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    Harbin, as one of the largest cities in northeast China and also having an ideal geographic location, has convenient and multiple means of transportation to and from the city. Furthermore, Harbin is one of China's gateways into vast Siberia, Russia and northeast Asia.

    By Air:

    Besides convenient air connections with the majority of China's important cities, Harbin has regular flights to cities in Russia, South Korea, and Japan. There are shuttle buses to and from the airport available every twenty minutes at Tai Pingqiao near Heilongjiang Institute of Technology and the CAAC office on 224 ZhongshanLu.

    Flights to and from


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    Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun

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    Tue, Thurs, Sat

    2.5 hours


    Mon, Thurs

    3 hours

    By Train:

    Harbin is the second largest railway hub in northeast China after Shenyang. Numerous trains depart and arrive at Harbin everyday.  

    From Harbin, direct trains runs to Dalian, Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Changchun, Tianjin and Shenyang. There are also express trains and lines to other provincial destinations in Heilongjiang such as Jiamusi, Qiqihar, Suihuan and Mudanjiang.

    There are three major train stations in Harbin: Harbin Main Station, Harbin West Station and Harbin East Station. Most of the inter-provincial trains use Harbin Station in the northeast of the city on Tielu Jie. You should be able to get to the station in a taxi from most places in the city. The main train ticketing center is in the trainstation (Train information Tel: 6420115). Harbin has a telephone reservation center (Tel:3602828), that you can call to book train tickets. The newly-built high-speed railway can offer quicker trips to Beijing, Shenyang, Changchun and Dalian. You can take a taxi, Bus 203 or Bus 11 to Harbin West Station.

    Into Siberia and Russia: from northern Heilongjiang there are crossing points into Siberia. From Harbin take train K7035 to Heihe (leaves 6.30pm/12 hours). From here, you can get into Russia (with all the right paper work). Train K7035 leaves Heihe and heads back to Harbin at 9pm daily. You can also take the train from Harbin to Suifenhe (departs 9:15 pm) from where a ten hour bus journey will take you on to Vladivostok. Be warned that access to Russia through all these routes can be difficult. Visas for Siberia and Russia should be arranged in Beijing, although some travelers report that they have managed to get them in Shenyang. To get the Visa, all accommodation in Russia must be prearranged, making the whole ordeal to be fairly costly.

    The most straight forward way to get into Russia is on the Trans-Siberian express to Moscow. A trip on this train is a real experience (see Paul Theroux's novel, Riding the IronRooster). The train stops in Harbin every Friday morning.

    By Bus:

    Because of the remote location of Harbin, it is not easy to travel by bus to and from Central China. However, regular buses link the city with other provincial capitals such as Changchun and Shenyang. There is also access by bus from Harbin to Mudanjiang, Jiamusi, Daqing and Hegang.

    City Transportation:

    Harbin boasts a well established public transportation system. There are over one hundred public bus routes connecting all important spots across the city. The best way to travel by bus is to pick up a local map with all the updated bus routes and schedules as soon as you get to the city.

    The easiest way to get around the city is by taxi; there are thousands of taxis on the streets of Harbin, and it should not cost more than 25 RMB to reach most destinations across the city.

    There are many favorite destinations which can be reached by bus from nearby stations on (HongQiDaJie):

    The stop nearest to the Administration building is the Hongping xiaoqv bus stop (also near the Foreign Language Building).

    14  - Nearby Carrefour, Train station, HIT and Hamama's Restaurant

    203 - Orient Home, Big Carrefour, WanDa Plaza, Dragon Tower and golf course

    205 - WanDa Plaza and Dragon Tower

    13 - Walmart (not long after the bus turns right), or St. Sophia, etc.

    105 - Central Street, nearby Carrefour

    Other stops/busses:

    104 - across from the "Esplanade" or (Qianxi Shichang) near (Taiping Qiao), or near the HEU gate by the amusement park on (Nantong Dajie):

    Technology Market (you should walk there since it starts by the above stop)

    NanGang Church

    Snowflake Underground Market by (QiuLin)

    The Grand - also at (QiuLin Gongsi stop)

    HAMAMAS Restaurant--(Ha Gong Da)stop

    HIT Main Gate area (same stop)

    A big mall with Starbucks, Pizza Hut; agen-Dazs, and play areas for children

    Xue Fu Book Store

    Ends at Heilongjiang East College!

    From Train Stations:

    Bus 6 begins at the train station and goes to the 104 stops near HEU mentioned above.

    Bus 11 begins at (Harbin West Station) and goes to the main train station. You can transfer at most of the 104 bus stops mentioned above to bus 104 and sometimes bus 6, 14, 55 (all to the amusement park), and sometimes 13.

    Campus Bus Service:

    Due to large size of the campus, a campus bus service has been provided to facilitate your daily life. The bus can be stopped and will take you any place around campus. It only costs 1 yuan RMB per person! The service is available from 8:00 - 18:00.

    Routes: West Gate--Shaw Building--21st Building--Catering Center I--7th Apartment Building--8th Apartment Building--9th Apartment Building

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