Dǐng Dǐng Xiāng
Church of St Sophia
The red-brick Russian Orthodox Church of St Sophia, with its distinctive green 'onion' dome, is Hā'ěrbīn's most famous landmark while...
The Jewish influence on Hā'ěrbīn was surprisingly long lasting; the last Jewish resident of the city died in 1985. In the 1920s Hā'ěrbīn...
Japanese Germ Warfare Experimental Base
There are museums highlighting Japanese wartime atrocities all over Dongbei, but this is one is actually set in the notorious Japanese...
Bì Fēng Táng
A northern outpost of the popular Shànghǎi restaurant empire. Come here for delicate, southern-style dumplings, as well as rice noodles,...
Lonely Planet review
In winter, Hā'ěrbīn and hotpot go together like strawberries and cream. This three-storey hotpot restaurant, which looks like a KTV palace, can get very pricey if you order some of the face-giving seafood and Japanese beef dishes, but you can also dine well on normal beef, lamb and seafood for a modest outlay. Just make sure you order the special sauces (from Y5) to accompany your hotpot.
During summer, the streets off Zhongyang Dajie come alive with open-air food stalls and beer gardens, where you can sip a Hāpí, the local beer, while chewing squid on a stick, or yángròu chuàn (lamb kebabs) and all the usual street snacks.
The year-round indoor food market has stalls selling decent bread, smoked meats, sausages, wraps, fresh dishes, as well as nuts, cookies, fruits and sweets. It's a great place to stock up on food for a long bus or train ride or when you just want to have a meal in your own room.