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Having a population of more than ten million with almost half living in the city centre, Harbin China remains a thrilling city to visit. Harbin is China’s northernmost city and is the capital of Heilongjiang Province.
Historically there are many spectacular facets that make Harbin a worthy destination choice. It has endured a massive influence from Russia since its existence, especially after the Russian Revolution in 1917. This historical influence remains visible in the Chinese city’s buildings, architecture, and local cuisine.
Flights into Harbin will take you directly to Harbin Airport, which services both domestic and international visitors. The airport is a bit of a drive, approximately 45 minutes from the city centre, however along the way you will have the opportunity to see the beautiful countryside.
Once you arrive at your final destination, the world of historical opportunity opens its doors to share in the country’s culture and festivals. Some places to see include Harbin’s old quarter of Russian 19th century Byzantine or baroque style buildings. St. Sophia Cathedral, which has been converted into the Harbin Museum of Architecture, is definitely worth a visit. The Harbin Jewish New Synagogue is filled with an impressive collection of more than 20,000 pieces of history.
For festivals, the Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival is one of their largest annual events. Taking place each January, this month-long festival displays ice carved Chinese lanterns. During the month of July, take in the Harbin Summer Music Festival, which is held every two years. It includes more than 1,000 bands from around the area and is sure to leave you wanting more.