Heilongjiang and the Songhua River meet here.
The merged river has two distinct colours: dark green water from Heilongjiang, and yellow from the Songhua River.
The Sanjiang Plain
It used to be called the Great Wasteland, since the cold climate here makes it hard for crops to grow.
Until the 1950s, when tens of thousands of people resettled here and started cultivating the land.
Now it produces over 30 billion kg of grains each year, enough to feed a hundred million people for a year.
Xingkai Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Heilongjiang.
On Lianhuan Lake, fishermen search for the ideal spot to locate schools of fish.
They drill small holes through the ice.
Then they lower the net through the hole, starting at 6 o’clock in the morning.
The net stretches to 1,500 metres long.
Five hours later, everybody gathers for the spectacle.
The first fish in the net often fetches a very high price.
In nearby Jilin Province, the first fish caught from Chagan Lake was auctioned off for close to a million yuan.
Half a day’s work yields a hundred thousand kg of fish.
The lake turns into an impromptu fish market.
The city of Daqing, famous for its oil fields.
Over fifty thousand pumpjacks are used here.
60% of the city is wetland.
Over one fifth of all wetland in China is found in Heilongjiang.
Daqing has another name, the City of A Hundred Lakes.
Zhalong Nature Reserve, home to over 300 red-crowned cranes.
The cranes are a symbol of longevity and immortality in Taoism.
The river flows past China, Russia and Mongolia. Its entire length is 4,370 km.
It has over 200 tributaries.
On the frozen surface of Heilongjiang, Russian and Chinese players engage in a friendly match of ice hockey.
The city of Heihe
On the opposite bank of Heilongjiang is Blagoveshchensk, the administrative centre of Amur Oblast, Russia.
Heihe and Blagoveshchensk are less than a thousand metres apart.
Other than ice hockey, winter marathon is another activity you can take part in on the frozen Heilongjiang.
It’s the setting of the novel Tracks in the Snowy Forest.
A film studio has been set up here for the production of a TV series adapted from the novel.
At the foot of Mount Weihu is a hundred-year-old town.
Hengdaohezi retains over 200 houses built in Russian style architecture.
It used to be the command centre of the Chinese Eastern Railway project at the end of the 19th century.
This fan-shaped building was used to store locomotives.
The Songhua River is the largest tributary of Heilongjiang.
The city of Harbin is built right on its banks.
This railway bridge was built in 1901, now used mostly by cyclists and pedestrians.
The people of Harbin are fond of marathons. They have one in winter on the frozen Heilongjiang, and they have another one in autumn in the city.
Over thirty thousand people participate in the autumn marathon.
Harbin is known as the Oriental Moscow.
The city is also home to the famous Harbin beer.
Average consumption of beer in the city is 100 bottles per capita.
Folks say that to live and survive in Heilongjiang, you have to master two skills.
One is how to make instant icicles.
The other one is how to walk.