Qiqihar seems to get the ‘short end of the stick’ in Harbin. When I teach at one of the universities in Harbin I ask the students to stand up and introduce themselves: Name, Place of Origin, study program etc
Whenever one of them says, “I’m from Qiqihar,” the rest laugh.
When I ask why, I’m generally told that it is a hole.
I have to admit that I can relate to this attitude on some level; while I studied at university in Dunedin the running joke was that the next town over – Mosgiel – was a hole (sorry Mosgiel).
I think it is particularly unfair for Qiqihar. While it is not rich with oil like Daqing, it is a nice place and has a brilliant bird reserve.