Welcome to Heilongjiang
Of course, it gets cold – sub-Arctic cold – in China’s northernmost province, but that frigid weather is put to good use in winter, the peak tourist season. Harbin hosts a world-renowned ice-sculpture festival and the region has some of China’s finest ski runs. It gets busy, but it’s worth swaddling yourself in layers and joining the crowds.
Outside the cities, Hēilóngjiāng is a rugged, beautiful landscape of forests, lakes, mountains and dormant volcanoes. From Mòhé, China’s most northerly city, you can access the remote Běijícūn and Běihóngcūn for bragging rights to say you have stood at the very top of the Middle Kingdom.