Harbin

Of China's major cities, Harbin (Haerbin) is the northernmost. It is the capital of the northeastern province Heilongjiang, which borders Russia. In fact, the city has a Russian colonial past, as indicated by streets of European architecture style in the older part of Harbin. Snow-covered in winter and cool in summer, the city offers an experience different from those one finds in other Chinese cities.

Attractions

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  1. Central Avenue

    Zhongyang Dajie (Central Avenue) is a pedestrian street in Harbin that appeals to the tourists with shopping opportunities and historical architecture. Extending south from the bank of the Songhua River for about one mile, the street has its origin in the Russian colonial times at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Lined by hundreds of stores and restaurants, Central Avenue today is a must-see for those who visit Harbin.

  2. Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival

    This annual festival in Harbin, China's northernmost city, starts in early January and continues for over a month. During the festival wonderful artworks created out of snow and ice are on display, and numerous other winter-themed celebrations take place, such as ice-lantern shows. The main festival venues are Sun Island, Harbin Snow and Ice World, and Zhaolin Park.

  3. Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin

    Officially known as the Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God in Harbin, Saint Sophia Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Christian church in the Far East. Originally constructed in 1907 and rebuilt in 1932, the monumental building features neo-Byzantine architectural style and stands 53 meters in height. It is located in central Harbin, half a km east of Central Avenue and one km south of the Songhua River.

  4. Stalin Park

    Stalin Park (Sudalin Gongyuan) in Harbin spreads along the southern bank of the Songhua River. It affords nice views of the river that flows by Harbin and provides space for various public activities - skating, dancing, or just taking a troll on the tree-shadowed paths. The Sun Island Scenic Area lies across the river from this park.

  5. Sun Island

    Sun Island (Taiyang Dao) is the scenic area that lies north of the Songhua River in Harbin. The grassy and sandy park is a nice place to picnic and enjoy sunshine. There one also finds Snow and Ice Art Gallery, Ice Sculpture Garden, Deer Park, Squirrel Island, Russian Art Exhibition Hall, and Northern Folk Art Gallery. This is one of main sites for the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.

  6. Yabuli Ski Resort

    Located 200 km east of Harbin, Yabuli is a prime skiing destination in China. The resort can meet the needs of both professional sportsmen and amateur winter-sports lovers, and also provides accommodation and entertainment. The best skiing time at Yabuli is from November to March.

  7. Yuquan Hunting Ground

    Yuquan Hunting Ground (Yuquan Shoulie Chang) is 55 km southeast of Harbin. The park occupies 3,000 hectares of land, with games such as rabbits, black cocks, deer, and yellow antelopes. There are also kiing facilities in the park.

Airport

Harbin Taiping International Airport is 30 km west of Harbin. Transportation: shuttle buses and taxis.