One of the longest pedestrian streets (1,450 metres or 1,586 yards) in Asia, the buildings along Zhongyang Dajie include a wide range of European styles, some reflecting the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Teeming with shops, malls, cafes, restaurants and other tourist attractions, this street offers a full range of recreational options, as well giving the visitor a snapshot of Harbin’s varied history.
Particular highlights are the Jiaoyu Bookstore (Baroque), The Mod-Er Hotel and Daoliqiulin shop (both Art Nouveau), and the Fuer Shop, formerly Xiehe Bank, which is built in Renaissance style.
An hour of the time you are in Harbin spent taking in this street － perhaps also snacking on some excellent Harbin sausages and ducking down some of the side streets – will most definitely not be wasted. Over the ice sculpture festival, it’s particularly attractive, thanks to the illuminated ice art.
Image courtesy of Sinopitt on Wikimedia Commons.