Heilongjiang Province, abbreviated as Hei, is located at the northern most tip of China. This province of 460000 square kilometers is populated by 36.89 million of Hans, Manchurians, Mongolians, Huis, Koreans, Oroqens, Hezhens, and other people. Harbin is the provincial capital.
The beautiful mountains and rivers in Heilongjiang present magnificent northern scenery. In dense forests on the Xing'anling Mountains are forests resorts and national hunting grounds. The province is abundant in volcanic ruin. The volcanic eruptions created Heilongjiang unique and spectacular tourist resources. Lake Wudalianchi is known as "the Museum of Volcanic Geology". The marsh of Zhalong Nature Reserve, where red-rested cranes gather, is reputed as "the home to cranes". Among Heilongjiang's other tourist resources are Songhua River, Diaoshuilou Waterfalls of Jinggo Lake, and Ruins of Ancient State Bohai of the Tang Dynasty. The province has long and cold winters and short summers with plenty sunshine. And the frigid climate bestows Heilongjiang rich resources of ice and snow. Winter are golden seasons for ice and snow programs including skiing, winter swimming, skating, ice hockey, and so on. Also the exquisite ice and snow sculptures of the North, up to present, the Yabuli and Yuquan Mountain skiing grounds are ideal places for tourist to spend a holiday.
Lying in Ning'an and 110 kilometers from Mudanjiang City, the 95-square-kilometer Jingpo Lake is one of the largest alpine lakes in China, at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level. Embraced by rolling mountains, the lake is famous for beautiful scenery. The Diaoshuilou Waterfalls, located in northern part of the lake, rushes down with a height of 25 meters, forming a spectacular scene.
St. Sophia Church
First built in 1907, the church, 53.35 meters in height and 720 square meters in area, is the largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the Far East. The splendid and elegant structure of bricks and wood shows a strong influence of the Byzantine style of architecture.