Renowned as the Far East’s largest Eastern Orthodox Church, St. Sophia Church is a protected site listed as a Key Cultural Relic.
Few months after the church was named a Key Cultural Relic in 1996, it was repaired and transformed to the Harbin Art Gallery by the Harbin City government.
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is held from January 5th to the end of February every year. In the cold winter, exquisite ice sculptures shine brightly alone. As night fell, the colorful lights inside the ice sculpture lit up, captivating.
The Northeast Tiger Forest Park is located in the northwest of Harbin City, covering an area of 1440000 square meters. It has over 1300 purebred Northeast tigers of various ages, making it the true 'Thousand Tiger Circle'. Here, you can also admire rare animals such as white tigers, snow tigers, ligers, cheetahs, Bengal tigers, and leopards.
Sun Island Park is a summer resort with exceptionally beautiful natural scenery. The entire island is surrounded by clear water, shimmering with water, and lush with trees. It is elegant and quiet, with rich wild charm, and the wilderness scenery is simple and rough. In summer, the scenery is beautiful and the climate is pleasant. In the Sun Lake, the lotus is gorgeous, as bright as clouds; The island is covered in lush greenery and flowers, surrounded by white sand and fine waves. There are 300000 trees and shrubs on the island, including Korean pine, camphor pine, larch, spruce, and others. Thousands of trees compete for glory and shade the land. In winter, covered in snow and ice, covered in silver, the scenery of Northern China is particularly enchanting.
As the capital of Heilongjiang Province, Harbin is a thriving commercial centre in a region rich with oil, timber and farmland. The city is also famous for the annual Ice and Snow Festival held between January and February each year.
Harbin today is very much influenced by its history with neighbouring Russia. With Russian elements found in the local cuisine and even in everyday speech, Harbin presents an intriguing mix of Asian and European cultures.
Shopping in Harbin reflects the city's rich, multi-cultural history. Jade jewellery, Russian bread and sculptures and other cultural artefacts representing both nations are readily available.
The rapidly expanding shopping industry in the Central Business Districts complements the shops and sidewalk cafes found along the stone-paved, pedestrian-friendly Central Street.