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Tour Code :
C1991
City / Province :
Harbin
Best tour month :
Four seasons
Type :
Historic sites,Views of the city
Built in :
1932.A.D

      St. Sophia Church in Harbin is the largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the Far East. It is 53.3 meters (175 feet) high and occupies an area of 721 square meters (0.18 acres). In November, 1996, it was listed as one of the Key Cultural Relics under State Protection. Half a year later, the city government repaired it and renamed it as Harbin Art Gallery. It is a respectable landmark for Harbin ers and for tourism.

    Church of St. Sophia 

    The church has a complex history. Shortly after the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), the Russian built the church of timber in March, 1907. Then, the Russian rebuilt it using masonry and timber four years later. The onset of a second reconstruction by Russian was marked on September 23rd, 1923, and a ceremony was held to celebrate laying the corner stone. It was completed on November 25th, 1932, after nine years, and was hailed as a monumental work of art.
      The Byzantine style church is so beautiful, it is said to look as if it had been made by God's hands. In fact, St. Sophia means 'God's wisdom'. Having a Latin cross footprint, the church's original shape was preserved during reconstruction. The church has four floors and is accessible by a door on each side. Until the 1960's, the bell tower over the entrance housed 7 bells of different sizes and tones. When there were religious festivals in the past, a well-trained ringer would play musical progressions, tolling the bells with ropes tied to his hands and feet. The bells resounded to the skies.

    Church of St. Sophia

      By the 1990's, St. Sophia had undergone considerable decline. The church no longer was in use, and residential apartments and office?buildings surrounded it. Magnificent Russian painted murals that adorned the church's arched walls were destroyed out of recognition. While in 1997, the local government under took to undo the decades of deterioration. But as the original Russian murals were lost completely, they were replaced by topically new murals depicting the architectural history of the Harbin community. And crosses that were removed in six places were replaced. Now, the murals, pendent lamps, dome and the bell tower are restored to their original splendor.

  • All-inclusive Harbin City local culture and history 4 day private tour

    All-inclusive Harbin City local culture and history 4 day private tour

      If you've ever dreamt of a winter wonderland, Harbin will put on a spectacular show for you. During the winter months, the skies will open up and crisp white snowflakes will begin to cover all its paths. This winter package is a perfect balance of winter culture and beautiful arts in snow and ice, great for photographing! On this tour, immerse yourself in historical and cultural Harbin to discover the city by visiting Sun Island, Siberian Tiger Park, Ice and Snow World, St. Sofia Church, Central Street, Stalin Park and Ice Lantern Art Fair in Zhaolin Park.

    Price : from USD 280

  • Three-day private best of Harbin tour in winter

    Three-day private best of Harbin tour in winter

      In this unique tour package, seek a safari-style adventure from Siberian Tiger Park, enjoy International Snow Sculpture Art EXPO in the reputed Sun-Island Park, get lost in the wonderland of ice and snow world in the evening, explore the historical and cultural sites covering St.Sofia Church, Central Street and Stalin Park. The tour offers a private guide for a more personalized experience, a separate driver ensures full attention throughout the day, all entrance fees, authentic meals and free hotel pickup and drop-off included.

    Price : from USD 212

  • Private two-day city tour of Harbin in winter wonderland

    Private two-day city tour of Harbin in winter wonderland

        This Harbin winter trip provides the ultimate freedom and flexibility to see all the highlights of Harbin in winter and experience Harbin's incredible nature and culture at your own pace. Get intimate contact with the Siberian tigers, have an excellent chance of appreciating the classic Saint Sophia Cathedral, experience the wonderland of Harbin Ice and Snow World, venture to the vibrant Central Street, and marvel at Sun Island Scenic Area for an incredible array of ice sculptures.

    Price : from USD 185

  • One day leisure sightseeing tour to Harbin

    One day leisure sightseeing tour to Harbin

    Don't let the cold and snow stop you from exploring the magical Harbin. Enjoy the flexibility of a delightful winter journey that will allow you to experience adventure, action and excitement only available during this time of the year. See the best of Harbin in winter on this private sightseeing tour. View the Russian-style St. Sophia Cathedral, see the Western-inspired buildings along Zhongyang Central Street, admire the vast ice sculptures in Stalin Park, Sun Island ,Ice and Snow World, and enjoy intimate contact with Siberian Tiger. Private transport, a Chinese lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.  

    Price : from USD 171

  • 2-Day Private Tour Combo Package of Harbin Ice And Snow

    2-Day Private Tour Combo Package of Harbin Ice And Snow

    During winter, Harbin — capital of China’s northern most province — receives an avalanche of visitors to see the most spectacular of its works which are massive and elaborate recreations of castles, historic landmarks and famous figures, lit up at night in dazzling bright colors see the best of the winter wonderland on a private 2 day tour of the city’s highlights. In the tour, explore Siberian Tiger Park, Dragon tower, LaoDaoWai Road, Snow and Ice world, Church of St. Sophia, Central street, Songhua River, Sun Island, Harbin Polarland and Zhaolin Park​.   

    Price : from USD 490

  • 3Days Private In-depth travel in Harbin Ice And Snow Festival Including Yabuli ski resort and special lunch

    3Days Private In-depth travel in Harbin Ice And Snow Festival Including Yabuli ski resort and special lunch

    Harbin comes alive in the winter – sculptures and ice castles rise up out of the ice that grips the city by the frozen Songhua River – it is a glittering spectacle that's well worth the risk of a little frostbite. Spend a full day to see all the highlights of Harbin winter and experience the magnificent Church of St. Sophia,Central Street,Songhua River, Sun Island,Harbin Polarland,Zhaolin Park​,Siberian Tiger Park,Drgaon tower,LaoDaoWai street,snow and ice world and Yabuli Ski Resort.   

    Price : from USD 598

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    Harbin City One Day Private Tour Visit The Most Beautiful Winter On Earth

    Harbin is an international city. Harbin local culture is fundamentally Han culture, combined with Manchu and Russian cultures. This combination of cultural influences impacted local architectural style, food, musics, and customs. On this tour, immerse yourself in historical and cultural Harbin to discover the city through the eyes of locals.Experience the Church of St. Sophia, Central Street, Sun island Snow Sculpture and Polar museum, Harbin Polarland, and Snow and Ice World. ​  

    Price : from USD 350

  • 1 day private tour of classic attractions in Harbin

    1 day private tour of classic attractions in Harbin

    Enhance your sightseeing experience in Harbin with this enriching one-day private adventure tour that grants you access to the festival's wintry wonders, including traditional ice-lantern exhibits, alpine skiing events, and the world’s largest ice sculptures Explore Sun Island Snow Sculpture, Siberian Tiger Park, church of St. Sophia, Central street, and snow and ice world.Admission tickets and Harbin cuisine lunch are included in the package.   

    Price : from USD 200

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