Harbin Transportation

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    by Travelleng Written May 24, 2009

    Getting around and about using taxi is convenient. However, doing some research on fares indication will reduce your risk of being rip off.

    We used 2 cabs (husband&wife team) on our last visit. We find them honest and reliable. If you need their contact (speak Chinese only) pm me.

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    Taxis from the airport

    by John195123 Updated Nov 18, 2007

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    Don't accept the 200 or so yuan prices the taxi drivers offer you at first. No matter what they offer, the going rate from the airport to the city center is about 120. Now, there is a toll booth enroute to the airport/city, at which you must pay an additional 20 yuan. Sometimes the taxi drivers are willing to take the rate of 120 and pay the 20 out of that. We had a private driver who offered us his serivces inside the airport and with whom we agreed on the price of 120, then, before we got to the toll booth, he asked us for the additional 20. We said no, and he pulled over and we switched to a taxi.

    If you agree on a price, pay that and only that. If they don't think to mention that extra 20 yuan, that's their fault. Hand them 20 yuan if they refuse to go any farther, but subtract that from what you agreed on when you pay the final fare. It leads them on a bit, but they weren't straight and honest with you, either.

    We also had a taxi driver, who took us to the airport, demand 20 yuan to pay the toll for him to drive out of the airport... double dipping. We told him no. We pay him to get us there. After we depart company, he's on his own. If he waited around for a little while, he could get another fare... Anyway, you must be firm.

    I've begun to take the mindset that these guys aren't very honest. Usually they aren't bad, but sometimes... and for those, you have to be willing to fight them (by only paying what you agreed on (heck, or with fists if they refuse to give you your bags, for example...)) so you don't get cheated.

    If you agree on a price, pay the price and only the price you agreed on. If you use the meter, it might be best to pay the toll as well.

    If people start to pay the 200 yuan, that will become the going rate. So go with the 100-120 yuan price that I'm quoting and the Lonely Planet quotes also. There is also a bus that costs only 20 yuan and can take you to certain stops in town.

    From our place to the airport cost 105 yuan by the meter. We live south of town.

    Just be firm.

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    Motorcycle Transport

    by John195123 Written Oct 24, 2007

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    At various street corners around the city, at some bus stops and driving around you will see many motorcycles. Often these are available for hire, with driver. I don't know the pricing, and by the way these guys seem to drive, it might not be worth it, but if you need a quick way around, and don't mind taking risks, this might be for you.
    It may not be the safest way of getting around, and there is no room for luggage or much room for a backpack, but it may be a good way to go, and give you even more of a local experience.

    I'll get an image soon.

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    Motorcycle Transport

    by John195123 Written Oct 24, 2007

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    At various street corners around the city, at some bus stops and driving around you will see many motorcycles. Often these are available for hire, with driver. I don't know the pricing, and by the way these guys seem to drive, it might not be worth it, but if you need a quick way around, and don't mind taking risks, this might be for you.

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    Airport to city center

    by Bob_Shan Written Oct 13, 2007

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    Visited Oct 2007,
    TAXI is the best mean for transportation. However be careful about cheating. Many drivers tend to cheat by offering so called discount prices, and not turning on the meter.
    Also, the meter are likely already adjusted to bill you astonishing price. e.g., from airport to Shangri-La usually cost 120 RMB, but I was billed 265 RMB by meter!!

    Only way to defend is to call the hotel to ask about the how much is the fair price, and ask the driver to put you right in front of the hotel entrance, if they cheat, the hotel guy can help you.

    Many drivers will find whatever excuse to put you some 100 meters away and let you walk with luggages.

    Be careful, this is a region where business ethics are none existing.

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    ixaT... Taxis

    by John195123 Written Sep 26, 2007

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    Taxis are plentiful and useful. They are fairly cheap and they will get you to where you need to go as quickly as they can. They don't speak English, but show them the address (in Chinese) of the place you need to go and they'll get you there.

    From the airport to the city center, 100 Yuan... no more. Use the meter.

    If I find the taxi driver that took us... from the airport...

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    Buses

    by John195123 Written Sep 26, 2007

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    Local bus routes are both convenient and timely. While on occasion we have to wait a while for a bus, they are somewhat regular and, at least for most routes, there seem to be plenty of buses. Many of the maps I've seen have routes and route termini on them for the various lines. As soon as I can find detailed route information, I will post it.

    Be prepared to politely yet firmly push and shove your way onto and off of the bus. They are often crowded, especially during peak times.

    It is polite to offer your seat to an older person, though not everyone does. This is nice to do as many of the bus drivers either missed the physics class or don't think inertia applies to their bus and thus ignore the importance of braking early to avoid jamming on the brakes at the last second, throwing everyone forward.

    Or maybe the brakes are just bad and they have to do what they have to do... regardless, hold on tight.

    But they are generally good drivers and you should get where you need to go without issue.

    Maybe in the high tourist season, if Harbin has one, there are pickpockets on the buses. I haven't seen any yet, and don't think that it is too common because of a lack of tourists on buses.

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    Taxi Woes

    by ellyse Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    Case 1: We're all native Chinese speakers and look Chinese though not local. Taxi from the airport to Zhongyang Dajie should only be 110-120 RMB, plus 20 RMB highway toll paid by passengers. Either bargain beforehand (100-120 RMB excluding toll) or go by the meter. However, our meter showed an amazing 170 RMB when we arrived plus 20 RMB toll thus 190 RMB total. I told them to take all our baggage and get out, then politely asked if we could have a discount. He asked for 150 RMB total and I offered 140 RMB (fair enough). Some reluctance but he took it anyway.

    Case 2: This was much uglier. Our hotel helped arrange for a taxi to the Unit 731 Base in Pingfang district, quite a distance from town. I've been there before and know it's potentially difficult getting back. The agreed price was 90 RMB for return, perhaps more than usual but acceptable to us. No mention of any limit on waiting time. When we got back after sightseeing, I saw that the meter was running but didn't ask about it, although on hindsight I definitely should've; since we'd already agreed on a price it shouldn't be running at all. We then chose to go directly to Snow Expo on Sun Island via a detour at Zhongyang Dajie instead of going back to the hotel. Upon arrival, he demanded that we pay 170 RMB in all, 80 RMB over our agreed price. We refused and offered a max of 100 RMB. I called the hotel to ask for assistance but to no avail. Finally I had enough of the whole drivel and told my friends to leave paying the driver nothing, as I'd just promised. (We were 3 girls and 1 guy.) Just before we got to the main gate, he ran up, grabbed my male friend and was going to assault him had I not stepped in and made a scene. We finally paid 160 RMB and took down his licence number, name and company name. Some might say that I was wrong to refuse to pay, but the fare was substantially higher and unacceptable. Even if we added the extra fare from Zhongyang Dajie to the Snow Expo on Sun Island (AFAIK only about 20 RMB), there's no reason for it to cost that much.

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    Horse Carriages across Songhua River

    by ellyse Written Sep 1, 2007

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    Horse carriage ride from Sun Island back to the other bank of Songhua River cost 10 RMB/carriage after bargaining. However I somehow foolishly gave the woman collecting money 2x 10 RMB notes, thought it was strange once I turned around (not 5 seconds later) and she refused to admit that she collected extra money from me at all, despite the fact that all my other 3 friends saw that I'd given her 1 extra 10 RMB note. This isn't the 1st time that I've had trouble with horse carriages -- drivers saying that they'll drive you to Sun Island and then dropping you in the middle of the river for you to walk across the path across the river! Buyer beware!

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    Train Station

    by walterwu Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Harbin Train Station is not far from Central Mall Street. The train station has many ticket sales counters and it would be prudent to book your tickets at least 3 hours in advance. You can book your tickets through travel agencies which adds 10 RMB of the ticket fare prices / ticket or you can make a trip to the train station to book your ticket in advance. Might be a good idea to make a trip there after visiting Sophia Church or Central Mall as the station is nearby to these attractions.

    Getting to the train carriages involves a long walk through underground passageways and long platform.

    Nearby to the train is the private bus terminal station. Brokers (touts) are on hand at the station to offer bus rides to other cities or interstate travel. Be advised that that is not fixed schedule for these buses and the wait can be frustating while the bus operator tries to pack passengers into the coaches like sardines. Aisles in these coaches are also utilised for additional siting capacities. The only thing the bus operators will assure you is the travelling time.

    Taxis are in abundance outside the train station with a short walk. Go metered fare if you are travelling within Harbin. Metered Fares should be in the range 8-15 RMB. It is common practice for the taxi driver to call someone about where you are going, so don't be too concern.

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    Harbin Airport

    by walterwu Updated Jan 5, 2007

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    Harbin Airport is an international airport. The building looks rather old and more like a domestic airport.

    At the baggage claim belts, there are a couple of changing rooms with chairs provided in each cubicle. You can change into your winter clothes, if required, before passing exiting the arrival/baggage belt area.

    Once passed the custom / baggage checks, the public toilet is pathetic and smelly. You would not want to change in the public toilet.

    However, if you are heading directly into a waiting coach or taxi, you may not really need to put on heavy gears (down jacket, gloves, hats, scarfs) unless you are unable to withstand a very short duration of cold. The buses/coaches bay and taxi stand is just outside the terminal (about 5 metres I reckon).

    There are no Arrival / Departure monitors for information on arriving and departing flights. Need to pay close attention to announcements for passengers taking flight out of the airport.

    Taxi metered fare from Airport to downtown is about 150 RMB (max). Avoid private taxi touts even though it is cheaper.

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    From Harbin by Air

    by walterwu Written Jan 2, 2007

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    My journey was from Guangzhou to Harbin (via Dalian-transit) and back by China Southern Airline.

    The flight to Harbin was about 90% full (Guangzhou to Dalian) and about 50% full (from Dalian to Harbin). Meal was served for the Guangzhou to Dalian and refreshment from Dalian to Harbin.

    The return trip was packed. From what I was told it should be easy to pick up ticket on the actual day of the flight. It was a good thing that I had booked return trip tickets.

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    Tourist Bus Route in the city

    by Rupertlee Updated Jan 11, 2006

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    Jingwei Square---Flood Control Monument (& The Central St. & Stalin Park)---Zhaolin Park---St. Sophia Church (& Harbin No.1 Department Store & Manhattan Shopping Mall)---Harbin Railway Station---Hongbo Shopping Mall(& The Provincial Museum)--- Eastern Orthodox Church(& Christian Church)---Nationality Museum(& Confucius Temple & Jile Temple)---Harbin Amusement Park---etc.

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    Travel inside the city

    by ace1010 Written Sep 29, 2005

    Inside the city, I think taxi will take you to everywhere you wanna go. Bus is also gonna do the work but I don't recommend since you are not familiar with the city and it is really not that expensive for taxis.

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    Train ticket from Beijing

    by ace1010 Written Sep 29, 2005

    I think many of you guys are comin' to Harbin from Beijing.

    As per tickets, if travellin' from Beijing via train, it is very easy to get a ticket since there are many trains travel between the two cities. I don't think you need to worry about the ticket if travellin' in November. However, if commin' in late January, you may have to book in advance since there are so many ppl visiting Harbin in winter. It is usually a one-night trip on the train, so it's pretty comfortable.

    Better book the ticket back to Beijing also when you are bookin' the ticket comin' here if you could.

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