06 May, 2009

Harbin, a Combination of Efficiency and Progress


Harbin is the capital of the Heilongjiang Province in China. It is located on the Songhua River. It is a key political, economic, scientific and cultural center of the country. The city is famous for its ice sculptures in winter and for being a gateway with Russia. In the past, it was known to be the fashion capital. It has a population of over 10 million people, and a density of over 180 people / square kilometer.

A Summer Music Concert is held here after every two years. There are other festivals like International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. It is one of the largest ice and snow festivals along with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Carnival and Norway’s Ski Festival.

Its economy is going upwards. In 2008, it increased with 13.2% over the previous year. The soil is quite fertile. So, it is very valuable for cultivating food and textile-related crops. Harbin has industries like medicine, automobile, metallurgy, electronics, building materials and chemicals. All these form a good-working industrial system. Investors are attracted to invest in the city. A Trade and Economic fair has been held for 17 years, every year, attracting lots of people. The city is home to Institute of Technology. The university was founded in 1920. It has focused its researches on engineering, management, humanities and social sciences.

You can do many interesting activities like going to the hot springs, or to the Sun Island Scenic Resort during hot summers, go on a hiking tour, bicycle tour or golf tour..

The city has one of the largest railway hubs in the northern part of China. 138 trains pass through the city every day. Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Hong Kong are just some of the places where you can go to.

The city has a lot of colleges and universities like: Harbin Institute of Technology, Heilongjiang University and Northeast Agricultural University.

Harbin - Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

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