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Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

Perth, Australia
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Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

Hello,

We have booked our flight flying into Harbin 4 October and flying out from Tianjin 17 October (total 13 days).

Our preferred route was to fly from Harbin to Xi An, then bullet train to Beijing as Tianjin is only about 30 mins train ride away from Beijing, but the flight from Harbin to Xi An is very expensive due to the holiday season I guess. So. now, we are thinking of taking bullet train from Harbin to Beijing instead and then bullet train to Xi An, then flying from Xi An to Tianjin to catch our flight home. Anyone has any suggestions? If we don't go to Xi An, are there other province we can go visit instead that are not too far from Beijing?

This will be our first trip to China.

Thank you.

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Harbin, China
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1. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

Hi,

You could spend a little longer in Harbin and/or stop off in Shenyang or Dalian on your way to Beijing/Tianjin.

Sherbrooke, Canada
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2. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

You are too early to book that flight. Wait 2-3 months ahead.

Jakarta, Indonesia
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3. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

I am an easy sleeper so my preferred mode is a slow sleeper train, you msy consider harbin to beijing then enjoy beijing for several days and continue beijing to xian on another sleeper train

To go from xi an to tianjin, i would take a sleeper train to beijing then switch to bullet train.

You may consider this is if your group arr easy sleeper

Nb: get the soft sleepr or deluxe if it is available

Perth, Australia
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4. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

HI JPDem,

Do you mean I am too early to book flight Harbin to Xi An? Would the price be cheaper later - 2 or 3 months ahead? At the moment it is around US$300+ one way. We thought it would be better to book as early as we can in view of the National Holiday (1-7 Oct). If we fly out to Xi An, we were thinking of flying on 7 or 8 October.

Thank all for your kind suggestions.

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5. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

Hi Linda, I am not sure why your first destination is Harbin haha, it is not a travel city so that you don't need to spend too much time there, instead, you can spend more time in Xi an and Beijing, if you want to know more about it you can email me and I will tell more about that.

Sherbrooke, Canada
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6. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

Flights are only released about three months ahead. Schedules are not finalized yet. So not point buying something that is not confirmed.

Perth, Australia
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7. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

Thank you JPDeM. Noted

Harbin, China
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8. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

Hi Linda,

No need to worry, most Chinese buy their tickets quite late, I doubt very much if you'll have any issues in getting one.

Perth, Australia
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9. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

Thank you AjamAndy. Good to know.

Harbin, China
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10. Re: Harbin - Beijing - Xi an - Suggestions

Hi Linda,

No worries and when you come to Harbin do enjoy. There is plenty to see here in Harbin!

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