Harbin Travel Guide

Harbin, also called as the ice city, is the capital of Heilongjiang province, a significant national manufacturing base and an important central city in northeast China. Located in northeast China and the center of northeast Asia, Harbin is the political, economic and cultural center of northeast China, which is also honored as “the pearl of Eurasian land bridge and the crucial hub of the first Eurasian land bridge and air corridor”. Harbin is also a famous national historical and cultural city, where it is the birthplace of the ancient Jin and Qing dynasties. Nowadays, it is a popular tourist city and an international ice and snow cultural city”, also known as “Oriental Moscow” and “Oriental Paris” for its rich tourism resource and beautiful scenery.

Geographic Position: in Northeast China (125°42′E―130°10′E, 44°04′N―46°40′N)

Nearby Airport: Harbin Taiping International Airport (HRB)

Nearby Train Station: Harbin Railway Station, Harbin West Railway Station, Harbin North Railway Station, Harbin East Railway Station

Chinese: 哈尔滨 hā ěr bīn
Population: 9.5M
Area: 20,490 sq miles
Zip Code: 150000
Airport: HRB
Time Zone: GMT+8

Harbin Ice and Snow World

Yabuli International Ski Resort

St Sophia Cathedral

Central Street

Jile Temple

Siberian Tiger P

China Snow Town

Ice Lantern Garden Party

Top Things to Do in Harbin

Here are some top things to do in Harbin for tourists, which may help tourists learn the culture of Harbin, taste the delicious food and have a great travel experience.

  • During the winter, visitors can visit places famous forice and snow culture, such as ice and snow world, ice and snow festival, Changbai mountain, China snow town and so on, where visitors can have a try to take interesting ice activities and have a fun in the dreamy snow world in the northeastern China.
  • By visiting the landmark of Harbin, such as Dragon tower, St.Sophia Cathedral, people can not only see the magnificent architecture and enjoy beautiful scenery, but also buy some souvenirs, taste authentic local food or have a relax.
  • If you want to have a deep theme trip about ice and snow and know about thelocal ice and snow culture, you can spend more days in Harbin and go to some scenic spots around Harbin, such as China snow town and Changbai Mountain.

What to Eat in Harbin

  • Smoked Red Sausages
    Smoked Red Sausages

Red sausage which tastes fresh and delicious is a kind of sausage originally produced in Russia and Lithuania. It is made of pork, starch, garlic and other materials and got its name from its red color. After the Middle East railway was built, it was introduced into China by the Russian and became a specialty of Harbin, Jiamusi, Qitaihe and Manzhouli in northeast China. It is one of the famous specialties in China and is sold all over the country.

  • Modern ice-cream

Modern Popsicle is a special cold snack in central street of Harbin city, Heilongjiang province. Founded by French Jews in Harbin in 1906, it has a history of more than 100

Shredded Chicken Stewed with Mushroom

years. The word “modern” in its name remained and unchanged from the Qing dynasty to now. It is one of the earliest ice cream enterprises in China,. 

  • Shredded Chicken Stewed with Mushroom

Shredded chicken stewed with mushroom is a specialty in northeastern China. It is usually stewed with dried mushrooms, chicken and vermicelli, because mushroom can enhance the fresh fragrance of chicken. It tastes delicious and it is rich in nutritions.

Harbin Travel Guide

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

1) How to plan your Harbin tour?

There are various travel plan of Harbin depending on different travel needs such as time, budgets, interests and preferences, and tourists can choose the most appropriate one as their travel plan.

A. How many days will you spend in Harbin?

a. One day tour

If you only have one day in Harbin, you can visit some must-visit scenic spots inside the city, such as Harbin Ice and Snow World, St.Sophia Cathedral, Central Street, Ice Lantern Garden Party, Dragon tower, Jile Temple, Siberian Tiger Park and so on.

2) Visa Policy

From August 1, 2015, Harbin Taiping international airport have launched a 72-hour transit visa-free policy for visitors, which allows visitors to stay in Harbin no more than 72 hours(three days). Visas are not required for people who come from the 53 countries, hold valid international travel documents and international flights tickets with confirmed dates and seats to a third country (region).

Harbin Taiping International Airport

3) Harbin Transportation

Nowadays, as a famous tourism city, Harbin has been equipped more and more advanced and convenient public transportation, which is not only helpful for local people, but also conducive to the development of the tourism.


Harbin Taiping International Airport

Harbin Taiping international airport, put into use in 1979, is located in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, which is 33 kilometers away from Harbin city. The airport, located in the center of northeast Asia, is the hub airport of Heilongjiang province and the stopover point of the route from southeast Asia to North America. It is an international airport with the largest passenger throughput in northeast China. Up to December 2018, there are 47 airlines companies cooperating with Harbin Taiping International Airport, such as Air China, China Southern Airline, Asiana Airlines and so on, and there are domestic and international air routes 185 that can reach to 109 cities, which has been initially formed an air traffic network with Harbin as the center, radiating important cities in China, connecting Russia, Japan, South Korea and other neighboring countries, as well as major European and American countries.

  • Direct international flights:
  • Harbin Taiping International Airport-some Asian Countries:Japan, Republic of Korea,
  • Popular travel airlines: Harbin-Beijing, Harbin-Xi’an, Harbin-Chengdu, Harbin-Shanghai, Harbin-Shenzhen, Harbin-Sanya

4) Harbin Weather& What to wear& The Best Time to visit Harbin

Harbin is typical temperate Continental Monsoon Climate, which has four distinctive season. Long and cold in winter, and short and cool in summer. In addition, shorter period of spring and autumn are transition seasons with variable temperature. The average temperature in winter is -9 ℃~1℃,which is freezing cold, and the average temperature is 14℃~25℃ in summer, which is cool and pleasant.

Shangri-la Hotel Harbin

5) Where to Stay in Harbin

Fivestar hotel

Although the accommodation fee of each five-star hotel is higher, the convenient location and transportation, advanced facilities, great accommodation environment and professional services are advantages. 

  • Shangri-La Hotel Harbin

Harbin Shangri-La hotel, located on Youyi road, is close to the central business district. Guests can easily visit the St.Sophia Cathedral and the Siberian tiger park, and take 10 minutes to drive to the famous Central Street. The hotel offers a variety of leisure facilities, an advanced fitness center, a large elegant banquet hall in the style of simple Europe, three dining venues and so on.

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