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Hei Longjiang:

Heilongjiang is located at north most of China and borders Russia in the northeast. It was historically one of the main gateways from China to Russia and Europe. Together with the provinces of Jilin and Liaoning, it makes up the northeast region of China historically referred to as Manchuria. It is a land of vast plains, forests and mountain ranges.
Its capital Harbin still retains its old Russian heritage and some remarkable Russian architecture. Once a year Harbin is home to one of the world’s largest Ice Festivals that attracts visitors from all over the world.
In winter Heilongjiang offers snow areas and the possibility to ski. Spring and summer open the rest of the countryside for exploration. Zhalong Nature Reserve has vast wetlands and is home to more than 236 species of birds, including the rare Red-crowned Crane.

All Excursions in Heilongjiang:

Harbin:

Harbin, often referred to as Little Moscow, is China's northernmost major city and capital of this most northerly Heilongjiang province. Historically, the city has had a lot of Russian influence, in particular after the Russian Civil War of 1918. The influence remains clearly visible in the building styles and foods. The world famous Harbin Snow Festival with its Snow Sculpture Park and Ice Lantern Festival (held between December 31 - mid February) is a family treat not to be missed. The Siberian Tiger Park is another highlight of the visit, especially for children.
Harbin is at the same latitude as Montreal, and winter temperatures is between -10 and over -30 °C.(in the past three years the lowest is around -17 due to the influence of the global warm).

Highlights
* Ice Lantern Festival at night is poetic and colourful fiesta of ice and light.
* Daytime Snow Sculpture Expo on Sun Island is worldly famous
* Drive into a park of over 200 free roaming Siberian tigers and lions on snow, feed them with flying pheasants and watch them capturing their prey is special experience. Great fun for both adults & children.
* Watch swiming and diving peformance on the frozen river, and play ice Slides.

* Drink in an ice Bar on the street of Russian-influenced architecture.
* Japanese Germ Warfare Base in Harbin is an eye-opening site to get to know the history of World War II in the Far East.

Best time to visit
Winter. Travel soon to avoid the peak season starting late January - February.
Harbin Snow Sculpture Expo & Ice Lantern Festival begin officially on the second week of January annually till mid February. But they are actually open to visitors right after Christmas, when ice lanterns are complete and 80% snow sculptures are done. By then, you can see sculptors working on them.
Summer is popular for local tourists.


Wudalianchi -- "Five Large Connected Pools"

Seven hours further north of Harbin by train, there is a place that draws a little attention - Wudalianchi, literally the "Five Large Connected Pools".

For centuries this little village, high up in the inhospitable northeast of the province, remained cut off from external intrusion, housing only a few hunter-fishermen. The area was not the safest, not only rugged and populated with ferocious animals like the now almost extinct Siberian Tiger, but also one of the only volcanic regions of China, this area's last eruption occurring in the early eighteenth century.

Even when northeastern China became popular, with both Japanese and Russians realising the strategic importance of Manchuria for Asian dominance, the village remained obscure. The exploratory Russians in their building of the extensive Dalian-Vladivostok Railway ignored Wudalianchi. It was not until after the Cultural Revolution in the early eighties, with the commencement of large scale economic development and when academic freedom once more came to the fore, that scientists (mainly geologists and vulcanologists) attempted to highlight the medical uses of the spring water. The resort now is a haven for the infirm and ailing, flocks of people from all over China coming here to dip their skin disorders, balding hair, and badly circulating limbs into the hot spring waters.

This is still a place for those after a bit more of a challenge, brisk temperatures and 14 volcanoes to scale

are good exercise for those visiting this area. It is also a great place to relax, be it bathing in a hot spring or strolling the wooded slopes after a bit of isolation

 

Snow Village and Forest:
The densest forest of China (in Dongbei or Manchuria) , the thickest snow deposit, and the most transparent sunshine of North China, as well as honest and hospitable tree farm workers and delicious rural meals, “China’s Home of Snow” offers a unique beautiful scenery and thrilling sporting experiences.
The Dongbei Tree Farm is located in northeastern China’s province of Heilongjiang, with an annual snowfall typically lasting more than four months. The snow may long remain two meters in depth. Thus the farm earns the reputation - “Home of Snow.” Stars glitter in the sky over the tranquil virgin forest; orange lamplights flicker and seep from the windows of snow-covered wooden homes; light smoke swirls upward from chimneys; and red, twinkling lanterns add life to the white village.
Cold air from Siberia meets the warm air currents from the Sea of Japan, resulting in abundant snowfall. The first snowfall usually arrives in October, and does not melt until seven months later. The white snow carpets the mountain, the wooden houses and the ground, and thus a silver dreamland stretches far beyond the horizon.
The town has 100 households, most of them are workers of the local Forestry Bureau, although the mountains were closed to conserve the natural forests.
Every winter waves of tourists flood to this land of snow to wage snowball war, ride sleds pulled by horses and dogs, and delight in skiing and riding snowmobiles.
A primary ski resort was established in 1999 the Shuangfeng Scenic Zone, offering 450-meter-long, 50-meter-wide courses and 50 types of ski gear.
Mudanjiang City
Mudanjiang City also has Snow Sculpture and Ice Lantern Festival, a good alternative to Harbin.


Zhalong Crane Nature Reserve:

Not far from Inner Mongolia, on the lower reaches of the Wuyu River in the west of Heilongjiang Province, the Zhalong Nature Reserve covers an area of 2,100 square kilometers. The reserve is home to 296 types of birds, most of them waterfowls. China is home to nine of 15 existing varieties of cranes, Zhalong boasts six of these nine. By the western edge of the reserve, a tourism zone has been built to serve bird watchers. They can visit exhibitions and domestication farms, but also lakes and pavilions were they can observe many different kinds of birds.

Besides these, you can also go to Mohe (the most north part in China), Sun island, Yanzhi Gou.