If a city of more than four million people can be considered relaxing, Hāěrbīn is so – at least if you join the strollers and shoppers wandering its tree-lined streets and riverfront promenade. One of the largest cities in northeastern China, Hāěrbīn is influenced by its relationship with nearby Russia and dotted with architectural gems handed down from the Russian era. Plenty of first-rate snack shops line the streets too, and restaurants serve rib-sticking fare to sustain you as you explore sights ranging from Russian Orthodox churches and Buddhist temples to the grim remains of a germ warfare base.
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