Volga Manor is a country park located in the banks of Ashihe River which covers 600,000 square feet land. This park is situated at Xiangfang district of Harbin Province, People’s Republic of China. The structures are rebuilt in Russian classic style preserving the elegance and tradition. The name Volga is very much popular to everybody. Almost everybody could easily recognize Volga which flows through central Russia. The Volga Manor has nothing to do with the Volga flowing through Russia but a replica of Russian building, churches and restaurants built in the province of Harbin in China.
This magnificent forest park is constructed 29 kilometer away from St. Sophia Square in Chenggaozi. The landscape is extremely beautiful to the core of every element. The soft Ashihe River glides smoothly through the forest park. The wetland created by the river is a haven for wild animals. The wooden bridge constructed over the river is a good location to walk around and watch the location.
Typical Russian location:
The Volga Manor is just like a typical Russian location. With the Russian music playing in the back ground, the visitors will have a feeling that they are in Russia. Wherever you go, you can feel the cultural richness of Russia. Tourists can watch the Russian dance show every day at 11am and 4pm. To be part of the show, make sure to visit Volga Manor during these times.
The re-constructed Nicholas Cathedral Church, which was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, is a main attraction. Also the St. Nicholas Art Gallery is an impressive location to see the various Russian art works. Today the reconstructed Church is not having any religious importance but it is used as a museum to show cases the culture and arts.
St. Nicholas Cathedral:
This is the first heritage building reconstructed and opened for public after the Cultural Revolution. The church is a replication of its original design and is being used to exhibit the cultural and artistic materials. The Russian ruler, Tsar Nicholas II was ordered to build this Orthodox Church in 1899 for Russian expatriates in Harbin. A cathedral design competition was conducted at St. Petersburg and selected famous architects and painters for the construction. The huge bell for the cathedral was transported from Moscow to Volga Manor. The wooden works carried fine artistic decorations. The cathedral becomes the center of attraction at Hongbo Square. It was acted as a transit point for passengers’ disembarked from Harbin Railway station.
The structure stood like a historic pieces of artistic excellence for sixty years. During Cultural Revolution 1966, the relationship between Russia and China broke to the lowest level and as result the church was destroyed. After the revolution in 1990 when the authorities started reconstruction of the streets and St. Sophia Cathedral, the locals started demanding re-construction of St. Nicholas. As a result the new St. Nicholas Cathedral was rebuilt in a new location in the same style of the old cathedral.
Travelling to Volga Manor:
Regular buses services are available from Tongxiang Store. To reach Tongxiang Store it is easy to take a taxi and get down at the bus terminal. From there take a bus to Chenggaozi and get down at Sanjiazi. From there it is easy to reach Volga Manor. Bus service is very cheap, but it would be difficult for a non-Chinese to travel by bus to Volga Manor due to language issues. Taxi or Rent-A-Car services are more preferable. The visiting hours are 9:00 am to 18:00 pm. There is enough scope to spend 2-3 hours in the park. Make your China travel by including Volga Manor part of your schedule.