Old Harbin is the best place in Harbin to admire the Russian-influenced architecture of early Harbin. Prior to the arrival of Russian railway workers of the China Eastern Railway in the early 1900s, Harbin was nothing more than a small fishing village. After the initial influx of railway workers, Harbin was again flooded with refugees fleeing the Russian revolution in the 1920s. These foreign residents of Harbin built many of the buildings still standing today in Old Harbin. Many of the shops and restaurants have more than 100 years of history, making Old Harbin a fascinating place to get a glimpse into life in early Harbin.
Want to explore Old Harbin? Join us for our Old Harbin Walking Tour! We’ll visit an antiques market, an active mosque, learn about the Russian-influenced architecture of Old Harbin, and enjoy a delicious meal at a historic Muslim restaurant.