The Snow and Ice Festival is the Highlights of Harbin. See the mammoth cube of ice carved out from Songhe River and delivered to Sun Island and created by Ice Sculptors into Replica of Famous Buildings and Figurines .
The traffic in the centre is almost gridlocked all day, not helped by the extensive one way system. Combined with thm 45 km to the airport means at least 1/2 to 1 day will be spent arriving and leaving the city.
We left our hotel at 1230 and arrived at the airport at 1515.
Harbin is a modern city, nice building and well system in trafic. When you travel by airport bus, its funny all luaggues need to lock with chain and dont ever loose your key otherwise will be inconvenienced.
Need to ask the driver's help.
Zhongyang street is probably the biggest shopping attraction and features a decent amount of stores. The downside is that a lot of the stores don't really have much interesting things to buy.
I would recommend the park next to zhongyang street and there's a tiger park and aquarium as well located in Harbin if that interests you. Sophia Russian cathedral is rather crowded with tourists and you can view its small museum inside. I was not fond of the bad smell down many streets it was kind of dirty but overall had a good time.
Only time for sight seeing is during the winter. The only reason I recommend staying more then 2 days is because the transportation around town is slow due to severe weather conditions.
Leaving you only 1 or 2 activities per day. The snow festival and the tiger park are a must see. Make sure you have great weather gear, as it's bellow 0 all winter. Try to be indoors by nightfall, as it isn't a safe city. If you have any problems, call the police immediately, as locals will gang up on you. Not a recommended city for the inexperienced traveler!
Harbin looks to be a very modern city -- on the outskirts there are lots of sky rises being built. The shopping malls have high end brands, there are western fast food chains as well.
The ice and snow sculptures are really lovely. We did not join a tour group -- thus we had to struggle to take the bus, get a cab etc. But though Harbin is a really nice modern ice city, the cab drivers are really out to take advantage of you, which sort of ruins the tourist experience. Overall Harbin is a nice place to visit - don't miss the ice and snow sculptures if you're going in the winter. Wear enough warm clothes, arm yourself with enough Chinese translations, bring along your haggling skills, and you're good to go!
Great town to visit in the winter. Make sure you prepare for the cold so you can stay out all day. Make sure you visit the snow sculptures, ice castles and the siberian tigers
It is an average Chinese city except the ice festival - gray, unoriginal and massive. The ice and snow sculptures are really nice, other than that nothing to see actually.
Really, really cold, get decent boots before coming.
Location, Price, Snow Festival My friends and I visited Harbin for Snow Featival. The price is ok, cheap compared to other countries', a bit high compared to Chineses'.
However, at high season, price is still acceptable. Recommended for next Harbin Snow Festival.
I really like Harbin. It is not cheap to do all the attractions, as everything costs to get in, but as i thought of it as a once in a lifetime experience I shelled out.
The city is very attractive, clean with big wide streets. The buildings are beautiful and well preserved. The russian influence obvious. The only hassle were taxis- it was difficult to get drivers to drive on the meter, it was a constant hassle to negotiate on that. Airport is quite a way from the city and we couldn't get below $180. There are plenty of taxis waiting, so no problem finding a taxi. Street food is quite delicious. Sofia church is beautiful.
Ice and snow festival around december till february are spectacular. the city has great russian heritage and takes the trouble to preserve old historical buildings.
However its very chinese in character and has loss its earlier western roots.
When you go there in Winter, please wake up and start travelling earlier, because night comes early( at 4PM) and the shopping center and travel spot closes early!
The Snow and Ice Festival is something to be seen. We've been to many festivals around the world, and would not hesitate to recommend this one to everyone.
It's a beautiful city with beautiful architectures and history. Plenty of little restaurants with good food off the side streets on Zhong yang da Jie.
I found it very cold, but beautiful. Harbin city has taken a negative (the bitter cold) and turned it into a positive with snow and ice sculptures.
I suggest 2 days, one night is enough to visit all the sights. Plan to be at the Snow and Ice World at dusk (4-5pm) as the lights come on. This is really beautful.
transport is convenient, can come here by air plane, high speed train and go anyway by taxi. there are metro but location not near tourist place.
those places for tourist to visit is well organized and all necessity required can be found easily. many foods can be found under ground when winter is too cold.
Feeling like walking in Russia with Chinese people all around the city is worth for travelling, building, food and everything are interesting.
Harbin is a fantastic city with many different attractions for different people. Best time to go is in Jan/Feb for the Winter Festival.
We came to harbin for the ice and snow show. central street is a nice place to visit and the winter activities on the river are great.
Whilst in Harbin be sure to try the famous Harbin ice cream.Doesn't matter what the temperature is, this is a traditional thing to do, and it tastes great.
Another huge Chinese city. Obvious Russian influence. Beautiful in summer, exciting in winter. Ice sculptures are main attraction.
Simple life and friendly locals. Will urge all tourist to respect the local culture and stop vandalising any of the sites you visit.
Leave the sites alone, enjoy the beauty so your children can see what u had expereinced
Beautiful city with beautiful historical street and buildings. Harbin has different attractions to offer in the different seasons.
There is the magnificent ice festival in winter, a romantic stroll along the river in summer and lighting a floating lantern together with your wishes.
Nice city. You need to have enough cloth for warm because it is very cold. It will be better if they can have better taxi service.
The hotel may consider have taxi service or have their shuttle service.
A city which has Russian influence so a bit different from the southern part of China. People are friendlier and well mannered.
Must visit one of the snow and ice exhibitions. One is enough. Others are about the same. Entrance fees are not cheap.
Siberian tiger park is also an attraction. Try feeding the tigers with life animals. Local food is very oily. Try the stir fried frogs, a local delicacy.
Harbin is an interesting North-East City of China, It has a lot of Russian influence in their buildings and food.
Central Street is a good shopping belt with a lot of food outlets and cafe. Good place for family vocation, except traveling from Beijing to Harbin need improvement. It would be nice to have "Travelers friendly" flight schedules To & From Beijing / Harbin.
cross culture of Chinese-russian, mall close very early here at around 830pm compare to the rest of China cities.
Although few russian restaurant operate till midnite, choice of food would be limited after 9 or 10pm.
Loved what i saw of Harbin. A growing city with lots of culture that's different from other parts of china.
Loved the sausage and cured meats. Ice festival fantastic and a stepping of point to Yabuli ski resort where Club Med is the only place to stay.
Harbin is amazing even it too cold.All of major attractions are fantastic. Starting with walking around St.
Sophia church,then the Central street,Stalin park and Zhaolin park.Next day,Sun island, Pole aquarium and Harbin ice and Snow world at night.Don't miss the ice swimmer show and Siberia tiger park.
first time to visit , have a nice momeries (if we didn't choose Shangri TO live then all will be better)