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Weather: Spring springs up in April with warmer but frequently changing weather. April is still cold at night, with many sunny days. The average nightly low temperature is 0 °C (32 °F), and the average daily high temperature is 14 °C (57 °F).
There is a temperature drop from day to night of 15 °C. It still sometimes snows in April, but there are only 6 days of precipitation for a monthly total of only 19 mm. People enjoy about 8 hours of sunshine a day during this comparatively dry month. Check the weather forecast for Harbin>>
Clothing: Most buildings are heated. Because there is a big temperature drop after dark, it is best to dress in layers. Bring warm clothes such as a undergarments, a thick coat, gloves, and a hat or scarf. Waterproof shoes with good traction are needed for slush and snow. Read about keeping warm in Harbin and other tips.
Siberian Tiger Park: The Siberian Tigers love cold weather. This huge cat is the biggest surviving breed of big cat. They can weigh 225 kilograms or 500 pounds. These animals are housed on about 250 acres of land in an area just north of Sun Island across a branch of the Songhua River. They are bred there along with other large cats such as pumas, lions and Bengal tigers.
It is thought that less than 500 of them survive in the wild in Russia and China. So the breeding program may be the only way to preserve the species. Visitors can ride in vans or walk around their fences and even feed the animals.
St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral: This structure has long been one of Harbin's main landmarks. It might be a surprise to see a Russian Orthodox cathedral in China. It was built in the early 20th century when Harbin had a very large Russian population, and it still serves the large Russian expat community.
Inside, the artwork and architectural features are beautiful and unusual. The exterior looks awesome as well whether by day or night. It is 53 meters (174 feet) high, and it looks much like the cathedral that is in Red Square in Moscow. It is located in the center of Harbin, and there are other interesting foreign-built buildings of a variety of styles that were built in the same era. You can can see them in a walking tour of the area.
Harbin Central Market: This cobblestone street is a place to go for a walk, see the old Russian and foreign buildings that are almost a hundred years old, and shop for Russian, Chinese and international goods.
This stretch of street is more than a kilometer long (about a mile) and lined with stores, restaurants, and malls. In the stores, you'll find Russian food and goods such as furs, vodka, souvenirs, and dolls. There are Russian restaurants and other international restaurants. St. Sophia Cathedral and Zhaolin Park are both within two blocks away.
The busy Winter Fest and Spring Festival travel rush is over, and prices are low for hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets. It is a good time to come for winter scenery at lower prices. Our train schedule and train ticket pages are very good.
It is best not to rely on the local taxis. The weather is still cold and slushy, and there are not as many taxis as other cities. Let us arrange your private driver and vehicle for you or your group.
Our clients can design their own China tours and see the local sites and other places throughout China too. So you can decide what you'd like to do in Harbin and other places and let us help you arrange the tickets, accommodations, and travel. Tell us the approximate arrival and departure dates.
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