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Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province. If you are planning your trip to Harbin, we highly suggest taking the time to map out things to do before you hit the road to make the most of your journey. As Harbin’s coldest month is in late December through to early March, you want to be fully prepared.
We don’t just mean in terms of packing the right clothing but in terms of what activities you will be doing.
In winter, Harbin can reach as low as -25 and you can expect it to be snowy too which is perfect if you want to be guaranteed a white Christmas. It is a beautiful place to visit as you can see plenty of snow and ice festivals as well as make the most of the skiing season in this area.
We recommend booking guided China private tours when visiting Harbin in winter.
This way you can take the pressure off and get the experts to guide you around the hotspots as you soak up the beauty and wonders of the city. You can grab some great deals around the cooler months too so it’s definitely worth checking out what is on offer.
What To Do In Harbin In The Winter
Visit Zhongyang Street – Why not buy popsicles and eat them on this vibrant European-themed street? It features several areas that demonstrate Harbin’s culture and provide multiple entertainment spots.
You will also be able to see the wonders of the architecture in its renaissance style, revealing the rich history in China. So, it’s great if you want to gain an insight into what earlier life was like in the country as well as delve into all the city has to offer.
Winter Visit To Songhua River – If you are brave enough, this is a river you can swim in the winter. It features a large square pool which the locals often swim in for exercise and leisure, bringing lots of fun to the city. You should definitely put this on the list and you can even do various activities when it ices over.
See Stalin Park – Amongst the plenty of things to do along the Songhua River, you can also take a look at Stalin and Jiuzhao parks to the west of the river. You will also get a glimpse into what came from the friendship between Russia and China when you step into the park.
See The Hongo Square Shopping Mall – This underground shopping center is a great experience and just a moment’s walk from the train station. It is the biggest mall in Harbin and has a bargaining culture so be prepared to barter your way through. Whether you want souvenirs, clothes, silk, teas or jewelry, you will be able to find it here.
Now that you’ve encountered this list, and should you intend to go to Harbin this winter, you now know how to make the most of your visit.