Harbin is the capital and largest city of Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China, as well as the tenth most populated city in the People's Republic of China. According to the 2010 China census data, the city's urban area has 5,878,939 inhabitants, while the total population of the sub-provincial city is up to 10,635,971. Harbin serves as a key political, economic, scientific, cultural and communications hub in Northeast China.
Harbin, which is originally a Manchu word meaning "a place for drying fishing nets", grew from a small rural settlement on theSonghua River to become one of the largest cities in Northeast China. Founded by Russia in 1898 with the coming of the Trans-Manchurian Railway, today known as the Chinese Eastern Railway, the city first prospered as a region inhabited by an overwhelming majority of the Jewish immigrants. It is known for its bitterly cold winters and is often called the "Ice City." Harbin is notable for its beautiful ice sculptures in winter and its Russian legacy, and it still plays an important part in Sino-Russian trade today. In the 1920s, the city was considered China's fashion capital since new designs from Paris and Moscow reached there first before arriving in Shanghai. In 2010, Harbin was declared a UNESCO "City of Music".
Manchurian Tiger Park：The biggest breeding center of Manchurian tigers in the world, there are more than 800 tigers.
Confucius Temple：It was built in 1926, it is the largest, highest rank, best preserved, Qing dynasty architectural feature temple in northeast region of China.
Ji Le Buddhist Temple: It is the biggest Buddhist temple in the northeast area of China. It is the place for Buddhists worship. It fully shows the characteristics of Chinese temple architecture.
Harbin in-door Ice sclpture exhibition in summer: It was first built in 1999. Actually, it is a large-scale exhibition hall of ice and snow sculptures and art. It shows to people the spectacular charm of the snow art and snow tourism. The works of the snow art are like a huge snow epic picture.
Sun island Park: It is a famous scenic spot to prevent sunstroke. It has an area of 38 square kilometers. It got the name of the island - "the Sun Island" because of two reasons. One reason is that the island’s shape is like the sun. The other reason is that there are full of thin sands, which are spectacularly hot under the sun. The island is surrounded by rivers, so the scenery is very beautiful.
Flood Control Monument: Located in the southern of Songhua River, it is the symbol of this hero city, tower height 22.5m
Zhongyang Street: a pedestrian only street, the 1.4-km long street is a veritable museum of European architectural styles, including Baroque and Byzantine facades, Jewish architectural wonders.
St. Sophia Church: IT is the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East, the church occupies a floor space of 721 square meters and measures 53.35 meters in height.
There is a big event in Harbin in July, you would not want to miss it: Harbin International Beer Festival