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“Most interesting aquarium”
Review of Harbin Polarland

Harbin Polarland
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Small-Group Customizable 1 Day Private Harbin City Tour
Ranked #7 of 208 things to do in Harbin
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Harbin Polarland is the first polar amusement park in the world. It’s one of the four major scenic spots in Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. It is a national AAAA level scenic spots with unique themed entertainment in China. "Polar Whale Performers" perfectly shows the most famous polar animal stars with seven themed performances at a world level. It has an unique polar beluga subaqueous show and the top two female animal trainers in China. They both create a world-touching legend ——The Heart Of Ocean! The little Antarctic penguin Mumble who was the first born in inland city all over the world is a happy angel. He is also Harbin tourism mascot. The Chinese funniest polar bear brothers Tangji and Hede,Russian walrus Eno and Eva,magic star sea lion Billy and his super star team, will present a fantastic polar performance for you.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Melbourne, Australia
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“Most interesting aquarium”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This has to be the most interesting aquarium I have been too. You get to see some pretty cool animals and there's some interesting designs in the set up of the place. But yes it is very small as had been said in other reviews. You can also prebook student tickets online (not available onsite) and they accepted my international student card.

Visited February 2014
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“A mix of feelings!”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

I live in Harbin and the correct name is Polar Land, not Pole Aquarium.

As many others have said, it is a mix of feelings. The place is cool, despite being relatively small, but I've been there a few times, once I always take tourists to the most important spots of the city. In 2009 the place was not good at all, now it has gained a lot of improvements. Of course, there's a lot more to be done, mostly with the infrastructure of the building. The walls must be painted, and it would be great if the tanks/pools got more space. It is sad to see huge polar bears and belugas confined in such small pools.

The tanks seem to be well-maintained, a new big fish tank has been introduced with a lot of fishes, including one shark. For families and kids, it's a nice place, however it is difficult not to think about the biggest animals and their small pools.

The beluga show needs an improvement about all the aspects. The pool wall is in bad condition, it is small for two whales, the "auditorium" gets overcrowded during the presentation.

The walrus show is better! The pool is bigger, the presentation doesn't take long, and the trainers/handlers are friendly to the animal.

The beluga show is in Chinese and the walrus show, besides Chinese, there is some translation for Russian.

If you are in Harbin, it is a must-see spot, but let's wait for improvements, mostly for the polar bears' and belugas' pools.

Visited September 2013
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“Strange little polar theme park”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I went to this place knowing I would come away with mixed feelings. Typically Chinese theme parks and businesses like this offer kitsch and commercial melodrama - the 'polar aquarium' can be seen as all of this yet it is a strange experience in itself that may be of interest to some. Every available space has been aestheticised on on an arctic theme, one wanders through twisting corridors surrounded by theatrical polar settings - the inside of a ship, an arctic research station, an aeroplane and a submarine. The whole thing is tacky but weirdly entertaining - after all somebody had to think all this up and after a while you begin to deconstruct it. At it's best it's quirky; who would not want to feed koi fish some bottled liquid that looks like milk tea (I resisted the impulse to lift it to my own lips), or feed fur seals fish? For many Chinese people it must be the closest they ever get to animalia like this.

It's also as close as one should ever wish to be to a polar bear. Standing perhaps three metres high and at the same time magnificent and monstrous two of these creatures live what can only be described as very unfortunate lives in a cramped glazed room perhaps ten meters long. Here they swim back and forth and actually appear quite stressed, and one is left feeling glad of the opportunity to see them at such close quarters yet filled with sadness by their confinement. They must absolutely be the last things to encounter in the wild.

Then there are shows with beluga whales being kissed, blowing air rings underwater - how did they get them to learn that trick? - propelling their human handlers around the pool and much more besides. Further along a seal attraction features an overweight walrus trained to do stomach crunches and spray the audience with water, and a glossy black seal balancing a ball on it's nose and catching rings. You sense an affectionate bond between the trainers and all these mammals which, while all clearly motivated by food, show considerable intelligence. All this added to an appreciation of them I didn't have before I saw this. But as observed by other reviewers tanks for the whales and the seals are much too small and the confinement a bit brutal.

After this the requisite small hall of stuffed toys and cafes and that's pretty much it. Was it worth the money? For me, yes, and I'd certainly recommend a visit as qualified entertainment with some insights embedded it it. Children should especially enjoy it, but the strong feeling that all of these creatures would be infinitely more pleased away in the wild is never far from mind. The connection between performing mammals and their trainer/handlers seemed very close and that was nice.

Not far from downtown Haerbin across the river cab fares to and from should cost too much.

Visited April 2014
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Novosibirsk, Russia
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“Sou many cute animals and fishes”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

It is must see in Harbin. You fill find not only different kinds of fish but also same polar animals like wolf, fox, and of course polar bears

Visited March 2014
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Nice show but the aquarium's way too small”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

It was nice here with the penguins, polar bears, arctic fox and all, and they have walrus circus show and beluga kissing show as their highlight, but I think the aquarium is way too small. The polar bears can't do anything but swim around the small tank, as well as the beluga. If it could be expanded, that would be more appropriate to the animals.

Visited January 2014
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