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Harbin (Simplified: 哈尔滨, Traditional: 哈爾濱, Pinyin: Hā'ĕrbīn, Wade-Giles: Ha-erh-pin, Russian Харби́н Kharbin) is a sub-provincial city in north-east China and the capital of the Heilongjiang Province. It lies on the southern bank of Songhua River. Harbin is a thriving industrial city .It is also the political, economic, scientific, cultural and communications mecca of Northeast China. Harbin is known as one of the major cities in China and Northeast Asia.

Harbin bears the nickname " The Pearl on the swan's neck" because the shape of Heilongjiang resembles a swan. " Oriental Moscow" or "Oriental Paris" for the architecture in the city. " Ice City" for its long and cold winter.

Harbin history

Human settlement in the Harbin area dates from at least 2200 BC (late Stone Age). It is formerly Pinkiang.

The modern city of Harbin originated in 1898 with the construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway by Russia. In December 1918, during the Russian Civil War, Russian White Guards, with Chinese assistance, took the city: it then became a major centre of a large Jewish Community, White Russian émigrés.

Following the Russian defeat in the Russian-Japanese War (1904-5), Russia's influence declined, and 160,000 nationals from 33 countries including the United States, Germany, and France moved to Harbin. Sixteen countries established consulates and set up several thousand industrial, commercial and banking companies in Harbin. The Chinese also established their own businesses in brewing, foodstuffs and the textile industry. Harbin had established its status as the center of northeastern China and as an international metropolis.

Japanese troops occupied Harbin from February 4, 1932. The Soviet Army took the city on 20 August 1945. After a period under the control of the Kuomintang, the city came into the hands of the Chinese People's Liberation Army in April 1946.

The eight Harbin counties originally formed part of Songhuajiang Prefecture (松花江地区), and became incorporated into Harbin on August 11, 1999, making Harbin a prefecture-level city.

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