Harbin: The Capital of Heilogjang Province in Horthestern China
Harbin is the capital and biggest city of Heilongjiang province in Northeastern China. Historically, it has played a major role in the trade between China and neighboring Russia. The city’s strategic location and abundant resources has made it the administrative, economic, industrial, cultural, educational and transportation center of Northeastern China.
Covering an area of 53,796 square kilometres, Harbin lies along the Songhua River near the edge of the Songnen Plain in the southern part of Heilongjiang province. It is bordered by the Yichun, Qitahe, Jiamusu and Suihua prefectures to the north, Daqing to the west and Mudanjiang prefecture and Jilin province to the south.
Harbin’s climate is classified as mid-temperate …show more content…
Logistics, Transportation and Communication
Harbin is considered as a major logistics and transportation hub of Northeastern China and northern Asia in general. It has maximized its advantage of a central and strategic location by developing advanced transportation infrastructure. Harbin is an important railway hub where five major railways converge and link the city to other major cities in China including Beijing and Shanghai.
The second largest airport in the region, Harbin Taiping International Airport, connects the city to 82 domestic and international destinations. There are extensive waterway facilities along the Songhua River. Harbin Harbor is one of eight inland ports in China and the largest in the region. It services ships coming from and going to ports in Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Southeast Asia.
Harbin has well-developed highways and streets being used by 5,009 buses and 11,500 taxis. A planned subway line is scheduled to be completed in 2012.
There are 2,485,000 fixed-line users, 7,270,000 mobile phone subscribers, 1,174,000 Internet users and 828,000 broadband access users in Harbin.
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