The City of Harbin or the Battle for Cambalu?

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I think the story of the city of Harbin is very similar to that of the city of Saint Petersburg. The only difference would be its acquisition scenario, and 200 years of separation. In my opinion, this city was not built when historians say it was. I think that the construction of Harbin was supposed to hide its rebuilding after the entire area was conquered in the process of several military conflicts:
These conflict were followed by the Boxer rebellion. In my opinion, this rebellion was misrepresented to satisfy the narrative.
The below war also has to be factored in. The narrative lists it as a war fought over rival imperial ambitions between the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan over rival imperial ambitions in Manchuria and Korea.
  • 1904-1905: Russo-Japanese War
    • Total strengths - both sides - over 2,500,000 soldiers and saildor
    • The war concluded with the Treaty of Portsmouth, mediated by US President Theodore Roosevelt.
Manchuria incl. Outer M.
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Outer Manchuria is the light red region outside
the current border of China on this map.

Could it be, that this is where our proverbial Tartary, or the remnants of the Old World Order, fought one of their last wars? Once those remnants were defeated, Russia and Japan faced each other over the control over Manchuria.

Maps we're gonna get into a bit later. For right now I simply wanted to show you this 1680 map, which designates this area as Tartaria Magna. As you can see the eastern outline of the continent was different back then.

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The City of Harbin
Harbin is a city and the provincial capital of Heilongjiang province of China, as well as the second largest city by urban population and largest city by metropolitan population in Northeast China. Harbin has direct jurisdiction over nine metropolitan districts, two county-level cities and seven counties, and is the fifteenth most populous Chinese city, with population exceeding 6,000,000 inhabitants. Harbin serves as a key political, economic, scientific, cultural and communications hub in Northeast China, as well as an important industrial base of the nation.

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English Wiki: Founded in 1898 with the coming of the Chinese Eastern Railway, the city first prospered as a region inhabited by an overwhelming majority of immigrants from the Russian Empire.
  • Harbin, whose name was originally a Manchu word meaning "a place for drying fishing nets", grew from a small rural settlement on the Songhua River to become one of the largest cities in Northeast China.
Russian Wiki: It was founded by the Russians in 1898 as a station on the Chinese Eastern Railway. In Russian literature, the origin of the name of the city has still not been clarified, although there are several different versions of the word.
  • All researchers agree that Harbin is not a Chinese word, and the characters with which it is written can be translated in different ways.
  • Some translate the word (Ha-er-bin) as "high coast", others as "funny" or "beautiful (good) grave", while others consider the translation completely meaningless.
  • One of the attempts to shed light on the origin of the word “Harbin” comes from the Mongolian word “kharaba” - “lamb shoulder”, since the hill where the New City was subsequently defeated resembled (from a bird's eye view) its shape.
  • There is also an opinion that the name is taken from the Manchu language and means “ford” or “crossing”.
  • Harbin - Google translated Russian Wiki
1898: The Beginning
The settlement founded by the Russian-owned Chinese Eastern Railway quickly turned into a "boomtown," growing into a city within five years. The majority of the Russians who settled in Harbin came from southern Russia, and the dialect of Russian spoken in Harbin was derivative of the dialect of Russian spoken in Odessa. In addition there were many Ukrainians, Jews, Poles, Georgians, and Tatars.
  • The city was intended as a showcase for Russian imperialism in Asia.
  • American scholar Simon Karlinsky who was born in Harbin in 1924 into a Russian Jewish family wrote that in Harbin:
    • ...the buildings, boulevards, and parks were planned - well before the October Revolution - by distinguished Russian architects and also by Swiss and Italian town planners, giving the city a very European appearance.
  • A sign of Harbin's wealth was that a theater had established during its first decade and in 1907 the play K zvezdam by Leonid Andreyev had its premiere there.
  • The rapid growth of the city challenged the public healthcare system.
    • The worst-ever recorded outbreak of pneumonic plague was spread to Harbin through the Trans-Manchurian railway from the border trade port of Manzhouli.
    • The plague lasted from late autumn of 1910 to spring 1911 and killed 1,500 Harbin residents (mostly ethnic Chinese), or about five percent of its population at the time.
  • 1910 Harbin population ~ 30,000 people
  • 1913 Harbin population - 68,549 citizens of 53 nationalities, speaking 45 languages.
1911 Harbin Map
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Photographs
I was unable to establish when these photographs were made. These were googled out from several Russian language websites. Unfortunately even with the assistance of the Google Translate I was unable to determine the associated dates. Please judge for yourself based on things like transportation and what not.
  • The first generation of Harbin Russians were mostly the builders and employees of the Chinese Eastern Railway. They moved to Harbin in order to work on the railroad. At the time Harbin was not an established city. The city was almost built from scratch by the builders and early settlers. Houses were constructed, furniture and personal items were brought in from Russia.
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Harbin Russians
The term Harbin Russians refers to several generations of Russians who lived in the city of Harbin, China from approximately 1898 to the mid-1960s. The first generation of Harbin Russians were mostly the builders and employees of the Chinese Eastern Railway. They moved to Harbin in order to work on the railroad. At the time Harbin was not an established city. The city was almost built from scratch by the builders and early settlers. Houses were constructed, furniture and personal items were brought in from Russia. After the Russo-Japanese War, while many Russians left Harbin, a lot of long-time residents decided to stay.
  • By 1913, Harbin had become an established Russian colony for the construction and maintenance work on the China Eastern Railway.
  • A record shows Harbin had a total of 68,549 people, most of which are of Russian and Chinese descent.
  • There were a total of 53 different nationalities.
  • Along with Russian and Chinese, there were 45 spoken languages used in Harbin at the time.
  • Only 11.5% of all residents were born in Harbin.
  • There were lively religious activities, too, by the Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Germans, Danish, and others.
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In the decade from 1913 to 1923, Russia went through World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the Russian Civil War. In the 1920s Harbin was flooded with 100,000 to 200,000 White émigrés fleeing from Russia. They were mostly officers and soldiers involved in the White movement, members of the White governments in Siberia and Russian Far East. There were both the intelligentsia and ordinary people. Harbin held the largest Russian population outside of the state of Russia.
  • On September 8, 1920, the Republic of China announced that it would no longer recognize the Russian consulates in China.
  • On September 23, China ceased relations with representatives of the Russian Empire and deprived Russians of extraterritorial rights.
  • Overnight, Russians in China found themselves stateless.
  • Shortly afterward, the Chinese government took over control of the institutions in Harbin such as courts, police, prison, post office, and some research and educational institutions.
  • In 1924, an agreement was signed in Beijing regarding the control of the Chinese Eastern Railway (CER).
  • The agreement stated that only Soviet and Chinese citizens could be employed by the CER.
  • This meant the Harbin Russians had to choose not only their nationality, but also their political identity.
  • Many Harbin Russians took Soviet citizenship for patriotic reasons.
  • However, there were also Harbin Russians who remained stateless who were eventually let go from CER.
  • Gradually, the national and the political identity of the Harbin Russians split the group into opposing sides.
  • This led to a strong Soviet presence in Harbin.
  • In the 1930s, the Japanese occupied Manchuria, and turned it into the puppet state of Manchukuo.
  • In 1935, the Soviet Union sold its share of the China Eastern Railway to Japan via Manchukuo.
  • In the spring and summer of 1935, thousands of Harbin Russians went on trains with their passports and belongings, and left for the Soviet Union.
Old Harbin vs. New Harbin
As we can see, today's Harbin is located on both sides of the Songhua River. The smaller part of Harbin is located on the North side, and the bigger part is located on the South side.
  • Songhua River - used to be called Sungari River.
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Researching older texts it becomes obvious that descriptions of the city of Harbin are somewhat... strange.

1904
I wanted to emphasize this specific out of order snippet. In my opinion, it underlines the ridiculousness of the official story line. It's meaning also signifies that all newly formed governments were in on one huge elaborate history hoax.
  • Unfortunately for the Russians the Sungari happened to be in flood at the time of the founding of Harbin, and no less unfortunately the railway engineers did not happen to notice it.
  • Old Harbin was therefore built with lavish expenditure, the railway was pushed forward with ferocious rapidity, and it was not until some time had passed that the engineers discovered that the Sungari was a good many miles away from their budding‘ city.
  • This at least was the semi-official explanation which I was given on the day of my arrival, accounting for the existence of two distinct and separate towns, known as Old and New Harbin respectively, in a place. As l have already said, hardly six years old.
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1903
Here we get our first contradictions with the narrative. I amnot going to say that a "small rural settlement" is not a "group of villages", but citadel

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So, there was a town and a citadel destroyed by the Russians which grew into quite an extensive Russian town? With open-air theater, meteorological observatory and a bunch of other stuff by 1903? Huh?

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I found this "Siberian" remark to be rather interesting. Why would they use this word?
1904
I apologize for the quality of the snippets, but these are the best I could locate. I believe that some of them are more telling than the other ones, but in totality they do tell the story. Those who want to see the truth between the lines, or between the snippets, will see it.
  • At present the place consists of the old town, 3 miles from the central depot; Prestin, or the river town, the present commercial center; and the administration town, in close proximity to the railway station. Before the railway engineers established this as their headquarters there was no native town in this vicinity, and the entire place is therefore a Russian product.
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1908
Technically, if you read the below Harbin related article, you are not going to find anything contradicting the official version. At the same time, the information presented in the first paragraph sounds rather strange, considering that the city was founded in 1898.

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The below excerpt from the above linked source tells us about a miracle, where between 1898 and 1904-05, thousands of business buildings, including hotels, churches and schools were built. Unfortunately the end of the Chinese-Japanese war of 1904-05 spelled the end of this great center of life.
  • In 1905 Harbin was 7-8 years old.
  • What Chinese-Japanese war of 1904-1905?
    • Do they mean Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905?
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What's this "separate city of Harbin"?

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1914
I think this excerpt contains some information contradicting the official narrative. Additionally, Harbin is located in a marshy district. This fact is very similar to the description of the location where Saint Petersburg was founded.

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Old Maps #1
...the dead end...
This is not where today's Harbin is located, but I'm going to follow this lead regardless. While older maps do differ coordinatewise, certain landmarks will allow us to determine, and correlate this specific location of the city of Harbin with some of the older maps presented below. As it stands, today's Harbin is located at the following coordinates:
  • 45.8038° N, 126.5350° E
This 1904 Map of the Far East and the Theater of the Russo-Japanese War is one of the first maps showing Harbin. We will use it as a positional reference.
  • Vladivostok, established in 1860, was probably one (or several) former Tartarian cities as well.
1904
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The below 1712 book excerpt should give us a general idea of what was hidden in the area known as Manchuria today.

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When we look at the below 1806 map, we can see that our 1898 "phantom" city of Harbin incorporated about four older cities, or towns, with Petoune probably being the biggest one:
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I do think that this Petoune-city could be incorporated into the "phantom" city of Harbin, but this is definitely not where Harbin is located today.

As I said above, this is not where the city of Harbin is located today. But... this is what the area of the "phantom" city of Harbin looks like these days.
Our Petoune-city is called Songyuan these days.
  • The name was transcribed by the Europeans as Bodune, Po-tu-no, or Petuna.
  • The Boduna fortress was originally constructed in 1693, some 25 li(15 km) east of today's Songyuan central city area.
    • I was unable to locate any images of this fortress. I did not try very hard, but I did try. Still would love see what it looks like.
  • Even though the present city of Songyuan is predominantly modern in appearance, the area has a long history dating back to the Neolithic age.
  • The city was part of the ancient Buyeo Kingdom 2000 years ago, as well as Balhae 1000 years ago.
    • KD: Unfortunately, we are forced to consume this type of unverified BS.
Maps #2
Today's Harbin
The part about the today's city of Harbin is not really that exciting. Older maps clearly show that the area had many towns, cities and villages. Moving East along today's Songhua, and former Sungari River is not that hard. Eventually we end up at the 45.8° N, 126.5° E coordinates. From here it's very simple, for we have this town/city called Hulan. Today's Harbin has a so-called Hulan District.
  • Hulan District is one of nine districts of the prefecture-level city of Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province, covering part of the northeastern suburbs.
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1894
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The below 1898 map of the area demonstrates very well, that before any Harbin came into existence, there were a couple places, which most likely were used to "build" the city of Harbin.

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Opinion on Older Maps
Working with older maps is challenging in general. Some of the visual distortions can be judged by the curvature of longitudinal and latitudinal lines. In my opinion, most of the maps are poor copies of the much higher quality maps produced long time ago by whoever . Hence, what we get shown today is a poor version of some never disclosed originals. For the true capabilities of the ancients please visit the below article:
CAMBALU
Cambalu... this is why we have this ridiculously long article going. The legendary Marco Polo (whether he existed or not) mentioned city, is one of the reasons why Manchuria came under so much military attention from various world nations, imho. This reason could probably incorporate the remaining tech, and possible descendants of the Scythians/Tartarians of old.
  • Historians denied Marco Polo some of his achievements. Allegedly, he never visited the areas we are talking about here. He described some of the cities like Quinsay and Cambalu. Unfortunately those were misrepresented as Hangzhou and Beijing respectively.
  • If building sizes have any correlation with the actual city sizes, than Cambalu was the biggest city in the world at some point. I have no idea how Fra Mauro was able to put this map together in 1450, but he allegedly did. Do I trust this, or any other map? No I do not. Do I trust historians explaining how Fra Mauro was able to put this map together? No I do not.
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Let's see the lies fed to us by the PTB. How can the remnants of the famous capital of Tartary be hidden in plain cite?
  • Cambalu aka Khanbaliq was the winter capital of the Yuan dynasty, the main center of the Mongol Empire founded by Kublai Khan in what is now Beijing, also the capital of China today.
  • Khanbaliq - Wikipedia
TPTB tells us, that Cambalu is Beijing. This is a false statement aka a lie. My intent is to demonstrate that the city of Harbin was, most likely, a part of the Tartarian capital-city of Cambalu and that Beijing ≠ Cambalu. At first let us see the distance difference between Beijing and Harbin.
  • Harbin: 45.8038° N, 126.5350° E
  • Beijing: 39.9042° N, 116.4074° E
~670 miles apart: not even close...
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Some of the older maps show two different cities, but the narrative has its own explanation:
  • Like some other European maps of the time, this map shows Cambalu and Pequin as two different cities, but they were in fact the same city, now called Beijing.
  • KD: As far as I understand, the textual narrative started identifying Cambalu as Beijing in the early 1700s.
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Marco Polo about Cambalu:
  • I was planning on providing the description of the city of Cambalu, as described by Marco Polo, but every single version I came across was corrupted by the lying historians who did this - Kambalu [Peking/Beijing]. You can read this yourself though.
Pretty big, huh?
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There are some older texts talking about the city of Cambalu. Things we see in these older texts prompt a much wider investigation. The below excerpt from this 1668 book identifies Cambalu with Issedon Serica of the Ancients. It also designates the city of Cambalu to be the principal city of Cathay. Its initial attempts to resist the Tartars were quite successful... only the initial ones... who did Cambalu belong to prior to getting conquered by the Tartars?

It would be nice to follow up on this Issedon Serica of the Ancients:
  • The Issedones were an ancient people of Central Asia at the end of the trade route leading north-east from Scythia.
    • The exact location of their country in Central Asia is unknown. [KD: right...]
  • Serica was one of the easternmost countries of Asia known to the Ancient Greek and Roman geographers.
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But the most important part specified in the above 1668 snippet outlines the difference between Cambalu and Pequin (Beijing):
  • Cambalu - Seat or City of the Cham
  • Pequin - Court or City of the King


Now let us take a look at the older maps showing the location of the actual city of Cambalu. For that we will start with the 1587 map attributed to Urbano Monte. I believe that this map predates 1587 by quite a bit, but this is the date provided to us by the narrative.
  • It is important to remember that our Earth sustained quite a few changes between 1300s and early 1800s. Some areas do look weird, because we are used to a certain geo-appearance. Additionally, the PTB taught us that various terra-forming changes take thousands of years.
In the below 1587 map snippets we can see the Cambalu Regnum, and its capitol, the city of Cambalu.

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1620
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Cathay, and Cambalu appear to be finally gone around 1682. Both kind of went out with a bang.

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KD Summary: I think I'm gonna wrap it up right here. I though it was gonna be a short article about the city of Harbin. Instead it turned into something requiring three separate articles. Here is what I think on the issue:
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A 1907 postcard - a synagogue in Harbin.

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I did not find anything about the rest of the photos.
 
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    I found this weblog. I like personal blogs because sometimes I think like: hey how do you know (and I don't) and then they throw a sauce or gravy over it that all mingles it.
    It is really astonishing how they managed this in such a short amount of time in such a remote place:

    Harbin, in the far north-east of China, used to be a very Russian metropolis. Once called the Paris of the east - although it’s not the only contender for the title - it was a haven for political refugees, fascists, Bolsheviks, painters and poets. Now, all that is gone.

    Not quite all: traces of the old city do remain. Russian writing adorns the walls; St Petersburg-style pastel-coloured buildings line boulevards where they sell black bread and sausage; the nostalgic Russian song Moscow Nights plays everywhere. But these are just traces: this is now a thoroughly Chinese city of some nine million official residents


    Something went pretty wrong over there. I'm looking forward to heroic books and novels about the "forgotten history of Harbin".


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    Excellent post KD!

    The City photos from the OP could be anywhere in the world, no question, the buildings are all the same!

    And yes that's some reset, but it all fits, world wide!
     
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