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Harbin is the capital and largest city of Heilongjiang province in the northeast region of China, with a total land area of 53,068 km2 (a little larger than Costa Rica). Holding sub-provincial administrative status, Harbin has the eighth largest population among Chinese cities, as well as the most populous city in Northeast China. The city has 9.935 Million inhabitants according to the 2012 census. Harbin serves as a key political, economic, scientific, cultural and communications hub in Northeast China and plays an important part in Sino-Russian trade. Having the most bitterly cold winters among major Chinese cities, Harbin is referred to as the Ice City for its well-known winter tourism and recreation. In the 1920s, the city was considered China’s fashion capital since new designs from Paris and Moscow reached there first before arriving in Shanghai and now it still holds the nickname of ‘Orient Moscow’ or ‘Paris in the orient’. In 2010, Harbin was declared a UNESCO “City of Music”…

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