Harbin is the capital and largest city of Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China, as well as the tenth most populated city in China. Located at 125° 42 - 130°10' East longitude and 44 °04 ' - 46 °40' North latitude, the city serves as a key political, economic, scientific, cultural and communications hub in Northeast China.
Harbin is originally a Manchu word meaning "a place for drying fishing nets." It is known for its bitterly cold winters and is often called the "Ice City." Lying on the southern bank of the Songhua River, Harbin is well known for its annual International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival and its Russian legacy and still plays an important part in Sino-Russian trade today. In the 1920s, the city was considered China's fashion capital as new designs from Paris and Moscow reached there first before arriving in Shanghai.
City Tree : Elm
City Flower : Lilac
Post Code : 150000
Time zone offset: UTC+08:00
Phone Area Code: 0451 (+86)
Population : 97,484,000 persons
Area Coverage : 7086 square kilometer
Administrative Division Code : 230100
Airport: Harbin Taiping International Airport
Harbin in Chinese Pinyin: hā ěr bīn
Harbin in Simplified Chinese Characters: 哈尔滨
Harbin in Traditional Chinese Characters: 哈爾濱
The Prefix of Motor Vehicle License Plate : 黑A
The Prefix of Citizen Identity Card Number : 230100
Government Resident : 1th Century Avenue Songbei District
Languages : North Eastern mandarin, Harbin language, Harzhao language
Climatic Conditions : In the temperate zone continental monsoon climate, featuring four distinct seasons.
Railway Stations : Harbin Railway Station, Hadong Zhan (Harbin East Railway Station), Haxi Zhan (Harbin West Railway Station)
Major Universities : Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin Engineering University, Heilongjiang University
Variant Names: the Oldest Son of the People's Republic of China, Ice City, the City of Music, A Pearl under the Neck of the Swan, Oriental Moscow, Oriental Little Paris, Summer Capital
Major Tourist Attractions: Sun Island, Central Street (Zhongyang Dajie), Gogol Street (Guogeli Dajie), Indian Street, Harbin Summer Music Concert, St.Sophia Church, Siberian Tiger Park, Yabuli Ski Resort, Ice and Snow World, Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
Subdivisions Under the Jurisdiction of Harbin Municipality