Harbin ​- home to the famous Harbin Ice Festival

Last Update: 9th October 2020
As the first Eurasian Continental Bridge and air corridor in China, Harbin is known as “Ice City”, “Oriental Moscow” and “Oriental Paris”. It is one of the top tourist attractions across China. It is dotted with a variety of architectures, including European style, traditional Chinese style, and modern style.

Harbin ​Fast Facts

Chinese Name: Ha’er Bin (哈尔滨)
Area: 51,300 square kilometers
Things to do there: Photography, Nature, Adventure, History and Culture
Who visits: Photographers, Archaeologists, Adventure Enthusiasts, History and Culture Lovers
Time required: 2 – 3 x days

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What to expect at Harbin
Harbin features the very popular Harbin Ice Festival starting from the 5th of January. You can enjoy stunning ice sculptures around the city and get an unforgettable experience at Bingxue Big World. From the 5th of January, Ice-Lantern Show in Zhaolin Park attracts hundreds of tourists, especially at night.
If you have strong interests in architecture, the Saint Sophia Cathedral is a good choice. Being one to the landmarks in Harbin, the Orthodox cathedral has the Byzantine style. It witnessed the history that Tsarist Russia invaded Northeast China in 1900.
Long Ta overlooks the whole city. It is the tallest steel tower in Asia. You can appreciate the panoramic views of Harbin at the viewpoint in the tower. If you can read Chinese, the tour to the tower will be more interesting when you visit the gallery of the dialect of China Northeast.
Located at north bank of the Songhua River, Harbin Siberian Tiger Park with an area of 144 hectares is the largest Siberian Tiger breeding base across the world for now.
Russian Style Town offers tens of Russian buildings to explore. You can also enjoy Russian singing and dancing shows, and Russian cuisine there.
Precious exhibits and pictures at Unit 731 Museum demonstrate the cruel doings of Japanese Army to the people in Northeast China during the Anti-Japanese War.

Best time to visit Harbin

If you’d like to experience the festive atmosphere of the Ice Festival in Harbin, the best months to visit are from January to February.
The best months to visit are from May to September.

 

How to get to Harbin

There are several airplanes to Harbin from the main cities around China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Guilin, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Xi’an, etc. There are many trains to Kunming from Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Nanjing, etc. Please get to Harbin by air or by train based on your schedule.

 

Additional Harbin Travel Advice

  • If you’re planning to visit Harbin in winter, please take enough warm clothes with you as it is very cold there.

Interested in visiting Harbin on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including Harbin, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.