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"The Dragon Tower - Part 2" Top 5 Page for this destination Harbin Off The Beaten Path Tip by mke1963

Harbin Off The Beaten Path: 36 reviews and 46 photos

Then a climb up a few more flights of stairs, which rather curiously were glass-fibre, like the hull of a cheap park rowing boat to a small gift shop (what else?), through a doorway onto an astroturfed platform 190 metres above ground looking out over the smog. We saw very little because of the pollution, but this was, unfortunately, the one day we were in Harbin that the sky wasn't crystal clear. Contrary to the photographs which show the platform to be clear of obstructions, the whole thing is encased in railings and chickenwire fence.
Returning inside, you descend to a lower floor, where there are displays of butterflies (why?) and fake Hollywood movie posters (why?), and a cool glass walkway around the circumference of the tower. The drop down to ground level from here - about 180 metres - is impressive.
It is possible to climb up to a higher level of around 230 metres, but we didn't reckon the smog would look much different from being 40 metres higher up.
Hit or miss? On a clear day, it would have been great. Our argument with the danwei at the entrance spoilt the visit, but it probably is worth it. Shrink your kids first though. Do pygmies and other extremely short adults get in at children's rates? I bet not.

Note that there are few restaurants or shops nearby.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 9, 2005
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