Harbin is the commercial center of Heilongjiang Province as well as the communication hub in the northern part of North-East China, with a well-developed railway and highway network. It has regular air links with over 30 cities at home and abroad. The Songhua River is an important waterway for shipping.
Harbin is also a famous historical and cultural city, reputed by tourists as " Ice Town ". Winter and summer are most fascinating seasons to tourists. It is renowned for the annual "Ice and Snow Festival" in January.
Harbin possesses of the luxuriant mineral resources, 63 varied categories of mineral resources, the explored 25 species of which are utilized for industry. Coal, gas, copper, zinc, constructed-made ores and mineral water, twenty species of mineral play a crucial role in Heilongjiang Provincial Economics prosperity. Meanwhile, Harbin’s forestland is mainly distributed over east mountainous area, northwest foot of Zhangguangcai mountain, the south ramp of Xiaoxingan mountain. Besides, such as, apple trees, grape trees and so on, these temperate trees still grow over here.
On the other hand, Harbin is affluent in vegetation resources, the various species of which mainly contains alga vegetation and moss vegetation bearing the portraits of concentrated scattering and high economic profits. Such rare medical materials as wild Panax, tuckahoe, earthworm, amboyna and etc., are famous in the internal and external sphere. Another series of vegetation to mention is surely wild edible vegetation with the inclusion of fern, tender bud, a mass of filbert mushroom, agarics and etc.. One more species of vegetation is more than 130 sorts of wild flowers adorning the blackland Chipewyan. There are more than 40 rare animals like Sibera Tiger and bear, and other beasts and birds forest. The amount of fish in fresh water is plentiful. More than 40 series of fish flowing Songhua River and the branches in Harbin is of importance of eating: Heilongjiang Carp, silk crucian, dog fish, red eel and etc.