Harbin
Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival 哈尔滨国际冰雪节

Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival 哈尔滨国际冰雪节

The thing to see in Harbin in the cold freeze month of January is the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 哈尔滨国际冰雪节. This is the main reason why my classmates and I endured this bone chilling fun time. Though, there were lots of times I wondered why I was there. The ice sculpture festival goes...
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin is the single most impressive building in Harbin. Though there are other interesting buildings and structures – permanent or temporary – Saint Sophia still stands tall. Harbin and Vladivostok were connected by the Trans Siberian Railway, and St. Sophia served as a temple of worship for all the new Russian...
Russian Lunch on Central Street, Harbin

Russian Lunch on Central Street, Harbin

The best meal I had in Harbin was at this Russian Restaurant near our hotel. Though I forgot the name of the restaurant on central street 中央大街, I have pictures to bring back fond memories. On this trip, we had all types of northern Chinese cuisine, with dumplings, pork, and pancakes. Just hours before we...
Harbin Siberian Tiger Park

Harbin Siberian Tiger Park

Harbin’s Siberian Tiger Park is unique outdoor wildlife conservatory. Which essentially means an outdoor zoo, with Siberian Tigers. When I was reading up on things to do and see in Harbin, the Siberian Tiger Park kept coming up. Though we were planning to see the Ice and Snow sculptures, this attraction piqued my interest. But...
老昌美食 Lao Chang Restaurant in Harbin

老昌美食 Lao Chang Restaurant in Harbin

Lao Chang is a restaurant chain based in northern China. They feature a pancake-like food that you stuff with vegetables and meat, which is tasty as hell. After a day of sightseeing, Lao Chang was suggested by our local Harbin driver. Shortly after ordering, you are presented several little dishes. With all sorts of diced...
The Harbin Pig Restaurant 正宗杀猪菜 从头吃到尾

The Harbin Pig Restaurant 正宗杀猪菜 从头吃到尾

On a recent trip to Harbin, I got to try and sample some of the local cuisine. I went to a restaurant called 正宗杀猪菜 从头吃到尾 (translated as Authentic butcher food – End from the beginning to eat). They specialize in the Pig. When I saw that, I knew – as the Thirsty Pig, I had to...
Harbin Snow Sculpture Festival

Harbin Snow Sculpture Festival

Snow Festival One of the things to see in Harbin during the winter months is the Snow Sculpture Festival. Along with the more famous Winter Ice Festival, the snow sculpture festival features many craftsman like structures. During the day it was about -20 Celsius, which is about -4 Fahrenheit.. . .NEGATIVE 4 and that’s in the sunlight....

Orient King of Dumplings 东方饺子王, Harbin

One of the more popular restaurant chains in Harbin is Orient King 东方饺子王 (Dongfang Jiaozi Wang). Based on referrals from locals, the hotel, and the drivers, Orient King was a place that we had to try. One of the northern Chinese customs is to have dumplings when you first return or arrive from a trip as...

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