Harbin

Image: Harbin, China, “Ice & Snow World” across the Song Hua River is Part of the Harbin Ice Lantern Festival, at Night all Sculptures are colourful lighted with LED. Over a 100.000 Tones of Ice Blocks cut from the Song Hua River are used for the Festival Sculptors & Carvings from January till End of February, it is one of the largest of its kind & most interesting one in the World. It was said that some Fishermen made rough & simple Ice-Lanterns of ice just for lighting, with the Time passed, Ice-Lanterns embodied their Cultural Features & artistic Fascination gradually. The making of Ice-Lanterns & Ice Sculptures started in the 1960s. Harbin is an interesting Chinese City in the Heilongjiang Province Northwest of China & is strongly influenced by Russian Citizen which first immigrated to Harbin a 120 Years ago. Harbin was the birthplace of Jin (1115-1234) & Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, the latter of which had a very considerable influence on modern Chinese history. At the end of the 19th century, Russia built the terminus of the Middle East Railway here. Later, more than 160,000 foreigners from 33 countries migrated to Harbin, promoting the development of a capitalist economy in the city. The economy & culture of Harbin achieved unprecedented prosperity at that time & the city gradually grew into a famous international commercial port. Assimilating external culture, Harbin created its unique & exotic cityscape. The majestic St. Sofia Orthodox Church & Zhongyang Dajie each built in a European style have the effect of bringing you into an 'eastern Moscow'. Even though you are sure to be attracted by various exotic buildings, the Dragon Tower which embodies the wisdom of the Chinese people is a must on your journey. by frank müller

Harbin

Harbin Tourist Attractions

Harbin Sun Island Park

Harbin Sun Island Park

Harbin Sun Island Park (哈尔滨市太阳岛公园) is a natural landscape park set on an island in the middle of the Songhua River in Northern…
Dragon Tower (Harbin TV Tower)

Dragon Tower (Harbin TV Tower)

Harbin, Heilongjiang TV Tower, aka. The Dragon Tower is situated about 6km from the city centre, in the suburbs of Harbin. This tower has a…
St. Sophia Cathedral in Harbin

St. Sophia Cathedral in Harbin

Few people traveling to China would expect to see a Russian Orthodox Cathedral, but in the centre of Harbin, that is exactly what you'll…
Yabuli Ski Resort

Yabuli Ski Resort

Yabuli Ski Resort is the largest ski centre in China. Situated in the far north east of the country, near to Harbin city, snow is pretty much…
Harbin Amusement Park

Harbin Amusement Park

An amusement park with the usual rides and and fun of the fair.
Northeast Tiger Forest Park

Northeast Tiger Forest Park

This is the worlds largest artificial breading centre for Tigers. Most of the tigers here as the Northeast Tiger (Siberian Tiger or Amur Tiger)…
Harbin Sofia Square

Harbin Sofia Square

St Sophia church in the centre of Harbin is an old Russian Orthodox church, now converted into a museum. Around the outside of the church is a…
Unit 731 Museum

Unit 731 Museum

During the 1930's and 40's, the north east of China was under the control of the Japanese. Many war crimes were committed, among them…
Snow and Ice World Festival

Snow and Ice World Festival

Every winter, Harbin is home to the worlds largest Snow and Ice Festival. Huge blocks of ice are cut from the nearby river and used to build…
New Jewish Synagogue

New Jewish Synagogue

Harbin was once home to a large population of Jews. This museum tells their story.

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Harbin is a prefecture level city within Heilongjiang province in China.

Intro to Harbin

Harbin (哈尔滨 Hāěrbīn) is a sub-provincial level city in China. It is the capital of Heilongjiang province in the far north east of the country. The name is derived from the Manchu language meaning "place for drying nets." Untill the last years of the 19th century, Harbin was little more than a small village. With the coming of railways, the Russians developed a new city on this site as a hub of communications. The city has now grown to be a vibrant and busy Chinese city with strong Russian influences visible throughout. In summer there is a well known music festival held in the city but it is for the winter Ice Festival that the city is best known. These events attract thousands of visitors every year even in the freezing cold of the northern winter.