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Old February 16th, 2012, 05:46 PM   #301
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Harbin isnt exactly what one would call a nice city. Most of its attractivness is packed into two pedestrian walkways in the city centre

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...but its Russian architecture alone makes it worth visiting it!

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This Russian appeal you will never find anywhere else in China

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Old February 16th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #304
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Final pic for today:

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Old February 19th, 2012, 04:30 PM   #305
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Some more pics from Harbins pedestrian walkway





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Old February 19th, 2012, 04:33 PM   #306
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Russian restaurant



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Old February 19th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #307
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Old February 19th, 2012, 04:36 PM   #308
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #309
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Nice pic~~~
Have you ever been to Nanchang?
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #310
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Rarely seen Harbin photos on here. Thanks for posting them.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:38 PM   #311
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today it has in total 5 million inhabitants making it the 10th populous city in China.
5 million people in the city urban area cannot make it the tenth largest city in China IMHO. I'm sure that Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, HK, Chongqing, Wuhan, Tianjin, Chengdu, Nanjing and Hangzhou are all bigger. That's already 11. Maybe Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, Qingdao and Changsha are bigger too.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:31 PM   #312
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thx for commenting

according to the English wiki its the 10th biggest city

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbin

I also doubt this. Maybe Hangzhou is smaller, HK can be excluded. It is difficult to define the population size of a Chinese city as most cities occupy an area equal the size of a small country. Chongqing should be the worlds biggest city with over 30 million inhabitants, but its are expanse is the same of Austria. Try to imagine Austria being a city state called Vienna...
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Really very nice photos for sure from these cities; thanks
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Old February 24th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #314
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some more: German bar

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just two blocks away some modern highrises

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I wonder how this city loked 10 or 20 years ago

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another very "European" looking place, a big square in the city center with an Orthodox church

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like everything else in this area it was constructed about 100 years ago

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That said, Harbin is a young city. It was founded in 18989 when the Russian armz had occupied the north of China and extended the railway into what now is known as the Chinese province of Heilongjiang

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It remained Russian until the Japanese occupied the city in 1932. When the Japanese surrendered in WW2 in 1945 the city was returned back to China although Russian troops there for some years

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