Harbin is a city with beautiful scenery and strong atmosphere of Eastern Europe. Eastern and western cultures converge here, and Russian-style architecture decorates the entire city. Harbin has a long cultural history and is full of the toughness and boldness of northeast China. Prosperity can be seen all throughout the city, and at night, Harbin feels as if it came straight out of a fairytale.
As an ice city, Harbin always attracts people with crystal snow and ice. Few cities can make people so interested in ice and snow and allow them to forget about the cold and have fun in temperatures below -20°C. At the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, visitors can catch a glimpse of lifelike ice sculptures, as well as partake in alpine skiing and ice skating. Harbin uses cold and passion to interpret the unique beauty of the winter.
Harbin has a mid-temperate continental monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons, long cold winters, and short cool summers. Harbin is suitable for traveling throughout the year and has different styles in all four seasons. Winter and summer are the best travel times, though hotels in Harbin are known to fill up quickly when the ice and snow festival is underway. The average temperature in the summer is 19°C-23°C, and the maximum temperature can reach 38°C. In winter, the average temperature is -15°C to -30°C, and the lowest temperature is around -37.7°C.