Study in Harbin as an International Student
Harbin city is the capital of Heilongjiang province and borders Russia and North Korea. It was founded in 1898 with the construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway. From then on, Harbin has transformed into a small rural village on the Songhua River to one of the biggest cities in Northeast China.
Called “the pearl on the swan’s neck” because of the shape of Heilongjiang, Harbin has dry and freezing-cold winters, which makes it an ideal winter destination. The city boasts of an annual ice festival that lasts for a month with an extravaganza of giant lit-up ice sculptures. The famous Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is now on its 36th edition.
While the ice festival is a great spectacle, Harbin is famous for many things. The locally brewed Harbin beer and the music scene and the hearty Dongbei cuisine are also worth-mentioning. Harbin is home to diverse cultures. Russian and Jewish heritage are predominant in the region.
Although Harbin is not as urban as Beijing and Shanghai, it is still a modern city. The sculptural Harbin Opera House and Grand Theater and Harbin’s Ferris wheel (that offers a beautiful view of the entire city) are popular across the world. Harbin is only two hours from Beijng by flight, or eight hours by bullet train. It has the Harbin Peace International Airport (Harbin Taiping Jichang), shuttle buses and taxis, and railways for transportation.
Harbin is home to the some of the most distinguished universities in China such as the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin Engineering University and Harbin Normal University.
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