Welcome to Mohe
It's one of China’s most intriguing outliers, sharing not just a border with Russia, but architecture as well. In 1985 the town burned to the ground in a raging forest fire and when it came time to rebuild, Mòhé decided to redo the main streets in an imperial-era Russian style with spired domes, pillared entrances and facades with rows of narrow windows.
Mòhé holds the record for the lowest plunge of the thermometer: -52.3°C, recorded in 1956. That same day in China's southern extreme at Sānyà, a tropical beach paradise of azure waters and coconut palms, the temperature was likely in the high 20°Cs.