Old Russian map of Harbin
The image is of a detailed old Russian map of Harbin, displayed in the Urban Development Museum in the town.
Unfortunately I didn't note the date of the map, but close examination suggests it must be in the 1900s or 1910s.
Unfortunately it doesn't show the development of much of Harbin's classic buildings, and the east side of what is now Zhongyang Dajie is mainly what looks like army barracks.
I have a larger version which I can e-mail to people intereted in Harbin's history.
Stalin Park, or Sidalin Gongyuan, stretches east from the Flood Control Monument, ending at the steel girder railway bridge across the river. It is a favourite place for local residents to come and walk their dogs and just enjoy the views across the river towards the new towns of Songbei and the Taiyingdao (Sun Island) resort, beyond the unusual 'leaning' bridge on the far bank.
The park has a number of wooden and stone pavilions, some dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, with more modern ones designed in a similar Russian style, but with perhaps a lot less spent on the quality of build!
The name of the park surprises many, as this remains its name even now. In fact, the ties between Russia and Harbin remain very strong, and the crimes and failings of the Russian dictator are not so strongly perceived here.
General tips on where to go in Harbin
highly recommend: Central Street or 'Zhong Yang Da Jie' in Chinese, Saint Sophia Church, Guogeli Street in Nangang District. If you are fond of Chinese architectures, Jile Temple is also an option. You can have a really close view of Manchurian Tiger in the Manchurian Tiger Park, which locates at the other side of Songhua River. When winter comes, there are snow sculpture and ice lamp exhibition on Sun Island (Tai Yang Dao in Chinese), that's the real fun part of Harbin winter.
During Ice and Snow Festival, Ice and Snow World is a must-see spot. It's an ice and snow wonderlandt, but it is not built on land. It's built on the froozen river. The vast area is fulfilled with ice and snow facilities and arts. Pretty fun.
Arrange your trip for 2 or 3 days is good enough for the city.
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Architecture in Harbin
Harbin is a city full of early 20th Century buildings, and "its day will come". Just as tourists, domestic and foreign, marvel at the architecture of Harbin, so they will eventually see the same beauty and elegance in the older buildings of Harbin. Most, but not all, are noe protected by the government, and one area - Zhongyang Jie - has been pedestrianised as a shopping mall. Sadly, music blaring out of huge pavement loudspeakers at awesome volume, huge advertising hoardings and more telephone and electricity wiring than imagineable still spoil the atmosphere.
Contrary to what is written in some guidebooks, there is a lot of 'old' Harbin beyond the "Zhongyang Lu triangle".
Individual streets and areas have been reviewed here on VT, but the following streets are particularly worth exploring:
Zhongyang Lu and side streets east and west
Stalin and Jiuzhan Parks (for old wooden pavilions)
Eastern end of Jingwei Lu
Xi and Dong Dazhi Jie
Haicheng Jie (for the old railway workers cottages)
If you have additional information about the old buildings of Harbin....corrections, better photographs, old photographs, please do contact me!
Harbin's general intro. Must see.
"Harbin General Info. Must see."
First of all, I would like to introduce this wonderful city to ya. I was born in Harbin, however, I spent my recent years in other cities instead of staying home. For general information about this city, you can try the following link, which was frequently edited by me:
For pictures of this city, please visit the following link, which is my personal online gallery. The photos are collected online:
It seems that foreign visitors usually meet a language problem in their visit to Harbin. I will be back to Harbin at Feb, 2006 and stay in town for about two weeks. So if anybody is travellin' to Harbin at that time in need of a local guy who can speak frequent English. Please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to help.
The best time to come is after X'Mas.All the exhibitions and performances will be on at that time (Ice and Snow Festival is from Jan 5th till mid February). X'Mas till February is great time to visit. However, try to avoid the first three days of Chinese New Year, since there will be nobody on the street. In local customs, people will visit their relatives and friends so no service is been offered at the time. 2 or 3 days is good for city of Harbin. After visitin' Harbin, to ski in Yabuli is a good choice.
Please feel free to contact me if any help is needed.
Here are some links I got. I can't directly copy and paste them but I can give you guys link of the pages and you can check it up there.
These are travalogs by some guys that've been to Harbin before.
You can simply search 'Harbin trip' in google for more.
Here is a great website:
You can find most of the info here.