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London Harbin

The best way to reach Harbin from London is to catch a direct flight to another major destination in China (Beijing being the best option) before transferring on a flight to Harbin. There are currently no direct flights to Harbin so your flight could take anywhere between 15 and 20 hours, depending on the length of your stopovers. The airlines that make this flight include Air China and China Eastern and flights can be compared online to find a flight that is right for you. Most flights depart from London Heathrow Airport which is easily accessible by train, bus or the London Underground. Upon arrival at Harbin Airport, you can either take a taxi or a bus to the city centre. A taxi should cost around 120 RMB (13) and will take around 45 minutes to get to the centre, whilst a bus will cost 20 RMB (2) and will take a little longer.

Cheap London - Harbin Flights

To travel between London and Harbin at a low cost, Easyvoyage provides two major pieces of information: the calendar and the price history for London - Harbin flights. These elements will allow you to analyse the cheapest London - Harbin flights by departure date.

Sightseeing Harbin 1 The Old Quarter

This section of the city contains many buildings constructed by the Russians and is fascinating for its architecture which is unlike anything you will see in the rest of China.

2 The International Snow and Ice Festival

The Snow and Ice Festival is Harbin's claim to fame, and takes place in January and February. Sculptors compete to produce the most dazzling sculptures from snow and ice and turn the city into a true winter wonderland.

3 Sun Island

Sun Island is a classic Chinese park that alters depending on the season. In wintertime, it is covered in pure white snow, whilst in summer it is a pleasant place to stroll around and enjoy the warm weather, flowers and greenery.

4 Siberian Tiger Preserve

The place to see hundreds of this mighty creature is one of the city's premier attractions. It is fascinating for those looking to observe this rare creature, though definitely not for the squeamish as the tigers are fed live ducks, chickens and even cows.

5 Fantastic Food

The city is famous for its food which blends together the best of Chinese, Russian and Korean cuisines. Chinese hot pot and BBQ food are especially popular dishes here. Eating meals in China is usually a communal activity, and this means that restaurants are lively places with large groups of people enjoying the food, drink and each other's company.

Required travel documents for China

The time difference between London and Harbin is 7 or 8 hours depending on the season. Before boarding a plane to China, it is necessary to obtain a Chinese visa which can be applied for at the Chinese embassy in London. This will take a few working days to process and you can select the amount of time that you will be staying in the country. You will need to give details of where you intend to stay and reservation details as visas are quite tightly controlled. Harbin is China's northernmost major city and the influence from neighbouring Russia is obvious. It is a fascinating destination, offering a great contrast to the rest of China, with many sights and attractions to explore. Harbin has warm pleasant summers and icy cold winters for those brave enough to visit.