China Trains Beijing–Harbin High-Speed Train Travel

Beijing–Harbin High-Speed Train Travel

It connects the national capital Beijing with the "Ice and Snow City" Harbin as the northern terminal. A beautiful port city: Dalian is part of the Northeast High-speed Rail Network.

High-speed trains were originally designed especially for businessmen. However, the unbelievable speed (up to300 km/h), the punctuality, and the comfort make high-speed trains a good choice for travelers as well. Though planes are faster than high-speed trains for long distances, when travelling short distances high-speed trains take a similar amount of time or less, once getting to the airport, checking in, etc. is taken into account. Taking Beijing to Shanghai as an example, it takes about 5 hours by air, including the time to/from the airport, waiting time and flying time. The time for taking the high-speed train is also about 5 hours, and it's cheaper.

High-speed trains have a reliable and exact departure time and arrival time, which surpasses any other transportation in China. Compared with ordinary trains, high-speed train seats are much larger and softer.

There is a small desk by each seat, which passengers can use for reading or eating. There is also a socket under the seat, which provides great convenience for laptop users. There is a toilet in each car, with a display above the door to show whether it's available or not. For long distance travel, a meal is provided on high-speed trains, with three or more choices.

Beijing–Harbin PDL (Passenger Designated Line) is a high-speed railway starting from Beijing, traveling about 1,700 km, through Hebei Province,  Liaoning Province, Jilin Province, to Harbin, Heilongjiang Province. Beijing–Harbin PDL is made up of three subroutes: Harbin–Dalian PDL, Beijing–Shenyang PDL, and the Panjin–Yingkou PDL spur.

Great Wall of China

Beijing is the capital of China, a must-visit destination for many foreign travelers. The magic of Beijing is that it is a good combination of ancient China and a modern international city. The red walls, golden roofs, and stone roads of the Forbidden City typify ancient China, and the extraordinary designs of the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube represent Beijing's super-modern front.

In Beijing the four seasons are very clear. Summer is hot with most of the year's moderate rainfall, and snow falls in the winter. Spring is the season to see flowers blooming in the parks, and fall is the most popular season for travel, with spectacular autumn colors on the hills and around the Great Wall.

  • Summer Palace
  • Hutong
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Forbidden City

Top Things to Do in Beijing

Forbidden City

There are many ancient Chinese constructions in Beijing, from which travelers can see the wisdom of the ancient Chinese people. For example, at the Temple of Heaven, where emperors worshiped heaven and prayed for good harvests, travelers can see how  the stone platform was designed for optimum audibility. And, in the hutongs, travelers will be impressed by the economic use of space.

We have tours to give you an insight into imperial life and ordinary people’s lives.Travelers should not miss the delicious food. Many outstanding cooks come to Beijing from different places, so travelers can enjoy almost any taste of cooking in Beijing. Beijing has been called the 8th “Delicious Food City” in the world and has many delicious foods. Beijing roast duck is the outstanding representative. Using the best ducks, traditional Beijing Roast Duck is roasted with the wood of fruit trees. When finished the duck is a beautiful red color, and it tastes tender and wonderful. In the evening, after a roast duck dinner, you should see one of China's classic performances, such as Peking opera or a kung fu show.

Chengde Summer Palace

Chengde is an old city with a long history in Hebei Province. According to archaeologists, there have been human beings around Chengde since primitive times. However, Chengde was not well known as a city until the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). When Emperor Kangxi was in power, he went to Chengde to stay cool in summer. In 1703 Emperor Kangxi built a palace in Chengde. After which time many imperial officials and businessmen followed the emperor to build houses and spend their summers in Chengde. Chengde has become a well-developed travelling and business city. Thanks to the cool weather and ideal location, Chengde is still a favorite travelling destination in North China.

Top Things to Do in Chengde

Chengde Summer Palace

The Mountain Resort is the most popular attraction in Chengde. It took 89 years to build, and is made up of the palace of the emperor, the royal garden, and the outlying temples. Emperor Qianlong named “72 sites” there, each of which is impressive in its own right. Since the completion of the Mountain Resort, the emperors of the Qing Dynasty spent a long time in Chengde every year. They met foreign visitors and frontier minority political leaders, so the Mountain Resort is not only famous for its good weather and perfect views, but also for historical and cultural relics.

The temples are important parts of the Mountain Resort, which are an interesting contrast with the emperors’ palace and the royal garden. The temples were built as a sign of friendship, by which the emperors tried to show their respect to other religions. Among the temples, the greatest one is Putuo Zongcheng Temple, modeled after the Potala Palace, Lhasa, and so nicknamed “Mini Potala Palace”. Chengde is not a very big city, but you may want to spend a whole day or more there. If you want to have a look at “the Back Garden of Beijing”, Chengde is a nice choice.

Shenyang Palace Museum

Shenyang is one of the biggest cities in Northeast China, the heart of transportation in the region for many years.

The most famous sight in Shenyang is the Shenyang Palace Museum. The Shenyang Palace Museum is the second largest royal palace after the one in Beijing. The buildings share the architectural styles of Han, Manchu, and Mongolian. Different from the Forbidden City, Beijing, the Shenyang Palace Museum retains the Manchu court art. If you first visit the Forbidden City in Beijing you will be able to appreciate the differences between the two sites.

Shuaifu is another famous sight in Shenyang. In Chinese, Shuaifu means 'the house of the general'. Shuaifu was the home of Zhang Zuolin and Zhang Xueliang. This father and son were important celebrities in modern China. From the Shenyang Palace Museum and Shuaifu, visitors can have a vivid history lesson from a local guide, learning about the build-up of the Qing Dynasty and the stories of how it ended.

There is also a modern site which is very popular in Shenyang called Liu Laogen Big Stage. Liu Laogen is a character in a TV series made by Zhao Benshan, a popular comedian in China. After the success of the TV series, Zhao Benshan built Liu Laogen Big Stage to perform local shows popular in Northeast China, such as errenzhuan (a song-and-dance duet). The characteristic of Liu Laogen Big Stage is that it is warm, happy, and lively. Many of the performers are students of Zhao Benshan himself. If you want to know more about the culture of northeast people, and see how they spend their spare time, Liu Laogen Big Stage is a must-go place.
The restaurants in Shenyang should not be ignored. The friendly northeast people have the largest plates in the world, and the quantity of food served may amaze you. Since many visitors have the experience of losing their way in Shenyang, our pick-up-and-transfer service may help you out.

St Sofia Orthodox Church

Harbin has many nick names, such as “East Moscow”, “East Paris”, “and the eldest son of PRC”, “Ice City”, and “Pearl City Under the Neck of the Swan”.

The best season to go to Harbin is winter, when Harbin turns into a white city. Although it is very cold, travelers would have the opportunity to see sights that are seldom seen in other places. However, summer is also a good place for those who want to stay away from the heat of the rest of China.

  • Ice and Snow World
  • Harbin Snacks
  • Ice and Snow World
  • Harbin Styly of Skiing

Top Things to Do in Harbin

International Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival attract many visitors each year. Since 1985, it has become a big event for people in Harbin. During the one-month festival, people can see ice lanterns, snow sculptures and performances based around ice or snow in the Harbin Ice and Snow World. There are also many entertainment programs. The Harbin Summer Music Gathering welcomes you in August every other year. The Harbin Summer Concert is one of the three biggest music gatherings in China. Many stars will come to Harbin during the 10 days.

The building style in Harbin is fabulous. Unlike modern buildings in other cities of China, Harbin retains a lot old buildings. Those buildings have strong characteristics of Russia and Europe. The street views make visitors feel like they are visiting an art museum. Gothic buildings, Baroque buildings, Byzantine buildings, eclecticism buildings, new art movement buildings, Chinese buildings, French-avant-garde buildings, and postmodern buildings all stand by the road, “telling” visitors about the history of the city.

When in Harbin in winter, keeping warm is the first priority. If you do not have clothes for sub -20°C temperatures, you could buy warm clothes when you arrive in Harbin, because they will be cheap, nice, and effective. In addition, you should store your camera carefully, as the coldness may harm it.

Tiger Beach Ocean Park

Dalian is “the front door to Beijing and Tianjin”. Beside the ocean, people in Dalian are as open as the sea, and it is never too hot or too cold in Dalian, so people spend a lot of time outside. Like Brazil, Dalian is crazy about football. Talking about football, people in Dalian, no matter old or young, man or woman, all become excited and have a lot of stories to tell.

Coming to Dalian, the first thing to do should be to eat the fresh seafood with beer by the seashore. Dalian’s seafood is cheap and delicious. An interesting phenomenon is that when people from other places attend a wedding dinner party in Dalian, they are surprised that there is seafood in almost every dish.

Besides eating, Dalian has many special attractions. Dalian Polar Aquarium is a good place to go. This aquarium consists of many polar animals that are seldom seen in other aquariums. Visitors can not only see the animals, learn about their living habits, but also can enjoy their shows. The atmosphere in the aquarium is so warm and happy that both adults and children can have a nice day there.

Top Things to Do in Dalian

Dalian Shell Museum

Another attraction is the Russian Style Street. The 500-meter street is a trading market designed according to the Russian style. There are Russian-style buildings which are used as Russian restaurants, bars, or clubs. Russian wine, sausages, boots, clothes, and handicrafts with authentic cultural characteristics may give visitors an illusion that they are in Moscow.

Dalian is also very beautiful during the night. Colorful lights sparkle all around the city. During the evening, going out to see the squares is a perfect choice. Dalian has the largest number of squares in the world, such as Xinghai Square and Renmin Square, and each of them is designed to impress visitors.

Red Sea Wetland

Panjin is just a small city, compared with Harbin or Dalian. However, the special ecological environment there is attracting visitors from all over the world.

The most famous place in Panjin is Red Beach. Red Beach is the largest coastal wetland worldwide. The beach is red due to a kind of grass growing there. When autumn comes, the grass turns red. The sea of red grass moves like the waves of the nearby sea when the wind blows. It is strongly recommended that visitors take a walk on the wood bridge, enjoying the wind, the sunset, and the red grass sea.

There are also many reeds around Panjin, planted to make paper. Many people like to take a boat ride through the reeds, where the quietness of nature is very relaxing. Red Beach and the reeds around are also the home of many little crabs. Visitors can hire a crab fishing pole to go crab fishing. The crabs in Panjin are very famous. In fact Panjin crab is one of the best river crabs in north China. Tasting those crabs in the nearby villages with rice (Panjin is famous for its rice as well) would be an unforgettable experience.

Thanks to the flourishing wetland environment, Panjin attracts not only human guests, but also wildlife. Many different kinds of birds come to Panjin each year; some of them come to enjoy the cool summer, and some of them are permanent residents, including some rare species. People in Panjin love the birds and treat them well. As a result, the birds are friendly to people as well. So visitors to Panjin may get close to the birds.

Since the attractions are wetland areas, they are far from the city center. We can arrange transport and tours for your convenience.

Xianren Island

Yingkou is where the Liao River runs into the sea. As the first export port in Northeast China, Yingkou used to be a center of the regional economy, finance, trade and culture. Yingkou has several places to go. The first place is Liaohe Old Street, where Yingkou first started, with its historical buildings and shopping opportunities.

Another attraction of Yingkou is Wang’er Mountain. Wang’er meas waiting for the son, as the mountain looks like a mother standing and watching the sea. The story of the mountain is that long, long ago, a mother and a son lived by the sea, and they were very poor. One year there was an exam in Beijing, which was the only opportunity that could change the condition of the poor family. The son went to Beijing by ship and the mother kept working at home.

However, the ship sunk on the way to Beijing and her son never came back. The mother was so desperate that she shouted towards the sea each day: “Come back, my son! I miss you so much!” Year after year, the mother stood by the sea every day, until she died. God was so moved that he turned the mother into a mountain and the mother’s tears became a hot spring.

Many people are touched by the story and come to Yingkou to see the “mother” mountain. Without the story, Wang’er Mountain is still a good place to visit. Mountain and rock scenery, fruit trees and a hot spring, all make Wang’er Mountain into a local holiday destination.

Moon Lake Park is designed according to local ocean culture. Like Disneyland and other big parks, there are special performances at various times each day. All the performances are designed to interact with visitors.