Harbin offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational entertainment revolving around the icy cold weather. Finding unique ways to stay warm in the frigidly cold climate can be an art and source of entertainment in and of itself. The city's architecture and Russian roots make this a unique and attractive Chinese city.
Although night is much colder than daytime in Harbin, the locals enjoy their rich and colorful nightlife just the same. Maybe this in part contributes to the many recreational facilities in this city, ranging from tranquil tea houses to noisy KTV. Nobody should fail to see the night view of the Ice City. Strolling along the exotic Zhongyang Dajie with buildings in different styles, you will find the soft-painted buildings quite alluring and even more charming and fascinating by night.
Coffee and Tea
You may prefer to linger for a quiet chat in a tea house or one of the many cafes; either sipping a hot drink or maybe playing cards with friends; an excellent way to relax and unwind after a day's sightseeing. Recommend Bifengtang Tea House & Jazz Island Coffee.
Bars & Clubs
Many of the bars in this city not surprisingly have a strong Russian influence, meaning, lots of vodka. Check out Guogeli Jie, a bar street located near the Harbin Train Station or Diduan Jie. Both locations offer popular drinking establishments, such as the popular Mozart Bar, karaoke venues and a few clubs.
For those who like Karaoke, Harbin's more popular KTVs can be found in the Nangang District.
Although much of its old architecture has been replaced by modern skyscrapers, many corners of the city still retain the stylistic designs of imperial Russia. Walk along the Songhua River into the city's Daoliqu District, which houses most of the city's historic buildings.