Central Street in Harbin （哈尔滨中央大街）
Central Street in Harbin
Known as the "Eastern Moscow", northeast China's Harbin has always been regarded as a unique and exotic city. Central Street in downtown Harbin is the ultimate symbol of the city.
Harbin's hundred-year history can be traced in this story-rich street. Originally constructed in 1898 for the transportation of railway supplies and called "Chinese Street," Central Street was later floored with square stones based on the design of a Russian engineer in 1924. Since then, it has become home to numerous foreign shops, hotels, and bars. Russian leather, British woolen cloth, French perfume, German medicine and many more exotic commodities can be found here.
With a total length of 1,450 meters, Central Street is now the longest pedestrian street in Asia. The European architectural art is the most obvious feature of this long corridor, and the four most influential schools of Western architecture in different eras, including Baroque, Renaissance, eclecticism and Art Nouveau, are all presented in this street. As Harbin's most cultural rich area and busiest commercial street, Central Street is an enthralling destination, attracting tourists from both home and abroad.