Harbin, China is the fourth largest Winter Wonderland in the world. That being so, you may ask yourself, why not visit one of the other three larger ones instead? One very good reason for choosing Harbin is that you also get two countries in one, as Harbin is also referred to as “Oriental Russia”.
There is a story in Harbin that far exceeds its touristy attractions. That story involves a piece of Russian history that keenly illustrates the despair of some Russian soldiers who took refuge there; and of Russian and German Jews who endured “Ice City” (for its long and excruciatingly cold winters) and made it their home—the largest Jewish population in the Far East. Harbin was once an international metropolis.
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