, During this period, the whole city is covered with snow, silver-coated and particularly spectacular, which is completely different from cities of the Yangtze River Delta in winter. Besides, summer from July to September is also the best season for visitors to escape the heat here.

The high rainfall period in Harbin is during July and August while high snowfall period is from November to January of the next year. The average annual temperature is 3.6°C with the average temperature from -13.2°C to -24.8°C in January and average temperature from 18.1°C to 22.8°C in July. Tourists will fully enjoy the fun brought by the ice and snow.

Harbin Attractions

Time-honored history and captivating scenery help Harbin become the best-known tourist destination of the Far East. Under the cover of darkness, Harbin is more like a fairy tale world. Stroll along Central street, view elegant European style buildings and grand orthodox church and taste palatable food to experience the cultural charm of “Oriental Moscow”.

St. Sophia Church
Central Street
Sun Island Scenic Area
Yabuli International Ski Resort

Harbin Tours

City Package

4 Days Harbin Ice World Tour (INHB0401)

From$799$499
4 Day 3 Nights
Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province. Winter is the best season to visit this city. You have a lot of things to do in this snowy city. Especially, you can join the Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival, which is an annual festival designed around everything to do with snow […]
City Package

3 Days Harbin Ice World Tour (INHB0301)

From$699$599
3 Day 2 Nights
Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province. Winter is the best season to visit this city. You have a lot of things to do in this snowy city. Especially, you can join the Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival, which is an annual festival designed around everything to do with snow […]

Harbin Culture

Viewing the classical art of architectures, mainly concentrated on Central street and Guogeli street, is a highlight of your Harbin tour. But if in winter, you cannot miss Harbin’s ice and snow entertainment. Joining in them definitely is the best approach to learn their culture and know this city.

Culture

Viewing the classical art of architectures, mainly concentrated on Central street and Guogeli street, is a highlight of your Harbin tour. But if in winter, you cannot miss Harbin’s ice and snow entertainment. Joining in them definitely is the best approach to learn their culture and know this city.

Winter Swimming

Winter swimming is a sport activity with their own characteristics showing Harbin people’s strong body of being fearless of severe cold and unbreakable will. As winter comes, the outdoor temperature drops to 10-20 degrees below zero, local people begin to make preparations for their winter swimming, cutting and digging a large square swimming pool on the riverside of Songhua River which is the largest branch of Heilong River and winds through Harbin for 117 kilometers.

Winter swimming brings many joys for Harbin people as well as for tourists, they can not only view swimming race, but also can join them and participate in winter swiming if you brave enough. The time for swimming mainly happens in 5am to 6am befor sunrise and performance time is between 10am to 2pm.

View the Ice-lanterns

Unique climate and geographical condition make Heilongjiang province become an origin of ice lanterns, especially provincial capital Harbin city is a cradle of ice and snow art. Harbin has began to make and exhibit ice lanterns in an organized way since 1963, locals naturally frozen thousands of ice lanterns and dozens of ice flowers by using basin, barrel and such simple containers, then exhibited them in Zhaolin Park on the Lantern Festival.

Incredibly, that show created quite a stir among the whole city. From ice lanterns made by basin to annual large-scale Harbin Ice Lantern Show, the art of Harbin ice lanterns gets increasingly mature, meanwhile, it wins reputation and popularity both at home and abroad. In 1985, hard-working and intelligent people of ice city exploited ice and snow resources further, accordingly launched world famous Harbin ice and snow festival including ice and snow art, ice and snow sports, ice and snow tourism and ice and snow trade adding a touch of spring for this cold city. The festival usually starts on 5th of January and lasts until the end of February. With this festival, people love to take part in various ice activities instead of staying at home, also winter in Harbin becomes warm and no longer lonely.

Picnic Party

Influenced by traditions of the North nomads in Chinese history, Harbin began to have custom of picnic dating from the early 20th century. After liberation, picnic becoms more and more popular, lots of companies organize its staff having a picnic to the suburb during spring, summer and autumn, and families also organize picnic. With the improvement of material and cultural standard, picnic of Harbin people are developing into larger scale travel activity, becoming a very important part of entertainment in life.

Harbin Food

Harbin food is mainly influenced by neighbouring Russia and Northeastern traditional cuisines culture, here, you can not only taste genuine Russian cuisine in Russian style restaurants, but also eat authentic Northeastern cuisines such as sautéed potatoes with green pepper and eggplants(Di San Xian), Stewed Chick with Mushroom(Xiao Ji Dun Mo Gu), Braised Pork with Vermicelli(Zhu Rou Dun Fen Tiao) and so on. The dishes in most Harbin restaurants always have large portions, so tourists need to control over how much you eat trying not to waste.

Food of Harbin is widely distributed, you may taste all kinds of specialities around Central street and Hongbo Century Square. Central street and its side alleys are full of small restaurants and bakeries. Tongjiang street is also the a great place to look for somewhere to eat and has an abundance of fruit stands.

Food

Harbin food is mainly influenced by neighbouring Russia and Northeastern traditional cuisines culture, here, you can not only taste genuine Russian cuisine in Russian style restaurants, but also eat authentic Northeastern cuisines such as sautéed potatoes with green pepper and eggplants(Di San Xian), Stewed Chick with Mushroom(Xiao Ji Dun Mo Gu), Braised Pork with Vermicelli(Zhu Rou Dun Fen Tiao) and so on. The dishes in most Harbin restaurants always have large portions, so tourists need to control over how much you eat trying not to waste.

Food of Harbin is widely distributed, you may taste all kinds of specialities around Central street and Hongbo Century Square. Central street and its side alleys are full of small restaurants and bakeries. Tongjiang street is also the a great place to look for somewhere to eat and has an abundance of fruit stands.

What to Eat in Harbin

Double Cooked Pork(Guo Bao Rou)

Double Cooked Pork, firstly created by Zheng Xingwen is a famous dish of Northeastern traditional cuisine, about 100 years till now. In this dish, the pork tenderloin is the main materials.

First, wrap sliced salted pork in starch, then heat up some oil and deep fry the pork until golden in color. Second, put the tomato juice, carrot, lemon, and rock candy into the pot and boil them into sour and sweet juice. Third, put the pork and juice on the plate. The dish, harmonious sourness and sweetness, is especially popular in summer.

Stewed Chick with Mushroom(Xiao Ji Dun Mo Gu)

Stewed Chick with Mushroom is a very traditional and famous dish in Harbin. Chicken is shredded and stewed with mushroom and vermicelli. Wild hazel-mushroom with thin stem is always the best choice for stewing chicken, also it can highlight the reshness and aroma of chicken. With high nutritive value, this dish is favored by Northeast People of China.

Modern Popsicle

It would be a pity if you left without tasting Modern Popsicle during your Harbin travel. Altough it has a history of over 100 years, it still remains earthy features: no package and only two flavors.

Modern Popsicle is Harbin’s most-renowned snack, agreeable sweetness and fragrance in ice. Even in cold winter, it is still so popular.

Where to Eat in Harbin
Major Food Street in Harbin
Central Street:

Central street, originally built in 1898 is a unique European-style pedestrian street, 1450m long with lines of restaurants, vendors, malls, and stores. You can find all kinds of Harbin specialities here, yummy and affordable.

Beisandao Jie in Daowai District

Beisandao Jie has been a great destination for diners with a history of more than 100 years. This is a must-go place to come if you are fond of barbecues, pickled food, air-dried sausage or braised pork with pine nut. Restaurants are dotted along the street including Beishan Alehouse, Xinchun Snack and Qiweimei— invite you to taste the authentic “Old Daowai flavor.”

Shuangfu Dining Street

Originally built in 1993, the goal of Shuanggfu Food Street is to promote “Longjiang Cuisine”. Its distinctive flavors can be tasted in many dishes including Braised Pork with Vermicelli, Stewed Chick with Mushroom, pork and sausages, vegetable cakes and meat pastries.

Time-honored Restaurants in Harbin

Dongfang Jiaozi Wang (the king of eastern dumplings)
Branches of Daoli District: Zhongyang branch, No.39, Zhongyang Jie. Take Bus 102, 110, 106 or 112 to get to Jingwei Jie.
Xinyang branch: No.233, Xinyang Lu. Take bus 102,14,22,78 or 110 to get to Anhe Jie.
Youyi branch: No.501, Youyi Lu. Take bus 56, 67, 201, 65 or 12 to get to Social and Scientific Administration.
Branches of Guo Ge Li Dajie, Nangang District: Fendou branch, No.338. Take bus 7, 8, 63, 104, 14, 10, 55 or 18 to get to Qin Lin Shopping Hall.
Xiushui branch: No.188. Take bus 7, 8, 63, 109, 87 or 18 to get to Gexin Jie.

Harbin Wu Ji Lao Hao Jiu Lou (Harbin Wu’s Time-honored Restaurant)

Dazhijie branch: No.208, Xidazhi Jie, Nan Gang District
Gongjianjie branch: No.57, Gongjian Jie, Nan Gang Ditrict
Da Feng Shou
Address: No.283, Yiman Jie, Nan Gang District

Western Restaurants in Harbin

Portman Western Restaurant

Address: No.53 West Seventh Street, Daoli District (Base), No.12 West Dazhi Street, Nangang District (Branch)
Telephone: (Base) 0451 – 84686888; (Branch) 0451-84619818

Huamei Western Restaurant

Address: NO.112 Zhongyang Dajie, Daoli District
Telephone: 0451-84619819

Marhaba Arabian

Address: Hanguang Street 1-19, Nangang District (Near Harbin Institute of Technology)
Telephone: 0451-86304277

Cafe Russia 1914

Address: No.57 Xitoudao Jie
Telephone: 0451-84563207

Harbin Shopping

Harbin is one of the biggest commercial cities of Northeast China. Local specialities and souvenirs can be divided into two categories on the whole: one is the food with exotic flavor of Russia like candy stuffed with wine, Russian bread, chocolate and so on. Besides, you can also buy some tea, paintings or ornaments which are attractive in price and quality made in Russia or other eastern European countries. The other is the Northeastern Chinese specialties such as Three Treasures of Northeast China, namely Ginseng, pilose antler, and marten, but remember to buy them in reliable stores. In addition, Harbin red sausage and dried sausage are worth buying.

Shopping

Harbin is one of the biggest commercial cities of Northeast China. Local specialities and souvenirs can be divided into two categories on the whole: one is the food with exotic flavor of Russia like candy stuffed with wine, Russian bread, chocolate and so on. Besides, you can also buy some tea, paintings or ornaments which are attractive in price and quality made in Russia or other eastern European countries. The other is the Northeastern Chinese specialties such as Three Treasures of Northeast China, namely Ginseng, pilose antler, and marten, but remember to buy them in reliable stores. In addition, Harbin red sausage and dried sausage are worth buying.

Russian Dolls

Russian dolls are composed of several lovely hollow dolls with same paintings and the small one is covered by the large one as an integral. The largest number of these dolls can reach more than 10. The doll is cylinder-shaped and the bottom is flat to make sure them can stand.

Materials of nested dolls are ususlly made of basswood which is cut mainly in early spring, then stripped and stored for one or two years. After the process of polishing, coloring and painting, Russian dolls are finished. The common painting of doll is a Russian girl, later appears Mythological figures, even the Russian leaders are drawn. It is favored by toursts as gifts or souvenirs because of its cute appearance.

Harbin Red Sausage

Harbin red sausage, one of popular local specialities, has a history of hundreds of years. Originally produced in Eastern Europe, later it introduced to Harbin as the construction of Middle East Railway. The most important and necessary material for making Harbin red sausage is pig lean lean.

Then the red sausage is made by going through complicated processes including pickling, perfusing, baking, boiling and smoking. It looks bay in color and also is high in nutritious value, being an indispensable part in Harbin people’s life.

Lie Ba

Lie Ba, one of Harbin features, is a kind of typical large Russian bread. The bread is round weighing over two kilograms. It features traditional European flavor, fragrant and sweet, but a little bit hard when eating. Or you can eat them with butter, fruit jam or Harbin red sausage.

Where to Buy in Harbin

Shopping Street
Guogeli Street

Built in 1901, it is a Russian-flavored street with time-honored history of more than 100 years and also famous bar street. The Guogeli street and nearby area are always bustling, regarding as the perfect place for opening bars. when night falls, various kinds of people begin to head toward bars, looking for their inner feelings in different music, different atmosphere and different vinosity. The area around here is dotted with various shopping stores, restaurants, and malls. Besides, there is also a Catholicism Church where people like to dance here.

Jianshe Street

Glittering array of Russian products, Russian traders with fluent Chinese and crowd tourists are the common scene we can see in Jianshe street every day. This large border market deals in characteristic tourist souvenirs including fur, handicraft works, clothes and military supplies. Tourists from other places tend to buy some Russian products like Russian dolls, telescope and clothes for their friends and relatives as gifts.

Hongbo Shopping Area

Located in downtown of Harbin, it has convenient traffic condition, near Harbin railway station. Hongbo shopping area is are lined with shopping malls, shopping center, all kinds of department stores. The famous Russian company – Qiu Lin Shopping Mall locates here. When you are going to shop here, you cannot miss here.

Department Store

MYKAL Department Store

The most upscale shopping center with a number of world-famous brand names.
Address: Intersection of Shangzhi Street and Shitoudao Street

Harbin Parkson

Address: 222 Central Avenue, Daoli District

Zhongyi Department Store

Address: No.323, Dazhi Street, Nangang District
Bus Route: Bus No. 7, 10, 13, 16, 21, 28, 55, 57, 101, 103

Grand Shopping Center

Address: No.373, Guoheli Abenue, Nangang District

Harbin’s No.1 Department Store

Address: No.118, Shitou Dao Jie, Daoli District

Supermakerts

Walmart
Xianfeng Branch: No.168 Xianfeng Road, Nangang District
Zhongshan Branch: No.254 Zhongshan Road, Nangang District
Youyi Branch: 2 – 4 F, Wanda Shopping Square, Youyi Road, Daoli District

Carrefour

Dazhijie Branch: No. 40 Xidazhi Street, Nangang District
Xinyang Brach: No.364 Xinyang Road, Daoli District

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