Jile Temple (Jílè Sì, 极乐寺) is one of northeastern China's most beautiful Buddhist temples. Built in 1920 by Master Yanxu, a famous disciple of the Tiantai Buddhist clan, the structure has several halls and rooms dedicated to Buddhist leaders and bodhisattvas. On the 8th, 18th and 28th of April (according to the lunar calendar), Buddhist festivals are held at the temple, attracting tourists and locals, with many taking part in the religious ceremonies and participating in the local folk activities. Book Harbin..
The former site of the Qing Dynasty Royal Hunting Grounds, Yabuli Ski Resort (Yàbùlì Yángguāng Dùjiàcūn, 亚布力阳光度假村) is China's largest ski resort, boasting 23 sq km (14 sq mi) of mountainous terrain. With temperatures averaging around -10°C (-23°F), a visit can be quite uncomfortable if you don't bring the appropriate clothing. The mountain offers skiers the most challenging runs in the country, alongside easier routes for the less experienced. In 1996, the resort was chosen to host the..
Built in 1953, Stalin Park (Sīdàlín Gōngyuán, 斯大林公园) stands as evidence of the friendship between the world's two most powerful communist countries at the time of construction. The park features a spread of flowerbeds, trees and themed statues. At the centre of Stalin Park stands the Flood Control Monument, built to commemorate the tremendous feat of the Harbin people in controlling the massive flood of 1957. The 13 m (43 ft) monument consists of one Roman-style column topped with..
Situated on the northern bank of the Songhua River, the Siberian Tiger Park (Dōngběi Yǔlín Yuán, 东北虎林园) is the largest natural refuge for Siberian Tigers in the world. The park is home to about 70 tigers that are monitored and taken care of by the park tenants. For a fee, guests may purchase live animals and feed the Siberian tigers. One of the park's highlights is watching them feed, but beware: it can be a gruesome affair. Visitors to the park can get frighteningly close to the animals, perhaps even closer than..
The Japanese Germ Warfare Experimental Base (Qīnhuá Rìjūn Dì Qī Sān Yāo Bùduì Yízhǐ, 侵华日军第731部队遗址) now shows little evidence of the atrocities of its recent past. Established in 1939 by Japanese troops to "research the capabilities of the soul and the endurance of the human body," the site is said to have witnessed the execution of over 3,000 POWs and the experimentation on 10,000 POWs and civilians from China, Korea, Mongolia, Britain and the former Soviet Union. Before the Soviets reclaimed the..
Constructed in 1898, Central Avenue (Zhōngyāng Dàjiē, 中央大街) is Asia's longest pedestrian street, running 1,450 m (1,586 yd) north-south through downtown Harbin. The cobblestone street is lined with more than 70 buildings, housing both European and Chinese-style offices, shops and restaurants. Dubbed by locals as "the gallery of European architectural art," this street is a testament to Harbin's culturally diverse past and present. Home to many of the city's best shops and restaurants, Central Avenue is one of Harbin's greatest..
Built in 1900, Zhaolin Park (Zhàolín Gōngyuán, 兆麟公园) encompasses 65,000 sq m (16 acres) along the banks of the Songhua River. Originally called Daoli, the park was renamed in 1946 to commemorate General Li Zhaolin, whose remains were buried in the park. Starting in late December, but officially opening on January 5th each year, the park celebrates the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Ice sculptures and replicas of famous buildings throughout the world are recreated and lit from within, creating a..