The Harbin Guide

Harbin, China, in a nutshell.

The Harbin Guide

Harbin – also spelt Haerbin, and even Haehrpin – sits close to the Korean and Russian borders, not far from Mongolia, in the far north-east of China. The city’s unique culture blends strong Russian heritage with traditional north-eastern Chinese cuisine and noticeable Korean influences.

The annual Ice and Snow Festival, with its dazzling ice sculptures, has made the city famous – but there’s much more to this city of ten million people than the beauty of the ice, and the famous Harbin beer. Such as skiing – not only at the Festival, but at Yabuli and Beidahu.

Families will love the robot restaurant, the science museum, the Songhua River in winter and the botanical gardens and Sun Island in summer.

For culture and history, visit the old synagogue, the Russian cathedral, the Temple of Bliss, or Unit 731, where some of the worst atrocities of World War II took place. Harbin’s Russian heritage means authentic Western restaurants like Cafe Russia 1914 sit alongside delicious northern dumpling eateries like Orient King of Dumplings and traditional North-Eastern Chinese barbeque.

For more, please explore below:

Harbin Restaurants
Things to Do in Harbin
Things to Do with Kids in Harbin
Harbin Hotels
Harbin Travel Tips


Header image courtesy of Derek Harkness.

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  2. Hen Hau

    Looking for a 3 days tours 3th-6th January, including entrances fees and recommandation 3* hotel near parks

  3. looking guide and recommandations for a toour Hanuary 3rd to 6 th
    all places of inerest
    Thanks

  4. May I know how and what transport to use if I want to travel from harbin to
    capitol of Mongolia?

    • Note that most nationalities need to arrange a visa in advance, which can’t be done in Harbin. So you could make a journey out of it and train to the capital of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot, where you can get the visa the same day, and it’s a bus and a jeep to the border – it’s a long train ride, but it does take you right past Xanadu. Or you can head to Beijing, do the visa there, and then fly. Most nationalities can’t cross the border that it looks like you should be able to cross, unfortunately.

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