Where to Stay in Harbin: Best Areas to Stay in Harbin

Harbin, reputed as the “City of Ice” and “Oriental Moscow”, boasts its special type of charm to become an appealing traveling destination for people from the rest of the world. No matter its atmospheric exotic Russian and European styled architectures, or the cold but super “hot” world-class Ice and Snow Festival gala, Harbin is so attractive for spending 3 to more days to savor its mixed beauty. And here we will help you know about where to stay in Harbin for your upcoming Harbin tour planning! Let’s go!

5 Best Areas to Stay in Harbin

Harbin is actually a large city, however, among the so large land, there are about 5 top chosen places to stay for travelers, which are downtown part of Daoli, downtown part of Nangang, Harbin West Railway Station and nearby, River North in Songbei, and Yabuli Ski Resort area. Please check details of each recommended area to choose your most suitable one.

Where to Stay in Harbin Map of Places to Stay in Harbin

1. Downtown Part of Daoli District - Hot Choice with Top Attractions for First-timers

Daoli District covers a part of Harbin downtown and Harbin Taiping International Airport. A lot of first-timers to Harbin choose to stay in the downtown part of Daoli since there contains a lot of popular tourist attractions such as St. Sophia Cathedral, Stalin Park, etc. Also, the flavored Zhongyang Pedestrian Street symbolizing the European styled life of Harbin people and being the miniature of Harbin City also locates with this are. So if you are looking for the exotic buildings and authentic life and jubilant culture of this city, downtown part of Daoli will be your very nice choice. Furthermore, within there, many good reputed accommodations and luxury 5-star hotels are easy to find for your high quality stay.

Top Attractions:

Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, St. Sophia Cathedral, Stalin Park, Harbin Flood Control Memorial Tower, Jiuzhan Park, Zhaolin Park, etc.

Popular Streets: Youyi Road, Diduan Street, Zhaolin Street, Tongjiang Street

Recommended Accommodations:

  • Shangri-La (Youyi Road) (5 Star)
  • Harbin Huate Hotel (5 Star)
  • Wanda Realm Harbin (4 Star)
  • Metropark Holiday Inn (Harbin City Center) (4 Star)
  • Harbin Petrochemical Engineering Hotel (4 Star)
  • Tianzhi Hotel (3 Star)

Popular Tour to Enjoy Top Harbin Highlights:

>> 3 Days Classic Harbin Winter Tour

Where to Stay in Harbin - Harbin Hotel Shangri-La Hotel in Daoli District
Where to Stay in Harbin - St. Sophia Cathedral St. Sophia Cathedral in Snow

2. Downtown Part of Nangang District - Another Favored Area for Traveling

Nangang District is adjacent to Harbin City center at Daoli District is another frequent choice for travelers. Housing the European featured Gogol Street and the precious St. Alexiev’s Church, this area is treated as another great site for a different historical feeling of old Europe and Russia. Besides, Harbin Railway Station is within this district for your possible train catching. Here you can easily choose your cozy accommodation as it offers really a lot in different levels, from luxury international brands to budget homestay and inns.

What to Find: Gogol Street, St. Alexiev’s Church, Confucius Temple, Harbin Railway Station, etc.

Recommended Accommodations:

  • Harbin Splendent Hotel (5 Star)
  • Heilongjiang Trade Union Business Hotel (4 Star)
  • Zhengming Jinjiang Hotel (4 Star)
  • L Hotel (Xuanhua Street Nangang District Government) (4 Star)
Where to Stay in Harbin - Harbin Hotel Harbin Spenlent Hotel

3. Harbin West Railway Station and Nearby - Good for Train Catching

Harbin West Railway Station also belongs to Nangang District in Harbin. As a new developing area, lots of new and good reputed accommodations are located surrounding the railway station and the nearby commercial circles, such as Wanda Plaza, etc. So, a part from saving more time on the way for your train away from Harbin, it also offers convenient facilities for your shopping and simple buying.

Recommended Accommodations:

  • Wanda Realm Harbin (5 Star)
  • SYDCN Hotel (5 Star)
  • Shuiyi City Hotel (4 Star)
Where to Stay in Harbin - Harbin Hotel Harbin Wanda Realm Hotel

4. River North in Songbei District - Close to Ice & Snow Festival Site with Most Luxury Hotels

Songbei District in Harbin is where the city government is situated. People staying in Songbei usually choose the south part which they usually call that part as River North, since the Sun Island and Ice & Snow World are rightly sitting within and enjoy a very short distance for around 15 minutes to most popular staying places, so it is very suitable if you visit Harbin particularly for the Ice & Snow Festival in winter season. Furthermore, the River North in Songbei boasts the most high standard luxury hotels among the whole Harbin City, including many noble international chain brands, therefore, if you are considering of a superior trip with high quality, that area will be your great choice.

Recommended Accommodations:

  • Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin (5 Star)
  • Wanda Vista Hotel Harbin (5 Star)
  • Wanda Realm Resort Harbin Songbei (5 Star)
  • JW Marriott Hotel Harbin River North (5 Star)
  • Crowne Plaza Harbin Songbei (5 Star)

Popular Tour to Enjoy Harbin Ice & Snow Festival:

>> 3 Days Harbin Ice Festival Tour

Where to Stay in Harbin - Harbin Hotel Luxury JW Marriott Hotel in Songbei
Ice and Snow World Harbin Ice and Snow World Night View

5. Yabuli Ski Resort - Best for Joyous Skiing Holiday

Arranging some time to ski and have more fun with snow in Harbin is also very popular for visitors there. And Yabuli Ski Resort being the icon ski resort in China deserves your stay to experience the superb items more than skiing, such as sliding, snow tubing, snowmobiling, etc. Although it is 230km away from Harbin downtown, Yabuli Ski Resort is professional and ideal with a series of great hotels and resorts that offers comfortable guest houses and suites, diverse activities and praised services. If you are interested with the snow activities, it is HIGHLY recommended to stay at least 1 night in the sky resort to wake up with the pure and shinning snow outside your glass window!

Recommended Accommodations:

  • 5-star: Club Med Resort Yabuli, Sun Mountain Lodge, Avaunce International Exhibition Center; Yabuli Broadcast International Hotel;
  • 4-star: Olympics Club, Windmill VIP House;
  • 3-star: Windmill Resort Hotel; News Hotel; Electricity Hotel; Yabuli Mountain Villa; Yunding Hotel, etc.
Where to Stay in Harbin - Harbin Hotel Clubmed in Yabuli


Popular Tour to Yabuli Ski Resort:

>> 5 Days Harbin Winter Tour with Yabuli Ski Resort

Besides the above recommended areas, there are also some other places chosen by visitors to Harbin, such as Xiangfang District, and so on. Please check top Harbin hotels >>.

How to Plan a Trip to Harbin

Having a tour to Harbin is dreamy and cool, so how to plan a trip to this amazing city?

Day 1-2: Usually, you can think of 1-2 days to catch all the top classic highlights of Harbin with its city with the featured exotic architectural gems of Baroque, Byzantine, and other styles, such as St. Sophia Cathedral, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, Siberian Tiger Park, Laodaowai street block, etc.

Day 3: Besides, if you visit Harbin during its grant World Ice and Snow Festival in winter, you are extremely recommended 1 day to join in this gala to admire the excellent and gorgeous carving masterpieces in Sun Island and Ice & Snow World.

Day 4-5: Furthermore, if you are able to spend a longer winter vacation there, it is one of your top must-do things to visit Yabuli Ski Resort to express your skills and happiness in the snowfield, which usually needs about 1-2 days.

Day 6: Moreover, a further visit of 1-2 day to the Snow Town 5.5 hours driving distance away can also be called an unbelievable experience with those lovely dwelling cottages covered with thick snow. What a peaceful and idyllic land!

Top Popular Harbin Tour Packages:

>> 3 Days Classic Harbin Winter Tour

>> 3 Days Harbin Ice Festival Tour

>> 5 Days Harbin Winter Tour with Yabuli Ski Resort

>> 5 Days Charming Harbin & China Snow Town Winter Tour

>> 6 Days Amazing Snow Ice Tour from Beijing by High Speed Train

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