Located in the north of the country, Harbin is the capital of Heilogjiang province, and the coldest city in China. However, the low temperatures have not robbed it of any of the tourist interest it arouses. In fact, it is one of the most visited urban enclaves.
The city gained great importance when the railway between Vladivostok and Dalian was built. In fact Harbin was occupied by the Russians during the Russian revolution, who left their mark. In fact, it is known as the Moscow of the East .
With Russian airs
Harbin is a really interesting city. The Russian influence is felt everywhere: in architecture, gastronomy, culture… This diversity makes it one of the most attractive destinations in China. Due to its low temperatures, which drop incredibly in winter, Harbin hosts the International Snow and Ice Festival every year, in which artists from all over the world create amazing ice figures.
An interesting place that you can visit if you travel to Harbin is the Central Avenue , which is almost a kilometer and a half long (it is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Asia). It is paved with cobblestones and on both sides there are more than 70 buildings, Chinese and European style, with all kinds of establishments.
Do not miss either the Russian Orthodox Hagia Sophia Church, which began to be built in 1903. Its Byzantine architecture is unique in China. Or the beautiful Jile Buddhist temple from 1920. There are many things to see in Harbin.
And to walk among the trees, nothing like visiting the parks and gardens of Harbin, at least the best known. I would highlight the Sun Island Park , made up of several natural islands in the Songhua River. Very visited both in summer and winter, when you can skate on ice. Also interesting is the Stalin Park , from 1953, which was born as a result of the friendship between Russia and China.