HARBIN - the capital of Heilongjiang Province at the most northwest part of China. Located in the middle reaches
of the Songhua River and a busy river port, it borders Russia in the north. Harbin plays a vital role in communications
between South and North Asia as well the regions of Europe and the Pacific Ocean, also acted as the hub of the political, economic, educational and cultural life of Heilongjiang. Aside from its rich culture, Harbin is well known to the
world for its dense forests, wonderful snow scenery, rare wild animals etc….Its resources in ice and snow rank first in China. There are unique views like “wood-sea and snowfield”, glacier and rime, ice carving and winter swimming.
Besides, there are about 100 large ski yards which is one of best ski site in China.
Area: 53,068 Square Kilometers
Emergency Numbers: Fire: 119 Police: 110 Ambulance: 120 Traffic: 122
INTERNATIONAL ICE AND SNOW FESTIVAL
Starting from by end of December normally and lasting for one month, this festival is listed in one of the world four ice and snow festivals. During the festival, visitors can not only enjoy the beautiful snowy scenery, but also participate in a sort of sports on ice. Among them, the annual winter swimming draws a good many visitors. The highlight of the festival is the ice
Located in the most northeasterly region of China and influenced by continental climate conditions, Harbin has four distinct seasons with long cold winter and short cool summer. In winter, the temperature can drop to -14.2 C (6.4 F) on average while it is just 20.8 C (69.4 F) on average in summer. The city can be visited at any time, especially from July to September and from December to February, is the coldest city of China, yet it is also one of the most attractive. The beautiful and startling snowy scenery will satisfy your desire with no doubt.
Please visit: http://www.worldweather.org/001/c00540.htm for weather information before traveling.
Travelling to China requires a visa stamped on a full passport with validity of not less than 6 months upon entry to China. China visa is required for major foreign passport holder. Please check with the embassy for the visa application. A tourist visa usually valid for 30 days from the day of entry, and it might be extended through applications to the local public security bureau. Passport must have validity of at least 6 months.
The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB or CNY)or in Chinese "Ren-min-bi". The basic unit is the yuan (also known as "kuai"), which equals 10 jiao (or "mao"), which is then divided into 10 fen. Paper currency comes in 1.2,5,10,50 and 100 yuan notes. Paper jiao come in denominations of 1,2, and 5. There are also 1 and 2 fen notes, but these are rarely used as their purchasing power is exactly zero. As for coins, there are 1 youan ,1 and 5 jiao,and 1,2, and 5 fen(ahain, the fen are basically useless).
Visa or Master Card are widely accepted in most of hotels and shops at all the cities in China.
You can also cash “RMB” with credit card in Harbin, but needed to check with your bank first if there are such service in Harbin, China.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Harbin cuisine has its own specialties thanks to its special geographical position and long history. Local cuisine of Manchu mixes with Shandong Cuisine and exotic Russian cuisine, to give the important components of the existent Harbin cuisine, even the Heilongjiang cuisine. Like the warm hearted and straightforward locals, the local dishes tend to feature hot and dense, strong flavors. Even then the original flavor is still maintained as few spices are used.
It is advisable not to drink tap water. Instead drink boiled water in the flask or bottled-water provided by your hotel. In most cities, bottled beverages are available either in your hotel or department stores. Local beers are relatively inexpensive. There is a wide range of soft drinks or juice in bottle available at shops or store and supermarkets. Coffee or Tea is served at all hotels; however most of hotels are served local brands except in International chain hotels. Special diet like vegetarian meal cannot be made on the spot, please advise the land operator in advance, so that the arrangement can be prior to you arrival.
Telephone & Internet: Mainland China 86
(Special Telephone Numbers: Police 110; Fire 119; Emergency 120.)
Mobile (cell) phone covered in the entire area, Internet access can be provided at most of the hotels and the internet bars and café. International calls accessible at all hotels.
If you are travelling from Hongkong and in need of full internet access please browse the website for router rental service to use in the country.
Panax, pilose antler and marten are regarded as the 'Three Treasures' of Northeast China by the Chinese. Panax (ginseng) and pilose antler of a young stag are the basis of rare Chinese traditional medicine and health care products, whereas the fur of the marten is used for clothing; these can all be bought in Harbin at very reasonable prices. A commodity that is not only a nourishing food but also a rare herbal medicine is the hedgehog fungus; another famous popular product. For those who enjoy fish as part of their diet, Harbin has an excellent supply of locally caught, salmon, sturgeon, mandarin fish, bream and crucian carp. You will find all these goods quite easily in the local supermarkets and department stores.
Because this city is so very near to Russia, it is not surprising to find some Russian handicrafts here. Russian dolls with their air of charming naivety are among the best souvenirs for your relatives and friends. Other kinds of Russian merchandise are sold in Guogeli Dajie, which is totally Russian in style.
TELEPHONE & INTERNET
Mainland China 86; Hong Kong 852; Taiwan 886. Harbin area 451 (Special Telephone Numbers: Police 110; Fire 119; Emergency 120.) Mobile (cell) phone service covered in Harbin. Internet access may be provided at most of the leading hotels and internet bars and café.
Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income. Drivers and Guides are expecting some reward as a gesture of satisfaction. We suggested US$5.00 per person per day for sit-in-coach group tour and US$10.00 per person per day tipping for private mini van driver and the local guide(s) if their services are good.
YOUR CHINA TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land tour arrangements within China are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flight schedule traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register.