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Harbin Travel Guide
Geographical Position
Harbin is considered as the "Icy City". Harbin is the provincial capital of Heilongjiang Province, and also the largest city in Heilongjiang. Harbin lies on the southern bank of Songhua River, northeast of China. The figure of Heilongjiang looks like a swan, and Harbin is considered as "the Pearl of the Swan"s Neck".

Area
The total area of Harbin is 53,068 square kilometers, including 4,272 square kilometers in the urban area. There are 8 districts, 7 counties and 3 county-level cities in Harbin.

Population
The total population of Harbin is 9,874,000, including 4,755,000 in the downtown area. The population of minority ethnic groups in Harbin is 660,000.

Nationalities
There are 48 minority nationalities in Harbin, in which Han occupies the most population.

Weather
Harbin is the most northeastern and coldest provincial capital in China. Harbin belongs to warm continental monsoon climate. It has four distinct seasons with long cold winter and short cool summer. Rainfall here is pretty minimal.

History
Before 1896, Harbin was a fishing village. Harbin was influenced by Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. The Qing Dynasty conceded a rail concession to the Russians who built a railroad from Vladivostok to Harbin and on to Dalian. Then Russia lost the control of the railway because of the Russo-Japanese war. In 1923, the Japanese occupied Harbin until the Soviets took it in 1945. In 1946,Harbin was turned over to China. Harbin today is a large industrial city.

Local Products
Since Heilongjiang Province borders on Russia, many goods in Russia are also in Heilongjiang. This influence in Harbin is shown obviously. The mainly local products in Harbin are Chum Salmon, Harbin Sausage, Marten, Frozen fruits, Longjiang agate, etc.

Major Attractions
Harbin Ice and Snow World, St. Sophia Church, Central Street, Sun Island Scenic Resort, Ice Lantern Exhibition

Harbin Shopping
Harbin Shopping

Influence by other countries such as Russia and France. Shopping in Harbin is full of exoticism. There are a lot of places to buy things in Harbin. There are many shopping streets, such as The Central Avenue, The Jingyu Street, The Guo Geli Avenue, The Xuefu Street, and so on. There are also many shopping malls on these streets, like Qiulin company, Songlei Trade Mansion, Harbin First Department Store, Yuanda Shopping Center, and so on. You can buy many souvenirs there. Just remember to bargain with the seller.



Harbin Dining
Harbin Dining

If there is only one thing special in Harbin, it must be the food. Influenced by Russia, Mongolia and of course China, the food in Harbin is much abundant than you find anywhere in other places of China.

In Harbin, you can eat genuine China Northeastern cuisines, like chicken braised mushrooms, three delicacies on the earth, and sweet and sour pork. They are all very delicious.


Harbin Weather
Harbin Weather

Harbin is located in the northeastern region of China and influenced by continental climate conditions. Harbin is also called "Icy City", it enjoys a chilly winter and a cool summer. The four seasons are distinct in Harbin.
When summer comes, there is plenty of rainfall, and the temperature is not high. The weather is very cool. Summer in Harbin is a good season for people to prevent sunstroke.


Harbin Nightlife
Harbin Nightlife

Though the night in Harbin is very cold, the nightlife is colorful. Compared with the nightlife in other cities of China, you may experience a totally different nightlife there. There are many bars and pubs in Harbin, you can go there and relax yourself. In winter, when Harbin is rounded by snow and ice, you can do all kind of ice sports at night, like skiing, sailing on the ice and watching ice lantern exhibition. These kinds of nightlife are healthier than just sitting in the house.



Harbin Attraction
Harbin Attraction

Harbin is a good vacation resort. In winter, people can enjoy artistic ice and snow sculptures in Harbin. In summer, people can go there to prevent sunstroke.
Heilongjiang Province borders on Russia, so many aspects of Harbin are influenced by Russia. Harbin is a famous international metropolis blending Western culture and Eastern culture.



Harbin Transportation
Harbin Transportation

Harbin is a good vacation resort. In winter, people can enjoy artistic ice and snow sculptures in Harbin. In summer, people can go there to prevent sunstroke.
Heilongjiang Province borders on Russia, so many aspects of Harbin are influenced by Russia. Harbin is a famous international metropolis blending Western culture and Eastern culture.



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