For elaborate ice sculptures
Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province and the largest city in the northeastern region of China. Harbin, which was originally a Manchu word meaning “a place for drying fishing nets”, grew from a small rural settlement on the Songhua River to become a large city. Founded in 1898 with the coming of the Chinese Eastern Railway, the city first prospered as a region inhabited by immigrants from the Russian Empire. Having bitterly cold winters, Harbin is known as the Ice City for its winter tourism, most notably around the time of its beautiful ice sculpture festival. In the 1920s, the city was considered China’s fashion capital since new designs from Paris and Moscow reached here first before arriving in Shanghai. The city was voted “China’s Top Tourist City” by the China National Tourism Administration in 2004, and on 22 June 2010, Harbin was appointed a “City of Music” by the UN.
Snow & Ice Festival
Being the famous 'Ice City', Harbin attracts visitors from around the world for the famous Snow & Ice Festival held each January. It is a fun-filled wonderland of photogenic ice sculptures, ice mazes, ice bikes, snow sports, snow slides, and live music and dance concerts all prepared to a different theme each year.
Saint Sophia Cathedral
The red-brick Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Sophia, with its distinctive green onion dome, is Harbin’s most famous landmark. Built in 1907 and expanded in 1932, it was the largest Orthodox church in the Far East and the centre of spiritual life for 100,000 Russian settlers. In November 1996, it was listed as a Key Cultural Relic under State Protection, restored and renamed as Harbin Art Gallery. It is a beautiful and curious landmark in the Chinese landscape.
The Jile Temple
The Jile Temple was built in 1923 and has a seven-story pagoda dominates the site. It is the biggest Buddhist building complex in Heilongjiang province and is regarded as one of the famous Buddhist temples in the northeast of China.