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Take a Trip to Qiqihaer
By KAIOTEE | 7/25/2007 12:37:40 AM

My first time to China... I lived in Qiqihaer, Heilongjiang for about 5 months and at the time, I was continuously tossing up on whether I liked it or not, it was so different.

Now that I have left, I miss that place so much. Yes, it was rediculously cold and it was suicide trying to cross the road, but all in all... Its actually a really nice city, the people are great, the sights are amazing and the food is to die for.

If you're ever in Haerbin, just jump on a train and take a look around... they have night markets, amusements parks, ten pin bowling, tranquil landscapes and some decent clubs too... something for everyone I guess.

By KAIOTEE | 7/23/2007 5:47:24 AM

A lot of people underestimate what is actually available when travelling to another country, especially one being so different to their own.

Girls, despite what you get told, sanitary products ARE available although pads are the more common choice to locals over tampons.

Guys, same for you... deoderants (both roll on and spray), condoms, and razors are all available.

Now, from experiencing the North for the maority of my time in China, it gets REALLY cold. As DUNC said, legwarmers/thermals are a necessity. Now I'm not one to go prancing around in tights so it was nice to know that you're everyday pants just go over the top.

Apart from the obvious, beanies, gloves, scarves, ear muffs, etc, you really don't need to pack that much stuff. If you're only looking to spend money on travel, food and souveneirs, then by all means go on and stuff your suitcase... but i'll remind you, 1. 90% of the things you buy in your local convenience store were MADE IN CHINA, so yes you can buy it when you're in china, and most times for half the price you would've paid back home. and, 2. Remember, when you're leaving... you have to make sure you have room in your suitcase for the extra things you bought, otherwise they either make you pay extra for the excess weight, or they arrange your items to be sent to your home by air/sea mail at your expense. And yes, it happened in Shanghai to a girl in our group.

Hope this helps anyone planning their trip.

By DUNC | 9/25/2006 7:45:45 PM

It's grim up north!

Don't worry, simply either bring your expensive North Face life saving, compass wielding, inflatable 'I'm a tourist' overcoat....
...or if you'll stay a whole winter, buy local thermals for 30-100RMB a scarf, 2 pairs of gloves 2 pairs of socks and a thick hat, all for much less, it'll take some getting used to the feeling of 2 pairs of trousers but 9 million locals can't be wrong!

One teacher in my old office has the record, 4 pairs of leggings last winter! And it was a he!

Shuttle Bus
By DUNC | 9/25/2006 7:30:13 PM

From Harbin airport, leave baggage claim and walk straight and purposefully to the exit which will be almost directly ahead of you (it's a very small airport), avoid the taxi drivers, (100+ RMB to town) and head for the ticket office for the bus, if no-one is there, wait, they will come back!

If you wait a long time check outside, there's normally a bus waiting and they'll guide you to the ticket booth if you missed it.

It's only 20 RMB to the town centre.(AUG 2006)

The bus will pass the RAILWAY STATION after about 30-35 minutes,(cheaper Hotels from 120 pppn).

The final stop is approx. 10 minutes later at the CAAC Hotel, it's about half way down ZHONGSHAN LU, one of the main arterial routes through town.

Bus 103 1Y standard 2Y AirCon from Song Hua River (North) to Hong Qi Street (South East) via Station/Qulin Shopping Area/ Zhongshan Lu from roughly 0530-2230.

Be For Time Tea Houses
By LEMONCACTUS | 9/23/2006 10:50:49 PM

Recommeding this place as somewhere to escape from the bitter cold of winter in Harbin. Great place to people watch and relax.

Cafe like atmosphere, small tables on different levels. You can read magazines or the morning paper, play cards or watch videos on the TVs suspended from the ceiling.

For 18RMB you can order as many drinks as you like: tea, soft drinks and warm milk drinks. You also get comlimentary dishes of nuts and fruits. You can order food or ice cream etc, this will cost extra.

Enjoy :)

Harbin Hua Mei Western Food Restaurant:-)
By CALIFORNIA | 2/28/2006 9:04:02 AM

If you go to Harbin,pls don't lose russian food!In the centre street,there was a russian restaurant!So delicious!Especially the mutton and bread.

Harbin Sun Island Post Ice Restaurant
By PEA28COCK | 2/27/2006 2:20:00 AM

Harbin Sun Island Post Ice Restaurant (Harbin Taiyang Dao Post Ice Restaurant)had opened to the public on 26, December, 2005. It is the biggest of its kind throughout China. The whole European-style building is purely built by ice. In addition all its tables, tablewares, chairs are made of ice. Amazing! Have a try!

Snow and Ice world
By YCATSOLONG | 2/20/2005 6:33:31 PM

Got to Harbin about 11:30pm from a flight from Kunming. The airport is a fair way out of Harbin. All the taxi drivers hounded us to take a taxi into town. Very expensive trip, better alternative is to take the bus only 20 yuan. Buses wait outside the airport. Found a nice, cheap little place to stay for 40 yuan right near the train station, very warm and comfortable. Next day took a taxi ( 20 yuan ) to the ice and snow festival. Remember, Harbin's temperture can get to - 35 degrees celsius so keep warm! The enterance fee is 80 yuan but I guess if you are in Harbin, you probably should go and see it. There are lots slides to keep people amused and the sculptures are quite impressive, if you have not been to Quebec that is, the wind is very cold though and we got riped off for a pot of tea costing 40 yuan! it was tasty though. Beware, it's quite expensive for anything to purchase including slides and taking photo's of camels, just try and sneak a slide in, it's good fun. Remember, if you are not acustomed to cold weather, be prepared for some. I've been living in Mudanjiang ( about 4 hours train from Harbin ) for 3 months and I'm still not use to it, I am Australian though.
Have fun!

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