Though it’s not included in the Chinese Eight Cuisines, Harbin still boasts its own delicious specialties that are very different to the food of other regions.
Harbin sausage: Inspired by a dish from Lithuania, Harbin sausage is a made from ground meat, such as pork, beef along with salt and spices. Different restaurants have different cooking methods, and it’s now a popular dish across the country.
Braised pork: This is a staple in the diet of local Harbin people. Streaky pork is covered in a sauce made from dark soy sauce, sugar, salt, cinnamon and various other ingredients. It’s then put over a small fire and left to braise until tender.
Guo Bao Rou: This is a form of sweet and sour pork, typical of north eastern Chinese cuisine, and widely recognised as Harbin’s signature dish. Made from sliced pork and potato starch, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, onions, and oil, the dish is crunchy and tender, sweet and sour.
Harbin is a very lively city with a rich entertainment scene. The city is home to many tea houses, KTV’s, bars, cinema’s and shopping centres that keep locals entertained. Guogeli Dajie is the place to go to experience the city’s nightlife. During winter, a great place to go is Yabuli Ski resort, where you can take part in a range of winter activities like skiing, sledding and ice sailing. For culture, head to Changchun Errenzhuan Theatre to watch one of the regions most famous performances whereby stories are told through music, dance and martial arts. Harbin Grand Culture Market is also a great place to go for folk performances, shopping and sightseeing.