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Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang Province in northeast China. The city is notable for its Russian influence and the yearly Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, giving it the unofficial title Ice City.

Harbin is China's northernmost major city, with a population in excess of 10 million, and over 4 million in the city center alone. The city has been influenced a lot by neighboring Russia, in particular after the October Revolution of 1917, when the Russians of the White movement that supported the deposed czar escaped the country after the communist takeover. The influence remains clearly visible in the building styles and foods.

By far Harbin's biggest claim to fame, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is held every year, running from early January until warm weather erodes the construction. Throughout the city you will find small ice and snow sculptures during the festival.

- Wikivoyage

Image by Mesut Kaya

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