Harbin is one of the city in China which very popular in winter. It’s the coldest city in China. It can be reach -40 degrees Celcius in winter. So, if you visit China in winter, you have to go to Harbin. So the question is what to do in Harbin? Below are the list of things you have to do in Harbin.
1. Visit Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
The most attractive in Harbin is Harbin Ice and Snow Festival that usually held on early of January until the end of February each year. This is the biggest Ice and Snow Festival in the world. This festival is held at some places in Harbin, but the most popular one is “Ice and Snow World” and “Sun Island”.
At the Ice and Snow World, you can see everything that made from ice and snow. You also can see Ice Lantern 冰灯 (bing deng) and Ice Sculpture 冰雕 (bing diao). For example, there’s a Forbidden City Beijing which made by ice, Museum which made by ice, also Heineken bar which made by ice. Inside the ice, there are a lot of lamps. So beautiful! There are so many things you can do here, for example like Ice Sliding, and even you have a chance to see Snow Fox in person!
While at Sun Island, you can see everything which made by snow. For example, Indonesian Rooster (Si Ayam Jago) which made by snow, Minions which made by snow, and even Disneyland characters also made by snow :))
2. Play winter game
This is it! The one you also shouldn’t miss when you’re in Harbin. There are a lot winter activities in Harbin, for example like Ice Sliding, Skiing, Snow Sledding, etc.
3. Watch Beluga show
In Harbin, there’s a place named “Harbin Polarland”. In this place, there’s a beautiful Beluga Show. The story of the show is like Titanic, so the narrator told us the story and the soundtrack is Celion Dion – My Heart Will Go On.
Harbin Polarland is located on the opposite of Sun Island. So if you go to Sun Island, you can also go to Harbin Polarland.
4. Visit Russian Village
Harbin and Russia is close to each other. So, no wonder in Harbin we can see many buildings with the Russian architectures. The souvenirs are also similar with Russia. Even there’s also Russian Village in Harbin. At Russian Village, there are a lot of souvenir shops, ice cream shops, chocolate shops, etc. I love to eat ice cream during winter. Because it gave me a different sensation. Well, there’s no winter in my home country. So yeaa, I bought an ice cream in Russian Village too. It was so goooddd 😀 The chocolate was also nice, especially if you’re a chocolate lover, you have to try the chocolate here. When we bought the entrance ticket, we were given a “Passport” to go inside the village.
5. Strolling around Zhongyang Street 中央大街
In Harbin, there’s a street called Zhongyang Street. This street is full of shops and street vendors. You can try the street foods, shopping, buy souvenirs, etc. Zhongyang Street at night is also beautiful with its Ice Lantern and Ice Sculpture, similar with the one in Ice and Snow World. But here is smaller and don’t have so many ice lantern and sculpture, if compares with Ice and Snow World. We also can see the buildings with Russian architecture. And I really loveee to stroll around Zhongyang Street 😀
6. Robot Restaurant in Harbin
Have you ever heard about Robot Restaurant? In this restaurant, the waiter who delivered the foods is a robot. The concept is unique, but the foods are just so-so (Or maybe I chose the wrong restaurant?)