Qiqihar Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 齐齐哈尔 (qí qí hā ěr)
Area: 43,000 square kilometers (16,602 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Man, Daur, Hui
Location: Situated in the northwest of Heilongjiang Province, Qiqihar is the traffic hub of western Heilongjiang. It neighbors Jilin to the south and Inner Mongolia to the west. It is 359 kilometers (223 miles) from the capital city Harbin.
Administrative Division: 7 districts (Jianhua, Longsha, Tiefeng, Angangxi, Fularji, Nianzishan, Meilisi Daur); 8 counties (Longjiang, Yian, Tailai, Gannan, Fuyu, Keshan, Kedong, Baiquan); 1 county-level city (Nehe)
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaint: 0452-2797110
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Qiqihar Attractions - Things to Do
Zhalong Nature Reserve
It is a famous nature reserve for bird fowl with an area of 210,000 hectares (2,100 sq kilometers). Reputed as the town of the cranes, it attracts two hundred and ninety-six species of birds in total, with the cranes being the largest in number.
Constructed in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), this mosque is composed of the west and the east mosques. It is one of the largest and most well-preserved mosques in Heilongjiang Province.
How to get to/around Qiqihar
Qiqihar is 13 kilometers (8 miles) southeast of the city proper operating flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Shenyang, Dalian, and Qingdao. In addition, it is about four hours' ride from the city to Harbin by train and five hours by long-distance bus. Zhalong Nature Reserve is only 27 kilometers (17 miles) south of Qiqihar Downtown, about half an hour's ride, and the road conditions are good.
When to Go: Every year from May to July is the most favorable season to visit there.
Qiqihar Travel Tips
History: As early as 10,000 years ago, the ancient people living on the banks of Nenjiang River created brilliant civilizations on the black soil. According to the archeological discoveries, it was 2,500 years ago that Qiqihar entered the highly developed Bronze Age. This city is the convergence point of the three ancient ethnic groups of Sushen, Donghu and Huimo because of the inter-cultural mixing and resettlement among them.
Physical Features: The city is located in the Songnen Plain, and the terrain slopes downward from the north to the south. It lies at the south foot of the Lesser Xing'an Mountain (Xiao Xing'an Ling), and its south and central part are alluvial plains.
Local Highlights: Qiqihar Crane Watching Festival (August); Qiqihar Ice and Snow Event (late December); Nadamu and Aobao get-together in Meilisi Daur District (early September)
Special Local Products : paper cuttings, shadow puppetry, fungus, ginsengs
Is a day trip to Zhalong advisable? If not, what would be the ideal days to visit Zhalong and where is the nearest accommodation to Zhalong?
As I know, there is a hotel located in the scenic spot. You can take it into consideration.