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

  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.

  5. Local guide and interpreter: Mark,mob:0086-18946050015,email:

  6. Pond Hockey Festival is here(Feb 13 to 19). Let us lace up and take hockey back to its birth place, creat our own rink and ice wonderland on frozen lakes… Explore northeast China and its fascinating culture, meet friends from all over the world, 7 days of wild hockey, skiing, snowshoeing and much more. Contact me for more details!

  7. My mobile: 13472545548

  8. For anyone interested in Harbin history, I have published a memoir about the lives of my White Russian husband and his family while they lived in or near Harbin during the 1940s and 1950s. It is titled “Mitya’s Harbin: Majesty and Menace” and it includes 29 photographs; a 47-page chronology of events (agreements, migrations, treaties, wars, etc.); a bibliography of 178 items; and extensive note sources. It is available on the and Barnes and Noble Official Sites and I would be happy to answer questions about the book. Just email me at: Regards, Lenore Zissermann, BA, BS, MA, OTR/R

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