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Address: Urban Area, Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China
Phone Number: 0451-84679456
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St. Sophia Church’s architecture reminds me of the Kremlin (from what I’ve seen in pictures) There’s no tourist trap here. There are sodas outside and of course sausages. They’ll... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Beijing, China
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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

St. Sophia Church’s architecture reminds me of the Kremlin (from what I’ve seen in pictures) There’s no tourist trap here. There are sodas outside and of course sausages. They’ll try and sell it to you for 1 extra RMB but just give them 3rmb for a soda and 3 for a sausage and be on your way. They have merchandise... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Been there day and night , the scenic offer during day and night is totally different experience. feeding pigeon , running the square , many fast food and local restuarent nearby serving local dumplings

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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The view on the outside is beautiful but disappointed on the inside. When entering an Eastern Orthodox Church you have roughly an idea what to expect, here nothing of all that, only an expo of pictures. There is very limited, almost not existing, explanations in English. The Church is losing her charms and splendor. 20 RMB to visit, quite expensive

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It's very nice but unless you want to learn about the history of China and Russia in Harbin, you can skip it. Take a picture of it from the outside. There's a McD's right there too.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I have to give it to the Chinese for preserving and protecting their historic monuments the way they have. Being a non - religious country, they have turned this Church into a photo museum capturing the historic developments of the city from their Russian colonial times to modern days. Its good to see the love and affection the residents have... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Church of St. Sophia is a Russian Orthodox cathedral in the unlikely surrounds of a square in the centre of Harbin, the largest city in NE China. But it's there because just over a century ago, when it was built, this area was a Russian colony. Inside the church, which has been de-consecrated, there's an exhibition of old photos... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Church of St Sophia demonstrates the history of alliance in Northern China between China and Russia, great sight.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Former Russian Orthodox Church, example of Byzantine architecture. It is in a poor state of repair and is now used to house the Harbin Architectural Art Gallery and currently on show (Feb 2015) there is a pictorial exhibition of early Harbin through the to the Russian occupation and its liberation. A very interesting and educational visit well worth it and... More 

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a gorgeous Russian orthodox styled church that is no longer a church. Now a museum of sorts inside I was very fortunate on one of my visits to listen to a choir singing inside. The acoustics are amazing. Well worth a visit - especially during the winter. Lots of photo opportunities and there is a large wet market... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

If you enjoy old photography, it's well worth a visit to see what the city and people looked like over the past 100 years. The captions are unfortunately not in English (though bizarrely, the flowery introduction was probably the most well written bit of English I've seen yet at a tourist attraction in China).

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