Zhong Yang Street (Central Street, also known as Kitaiskaya St.), one of the main business street in Harbin, is a perfect remnant of the bustling international business activities at the turn of the 20th century.
The 1.4km long street is a veritable museum of European architectural style, including Baroque and Byzantine facades, Jewish architectural wonders, a Russian restaurant, French fashion houses, American snack food outlets, and a Japanese restaurant. It is the prettiest site in Harbin.
St. Sophia church
St. Sophia church is the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East, and one of only two Byzantine-style Orthodox Churches ever built in the world. It took nine years to build and was completed in 1932. It has now been made into a museum as a showcase of multicultural architecture Harbin.
The church occupies a floor space of 721 square meters and measures 53.35 meters in height. On the top of the church, there are six golden crosses differ from the one in Rome Catholic Church, you can easily find the difference between them.There is a slanting beam under the normal cross. Apart from the central Onion-shape dome, there are four smaller tent roofs of different sizes. Below the roofs, there are arched windows in the Rome style.
In summer, concerts are often held in the square and people can enjoy musical art and architectural art at the same time.
Harbin red sausage
Heilongjiang is among the coldest provinces in China, and its people eat lots of meat and Russian bread. The cuisine is typified by heavy sauce and deep-frying. In the early 20th century, Russian traders brought this smoked pork sausage across the border into Harbin. Since then it's become a specialty of the city. Flavored with garlic and black pepper, red sausage is the perfect companion to dalieba bread and tastes even better with a pint of Harbin beer.