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Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province and the largest city in the northeastern region of the People’s Republic of China. It is heralded as the Ice City for its Winter Tourism and recreational activities. On 22nd June 2010, it is voted as the “City of Music” by UN and in 2004 it is declared and “China’s Top Tourist City” by China National Tourism Administration. What distinguishes it from the other cities is that it is a major metropolis where 10,000,000 people live which is the same as that of Chicago, USA. Fly to Harbin, where the avalanche of visitors descends for the “Annual Ice and Snow Festival” where sculptures are often record-breaking in size and night illuminations of the ice add a surreal kaleidoscope of color in bitter winters.
There are plenty of reason to visit Harbin and you surely relish a visit to it. The Ice and snow are the topmost attractions of the city. Among the major attractions are the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival which consists of many winter activities, events and four theme parks such as Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Harbin Wand Ice Lantern World and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Park. Perhaps the most amazing thing to do at Harbin is a visit to Siberian Tiger Park which is an epical experience in your lifetime. Enjoy a visit to Central Street which reflects a variety of European style buildings is a junction where both modern and past civilizations can be seen. Visit the seasonal Ice Palace Restaurant and Ice Bar in Shangri -La Hotel which usually open at the end of December is decorated in regional folklore featuring wintry and ethnic lifestyle. Visit the Dragon Tower, known as the Heilongjiang Broadcasting & TV Tower is a prominent landmark in the city. The tower features observation decks and platforms where the visitors can have picturesque views of the city and its surroundings. Do visit the Saint Sophia Cathedral or the Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God is a former Russian Orthodox Church is among the most magnificent structures in the city.
Harbin city is influenced by continental monsoon climate with long and freezing winters and warm and short summers. The best time to visit it from December to February when the weather is freezing cold and Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival which is the best time to enjoy the area’s snow and recreational activities.
There are various airlines that offer cheap flights from the United Kingdom to Harbin. The most prominent among them are Air France, KLM, China Southern, Shenzhen, Lufthansa, Air China, Eva Air, Hainan, China Eastern, Asiana, Aeroflot etc. So if you are looking for cheap flights to Harbin from the United States, Flightoffice.co.uk offers you the best. The most popular city connecting while flying from London to Harbin is Beijing.
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