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ABOUT HARBIN

Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province. The city grew in the late 19th century with the influx of Russian engineers constructing the eastern leg of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The city's Russian architecture includes its green-domed Saint Sophia Cathedral, an Eastern Orthodox church now a local history museum. Across the river, Sun Island Park is famed for year-round ice sculptures.

The cobbled Zhongyang Dajie (Central Street) is a commercial pedestrian mall with restored, early-20th-century European and Russian buildings. Built in 1909, the restored Main Synagogue was an important place of worship for Harbin’s large Jewish community. Sidalin Gongyuan (Stalin Park) is a long public promenade on an embankment above the Songhua River. The Buddhist complex Jile Si (Temple of Bliss) features the Seven-Tiered Pagoda and a colossal gilded Buddha in the courtyard. Nearby stands the Qing dynasty-style Wen Miao (Confucian Temple).

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