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If you drive in Harbin, you will have to get used to the ice paved streets and with the large troops of street ice-scratchers.
Traffic is always a mess since these ice-scratchers work during day and night in the middle of the streets, despite how many cars are there in the moment...
Written Feb 6, 2005
I could only think about including a warning tip about this: winter in Harbin uses to be bitter cold!
As we visited the city, on late January, temperatures there were about -18F (or -30C) with a sensation of about -40F (-40C) sometimes... during the evening/night.
You need plenty of pullovers, gloves, socks, a good winter boot and a good jacket to "survive".
Written Feb 2, 2005
Look at the map well before you embark on a lengthy walk. There are some railroad tracks that bisect the city and are difficult to cross.
Once you're out of the charming old "Russian" district, walking is a bit of an adventure, with many obstacles.
Finally, remember Harbin is a huge city, and that Chinese maps do not show all streets. What looks like one block could be ten blocks.
Updated Jan 26, 2005
After arrival at the airport my Chinese hosts lifted my trousers to see, if I was wearing long underpants - -well everybody else was...
And a wollen cap and something warm to wrap around your neck is helpful too ;)
Written Nov 19, 2002
The place is pretty far away from seas and oceans, so don't expect to smell the fresh sea air. And be aware of the cold climate, remember to bring enough clothes if your visiting in the winter. the weather is very very cold, you don not watch to catch cold doing one exciting trip.
Written Aug 24, 2002
In China, many things are translated diectly. For example, there are two words " Jing Cha" on the jacket wore by policemen. For those who don't understand chinese, it might get you into trouble.
Written Feb 9, 2004
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