Name: Harbin (China)
Mayor: SUN Zhe
Population (2017): 10,929,000
Area: 53,523 km2
Latitude: 44° 04′ – 46° 40′ N
Average temperature：5.6 °C
City symbols: Lilac (City flower)
Flag of Harbin
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Harbin is the capital and political, economic, and cultural center of the Heilongjiang Province. Situated in the northwest Songnen Plain, this city is surrounded by mountain ranges with the beautiful Songhua River running through it. Having 47 ethnic minorities living in the city, Harbin is also a city with an exotic tone. There are a total of 12 natural reserves in the city, and many kinds of wild animals listed as endangered species are living there.
Harbin has a history of distant origin and long development. There were human activities as early as 22,000 years ago, during the late period of the Paleolithic Age. Harbin is also the birthplace of Jin and Qing Dynasty.
Known as the bright pearl on the Bridge of Eurasia Land, Harbin is a famous historical city in China. It is also one of the first cities in the country designated as a city of tourism. The city has many beautiful names such as “the City of Culture”, “the City of Music”, “Eastern Moscow”, and “Eastern Little Paris”. With long winters and short summers, the city is also named “Ice City”, and hosts one of the world’s largest ice and snow event, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival and Ice Snow World. It also has major ski resorts.
Official website: http://www.harbin.gov.cn/