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  • China at a Glance

    The History of China

    The Chinese Language and Chinese Characters

    The Chinese People

    The Four Seasons

    The City of Harbin

    Heilongjiang International University


    China at a Glance

    11 China is situated in eastern Asia, bounded by the Pacific in the east. It is the third largest country in the world, next to Canada and Russia. It has an area of 9.6 million square kilometers, or one-fifteenth of the world's land mass. The borders stretch over 22,000 kilometers on land and the coastline extends well over 18,000 kilometers. It is washed by the waters of Bohai, Huanghai, the East China and the South China seas. The Bohai Sea is the inland sea of China. There are 6,536 islands larger than 500 square meters, the largest is Taiwan, with a total area of about 36,000 square kilometers, and the second largest, Hainan. The South China Sea Islands are the southernmost island group of China.


    The History of China

    China is located in the east of Asia. The capital of China is Beijing.

    12The ancient history of China reflects the beauty of Chinese culture and morality. With more than 5000 years of history, China has a wonderful culture and is a splendid civilization. You can hear manyfamous stories about emperors of various dynasties in China. The best way to learn about the history of China is to visitcities such as Xian and Nanjing, as these are some of the most important cultural locations of China. From the oldest dynasty, Xia dynasty, there have been millions of prominent people who made great contributions to the unity and development of the Chinese civilization.

    They include emperors like Qin Shihuang (Qin dynasty emperor), Hanwudi (Emperor of the Han dynasty) and Li Shimin (emperor of the Tang dynasty), and Kangxi (Emperor in the Qing dynasty). There were also famous scholars like Confucius (Great educator in Spring and Autumn Period), and scientists like Zhu Chongzhi and Zhangheng.

    Besides them, there were also thousands of heroes in Chinese history who are still remembered by modern Chinese. They are like shining stars that live in the hearts of the Chinese people. It is their great contributions that made China enticing and lovely.

    5000 years have passed. The Chinese nation and society are undergoing much development in the 21st century. With the combined efforts of 1.3 billion people, China Wholesale is entering a new phase in the 21st century and contributing towards theprogressof its people and the world.


    The Chinese Language and Chinese Characters

    13Chinese can be traced back over 3,000 years to the first written records, and earlier to a hypothetical Sino-Tibetan proto-language. Chinese people speak mandarin (Putong Hua, Hanyu, Huayu, Guoyu, standard Chinese) which is based on the Beijing Dialect. From the inscriptions on oracle bones in the Shang Dynasty, it is concluded that the formation of Chinese characters has a history of more than 3,000 years. Chinese is a group of related but in many cases mutually unintelligible language variations, forming a branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Chinese is spoken by the Han majority and many other ethnic groups in China. The earliest examples of the Chinese language are divination inscriptions on oracle bones from around 1250 BC in the late Shang dynasty. Old Chinese was the language of the Western Zhou period (1046–771 BC), recorded in inscriptions on bronze artifacts, the Classic of Poetry and portions of the Book of Documents and I Ching. The relation between the spoken and written Chinese language is rather complex. The Chinese orthography centers on Chinese characters, which are written within imaginary rectangular blocks, traditionally arranged in vertical columns, read from top to bottom down a column, and right to left across columns. Chinese characters are morphemes independent of phonetic change. Vocabularies from different major Chinese variants have diverged, and colloquial non-standard written Chinese often makes use of unique "dialectal characters". Each Chinese character represents a monosyllabic Chinese word or morpheme. In 100 CE, the famed Han dynasty scholar Xu Shen classified characters into six categories, namely pictographs, simple ideographs, compound ideographs, phonetic loans, phonetic compounds and derivative characters.  Almost all characters created since have been of one of thesetypes. Modern characters are styled after the regular script. Various other written styles are also used in Chinese calligraphy, including seal script, cursive script and clerical script. There are currently two systems for Chinese characters. The traditional system, still used in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Chinese speaking communities outside mainland China (except Singapore and Malaysia), takes its form from standardized character forms dating back to the late Han dynasty.


    The Chinese People

    They are the largest nationality in the world. Since the earliest historical times, they have lived, multiplied and labored in this land. During their several thousand years' development, they have made a great contribution to the world due to their wisdom and hard work. The advanced agriculture and manufacture, as well as the Four Great Inventions, have impressed and shocked the world.
    China, with over 1.3 billion people (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) as of 2013, is the most populous country in the world.


    The Four Seasons

    Spring’s footsteps come after the biting winter’s ending. It starts in lunar January and turns warmer slowly. It’s average temperature grows gradually—from about 10℃ to 22℃, with an occasional gentle breeze. In this season, the whole city is full of the fragrance of flowers and the trees become green. It is the symbol of vigor and hope.


    Summer is very hot and it is a rainy season. This season begins in April and it lasts until June. You can eat many kinds of fresh fruit like watermelon and tomatoes and also have fun in the sea. Its average temperature is around 20℃--28℃ and its rainfall reaches 300 ml in July.

    Fall becomes a little colder than spring and it often brings light wind. The leaves of the trees begin to fall. During Fall, the weather becomes particularly clear. The harvest season has arrived. Orchardsbecome harvest scenes,with the trees filled with ripe fruit.

    Winter is the coldest season and its temperature always goes below 0℃. During winter, it snows frequently. Snow coverseverything and creates a wonderful white scenery. In a word, winter is beautiful.


    The City of Harbin

    On the map of the People's Republic of China, there is a provincewhich looks like a flying swan with open wings while its capital Harbinresembles a dazzling pearl under the neck of the swan.

    As the capital of the Heilongjiang province, Harbin is the nexus of politics, finance and culture; a picturesque city with the beautiful Songhua River going through it. It is known as "Oriental Moscow "or "Oriental Paris".

    It is also known as the "City of Ice". Harbin is best known for its appealing winter landscapes, stimulating winter sports and various dazzling ice and snow art works, such as ice lanterns, snow sculptures and ice carvings. In winter, it also has the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. Harbin is located at about 125 degrees East Longitude and 46 degrees North Latitude, about the same latitude as Venice in Italy. It is marvelous that the Water City and the Ice City are in similar latitudes.

    Glancing across the frozen Songhua River, you will find a scene like a wonderland, a castle in a fairy tale or a mirage. Harbin has a temperate monsoon climate, especially during winter. And it is extremely cold. It is as if you are in an ice and snow world.

    By day, the colored ice lanterns and sculptures sparkle like crystal in the winter sunshine. Ice sculptures have become a unique art form in Harbin. All visitors to the ice and snow world were fascinated by the magical winter wonderland. If you have the opportunity to travel here, you will experience a taste of exotic atmosphere and the journey of a lifetime.


    Heilongjiang International University (HIU)

    Heilongjiang International University covers an area of 534,800 square meters, while the university buildings occupy 241,800 square meters. The school motto is to be well versed in both Chinese and Western learning and to give the students and society what is needed most. It was formerly known as Harbin Normal University Star College, an independent higher learning institution accredited by the State Ministry of Education and approved by the Provincial Government. In 2011 the State Ministry of Education approved its change into H.I.U., a private higher learning institution.

    The university currently employs around 50 overseas teachers, who come from the UK, the US, Germany, France, Russia, Japanand Korea. They are experts in teaching languages, business management, computing and arts. HIU offers over 30 specializations covering 23 bachelor degree programmes, such as English Language, Business English, French Language, Russian Language, Japanese Language, Spanish Language, Korean Language, Chinese Language, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Art Design, Animation, International Business and Trade, Marketing, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Technology.

    The university is also in partnership with several universities in the UK, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Spain and Belarus. In the principle of thinking globally and acting locally, a large number of course books and teachers have been introduced from overseas.

  • Registration

    Applying for Foreign Expert Certificate & Residence Permit

    Common problems and solutions



    Foreigners who arrive on campus should go through the registration formalities with the public security body in the place of residence, accompanied by the school, within 24 hours of arrival.

    How to get to 学院路派出所(XueYuan Road Police Station):

    Take bus NO.219 at the school back gate, get off at 志华站(ZhiHua Station);

    Transfer to bus NO.213 and get off at 第二自来水厂站(DiErZiLaiShuiChang Station).


    Applying for Foreign Expert Certificate & Residence Permit 

    Applying for Foreign Expert Certificate:

    Foreign teachers who arrive on campus should apply for a foreign expert certificate in 外国专家局(Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs) and apply for a medical certificate in 哈尔滨口岸医院(Harbin KouAn Hospital), accompanied by the school, within 15 days of arrival.

    How to get to外国专家局(Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs):

    Take bus NO.219 and get off at 前进道口站(QianJinDaoKou Station);

    Transfer to bus NO.125, get off at 市政府大厦(ShiZhengFuDaSha Station)and walk to Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs.

    How to get to 口岸医院(KouAn Hospital):

    Take bus NO.219 and get off at 公路大桥站(GongLuDaQiao Station);

    Transfer to bus NO.22 and get off at 省政府站(ShengZhengFu Station).

    Residence Permit:

    When the visas held by foreigners specify that they need to apply for residence permits after entry, such foreigners shall apply for a foreigners’ residence permit to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people’s government at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence, within 30 days from the date of their entry.

    Applicants for foreigners’ residence permits shall submit their passports or other international travel documents, as well as relevant information of specific application matters, and provide biometric identification information such as fingerprints. The exit/entry administrations of public security organs shall conduct examination and make a decision thereupon, within 15 days upon the date of receipt. Based on the purpose of residence, those administrations shall issue the appropriate types of foreigners’ residence permits.

    The validity period of a foreigner’s work-type residence permit shall be 90 days at the minimum and five years at the maximum; and the validity period of a non-work-type foreigner’s residence permit shall be 180 days at the minimum and five years at the maximum.

    How to get to 哈尔滨市人民政府(Harbin Municipal Government):

    Take bus NO.219 and get off at 前进道口站(QianJinDaoKou Station);

    Transfer to bus NO.125, get off at 市政府大厦(ShiZhengFuDaSha Station) and walk to Harbin Municipal Government.


    Common problems and solutions

    Visa and residence permit extension:

    Where the duration of stay specified in a visa held by a foreigner does not exceed 180days, the holder may stay in China within the duration specified therein.

    Where the duration of stay needs to be extended, the visa holder shall file anapplication with the exit/entry administration of public security organ under the local people’s government at or above the county level in the place of his stay seven days prior to the expiry of the duration specified in the visa, and shall submit information of specific application matters in accordance with relevant requirements.

    Foreigners residing in China who apply for the extension of the duration of residence shall file applications with the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people’s governments at or above the county level, within 30 days prior to the expiry of the validity period on their residence permits, and submit relevant information of specific application matters in accordance with relevant requirements.

    If upon examination, the reasons for extension are appropriate and sufficient, an extension shall be granted; if an extension is denied, the foreigner concerned shall leave China on the expiry of the validity period specified in their residence permit.

    The foreigner residence certificate of registration and alteration:

    The registered items of a foreign residence permit shall include name, sex, date of birth, reason for residence and duration of residence of the holder, date and place of issuance, passport number or other international travel documents number.

    Where the registered item in a foreigner’s residence permit has changed, the holder shall apply to the exit/entry administration of public security organ under the local people’s government at or above the county level in the place of residence for going through the formalities for alteration, within 10 days from the date of change.

    How to resubmit the visa and residence permits :

    Where ordinary visas, stay or residence permits held by foreigners need to be reissued due to damage, loss, theft, robbery or other reasons, in compliance with relevant State regulations after foreigners enter China, those foreigners shall apply for a reissue with the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people’s governments at or above the county level in the places of stay or residence in accordance with relevant regulations.

  • From airport to HIU

    Money Exchange

    Bank Account

    Using ATMs

    Student ID Card

    Water Card and Meal Card

    Medical Insurance



    From airport to HIU

    You can take the airport bus line 4 at the airport and stop at 公路大桥(GongLuDaQiao). It will cost you 20 RMB. Then you can take the bus 219 at 公路大桥(GongLuDaqiao) and stop at HIU. It will cost you 2 RMB. It will be almost 3 hours from the airport to HIU.


    Money Exchange

    You will need some immediate cash in local currency for transportation fares, food, etc. You should exchange some cash at the Bank of China in Zhihua. You can take the bus 219 to 志华(ZhiHua). There is a street opposite from the Harbin Normal University main gate 学府路(XueFuLu). Go down this street and after a 10-minute walk you will find it to your right.


    Bank Account

    To open an account you can visit a bank of China branch (the route is explained in “Money Exchange”) with your ID card or passport. You must also fill out an application form. On the form you can choose optional services, such as online banking, phone banking and a message service linked to your cell phone.


    Using ATMS

    For your convenience, there are 3 ATMs in the first floor of the Teaching Building 1 on campus. You can withdraw cash with the ATM card issued by the Bank of China. The campus ATMs offer services in both English and Chinese.


    Student ID Card

    The HIU student ID card gives you access to the university libraries, computer centers and other campus facilities. After your registration, the Student Affairs Department will give it to you. You need to complete it in Chinese with your name, gender and major after arriving.

    If you lose your student ID card, please contact your tutor and the Student Affairs Department (the Student Affairs Department is in the Library, first floor).


    Water Card and Meal Card

    If you need to buy something in the Dining Hall, you have to swipe the Meal card. You can open an account in the Dining Hall 1, first floor. Meanwhile, if you want to use boiling water, you have to swipe the Water card. The Water card transaction room is next to the Meal card transaction room.

    If you lose them, you should report this to the Water card and Meal card transaction room. You can also apply for a new one with your ID card.


    Medical Insurance

    If you are ill, you can go to 志华(ZhiHua) by taxi or bus. It will cost you 8 RMB by taxi and 1 RMB by bus. When you arrive at 志华(ZhiHua) go down the 学府路(XueFuLu) which is opposite from the main gate of Harbin Normal University. After a five-minute walk you can see a pharmacy on your right. There is also a hospital in 志华(ZhiHua). From佳得乐(JiaDeLe) supermarket’s entrance follow the road opposite from the supermarket’s entrance. When you reach a crossroad, turn left. You will see the hospital to your left.



    If you need to print, you can go to the Support Services. They are behind the Foreign Teachers’ apartments.

    Month Event

    Work starts on August 16th.

    Teaching starts on August 20th


    Freshmen enroll on September 1st and 2nd.

    Freshmen military training is from September 5th to September 16th.

    Freshmen classes start on September 17th.


    Moon festival and National day are from September 29th to October 7th.

    Midterm routine check weeks


    Revision week

    Exam weeks

    Jan Winter holiday starts on January 7th.
    Mar Work starts from March 4th.
    May Sports Meeting starts from the middle of May.
    Jun Summer holiday starts on June 15th.
  • Students & Teachers

    HIU Educational Administration Platform 

  • l       Library

    l       Gymnasium

    l       Dormitories

    l       Sports Field

    l       Teaching Building Ⅲ(Learning Resources Center)

  • l       Chinese Culture

    l       Harbin Food

    l       Chinese Holidays

    l       Useful Phrases

    l       Cost of Living

    l       Places you should visit before leaving Harbin