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Harbin travel guide

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You're Going to Love Harbin

The city of Harbin in northeast China is famously home to the biggest ice sculpture festival in the world. Founded in 1897, Harbin is also one of China's newest cities and much of its Russian-style architecture dates from then. Harbin appeals to all ages, and there are lots of good reasons to plan a visit.

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When to Visit Harbin

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Visit from December to January for the ice sculpture festival or plan a vacation in August for the Harbin International Beer Festival. Harbin is China's most northerly large city, and daytime temperatures of 10.4 degrees are average for January. Be sure to pack warm clothing.

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How to Get to Harbin

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Where to Stay in Harbin

Book a stay in mid-range hotels like Hotel Ibis Harbin or Modern Hotel Harbin, or choose the upmarket Shangri-La Hotel for elegant rooms, a river view, and pool.

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How to Get Around Harbin

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Shopping Streets

Shop in Zhongyang Dajie, the city's main shopping area, or explore Russian night markets and huge department stores like Lane Crawford, Parksons, and Euro Plaza at Guogeli Dajie.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarkets include Carrefour, Trust-Mart, and Metro. Expect to pay ¥11 for a quart of milk and ¥13 for a dozen eggs.

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Where to Eat in Harbin

Visit the popular LaoChang ChunBing in Zhongyang Dajie for Chinese cuisine. Lunch in a basic restaurant is ¥44, while upmarket restaurants charge ¥450 for dinner for two with dessert and wine.