Two cities link neigh­bors for trade at their ports of en­try

Suifenhe and Heihe are two ma­jor cross-bor­der ports in Hei­longjiang prov­ince, which shares a 2,981-kilo­me­ter bor­der with Rus­sia.

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About 190 kilo­me­ters from Vladi­vos­tok and one of the largest cities in Rus­sia’s Far East, Suifenhe has 200,000 res­i­dents. It is the big­gest Sino-Rus­sian trade hub in Hei­longjiang prov­ince.

In the first four months of 2016, trade with Rus­sia amounted to 3.97 bil­lion yuan ($590 mil­lion)— 88.5 per­cent of its to­tal.

Rail and high­way cross­ings con­nect Suifenhe to Rus­sia, with 950,000 pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally. Trains car­ry­ing tim­ber and coal from Rus­sia stop in Suifenhe be­fore con­tin­u­ing to var­i­ous cities in China.

Suifenhe has a free-trade zone and hun­dreds of Rus­sian food stores, in­clud­ing a 30,000-square-me­ter mar­ket. It is also the only Chi­nese city where rubles are ac­cepted— about 24 bil­lion rubles ($378 mil­lion) an­nu­ally.

Suifenhe hopes to de­velop its tim­ber, agri­cul­ture, and seafood pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries to be­comea Sino-Rus­sian in­dus­try cen­ter for re­gional co­op­er­a­tion.


The city, with its pop­u­la­tion of 1.7 mil­lion, is 700 me­ters from the Rus­sian town of Blagoveshchensk, which has 200,000 res­i­dents. The two cities are sep­a­rated by the Hei­longjiang River, also known as the Amur.

Heihe sees 1 mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally, the­most among all Hei­longjiang ports.

Vis­i­tors take fer­ries or hov­er­craft to get across the bor­der on warmer days.

In the first six months of 2016, trade with Rus­sia was 1.96 bil­lion yuan ($291 mil­lion)— 96 per­cent of the to­tal.

There is no bridge link­ing Heihe and Blagoveshchensk. How­ever, in Septem­ber last year, China and Rus­sia signed an agree­ment for the con­struc­tion of a new­bridge con­nect­ing the two cities and na­tions.

Heihe as­pires to be a re­gional lo­gis­tics and dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter for Sino-Rus­sian en­ergy re­sources.

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