A couple of times I made a stopover in Harbin on my way to Qiqihar. Sometimes it’s more cost effective to fly into Harbin and then take a train or drive to Qiqihar or Changchun. When I did that the first time in 2012, the train was a “green train”, i.e. a very slow one, but in 2014 they opened a new high-speed line.

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Harbin train station

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Inside a slow train to Qiqihar. The tea in a thermos is courtesy of the Chinese Railroads


Harbin main street

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My couchsurfing friend Lucy. I never actually couchsurfed in Harbin, always staying at hotels but Lucy and her son Richard were very kind to show me around the city.


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At Pizza Hut with Lucy


This year Lucy invited me over for a tea


At Lucy’s. She lives in a new high-rise with her husband, who works at a nuclear powerplant (or a company that manufactures equipment for nuclear power plants, not sure). Her son Richard now goes to the University somewhere in Shanghai.


A Soviet-style building in downtown Harbin

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Inside Saint Sophia Cathedral

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On Zhongyang street


A Russian singer on the balcony of Modern Hotel performing Chinese songs

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Pedestrian-Railroad bridge across Songhua river

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Songhua river

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Typical Soviet-style “Khruschovkas

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A Wal-Mart on Zhongyang street

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Funny Russian translations


Cablecar to Sun Island Park

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Sun Island Park

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Nice Rover

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With my friends Jackie and Linda at Sun Island park. Jackie is one of my colleagues, he lives and works in Guangzhou and has relatives in Harbin. Linda is his cousin from Harbin.


Jackie horsing around

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On a Songhua river cruise boat


Selfie fail


My hotel at the end of Zhongyang street by the river

IMG_6446 IMG_6447This is Harbin Flood Control Monument at Stalin Park

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Stalin Park

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Zhongyang street at night


My hotel at night


A nice piece of art at the hotel lobby. The water flowing from second floor through a bunch of bowls to the fountain in the lobby


View from my hotel room



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Jackie’s family took me to a Japanese hibachi restaurant. We spent there 3.5 hours and the food just kept coming!


Some kind of eggplant dish, super delicious


Bamboo & chocolate rolls at the hotel, also really good


At a western restaurant on Zhongyang street


We found a Russian restaurant (which wasn’t a problem at all)


Jackie discovering the taste of borsch


Sparkling water – a rare find in China



I took advantage of people sitting still while having their portraits drawn by street artist 🙂

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Qiqihar is a second largest city of the Heilongjiang province, about 300 km north of Harbin. I go there fo work every year for a couple of days, sometimes I fly direct and sometimes I get picked up at Harbin airport and they then they take me back. On my way back to Harbin, I am usually accompanied by the family of my host at the company, they use this opportunity to visit Harbin and shop 🙂

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Toll highway from Qiqihar to Harbin

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Toll plaza


A roadside restaurant


Deciding what to order


Lunch aftermath


One time they took me to Zhalong Nature Reserve with its famous red-crowned cranes.


At Zhalong Nature Reserve

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My travel companions

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The cranes!


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  1. Макс, почему у тебя нельзя лайкать?
    когда увидела красные пакетики с чаем – то аж захотелось лайкнуть!))) у меня такой же синенький… я как раз перед нг по дому все углы обшарила, мне кто-то подарил)))

    девушка в красно-оранжевом за стеклом – это чтобы руками не трогали?))))

    Руссизм и в зарбине есть…)))
    Василий русский пиво – )))) и пр и пр…
    только про аптеку “каньньта” – не поняла… що цэ такэ?
    “прямоприн адлежит золото”… – долго не могла понять… и до сих пор не могу понять))) как холото может быть прямо? и еще принадлежит))) прикоооолл)))
    Катюша и там есть… какая я))) вездесущая)))) я прото балдею, когда меня племмянник называет “тетя Катюшка”))))

    а вот с девушками – какойже ты все-таки любитель девушек, Макс!… едь это же долго КАЖДУЮ рисовать… наверняка часа 2 там провел))) показатель однако)))

    1. Меня можно лайкать, для этого нужно чтобы ты была залогинена в фейсбуке.
      По-поводу девушек которых рисовали, там было штук 10 рисовальщиков, поэтому долго ждать мне не пришлось 🙂

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