Harbin Facts


Harbin International Beer Festival

Harbin, the first Chinese city to brew beer, boasts a beer culture of more than 100 years, has the most profound beer culture in China. It also ranks among the cities with the highest average per capita beer consumption in the world. Harbin City first launched the annual international beer festival in 2002. Since then, the festival is annually celebrated in the venue of the Harbin Ice and Snow World in July. During the festival, many top beer manufacturers from Germany, the...

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Harbin Summer Music Concert of China

Harbin Summer Music Concert of China, or Harbin Summer Music Festival is a national concert festival, which is held on August 6 every two years for a period of 10~11 days. The festival is sponsored by Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China and Harbin Municipal People's Government. During the concert, multiple evenings, concerts, races and cultural activities are held. The artists come from all over the world. The 'Harbin Summer Music Month', which was then renamed...

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Religions in Harbin

The religions in Harbin are diverse. Buddhism and Taoism have a long history. Since modern times, along with the ceaseless introduction of western culture, Islam, Christianity, Catholicism and Orthodox have begun to be propagated here. Buddhism was spread in Harbin from the Reign of Emperor Xizhong (1135-1150) in the Jin Dynasty (1115 – 1234). In 1924, Temple of Bliss (Ji Le Si) was completed and became the center of Buddhism activities. At present, there are more than 20 open...

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History of Harbin

Harbin has a history of distant origin and long development, and it has been a city with no wall all along. There were human activities as early as 22,000 years ago, during the late period of Paleolithic Age. About 5,000 years ago, Harbin area entered the Neolithic Period. About 3,000 years ago, during the late period of Shang Dynasty, Harbin entered the Bronze Age, when Harbin was the distribution area of Baijinbao Culture, the oldest ancient civilized country in Heilongjiang...

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Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition

Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition is one of the 3 largest ice sculpture competitions in the world. The other two are the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA and Crystal Garden International Ice Carving Competition in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition has been held in Zhaolin Park since 1985.  Zhaolin Park is said to be the birthplace of the international ice sculpture competitions in China. It is...

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Jewish Harbin

The Jewish influence on Harbin was surprisingly long-lasting; the last Jewish resident of the city die in 1985. If you are on the trail of Harbin’s Jews, then Tongjiang Jie (Tongjiang Street), across the road from the Harbin New Synagogue, is the place to start. The center of Jewish life in the city till the end of WWⅡ, many of the buildings on the street date back to the early 20th century and once housed bakers, kosher butchers and furriers.  The old Main Synagogue...

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Nationalities in Harbin

Harbin is an area inhabited by most of the Chinese ethnic minorities, characterized by large distribution and small concentration. There are 47 ethnic minorities such as Manchu, Koreans, Hui, Mongolian, Xibe, Dahaner, Ewenke, Elunchun, Keerkezi, Hezhe, and etc. in the whole city. Among the 47 ethnic minorities, the population of Manchu is the largest. Manchu is a diligent and brave nationality, living to the north of the Changbai Mountain, in the middle and down reaches of Heilong...

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Administrative Divisions of Harbin

Harbin is divided into 9 districts, 2 county-level cities and 7 counties, which are all municipal corporations with their own government that provide most local government services.◆The urban area of Harbin mainly includes Daoli district, Nangang district, Daowai district, Xiangfang district, Songbei district, and the suburb includes Pingfang district, Hulan district, Shuangcheng district and Acheng district. Among these districts, Daoli, Daowai, Nangang and Xiangfang are in...

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