What to Pack for a Trip to Harbin

Known as a “city of ice” in Northeast China, Harbin is the top winter destination in the world. Its tourism is mostly promoted by the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival and various culture & winter activities organized by the locals and the government of Harbin City. Here are some useful suggestions for you when you travel to Harbin.

Spring (Mar. – May)

You need the same clothing as in winter because it is still very cold in March. However, in April and May it gets warm. So please take an overcoat, a medium sweater and base shirts for April, and take a trench coat and a long-sleeve shirt or T-shirt for May. Wearing layers is practical, as they are easier to take on and off in the changeable weather.

Summer (Jun. – Aug.)

Summer clothes, such as T-shirts, skirts and light pants are the best choice for you. Add a light cardigan in case you feel chilly in early morning or evening and an umbrella during the rainy season (July and August).

Autumn (Sep. – Nov.)

In September, the best outfit is long-sleeve T-shirts and long pants for the day and a cardigan/trench coat for early morning and evening. And take a sweater and overcoat for October and down jackets for November when it may snow.

Winter (Dec. – Feb.)

Down jackets, woolen pants, thermal underwear, waterproof snow boots, hats, scarves and gloves, everything that can keep you warm are necessary. Because winter in Harbin is very dry, it is suggested that you wear a mask to protect your nose. Try to wear a coat loose enough at the chest to cover and protect your camera to prevent condensation problems and preserve battery power by keeping it relatively warm with your body-heat.

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