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48 Hours in Harbin (Part Two) Posted by on Jan 30, 2017

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in 60 Seconds

Hopefully you got some good rest in a nice warm bed after that big first day in Harbin. After playing on the frozen river, checking out the Snow Expo, and enjoying the smaller ice festival at Zhaolin Park, it’s time to go big on the second day. Speaking of big, the day starts out with…

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Celebrating Spring Festival in a Village Posted by on Jan 27, 2017

All around China, families are gathered together to celebrate the Spring Festival. There’s a massive feast, dragon dances, plenty of red envelopes, the CCTV New Year’s Gala, and more fireworks than you can imagine. While we were living in Kunming, we had the pleasure of ringing in the Chinese New Year in our friend’s village…

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Day One in Harbin (Video) Posted by on Jan 24, 2017

Explore China’s “Ice City” in our new mini-series about “48 Hours in Harbin.” This video goes along with the written post detailing your itinerary for day one. Hang out on the frozen Songhua River at the “Ice and Snow Happy Valley,” take a stroll in Stalin Park, admire the sculptures at the Snow Expo, and…

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48 Hours in Harbin (Part One) Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

Located in the Northeast region of China known as Dongbei (东北 – dōng běi), the city of Harbin (哈尔滨 – hā ěr bīn) is one of the top places to visit in winter. Known as China’s “Ice City” (冰城 – bīng chéng), the capital of Heilongjiang province is a winter wonderland if there ever was…

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10 Things to Do for Chinese New Year Posted by on Jan 19, 2017

Getting Ready for Spring Festival

The Spring Festival (春节 – chūn jié) – also known as Chinese New Year – is right around the corner. Millions upon millions of people in China are in the midst of the annual Spring Festival rush (春运 chūn yùn) trying to make it home in time for the New Year. As the holiday approaches,…

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