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The Northeast China region is historically known as Manchuria, and for centuries the main
ethnic group were the Manchus. In 1644 the Manchus conquered China and founded
the Qing Dynasty
The Qing ruled for over 250 years, until the founding of the
Republic of China in 1911. During the Qing Dynasty, Manchuria was off limits to
Han Chinese. That prohibition broke down as the Qing began losing power in the
late 1800's. Today, the Han by far are the largest ethnic group in the region.
However, the area still has a mysterious quality separate from the rest of
China, and a Manchu minority still can be found in this area.
Japan and Russia
From the 19th century until the end of the Second World War, Northeast China
(Manchuria) was the main prize in a complex territorial squabble mainly between
China, Japan and Russia. After that, the area came firmly under Chinese control,
began to be called dong bei (the Northeast), and became China's
"rust belt", the area where various five-year plans put most of the
heavy industry. The largest ethnic group is now Han Chinese; there are
substantial Manchu, Mongol and Korean minorities.
The North China Plain
The North China Plain is a large-scale downfaulted rift basin formed in the late Paleogene and Neogene and then modified by the deposits of the Yellow River. It is the largest alluvial plain of China. The plain is bordered to the north by the Yanshan Mountains, to the west by the Taihang Mountains, to the south by the Dabie and Tianmu Mountains, and to the east by the Yellow Sea. The Yellow River flows through the middle of the plain into the Bohai Sea.
the famous “Ice City”
Being the famous “Ice City” in northeastern China, Harbin attracts visitors
with its Ice and Snow Festival, a happy carnival providing visitors a wonderland
of ice and snow. The festival is held annually on Jan.5 and lasts for one month.
Tips: The best collections of ice artworks are mainly on display in the
following five places: Harbin Ice and Snow World, Ice Lantern Garden Party, Sun
Island Scenic Area, Yabuli International Ski Resort and Zhaolin Park.
If you love a crystalline world that’s covered with snow and ice, you
won’t want to miss a magic journey to northeast China this winter.
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