The population of the city is 1.5 million and of the prefecture 6.1 million. The city consists of Longsha District (龙沙区), Tiefeng District (铁锋区) and Jianhua District (建华区), whereas the prefecture further includes 4 districts, 8 counties and 1 city.
By planeFlights are available from Beijing, Qingdao and Shanghai (Pudong).
- Bei'an - takes about 3-4 hours
- Beijing - takes about 16 hours
- Hailar - takes about 10 hours
- Harbin - takes about 3-4 hours
By busQiqihar has a bus network 齐齐哈尔公交网 (Chinese)
By taxiFares start at ¥6, for ¥20 you can cross the city.
Zhalong Nature ReserveThe reserve is home to lots of birds including cranes. Best visited in April-June, but July-September is possible.
Summertime night market
Dacheng templeaddress: Minhang Rd (民航路)
Not much. But here you can have easier access to train tickets for nicer places in northeastern China because the Qiqihar station is a large transfer hub. Enjoy yourself laughing at sex workers walking down the street wearing nothing but nipple tassels, or waitresses in low-end Pizza Hut ripoff who can't work out how to use a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine.
- Look at cranes
There is a national park located in the suburbs of Qiqihar. It is a beautiful grassland with marshes here and there. Qiqihar is famous for its cranes. At a specific time each morning, the park authorities let cranes out of their cages to fly and roam around the park. It's a beautiful sight, make sure you get there early enough to be there when they open the gates.
- Listen to bird songs in the morning
At the coordinates: 47.308044,123.949783 in the morning around sunrise, a group of gentlemen get together and hang bird cages from trees. The birds sing back and forth to each other, it's truly a beautiful experience. There's a roundabout with a park of sorts in the center of it. There's a large statue in the middle - the guys meet around the statue and hang the cages from the trees inside this roundabout.
Qiqihar Barbecue. A local delicacy, the best shop is called Color Life B-B-Q in downtown Qiqihar.