texi driver told me that the...
texi driver told me that the sun island is worst place in harbin. yes, i have same comment. when my friends enjoy the boat there, i flee to the downtown to collect the old building. the most charming one is sat.sofia church. the building without any restructure, even the scratch on the brick is still preserved. now, it's a museum not for religion ceremony. when our bus pass by a industrial block, i found a 4-story red build stand alone. it's very very old and dirty. i have no chanch to step close to him, so it falls into my memory.
Old Jewish Harbin
From the construction of the Transmanchurian railroad until after WWII, there were Jews in Harbin. Up to 20,000 of them, traders mostly, and of Russian origin.
Today, Harbin recalls fondly having been a refuge for the Jews, and there is great interest in that era, if little knowledge. I was asked several times "what kind of Christians are Jews?"
You will find two old synagogues near the old "Russian" districts, neither in use today, as well as Stars of David used ornamentally here and there.
For help with serious Judaic digging, contact the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences.
Portman Bar: This...
Portman Bar: This bar-restaurant is from around 1920-1930, 2 storey's with tables, the walls have wooden pannels, some of the waiters do speak some english. The cuisine serves many different european, russian and chinese items.
Harbin Winter Swimmers Club
These guys are loony!
The river in Harbin freezes over in about October (that's where they get the blocks of ice for the sculptures).
There is a swimming pool size hole cutin the ice, and you can go and see the Harbin Winter Swimmers Club taking a dip.
The water is close to zero and the outside air temperature is about -10.
Having said all of that, the swimmers seem to be very healthy. I would say that this is a definate don't miss.
Harbin, my Hometown!
"Welcome to Harbin!"
Welcome to my page of Harbin.
Harbin, my hometown, the capital of Heilongjiang province is located in the northeast of China with its long history and the settlement of multi-nationalities.
With comfortable climate in summer, Harbin is a famous summer resort. Rich and colorful winter activities turn it into an advantage.People in Harbin change ice and snow into miraculous effects in winters. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, beginning in 1985, has become a traditional grand festival with trade , science and technology, tourism, culture, and sports as a whole. Harbin Ice Lantern Gala Party is a key program of Ice and Snow Festival.Ice sculpture and snow carving competition are the expressions of ice and snow art essences. Ice and snow tour is also splendid and listed as one of 35 national best scenic spots in China by the national government. In 1997 China Tour Year, Harbin brought out more than 10 tour items with particular style such as ice and snow tour, hunting tour, summer tour, and so on. The beautiful Sun Island is confirmed " The Bordary Scenic Spot " by National Tour Bureau, and ice and snow scenic tour as "Special Line Tour".
Harbin keeps a long-term and friendly contact with the cities domestic and abroad, especially her twin cities such as Minneapolis, USA, Edmonton,Canada and Niigata,Japan.