Harbin grew from a small rural settlement on the Songhua River to become one of the largest cities in Northeast China. Having the most bitterly cold winters among major Chinese cities, Harbin is heralded as the Ice City for its well-known winter tourism and recreations. Harbin is notable for its beautiful ice sculpture festival in the winter.
Sirberian Tiger Park is also known as "Heilongjiang Amur Tiger Park" and "Northeast Tiger Forest Park" ,is just to the north of Sun Island Park in Harbin. It hosts, amongst other animals, the Siberian tiger. It is the world's largest breeding base for Siberian tigers,also a garden built to save and protect the world's endangered species, the Northeast Tiger.