Luxury Harbin Tours
Harbin - 哈尔滨, known for its ice culture and majestic landscape, is definitely an ideal summer resort where you can go skiing. If you and your family like ice and skiing, coming to Harbin and Yabuli is the best choice. Winter is the right season to enjoy.
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Highlights of Harbin
Harbin, known for its ice culture and majestic landscapes, is definitely an ideal summer resort for skiing. Hailed as the Oriental Paris, it opens its arms and welcomes visitors from around the world in the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. The ice castles, ice lanterns and ice sculptures never fail to attract visitors. The annual Harbin Ice Lantern Festival attracts masters of ice lanterns from all over.Learm More Customize a Similar Tour
Harbin is the cradle of ice and snow culture. The Sun Island Snow Expo, known to be the origin of China’s ice sculpture, has now become part of the Harbin International Ice Festival. As the earliest and the largest scale ice sculpture event in China with the highest level of art, the Sun Island Snow Expo is thought to be a famed international event offering a platform for the artists to show their best works.Learm More Customize a Similar Tour
Introduction to Harbin
Harbin has charming natural landscapes and distinct seasonal changes. The Sun Island, Northeastern Tiger Park, the bank of the Songhua River, Stalin Park, Songfeng Mountain, Erlong Mountain and Yuquan Hunting Park are all renowned tourist destinations. Additionally, lilac is the city flower of Harbin. Every May, lilacs blossom all over the city, so Harbin is also crowned as “a city of lilacs.” Most importantly, Harbin is one of the cradles of the global culture of ice and snow. With entertaining activities such as mountain skiing in Yabuli, ice lantern garden party in Zhaolin Park and winter swimming in the Songhua River, Harbin has a great reputation for ice sculptures and ice recreation both in home and abroad.
The Best Time to Visit Harbin
Harbin is the northernmost, highest (in latitude) and coldest metropolis in China. Located in the temperate continental climate zone, Harbin has distinct seasonal changes with long and cold winter as well as short and cool summer. It has a great year temperature difference with a small amount of rainfalls. It welcomes its snowfall in November, December and January.
The Culture in Harbin
With a scenery and strong East European flavor, Harbin has long been known as “the Oriental Moscow.” Its buildings have striking features are in combination of eastern and western architecture style. With a long history, it’s not only the place where cultures of northern ethnic minorities infuse with one another, but also a famous city that absorbs both Chinese and western cultures. The solemn and majestic Sancta Cathedral, mysterious Nicolas Cathedral, the Russian wooden houses in unique shape, the exquisite Gothic buildings, the Central Street with European buildings and the bright and elegant architecture style all reflect the unique charm of “the Oriental Moscow.”
Shopping in Harbin
The first kind is the Russian food and ornaments with exotic flavor. They include loaves, Russian chocolates, candies and purple gold necklaces. They are rather cheap and easy for you to carry. Also, you can also buy some tea leaves, paintings and ornaments imported from Russia or other East European countries at a reasonable price.
A Brief Introduction to the Delicacies in Harbin
The first one is that you can taste traditional Northeastern dishes. Stewing is the most popular way of cooking when it comes to the Northeastern dishes. They are large in quantity and strong in flavor. For travelers from the south, they might find the Northeastern dishes way too salty. Moreover, the dishes are not cooked delicately, with most of the food in big pieces. However, they are all bright in colors and rich in taste. If you come to Harbin, especially in winter, you have to taste such traditional and scrumptious Northeastern dishes as “the three fresh delicacies,” stewed chickens with mushrooms, stewed pork with vermicelli, braised streaky pork and Modeli braised fish.
Recreation in Harbin
There is no doubt that the most extinct and fashionable activity in Harbin is a winter sport. Winter sports in Harbin are various: exciting coasting sleds, iceboating on the surface of the ice, ice skating that makes you forget everything, revolving peg-tops, the world’s popular winter swimming that enables you to challenge nature and the interesting skiing.
Luxury Hotels in Harbin
Shangri-La Hotel Harbin
Shangri-La Hotel Harbin has picturesque sceneries. With easy transportation, it is only a 15 minute drive to the Central Avenue, which is a a century-old street featuring European architectural style and the Sun Island. It is rated a 5A scenic area of China (5A is the highest). It’s only a 45 minute drive to Taiping International Airport and a 20 minute drive to the local railway station.
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