The Harbin Guide

Harbin, China, in a nutshell.

October 27, 2015
by Thomas
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Harbin Modern Hotel

Harbin’s most historic hotel, the inappropriately named Modern celebrated its centenary inĀ 2006. Yet a closer analysis of its history reveals that this splendid corner building did not open until 1914, construction having started in 1913. The original use of “Modern” … Continue reading

Heilongjiang Science and Technology Museum.

March 21, 2015
by Theodora
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The Harbin Science Museum

Many Chinese provincial capitals boast strikingly good science and technology museums, and the Harbin science museum (technically, the Heilongjiang Science and Technology Museum), on the north bank of the Songhua River, is both modern and really rather good. It’s not … Continue reading

Guest room at the Shangri-La Hotel Harbin.

January 24, 2015
by Theodora
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Shangri-La Harbin

Very reasonably priced for a Western brand five-star – though prices soar over the Ice Festival – the Harbin Shangri-La boasts riverside views, sauna, gym, spa and indoor pool. As isn’t uncommon when you go off the track in China, … Continue reading