Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province. Harbin has a long and rich history with strong influences from Russian culture. One of the city’s main attractions is a former Russian Orthodox Church, Saint Sophia Cathedral, which is now the site of a popular museum. There are also several Russian restaurants in the city that authentic serve cabbage rolls and bowls of borscht soup.
As the capital of the province, there are lots of opportunities for entertainment. There are large shopping malls, movie theatres, fitness centres and public parks to enjoy.
While living in Harbin, you’ll notice that its climate is similar to that of Canada. Summers are comfortably warm and winters are cold. In the winter, you can go skating on the river, play hockey in the many ice rinks, or ski at nearby Yabuli ski resort. During the winter season, the city is a spectacle with streets and parks adorned with dazzling ice and snow sculptures and carvings.
Mandarin is spoken by the locals in Harbin, so don’t have to worry about interpreting more obscure regional dialects.