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Top Cities in Heilongjiang

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by Rose:
Are you a snow kind of person? If you like snow then you should visit Heilongjiang, a province, which brings you the wonderful scenery of northeast China. You will have chance to enjoy the national Ski Festival and Ice Festival held every year, and also the culture in the famous music town Harbin. Harbin, famous for its name 'Ice City', is the administrative center of the Heilongjiang Province.

1. Harbin

Heilongjiang Province, the most northeast part of China, when viewed on a map has the shape of a swan. Its capital city is Harbin, which is located south of Heilongjiang. Not only for its special position, but also as the center of Heilongjiang's political, economic, educational and cultural life, Harbin is described as the pearl beneath the swan's neck. Lying on the east of the Songnen Plain, what is more, Harbin plays a vital role in communications between South and North Asia as well the regions of Europe and the Pacific Ocean.

2. Daqing

Location: Situated in the west region of Heilongjiang Province, Daqing City neighbors Suihua in the east and Qiqihar in the northwest. It is bordered to the south by Jilin Province and is about 159 kilometers (99 miles) northeast of Harbin. History: Daqing region was the hunting land of the Mongolian Dorbod tribe during the early years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).Soviet Russia established Saertu Station during the construction of the middle East Railway. Land reclamation in this region began in 1904 and villages were gradually developed. It was in 1959, with the discovery of the Daqing Oilfield, that Daqing City - formerly Anda City - was established.

3. Daxinganling

Location: Daxinganling is in the north end of China's territory. It is west to Xiaoxinganling, east to Inner Mongolia, north to Songnen Plain and south to Russia. History: Early in the late Paleolithic Age, human beings started to live in this area. It was already a state of the Zhou Dynasty (770BC-221BC) empire. From Sui Dynasty (581-618) to Liao Dynasty (916-1125), it was controlled by the Shiwei people (the ancestor of Oroqen Nationality). In the 16th century, it was reigned by the Manchu people. In 1970, it became a district under the direct guide of Heilongjiang Province.


Location: Situated in northeastern Heilongjiang Province, Hegang is separated from Jiamusi City by the Mudan (Peony) River in the south and separated from Russia by the Amur (Heilongjiang) River in the north. History: Hegang was originally called Xingshan named after the Xinghua Mine that established in early twentieth century. By 1900s, few people had settled down there. Later, Hegang got increasingly large-scale exploitation due to its large cache of coal.

5. Heihe

Location: Heihe City is located in the northeast region of Heilongjiang Province, neighboring Yichun and Suihua in the southeast and Qiqihar in the southwest. It is separated by the Nenjiang River from Inner Mongolia in the west and by Heilongjiang River (Amur River) from Amur Oblast of Russia in the northeast. To the north, it neighbors Daxing'anling Region. History: Heihe is one of the five ancient cities of Heilongjiang Province. Humans settled Heihe as early as the Paleolithic Age and it became home to local tribes later. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), this was the first place troops sent to Heilongjiang were stationed.


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