How to Get Harbin
Harbin, the capital of the Heilongjiang province, is the political, educational and cultural centre of the province. It is a famous historical and cultural city and tourist city in china. It is known as "the lilac city", "ice city", "The swan under a pearl", "Oriental Moscow" and "east small Paris". It is a transportation hub with a well-developed transportation system. You can get there by plane, train and long-distance bus. All of them offer great convenience to visitors.
Get In and Out
Harbin's main airport is Harbin Taiping International Airport. The airport is not located in the city center and is about a 45 minutes drive outside of the city in the middle of soybean fields. It has many international and domestic flights with connections to all wind directions that can reach most cities of world, details as the following:
There are many railway transportations with connections to all wind directions that can reach most cities of China, such as Beijing, Changchun, Shenyang, Dalian, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Jinan, Qingdao, Wuhan, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Nanchang, xi 'an, Chongqing, Texas, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Baotou, as well as along the town.
The main station is located at Tielu Jie, between Nangang and Daoli districts. When leaving the train, make sure to keep your ticket stub as you need it to exit the train station. There are also some smaller train stations in the city, like Harbin East and others. Harbin West Station (or harbinxi) provides with high speed trains to Beijing. Beware that your ticket may be from this station rather than the main station in town.
Harbin's major long-distance bus station is located across the square from main train station. There are plenty of buses can reach most cities of china, details are as the following:
Harbin to Beijing - takes about 18 hours
Harbin to Mudanjiang - takes about 4 hours. Departures frequent.
Harbin to Qiqihar - takes about 5 hours
Harbin to Changchun - takes about 4 hours
Harbin to Jilin - takes about 6 hours
Harbin to Dalian - takes about 10 hours
Harbin to Shenyang - takes about 8 hours
Harbin to Wudailanchi - takes about 6 hours
Harbin to Yanji - takes about 9 hours
Getting Around Harbin
Bus is a very convenient way to get around the city. There are over one hundred public bus routes connecting all important spots across the city. Most bus fares are relatively cheap, around ￥1.
Taxi is also a good way to travel around. When you take a taxi, you should ask them to run the meter instead of attempting to negotiate a price. The starting fare of taxi is 9RMB (3km) and will charge 1RMB fuel surcharge no matter how far to sit.
By Subway (metro)
At present, tourist cannot get around Harbin by subway because it’s metro system is under construction. The master plan of Harbin metro is "nine lines and one circle". It is estimated that the whole project will take 20 years to finish. The first line began construction in 2003 and will be open in January 2014.