The Harbin Rundown
There is a wintry wonderland called Harbin that is situated in the northeastern region of China. With its exotic buildings like the Dragon Tower, and wonderful events like their famous Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival, this ‘Ice City’ attracts visitors from home and abroad. Harbin lies on the eastern side of the Songnen Plain and is the capital of Heilongjiang Province. Visitors will love this city not just during winter, but also throughout the year with places like Zhaolin Park and Sun Island to explore.
Tourists will feel as if they have been transported to Moscow when visiting the buildings in the city. Baroque or Byzantine style architecture is best captured with St. Sofia Orthodox Church and the Zhongyang Dajie, which exudes a Russian feel. For those who visit in the winter, the Yabuli International Ski Resort promises to please skiers, and it is only 2.5 hours from the city by train. A great way to see the beauty of Harbin is by walking through the streets or taking a gondola ride on the Songhua River. Visitors to Harbin will discover that this destination blends the best of both Russian and Chinese worlds to create a unique holiday experience.
When To Go
Harbin has distinct seasons that yield long, cold winters and short, cool summers. During the winter, Harbin can get extremely cold, whereas in summer is mildly warm. The city can be visited almost anytime, but during the months of July to September, and December to January, visitors flock to Harbin. Summertime brings rain during June through August, which tends to cool the city down. Winter feels like a wonderland in this ‘Ice City’, and tourists should be prepared with warm clothing when visiting.
- June to August: Daily high 22°C (72°F)
- September to October: Daily high 15°C (59°F)
- November to March: Daily high -9°C (16°F)
Located about 33km (20.5 miles) northwest of Harbin, the Harbin Airport, also known as Harbin Taiping International Airport, is the second largest airport in the northeastern region of China. Over 50 international and domestic flights are served through this airport each day.
By rail, Harbin has two train stations, the Harbin Railway Station and the Harbin Eastern Railway. The Harbin Railway station, formerly Songjiang Railway Station, was constructed by the USSR and is a major transfer station. As for the Harbin Eastern Railway Station, trains to Beijing, Tianjin and many other cities are available.
The Nangang Bus Station offers long-distance buses with service throughout the Heilongjiang Province. Available destinations include Shenyang inside the Liaoning Province, as well as Changchun, which lies in the Jilin Province.
- Air – More than 50 flights arriving daily at Harbin Airport
- Train – Two stations in Harbin serving arrivals from Beijing, Tianjin and many other cities
- Bus – Provincial bus service to many areas within the province; inexpensive but slow
The capital of Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China is a massive sub-provincial city whose phenomenal growth in recent years has draw global attention. With almost 10 million people, Harbin is a lively commercial, industrial, economic and transportation hub, whose close proximity to Russia gives it inimitable flair. The city has many notable and apt nicknames, from "Ice City" to "Oriental Paris" and "Oriental St. Petersburg". They all do Harbin justice in some way, as the annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, reputation as a fashion mecca and Saint Sophia Orthodox Cathedral remain some of the most indelible features of the city.
Other prominent attractions include Ji Le Temple and a peerless reserve for Siberian tigers. The Old Quarter is a wonderful area to walk around and experience heritage architecture that dates back to the city's humble origins more than a century ago. Last but not least, the shores of the Songhua River in Harbin contain a lovely network of public parks and recreation areas.
Attractions & Activities
- Ji Le Temple
- Saint Sophia Cathedral
- Siberian Tiger Reserve
- Sun Island
- Old Quarter
- International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
- Summer Music Concerts
- International Beer Festival
- Night Market
- Sofia Jintaiyang Fashion City
Restaurant & Nightlife
- Old Sandpot House
- Little Seven Fish
- Wuji Rib House
- New Heaven Food City
- The Box
- CoCo Club
- Red Rose
- Hit Bar
Harbin enjoys four very distinct seasons with long, cold winters and brief, humid summers.
- Winter (December to February) -26—8°C
- Spring (March to May) -10-22°C
- Summer (June to September) 8-29°C
- Fall (October to November) -12-13°C
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