Weather: The weather in September is very changeable, and there is a big difference of temperature between day and night. But it is usually sunny, dry and clear with 10 days of rainfall for a total of 58 mm of rain. Most days are pleasant for foreign tourists and for Chinese people on vacation for the Mid-Autumn Festival. There are 8 hours of daylight per day.
The average daily low and high temperatures are respectively 9 °C (48 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F).
Clothing: Temperatures are low enough to need trousers, long sleeves, and a jacket or sweater at night. You might need rain gear, so check the weather forecast for Harbin>>
Chinese-Russian Market Area: For bargains and getting low prices for the Russian and Chinese products, this area of five cross streets with two large indoor markets is the best place to go. You'll find a wide variety of products, such as Russian furs, chocolates, vodka, antiques, and food delicacies from both countries. Be on guard against fake products. The shops are generally open every day from noon until about 11 pm.
The Mid-Autumn Festival: It's the second biggest holiday in China, and crowds of Chinese people go out to enjoy the parks and relax at the restaurants and Central Market Street. For 2/3 of the years, the holidays are in the middle or end of September. If it is near the October 1 National Day holidays, it becomes a part of a "golden week" of holidays. Try the local moon cakes that are made from the fruits and nuts of the season.
Harbin Central Market Street: This central shopping street is where you can sightsee, casually shop, dine and enjoy a summer walk.
This was part of the original city that was built by Russians and other foreigners a hundred years ago. The old buildings in the area make for good sightseeing, and you can also walk to St. Sophia Cathedral and Zhaolin Park nearby.
The pedestrian shopping street is more than a kilometer long and is lined with restaurants and stores and two malls. There are also two modern malls including the French Carrefour. There are Russian restaurants and other international restaurants.
September is a moderately high travel and tourism season if the Mid-Autumn Festival is in September. Otherwise, it is a moderate travel month. There is always a jump of travel and tourism at the end of September for the October 1 National Day holidays and during the Mid-Autumn Festival holidays though, and on these days, expect some difficulty to reserve rooms and tickets and high prices. It is best to be aware of the holiday schedule and book two months ahead.
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