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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!

Winter trips
By DUNC | 1/2/2005 6:58:53 PM

Harbin..what can I say,
First try the river swimming/dip. You don't know anyone but first break the ice and then literally break the ice and in you go!
Only 11 hours by fast train from Beijing, full of Russian architecture, visit the pedestrianised Zhongyang Dajie, (Central St)for a site of the flood monument dedicated to those who lost their lives in the 1998 and 1950's floods, see the river, (Song Hua He) at the top end of the street in winter and go skating, or in summer for a row and a swim...
10minutes and 1 or 2 yuan from the main station on bus 103 after getting off at the Russian built Cathedral of St. Sophia. Once you've seen the square and inside to a short history (in Chinese) of the city go to the front of the cathedral and cross the road, turn right walk down the road and turn left at the corner, beside Govt. Square and keep going straight crossing the roads till you hit a cobbled road. Left takes you to the Holiday Inn, right takes you to the river! Enjoy
p.s. the bus stop is across the road to the left as you leave the station.
Return buses leave from near the flood monument to your right if you face the river opposite the ubiquitous American fast food emporium.

Ice lantern festival
By KAREN | 4/1/2004 1:41:02 PM

Harbin Ice Festival is an annual event held in Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang Province. Usually falling on January 5 and lasting a month, the festival exerts a strong draw on both local residents and visitors.

Admission Fee: RMB 10 before 15:30, 30 after 15:30

You can visit:
to get motr information.

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