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69 Gongchang Street, Harbin, Heilongjiang, 118305, China
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Exterior of St Sophia's in central HarbinExterior of St Sophia's in central Harbin

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What to wear and will I see the Ice Scplture

by t16mytma

Hi,

Iam going to harbin this Chrismas, I would like to know what I should wear and buy. I will be going through Dalian before reachin Harbin, can I buy my mitten and snow cap there? I have a high blood presure mum that I will bring along, is there any advice for her? My brother is very sensitive to cold, he gets cold very easily, is there a way to keep him warm. Is cashmere sweeter enought to brace the cold in Harbin? By the way what is the average temperature in Harbin during the winter season? I would also like to know will I be seeing the completed scplture during that Chrismas sesson? Are we given entry to the park to see these items before the offical launching?

Sorry for so many questions.

Hope you all can help answer them.

Thanks

Re: What to wear and will I see the Ice Scplture

by idy

Down jackets will keep you and your family warm in sub-zero temperatures. It can go down to -30 in Harbin during winter, so I doubt a cashmere sweater will suffice. For added protection against the cold, you can also wear a thick scarf, ear muffs or a hat with ear flaps, thermal underwear, insulated pants, mittens and leather boots with thick socks. I believe you can easily buy these items in Dalian.

I have friends who went there around Christmas as well, and they had no complaints about the ice sculptures, so you prob'ly don't need to worry.

Re: What to wear and will I see the Ice Scplture

by ricky52

Due to extreme climatic changes the World is experiencing at the moment, trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local, on the day variations.
Most places now are seeing weather conditions well outside the norm.
The information below should be used as a guide only.

Here is the average weather for Harbin for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.

December.
High 14f / -10c
Low -6f / -21c
Rain 0.20in / 5.0mm
Rain days 5
Hours of sun 5
Daylight hours 9
UV level 1 = Low
Humidity = Frost every day in December

Re: What to wear and will I see the Ice Scplture

by ellyse

For what to wear and pack, read the Packing Lists tip on my VirtualTourist Harbin travel page: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/1d57/f8323/b/
Yes, you could buy winter wear in Dalian.
Have plenty of heat packs and put them between your long johns and your other layers of clothes, should help in staying warm. Make sure you have the fur-lined snow boots.
It's not just the material of what you're wearing, it's also how you're wearing it.
Not sure about the ice sculptures.

Re: What to wear and will I see the Ice Scplture

by bpritts

Be prepared for very cold weather, and also for the fact that indoor heating is not what you may be used to in the West. I strongly recommend, as Ellyse suggests, multiple layers starting with silk or polypropylene long underwear, tops and bottoms. I have not been to Harbin in the winter but have been quite chilled in Nanjing and Hangzhou, in the center of the country. With lots of layers it can be OK but if you are not prepared you'll be unhappy! A combination might be:
-- "expedition weight" long underwear tops and bottoms, polypro
-- shirt and pants, full weight wool or synthetic
-- sweater
-- double wool socks
-- boots
-- overcoat
-- hat


Discount sources of this gear in USA: Sierra Trading Post or Campmore - both of these companies do great mail order/ web deals for "expedition weight" long underwear, wool socks, etc., suited for winter camping.

I don't think that the high blood pressure should be an issue specifically.

Best of luck,

Brad

Travel Tips for Harbin

Tobogganing

by mke1963

If you enjoy sitting with your bum two inches from the ground while you rocket down a slope on a tiny sled, then Harbin has plenty of places for you.
In many parks, but notably in Stalin Park by the Songhuajiang and at the Children's Park, you can rent little toboggans and slither around on the manmade slopes.
At the riverbank, there is also a huge structure, constructed every winter, which has a long - about 300 metre - slope divided into sections. Be warned that this particular run is wickedly fast and the toboggans are not suited for two people, despite what the staff say. Even with a small child in front of you, your knees end up outboard of the sled: a serious injury is a very real possibility in this situation.
Just alongside the big structure are several smaller (and cheaper) slopes running down onto the ice of the river.

Little Moscow

A history of...

by Fruiyersa

Little Moscow

A history of hardship and warfare, colonialism and co-operation means that Harbin has developed a very distinctive character. For centuries, this northernmost city has had a distinctive and influential relationship with its Russian neighbor so that locals have for many years given the city the nickname of 'Little Moscow'.

Harbin today, has developed from being a small and insignificant fishing village into a large city, know across the nation for its unique Russian characteristics. In 1896, the Russians began construction of a rail line from Vladivostok, through Harbin, and on to Dalian. The influx of migrant Russian workers during this time and again in 1917 when thousands of White Russian refugees fled the Bolsheviks, not only expanded the population but also introduced many special characteristics to the city.

The Russian presence continued after 1932 when the Japanese invaded as part of their attack on Manchuria. In 1945 the Russians returned for one year before returning the city to the Chinese in 1945. During the Cultural Revolution too, the city saw years of fractional fighting which destroyed many of the original Russian buildings which have today largely been replaced with skyscrapers.

There are however, still traces of Russia scattered around the city in exquisite buildings such as the Church of Saint Sofia and the streets around Zhongyan Avenue, which have retained many of their characteristic features. Perhaps even more obvious instances of the Russian influence here is in the cuisine (the Harbinese apparently inherited their love for ice cream from the Russians) and, the fact that the residents of Harbin are reportedly the biggest drinkers in China!

California Beef Noodle King U.S.A.

by John195123 about California Beef Noodle King U.S.A.

Well, I don't know what's California or U.S.A. about this place. There are lots of these restaurants all around the city. The food is simple, cheap and greasy.

One of the dished we had was a sweet red sauce (in oil) on red meat and fat and a white sauce on chicken and fat (in oil) with onions. Aside from the health issues, it was good.

We also ordered the soup that seemed to be standard there, which was plain with not much to recommend it, and only a little bit of meat with the noodles.

Still, I'd recommend the place just for the experience of eating at a place called, "California Beef Noodle King U.S.A.

The Sun Island - Snow Carving Festival

by ahoerner

This park is just across the street from the Ice World.

Although its name is "Sun Island", the park displays on winter an interesting exposition of figures carved in snow.

We visited this park during the day and I found it to be more interesting than the freezing Ice World from the evening before.

Harbin: Paris of China

by wenzhi_travels

We were expecting Harbin to be a stop-over and nothing more. In fact, it turned out to be one of our favorite cities. The city is clean, modern, and international. There's lots to do and the people we met there were friendly. Great Russian food! You can spend the day alone the river bank or cruise over to Sun Island, which despite Let's Go's warning of its being run down is actually really nice. You can spend several days over on the island, seeing the Siberian Tigers or checking out the ice scupltures. Even in the summer, Harbin has a lot to offer!

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