Jewish Middle School


Attached to the Harbin Main Synagogue, this was the first Jewish middle school in the Far East, and has been immaculately restored and reopened as the Glasnov School of Music, a private performing arts academy.

The school and concert hall is part of a drive to rejuvenate Harbin's classical music heritage. China's first symphony orchestra was founded in Harbin at the turn of the 20th century, while the original Glazunov Conservatory of Music was set up here by a Russian violinist in 1925. In 2010, Harbin was named Unesco City of Music.

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1. Harbin Main Synagogue

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The beautiful old Main Synagogue, built in 1909, has been refurbished as a concert venue. You can buy tickets on-site to a variety of musical performances…

2. Harbin New Synagogue

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This synagogue was built in 1921 by the city's Jewish community, the vast majority of whom had emigrated from Russia. Beautifully restored and converted…

3. Zhongyang Dajie

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The cobblestone avenue of Zhongyang Dajie is the most obvious legacy of Russia's involvement with Harbin. Now a pedestrian-only zone running from Jingwei…

4. Zhaolin Park

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A pleasant green space in the heart of old Harbin, Zhaolin Park comes alive during the Harbin Ice & Snow Festival with its Ice Lantern Display. Tickets…

5. Stalin Park


Best seen illuminated at night, this tree-lined promenade, dotted with statues, historic buildings, playgrounds and cafes, runs along part of the 42km…

6. Church of St Sophia

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The red-brick Russian Orthodox Church of St Sophia, with its distinctive green onion dome and roosting pigeons, is Harbin’s most famous landmark. Built in…

7. Flood Control Monument

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This monument from 1958, set within a popular plaza beside the Songhua River and Stalin Park, commemorates the thousands of people who died in years past…

8. Sun Island Scenic Area


Across the water from Stalin Park is Sun Island, a 38-sq-km recreational zone with landscaped gardens, a ‘water world’, a ‘Russian-style’ town, and…