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Saint Sophia Cathedral

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No.88 Toulong Street, Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The cathedral is undergoing renovations at present and there is scaffolding abd fencing about it, however it is very photogenic and well lit making it popular for locals and tourists to pose for photos. The inside is not open to be seen. There is no...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Easy to get to. Access was denied inside the church. Can view from outside. Takes about 15-20 minutes. Can take some pictures and move on to the various shopping centres nearby.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MAB-India
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A nice building to admire on yiur travels, but there is no access and the building is totally fenced off (or was during our visit at least)a quick photo stop was all that was needed

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of St. Sophia Church is complex. Shortly after the Boxer Rebellion in March 1907, the Russians built the church of timber. Then, the Russians rebuilt it using masonry and timber four years later. The second reconstruction by the Russians started on September 23rd,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure it’s actually being renovated but in any case you can’t go inside. But still an interesting place Just spend 15 minutes to take some photos is okay

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JBchina
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing much to see with the facade barricaded due to an ongoing major renovation. Can imagine its stunning beauty with in the evening with lights and covered in snow. Just next to the Central Padestrian Street

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is still under renovation but the surrounding area was a nice structural design ... Very non China style.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank vincentn629
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Heard about it for a long time and when I finally went to Harbin the Cathedral was closed for renovation and won't reopen until sometime next year. However, the fence around it was posted with giant pictures of the church and that gave people a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

The church is unfortunately right now under renovation and most of the building is covered, not much to see. The renovation is past due, so I’m happy they finally get into it and next time I get to Harbin would be nice to see the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank canac1
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Perhaps no one really looked after the interior of this place after the Russian occupation ended. It's lovely from the outside, and quite empty - almost rundown, inside. The peeled paints and the empty hall is like telling the story, of the era of revolutions.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Ashkelon, Israel
Getting to the airport by 6 am (4 Replies)
Hi, im now in harbin in hotel thats right near Saint Sophia Cathedral. I need to get the day after tommorow to the airport by 6 am - how can i do it? Arriving here i took bus number 1 from the airport and from there i took a taxi. But now its the other way around - i dont remember where is the bus stop near the railway station, i dont know where to buy a ticket and even how to catch a taxi in the middle of the night. I have no clue even when the first bus leaves and in what friquency...More
February 22, 2018|
Response fromGincher|
Just checked again - i need to be in the airport at 5:30 am
Hong Kong, China
Harbin February 2012 - Trip Report (15 Replies)
We visited Harbin from 16 to 19 February 2012 with our two children aged 10 and 11. We travelled outside of the main ice festival dates (the official Ice Festival runs from 5 January to 5 February) and this has its advantages and disadvantages. We flew from Shenzhen airport with China Southern which we booked through Travelzen (HK$3637 adult, HK$3192 child). We took a taxi from the airport at Harbin to the Shangri-la (taxi 180RMB but could have negotiated lower) arriving at the hotel after...More
February 24, 2012|
Response fromJean-Pierre D|
Thanks for your report. I am amazed how expensive the flights are. I can fly from Beijing to Europe for just a little more! (when there is a sale)