Sunday, July 29, 2007

Weekend Geography Quiz

This city is considered to be the Oriental St. Petersburg because of its beautiful, European and Russian influenced architecture:
This city has beautiful summers but frigid, Siberian winters. It is world famous for its winter ice festival that draws tourists from all over the globe:

This city has a spectacular treasure trove of various styles of European, Russian, American, Japanese, and Chinese architecture, reflecting the international mixture of the population of the city during the first half of the 20th century. The city has had a large population of Russians, Americans, French, Japanese, and Chinese. It had a large Jewish population. Many Whites Guards fled here after the Russian Revolution. The city is now a bustling city of 4.5 million people. What city is this that has played such an important role in 20th century world history due to its proximity to major world historical events?

3 comments:

Gabe said...

The answer is Harbin, China in the heart of Manchuria. Harbin has belonged to Manchuria (which then really owned China), then Russia, Japan, and finally China after World War II. It was a cosmopolitan city and a haven for White Guards until the conclusion of World War II when Russia occupied it again and executed many White Guards. I really wanted to visit this city and was ready to take a ship from Pusan to Dalian, but a typhoon was threatening the Yellow Sea. I then took the boat to Fukuoka and stayed in Kyushu for the week.

diana said...

Beautiful!

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