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“Not sure if this was the same place as Polar Land”
Review of Harbin Polarland

Harbin Polarland
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Private Day Tour: Winter Highlights of Harbin including Manchurian-Han Style...
Ranked #7 of 207 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 older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Not sure if this was the same place as Polar Land”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

If this is the same place...they had a large aquarium, with all sots of Arctic animals Polar bears, wolves, etc. Their enclosures were not large enough for my taste.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Marion P
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“Beluga whales are amazing”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

There are many animals here, and with the large glass displays you can see very well the polar bears, the Arctic wolves, Arctic foxes, and Beluga whales. However, I do wonder as to the size and .. interestingness of their habitats, I feel like these animals can get bored quite easily, as there is not much to do in their enclosures.

The Beluga whales have been trained very well, the performance was amazing. Definitely worth seeing.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank setek
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“Enclosures were too small and concrete”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Plus: closest i've been to these animals.
sealions in the sealion show did impress me. they were really fast and smart but do wonder how they tolerated the loud music and lights.
good place to warm up in between outdoor activities. (located close to the snow sculptures)

Downs: very small enclosures and what disturbs me most is that no effort was made to make the exhibits more comfortable/natural for the animals. it was literally a box with bad wallpaper and flooring and nothing else. To see these magnificent creatures in such environment.. just feels wrong.
Thankfully the animals do look well fed and the belugas were very close to their trainers.

Tickets, as per almost all the sites in Harbin, overpriced. ~CNY150/pax

Visited January 2013
Thank MInt15
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Singapore, Singapore
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“animal torture... :'(”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

The next went to the Harbin Pole Aquarium
We paid 520yuan/ RMB for persons just to get in.
About 100USD
Many exhibits were based on trains, like models covering 35% of the total space of the exhibit. The sea lion show that we entered, and the announcers were shouting through the mike. There was music blasting everywhere. The sea lion is probably deaf by now. The polar bears exhibit was too small. It was literally pushing itself from wall to wall. There were cages displayed at the corner of the exhibit, I had no idea why the people would put the cages there. The arctic wolves and foxes were sleeping. I can't believe they would turn on blinding white LEDs while the poor things were trying to sleep! The beluga whale exhibit was two floors in height and there were two of them. The space given to them was so small, that they were doing circles under water! There was a final aquarium where there was one shark, turtle, and stingray surrounded by a bunch of common fish. That aquarium was not polar at all. Sharks and stingrays do not live in the Arctic Ocean. Animals like this shouldn't be kept in captivity, and I hope that the aquarium would make a change to the way they are treating their animals. Hopefully release them back into the wild. I hope this would send a message to the aquarium. In hope to change the lives of the animals kept in captivity here.

Visited January 2013
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Marietta, GA
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“Enjoyed this experience”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We thought this aquarium was very well done. I have seen posting from people that are concerned about the size of some of the displays being to small. That maybe true, however, visiting it to support it will definitely provide the funds to expand.

We loved the Beluga whale and Sea Lion shows.

Truly well done. It is next to the Snow World on Sun Island and the Ice and Snow Festival.

Visited January 2013
Thank EastCobbFamily
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