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Harbin

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Places to visit
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Songhua River
Sun Island Park
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Stalin park

Description about  Harbin

Harbin
Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province, and largest city in the northeastern region of the People's Republic of China.Holding sub-provincial administrative status,Harbin has direct jurisdiction over nine metropolitan districts, two county-level cities and seven counties. Harbin is the eighth most populous Chinese city according to the 2010 census, the built-up area made of seven out of nine urban districts had 5,282,093 inhabitants, while the total population of the sub-provincial city was up to 10,635,971.Harbin serves as a key political, economic, scientific, cultural, and communications hub in Northeast China, as well as an important industrial base of the nation.

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, and now is the largest ice and snow festival in the world. At first participants in the festival were mainly Chinese, however it has since become an international festival and competition. The festival includes the world's biggest ice sculptures.
there are two main exhibition areas:

Sun Island : is a recreational area on the opposite side of the Songhua River from the city, which features an expo of enormous snow sculptures.
Ice and Snow World : is an area open at night which features illuminated full size buildings made from blocks of 2–3' thick ice taken directly from the Songhua River. At first China celebrated it then Harbin took over.

Sun Island Park
Sun Island is situated within Harbin city proper on the north bank of the Songhua River. The beautiful island, surrounded by clear water, covers an area of 38 sq. km. At the southwest corner of the island lies Sun Island Park with scenes such as the Pavilion in Water, the Sun Mountain, and Double Bridge Island. In the park there is the rippling Sun Lake of 30,000 sq. m. The theme color of architecture in the park is white. On the southern tip of the island there is the natural swimming zone.

Saint Sophia Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God or Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin is a former Russian Orthodox church located in the central district of Daoli, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China.

Songhua River
The Songhua River is one of the primary rivers of China, and the largest tributary of the Amur River. It flows about 1,434 kilometres (891 mi) from the Changbai Mountains on the China–North Korea border through China's northeastern Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces.

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