Harbin is in the north of China, close to Russia. So even though it was the middle of summer, it was still comfortable outside. Especially compared to the southern cities, like Xiamen.
Harbin’s architecture has been heavily influenced by Russians and this becomes most apparent in the Saint Sophia Cathedral. A very beautiful church that now serves as a photography museum. It has a lot of pictures of old Harbin and if you visit Harbin it is definitely a place I recommend you to visit.
Harbin has a famous shopping street called Zhongyangdajie. There are many shops and the side streets have a lot of street food. At the end of that street if you go a bit to the right you will find a ferry that will take you Taiyangdao (or Sun Island in English). It’s a beautiful island that you can spend all day at, which I did. There are many places to see and my favourite was the waterfall. I’m a big sucker for waterfalls.
I’ve visited several other places like the Heilongjiang Provincial Museum, although it wasn’t as impressive as other provincial museums I’ve been to, and I ended my stay in Harbin with a visit to the Dragon TV Tower. It has an amazing view and if it’s a clear day you can see all the way to the edge of Harbin.
I had a good time and I want to go back to Harbin during the winter, to visit during the Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival to see the sculptures and eat frozen fruit snacks.