Harbin is a Manchu word meaning 'place for drying fishing nets'. This city in northern China was officially founded in the late 19th century by a Polish man called Adam Szyd?owski, however it has been inhabited as a rural area since the late stone age (2200 BC). International operators including Swiss and KLM fly here regularly and Harbin flights are available from many European locations. If you wish to book a flight to Harbin from London, you can use our online comparison appliance to help you search for deals. This tool will scour the travel market for you and present you with many cheap flights to Harbin.By the start of the 20th century there were only around 30,000 residents living in this region, however due to Russian and Jewish influences, this city has become the capital and largest city in the Heilongjiang of northeast China. It serves as a major cultural and political hub and has acquired several nicknames over the last century including 'Ice City', because of its bitterly colder winters. This cultural Chinese city was also declared a 'City of Music' by UNESCO in 2010.
The airport is located roughly 21 miles from the city and there is lots of public transport available. There are four shuttle routes into the city from the airport and the fare is CNY20 (£2). Drivers are open to bargaining but will usually cost in the region of CNY100 (£10) to get from the airport to the city centre.Winner of the Travellers Choice 2013 Award, the Ice and Snow Amusement World should definitely be visited. Snow Island is another must but is best to be seen during the winter season. Other attractions include Zhaolin Park, Siberian Tiger Park and Volga Manor.