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This part of Harbin is populated by about 3,200,000 people.
To reach Harbin from Beijing, the national capital, you'd need to head 1,150 kilometres to the northeast. Another good point of reference is Bayan County, which lies 65 kilometres to the northwest.
The entire family will love stops at Sun Island Park and Harbin Ice and Snow World. If that isn't enough to wear the young ones out, why not head along to Harbin Window of Eurasia Theme Park or Harbin Fantasy Paradise as well?
Setting foot in Harbin Polarland is like taking a dive into the ocean, but without needing to use a wetsuit! Here you'll come face-to-face with all sorts of intriguing marine life.
Admire some amazing animals and learn about the importance of the environment with a family day trip to the Siberian Tiger Park.
There's no need to wander deep into the forest to take in a bit of greenery. Harbin Amusement Park and Zhaolin Park are just two of the inviting urban oases you'll discover amid this concrete jungle. Alternatively, get your body moving and keep the kids on the go by taking a walk around Stalin Park or Jinhe Park.
Soak up the scenic views and the soothing sounds of lapping water at Yueya Lake Scenic Resort or Chonghe River Source Driftage. Don't forget to see the wading waterbirds that hang around Tianyin Lake and Jingquan Lake either.
Harbin has an assortment of natural reserves, such as Wuchang Longfeng Lake Resevoir and Jinyuan Tourist Area. Two additional areas to have a look at are Maoer Mountain and Yima Mountain.
Wander the calm halls, study the engaging displays and talk to the accommodating staff. The Japanese Germ Warfare Experimental Base and WuChangShi MingYou TeChan PinZhanShi ZhongXin are leading places to reflect and maybe even find out something new. Museum nerds also need to check out ShuangChengShi PiYing ZhanGuan and GaoXin SongBei GuiHua ZhanLanGuan.
Learn all about the most recent in scientific advances at the Heilongjiang Science and Technology Museum. The journey of discovery doesn't have to end there. The Hēilóngjiāng Science & Technology Museum is packed with even more science gadgets and displays that are just waiting to be explored.
Improve your knowledge of the natural world with a visit to the Heilongjiang Geological Museum. With so much to learn and so many fascinating specimens to see, you might want to spend a whole day there!
With an intriguing selection of pieces, a day spent discovering the displays at the Harbin Exhibition Hall of Arts and Crafts of Ice and Snow and the ZhongGuo MuDiao YiShuGuan will leave you feeling invigorated.
Learn about the influence that Harbin's past events and characters had on the nation, and sometimes the world, at the Heilongjiang Provincial Museum and the Jingyuan Museum. For an even deeper look into the days of old, you might also like to check out the Harbin Revolutionary Martyr Museum and the Beidahuang Museum.
Time spent looking back at history is never a worthless exercise. Let the Harbin Institute of Technology and the Harbin Flood Control Memorial give you a deeper insight into Harbin's past. The Seven-Tiered Buddhist Pagoda and Yanjiagang Paleolithic Sites are two more worthwhile sights.
Whether you're spiritual or not, places of worship like Saint Sophia Church and the Temple of Bliss are sure to be among the most tranquil sights you'll experience on your travels. You can also enquire into touring the Confucius Temple and the Hāěrbīn New Synagogue.
You might feel as though you've crossed everything off your list after exploring Harbin's biggest tourist sights, but don't fly home just yet. There are still lots of things to check out. Why not enjoy a bit more sightseeing at Dàolǐqū and the Harbin Ice and Snow Amusement World? You'll also find plenty to keep you interested at Songhua River Bridge and Songhuajiang Gonglu Bridge.
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