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■ About Harbin

  Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang province, located in Northeast China, an important tourism and commercial city in China. Harbin is the political, economic and cultural center in the north of Northeast China, known as the Pearl of the Eurasian Continental Bridge, the first Eurasian Continental Bridge and the air corridor of the international comprehensive transportation hub, the starting point of the industrial corridor of Harbin-Daqi, the national strategic positioning of the development and opening up of coastal cities, the Northeast Asian regional center and the “center of cooperation with Russia”.

  Harbin is a national historical and cultural city, but also internationally renowned ice and snow culture and ice and snow tourism city, known as the “Oriental Moscow” and “Oriental small Paris”. Harbin is also a national civilized city, an international wetland city, the cultural capital of East Asia and one of the top ten ice and snow tourism cities in China and has been awarded the title of “City of Music” by the United Nations.

■ About Tourism

Central Avenue (中央大街)

  Central Avenue was built in 1898, starting from the Songhua River Flood Control Memorial Tower in the north to Jingwei Street in the south. There are 71 European-style and imitation European-style buildings on the street, and 13 municipal-level protected buildings of Renaissance, Baroque, eclectic and modern styles, and it became the first commercial pedestrian street in China on 1 June 1997, and was awarded the “China Habitat Environment Example Prize” by the Ministry of Construction in 2005, and in March 2008, the Central Avenue of Harbin, the Little Paris of the East, was awarded the “United Nations Architectural Achievement Award” by the United Nations. At the same time, the Central Avenue of Harbin was awarded the title of “Museum of Architecture and Art” by the State. 2009, the Central Avenue was awarded the first batch of Famous Historical and Cultural Streets of China.

Saint Sophia Cathedral (圣·索菲亚教堂)

  Saint Sophia Cathedral located at No. 59, Turbine Street, Daoli District, Harbin, is a typical Byzantine Orthodox church designed by the Russian architect Koyasikov. The whole church for the court-style architecture, the center of a main building has a standard vault, red monument structure, lofty and spacious. The height of 53.35 meters, covers an area of 721 square meters. Saint Sophia Cathedral was built in March 1907 as a church for the troops of the 4th Infantry Division in Eastern Siberia. In the same year, funded by the Russian tea merchants, the church was rebuilt on the basis of the military church into an all-wooden structure, and in 1932 it was rebuilt to become the largest Orthodox church in the Far East. The church has a rich exotic atmosphere, become a unique landscape in Harbin, is the historical witness and important relics of the Russian invasion of the Northeast. It is the fourth batch of national key cultural relics protection units and is now the Harbin City Architecture and Art Museum. 


Harbin Grand Theatre (哈尔滨大剧院)

  Harbin Grand Theatre is located in the cultural center island of Songbei District, Harbin, including the Grand Theatre (1600 seats) and the Small Theatre (400 seats), the building adopts the shape design of heterogeneous hyperboloid, and it is the iconic building in Harbin. In February 2016, the Harbin Grand Theatre was selected by ArchDaily as the “World’s Best Buildings 2015” in the “Best Cultural Building” category. Harbin Grand Theatre is built by the water, consistent with the positioning and design of Harbin Cultural Island, reflecting the design concept of the northern landscape. As a public building facility, the Harbin Grand Theatre seeks to provide different spatial feelings to the public and visitors from the theatre, landscape, plaza and three-dimensional platform. The theatre has set up a unique pedestrian sightseeing corridor and a viewing platform, where visitors can overlook the surrounding wetlands and enjoy the unique natural wetland scenery of Harbin.


Sun Island (太阳岛风景区)

  Sun Island is rare in China is located in the city center of the river wetlands, grassland-type ecological zones along the river, it belongs to Harbin a beautiful tourism card. But what is less known is that it is also a “three in a row” Harbin city card. In 2006 by the United Nations Friendship Council awarded the United Nations ecological model island of the honorable title, the same year Sun Island Scenic Area by the Ministry of Construction of the People’s Republic of China awarded the “China Habitat Environment Example Award”, in 2007 was assessed as the first batch of national 5A-level tourist attractions, while the Sun Island was also awarded the National Scenic Spot, National Water Resources Scenic Spot, National Cultural Industries Demonstration Site and other honors. Sun Island is located in the north bank of the Songhua River, Jiangnan District and Songbei District, a total area of 88 square kilometers, the scenic area of 38 square kilometers of planning area, the peripheral protection area of 50 square kilometers, north and south of the Songhua River and the forward dike to the boundary of the rewire, the east of Binzhou Railway Bridge, the west to the Fourth Ring Viaduct, a larger area is divided into three areas of the east and west, the eastern part of the core landscape area, but also tourists focused on the area of the viewing, the middle area of culture and leisure areas, represented by the polar museum science and technology museum, Moon Bay TV City. West for the natural ecological area, on behalf of the Ice World, a lake and three islands, Sun Island is a set of continental style, countryside scenery, Northeast folklore, ice and snow culture set into one of the multi-functional landscape area.