Village in Mohe

With the northern village of Běijícūn on the tourist radar, intrepid travellers and enterprising locals have opened up a route to the even more northerly village of Běihóngcūn, 100km away. There’s nowhere to go but back south here and while there's not much beyond wooden houses and swaths of farmland, it is a quiet, idyllic spot and lays claim to being China's real northernmost village.

From Běihóngcūn, you can push across to Hēilóng Jiāng Dìyī Wān (黑龙江第一弯), the first bend in the river. The 800-plus steps to the viewing point are well worth the gorgeous panorama of the amazing horseshoe bend.