Heihe is located in the north of Heilongjiang Province and lies across the river from Amur Oblast of Russia. In history, Heihe is one of the cradles of the civilization of ethnic minorities in North China, such as the Manchu, the Oroqen nationality, the Daur nationality and the Ewenki nationality. At present, there are 31 ethnic minorities in Heihe. According to archaeological research, there were human footprints in Heihe in the late period of the Paleolithic age.
Heihe is endowed with ice-snow and forest tourism resources. It also features the world’s rare Wudalianchi natural volcanic geological museum, the famous Aihui Ancient City, the localities of Oroqen and Daur minorities with rich ethnic characteristics, breathtaking river drifting, volcano landscapes and Sino-Russian boundary rive (Amur River) which adds infinite fascination to Heihe.
Heihe abounds with wildlife resources, containing 467 varieties of wild animals and over one thousand of wild plants, such as red deer, moose and rare and precious animals under the first-grade state protection. There are over 350 varieties of Chinese medicinal herbs and 87 species of fishes in the rivers and lakes. Heihe is China’s important wildlife resource garden and gene pool.
Heihe is located in the north of Heilongjiang Province and lies across the river from Amur Oblast of Russia.
Heihe enjoys cold temperate zone continental monsoon climate with long and chilly winters and short warm summers. The annual average temperature is from -1.3℃ to 0.4℃. The temperature in winter ranges from -30℃ to -10℃ and the temperature in summer ranges from 5℃ to 32℃. January is the coldest month with the average temperature of about -25.4℃. The hottest month is July with the average temperature of about 20℃.
Recommended Tourist Attractions
Mount Huoshaoshan, Mount Laoheishan, Erlongquan, Daheihe Island, Xunkezhan River drifting, Mount Yaoquan, Aihui History Exhibition Hall, Zhongling Temple, Dazhanhe National Forest Park, Woniu Lake, Heilong mountain villa vocational village, film base, Nenjiang Modern Agricultural Tourist Area.
International Volcano Tourism Festival and Folk-custom Drinking Water Festival
The drinking water festival is the grandest festival of the year in Heihe, which is held during the Dragon Boat Festival annually. During the festival, local people have three days off. There are various activities in celebration of the festival, which include the song and dance parade, scrambling for the “holy water” of the spring, artistic performances, economy and trade fair, fireworks evening party, torch temple fair, lantern show, mass celebrations in parks and spring outing.
Volcano Ice and Snow Festival
The Wudalianchi volcano landscape in winter is peculiar and magnificent. Due to the abundance ice and snow resources in winter, Wudalianchi Scenic Area holds Volcano Ice and Snow Festival every year. The festival begins before the New Year’s Day and comes to an end on February 2nd of the lunar calendar. During the festival, there are a variety of activities, including Wudalianchi volcano ice and snow tour, international Sino-Russian winter swimming invitational tournament, a visit to volcano ice and snow park, skiing, hunting, winter capture and winter fishing.
Best Time to Visit
The best season to travel to Heihe is summer when it’s nice and cool with fresh air. Due to the comfortable climate and elegant natural environment, Heihe becomes an ideal summer resort. Besides, in summer, you can have an up-close appreciation of these volcano landscapes, such as Wudalianchi Volcano, Laoheishan Volcano and Huoshaoshan Volcano.
Of course, winter is also a good season for visiting Heihe to those ice-snow enthusiasts. Winter begins from late October and lasts for about half a year in Heihe, with the temperature of about -30℃. In a frozen and snow-covered land, visitors can appreciate various ice-snow landscapes and participate in ice-snow activities. Make sure to wear down jackets to keep warm.