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xxxx   HEILONGJIANG province      黑龙江省       xxxx

 Bordering Russia, Inner Mongolia and Jilin province, China's northernmost province is known to travelers largely thanks to the otherworldly Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (Jan 5-Feb 5 yearly), where you can wander a fanciful frozen city featuring crystalline castles, world landmarks from the Taj Mahal to Beijing's Bird's Nest and over 2,000 other amazing ice sculptures.

Heilongjiang's growing reputation as a winter wonderland is enhanced by the presence of China's best ski resorts, the Harbin Ice Lantern Festival, and an infusion of Russian culture that is reflected in the region's architecture and cuisine. The province, whose Chinese name translates to "black dragon river"—an evocative name for the snaking and often snowbound waterway that forms Heilongjiang's northern border with Russia—long served as a key industrial base thanks to its great mineral and oil wealth, though, as in much of Dongbei (China's northwest region), heavy industry has declined since China's initiation of reform and opening.
 
 
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  HARBIN
 
Harbin City   GPS: 45.7715, 126.59054
Harbin, the renowned 'Ice City', is located in the south of Heilongjiang Province, the most northeastern part of China with a shape of a swan when viewed on a map. Not only for the city's special position, but also as the center of Heilongjiang's political, economic, educational and cultural life, Harbin is described as the pearl beneath the swan's neck, and plays a vital role in communications between South and North Asia as well the regions of Europe and the Pacific Ocean.
 
       

Harbin Flood Control Monument 
防洪纪念碑
xxxxxxxxxxxxx GPS: 45.78063, 126.61718
The Harbin Flood Control Memorial Tower is located in the Stalin Park and is on the opposite side of the Zhongyang Pedestrian Center Street. It is a landmark in Harbin. It commemorates the victory of the fight against the 1957 flood and is finished construction on Oct. 1st, 1958. It was co-designed by Bagis Zelev, a designer from former Soviet Union and Li Guangyao who is the second generation of architect from Harbin Institute of Technology.  
 

Daowai Mosque    哈尔滨道外清真寺e GPS: 45.78719, 126.65107
The Mosque was first built in the 23rd year (1897) of Guangxu, Qing Dynasty(1644-1911). It is an outstanding construction of Islamic traditional architectural style.
The major buildings include prayer hall, bath house, Xuanli building, office room and other facilities. The prayer hall is located in the center of the temple, which is opposite to the main gate. The prayer hall, covering an area of 426 square meters and 13 meters high, can hold 500 to 600 people to do prayer. There are two tall Xuanli buildings standing in the left and right side of the prayer hall.
 

Polarland   哈尔滨极地馆 GPS: 45.78497, 126.58708
Covering an area of 16,000 square meters (1.6 Hectares), Harbin Polarland is the first polar land themed park combining animal shows, polar land sights and an interactive experience into one. It is located at the famous scenic site in this city – Sun Island.

Saint Sophia Cathedral   圣索菲亚教堂 GPS: 45.77012, 126.62725
St. Sophia Cathedral in Harbin is the largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the Far East. It is 53.3 meters (175 feet) high and occupies an area of 721 square meters (0.18 acres). In November, 1996, it was listed as one of the Key Cultural Relics under State Protection. Half a year later, the city government repaired it and renamed it as Harbin Art Gallery. It is a respectable landmark for Harbiners and for tourism.  

Confucius Temple   文庙   GPS: 45.77476, 126.67558
Construction work of the Confucius Temple in Harbin began in 1926 and completed in 1929. The temple ground occupies an area of 23.000 square meters and its construction area is 4418 square meters now. It is not only the most complete existing old building in Heilongjiang, but the largest Confucian temple in the northeastern part of China.  

Temple of Bliss (Jile Si)   极乐寺   GPS: 45.77645, 126.66446
Temple of Bliss or Jile was constructed in 1923, it is the biggest Buddhist building complex in Heilongjiang Province. The temple covers 57, 500 square meters and with a building area of 3, 000 square meters.

Puzhao Temple   普照寺   GPS: 45.77892, 126.66698
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Siberian Tiger Park   GPS: 45.8181, 126.59927
Siberian Tiger Park covers an area of more than a million square meters (more than 250 acres). It was set up as a place to breed and house Siberian tigers.
The Siberian tiger is the largest of the big cats. The breeding program has been very successful, and there are now about 800 Siberian tigers (about 100 can be viewed) there. This is amazing, since it is estimated that there are only about 500 Siberian tigers left in the wild. Almost all of these wild ones are in Russia, and maybe 12 are in China.
 

Harbin TV tower GPS: 45.74836, 126.68027
Dragon Tower in Harbin is a tall tower of lattice steel used for communication. It was built in 2000. The Dragon Tower, used as the Heilongjiang Broadcast and TV Tower, at 336 meters (1,102 ft) high, ranks as the 22nd highest in the world and the seventh highest in Asia.  

  ICE AND SNOW FESTIVAL
 
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
哈尔滨国际冰雪节
  GPS: 45.78271, 126.57438
Harbin Ice Festival, also known as Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, is China's original and greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world.  
 
       
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