Harbin Accommodation

What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?

Harbin is very cold in the winter as temperatures can go lower than -23 degrees Celsius during the winter months.
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What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?

1- Nangang/ development zone, high rise apartments. Attractions: Guogueli street, Dragon tower,  holes golf course

2- Daoli, high rise apartments, it's by the river so it is always nice there especially during summer. Attractions: Chinese baroque area.
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Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?

Expats usually rent. The property market is relatively young in Harbin, so while there may be good profits to be made, many foreigners feel the risk of buying property in China is too high. Some foreigners even choose serviced apartments in the deluxe hotels on Harbin - at a high price, of course.
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Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?

Normally you pay a deposit of one month's rent. Some landlords will even give you a better deal if you pay rent for the entire year in advance.
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Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?

Utilities are extra.
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Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?

Harbin is very safe. Most housing complexes have security at the gate.
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I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?

The electric current in China is 220 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50.

The "official" plug type is like Type A, but slightly shorter and without holes in blades. Type "A" and "I" outlets are common and Type "G" might also be found.

Below are examples of the types of plugs that are used in China:

Type A - flat blade attachment plug

Type I - Oblique flat blades with ground (inverted V)

Type G - Rectangular blade plug

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Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?

Crown Harbin keeps a database of places you can rent and can take you around to show you these options.
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.