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Attraction & Sightseeing In Harbin

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Brief Introduction

Attraction & Sightseeing In HarbinNowadays visitors to Harbin mainly arrive for one of two reasons: either to attend the Ice Lantern Festival in freezing January and February temperatures or to trade (a multitude of Russians have now returned to the city). 

This does not mean, however, that the city has nothing else to offer and visitors here at any time of year will still not be disappointed, with some of northwest China's best historical sights, interesting recreational resorts and some great Russian architecture.

The city has been through some really rough times in recent history, from turbulent wars and despotic regimes to some of the worst flooding ever witnessed. Many of the sights in and around Harbin reflect this, of particular interest being the twin sad sights of the Japanese Germ Warfare Experimental Base just out of town and the Stalin Park/Flood Control Monument on the southern bank of the Songhua river. However the city has also known good times and the Russian architecture here is testament to a period when the town, also known as Little Moscow, was in economic boom. The best of these sights would have to be the St. Sofia Orthodox Church, which is located in the nicest area of town, the northwestern Daoli District with its cobbled streets and solid facades.

In terms of fun, the best sight to visit in the city proper would have to be the Sun Island Recreation Resort, which, besides relaxation, also houses the Siberia Tiger Park, designed to cultivate and then release these beautiful, endangered beasts back to the wild. There is also the Jile Temple, one of the four largest Buddhist temples in northeast China. Out of town are the more active sights, and many coming to Harbin are here for the skiing or hunting. Harbin boasts China's largest and most well-facilitated skiing region, the Yabuli Ski Resort, which hosted the 1996 Asian Winter Games. For those without animal killing qualms, winter is also the ideal time for trying your luck and spending your money at the Yuquan Hunting Ground.

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