Harbin is a sub-provincial city and the capital of the Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China. It lies on the southern bank of the Songhua River.
Harbin was attacked by the Chimera sometime during the invasion of Europe. Initially, the attack unfolded when a suspicious contagious chemical agent filled the nearby T'ai-tzu River, followed by Chimeran water-based forces which traveled through the T'ai-tzu to attack Harbin. The Chinese made numerous attempts at contacting the United States for support but were ignored. Thousands of refugees surged south, where they could not all be supported, placing a heavy strain on the Chinese infrastructure. Desperate to stem the tide of refugees, the Chinese military implemented a scorched earth policy and firebombed Harbin.