- Penang to Bangkok
- Bangkok to Beijing
- Hotel G Beijing
- Exploring Beijing
- Exploring Beijing - The Great Wall at Mutianyu
- Exploring Beijing - The Forbidden Palace
- Exploring Beijing - Temple of Heaven
- Novotel Beijing Peace
- The Duck Hunt
- Food in Beijing
- Beijing to Harbin on Air China
- Food in Harbin
- Ibis Harbin
- Exploring Harbin
- Sun Island Park Harbin
- Harbin Ice & Snow World
- Harbin to Shanghai via Beijing on Air China
- Shanghai to Singapore on SQ
Similar Beijing, there's a TON of food to try in Harbin. However, we did leave Harbin somewhat disappointed with the food quality. Most of the food here was even oilier and saltier than the food in Beijing.
|Wok Fried Si-Chuan|
|Read Bean and Yogurt|
Another must try while in Harbin especially in the winter is hot pot. Hot pot is a good way to spend time with family while everyone cooks their food together in a common pot filled with a hearty stock broth. A first for me was a "double-decker" hot pot where you can choose two different stock broths.
|The double decker|
An unexpected surprise were the dumplings at the Orient King of Dumplings. We found 2 branches in Harbin - one behind the Ibis that we stayed in and one in the main shopping ZhouYang street. We walked in for breakfast during one of the mornings and they had one of the best dumplings we ever had. There's a ton of dumpling choices including meat, vege or seafood and most of them had silky smooth skin and were juicy on the inside. Needless to say, we returned for a second time and must have consumed more than a hundred dumplings between the 6 of us during this two visits. (Sorry! Didn't have our cameras during the visits and don't have pictures).
There are also many Russian restaurants in Harbin thanks to the relatively large Russian population who have settled in Harbin. We tried Hua Mei located on Zhou Yang street. The deco reminded me of a classic restaurant from the seventies. We ordered plenty of meat including several cold cuts and barbequed meat. We also had to try their Borscht soup and their baked fish in cream sauce specialty. Overall, the food was mediocre at best and was definitely not authentic Russian. After tasting real Russian food in Moscow and Kazakhstan, the food served in Hua Mei seem to be tuned to the local Chinese palate.