Travel: China - Harbin

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Travel: China - Harbin

Postby cookieandmonster » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:40 am

Hi,

Thinking of going to Harbin this Dec. Please share any feedback on travelling there.

Thanks everyone.

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Re: Travel: China - Harbin

Postby verykiasu2010 » Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:02 am

cookieandmonster wrote:Hi,

Thinking of going to Harbin this Dec. Please share any feedback on travelling there.

Thanks everyone.


If you want to visit the ice sculptures, it starts only on Jan 15, every year
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Postby MomDana » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:34 am

:D Me too. We are planning to go Harbin a week ahead of X'mas. I saw some videos of the place in youtube.. its very cold and beautful there :pray:

How about you? :celebrate:

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Postby starlight1968sg » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:37 am

Any airfare promo?
Thanks.

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Postby carebear » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:41 pm

Hi cookieandmonster and momDana, are you both going to the new clubmed there? I remembered seeing their ad a few months ago and i think it was even more expensive than the club med in hokkaido!

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Postby MomDana » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:48 pm

Nope not going to clubmed. I am planning to go Harbin in China for the ice and snow sculptures. My families wanted to see the lights and experience sub-zero freezing temperatures ( hopefully get some snow fall.... :pray: )

Unfortunately haven't seen any tour agents advertising the packages yet. Think its too early. :( :(

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Postby verykiasu2010 » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:57 pm

MomDana wrote:Nope not going to clubmed. I am planning to go Harbin in China for the ice and snow sculptures. My families wanted to see the lights and experience sub-zero freezing temperatures ( hopefully get some snow fall.... :pray: )

Unfortunately haven't seen any tour agents advertising the packages yet. Think its too early. :( :(


the ice sculptures starts only on Jan 15 every year. however, snowing would have started in Dec ... but this year got la nina weather, will snow delay or not - don't know
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Postby cromato » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:31 am

Super cold -18C, but super nice. my wife complained that the cold went thru her shoes , compounded by the fact that snow melts. But not my Doc Martens :) Anyway we bought heat-packs from the supermarket in Harbin. No worries about that, as Harbin people are still humans whose core body temperature are 36C. We went there on our own, ie without tour and flew from Beijing. Can book hotel via ctrip and then when at the hotel, can ask them help arrange to rent a taxi/car with driver for a day at reasonable rates (but am sure high by local stds). There are three key places - snow & ice land (and near there Polar world - great artic creatures) for day time and the night time ice wonderland across the river. And in downtown, the original ice wonderland, that is much smaller. The exhibits were really beautiful, but I remembered the cold more fondly as we do not get it in Singapore.

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Postby cookieandmonster » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:29 am

carebear wrote:Hi cookieandmonster and momDana, are you both going to the new clubmed there? I remembered seeing their ad a few months ago and i think it was even more expensive than the club med in hokkaido!


Hi Carebear,

I wasn't aware of the new clubmed :D Where did you see the ad? Sounds fun 8)

I am thinking of going there to experience the coldness and see the culture there..heard that it is influenced by Russia as it is very near.

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Postby cookieandmonster » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:37 am

MomDana wrote:Nope not going to clubmed. I am planning to go Harbin in China for the ice and snow sculptures. My families wanted to see the lights and experience sub-zero freezing temperatures ( hopefully get some snow fall.... :pray: )

Unfortunately haven't seen any tour agents advertising the packages yet. Think its too early. :( :(


Hi MomDana,

Hong Thai and ASA Holidays packages are out for Harbin Dec Tours.

Hong Thai Travel Agent quoted $1699 for a 10D Harbin/Jilin/Changchun/Shenyang/Dalian Trip. $300 early bird discount for the first 10 pax to sign up. Flying by China Eastern airline and transit at Shanghai for your flight to Harbin. Not sure whether inclusive of taxes.

ASA Holidays quoted $1433 (inclusive of taxes) for first 10 pax. This is for 10D Harbin/Dalian/Shenyang/Changchun/Jilin/Shanghai (3 days).

The airline and flight timing is China Eastern airline and 0055 depart Singapore. Coming back on the last day ard midnite and reaching Singapore on the 11th day.

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