"Hongbo Square - DongDazhi Jie Area" China Off The Beaten Path Tip by szivhk

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  One of the villas just off Hongbo Square
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  • One of the villas just off Hongbo Square - China
      One of the villas just off Hongbo Square
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  • The Protestant Church on Dongdazhi Jie - China
      The Protestant Church on Dongdazhi Jie
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  • The Othodox Church on Dongdazhi Jie - China
      The Othodox Church on Dongdazhi Jie
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  • The Twin-Spired Church on Dongdazhi Jie - China
      The Twin-Spired Church on Dongdazhi Jie
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Leave Hongbo Square, not along the main Dongdazhi Jie, but along the minor road which runs parallel to it on its left. The road is short, more of a small square really, and ends up in a mall. On this short stretch you will see two of Harbins most exquisite villas. I am sorry, again I don't know anything about either, but they must have been extremely beautiful. I carried on into the mall itself. It has a food court on the top floor and a supermarket in the basement. I exited back onto Dongdazhi Jie and walked NE long this major road. Much of it is now closed to traffic while they build the subway stations, but you'll walk down the pavements either side of the site. On the left, you'll see a twin spired, fairly modern church. You can go inside. The church itself is on the third floor. I found it very atmospheric. Across the other side of the road, you'll see two older, smaller Russian style churches. According to another VT user, one is the protestant Nielai Church, built in 1916. It was packed with worshippers when I visited on a Wednesday afternoon. The other is the orthodox Ukranian Church of St Mary. This was locked.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2010
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