Children' s Park is one of the most unusual parks in China, having at its centre a railway seemingly staffed entirely by children: the station master, driver and busman of this 2 kilometer stretch of track, complete with 2 stations, are all primary school students from Harbin.
A trip between ''Harbin Station'' and ''Beijing Station'' will take about 12 minutes on the little seven carriage train, driven by gas engine. In 50 years since it opened, more than 20,000 ''little staff '' have worked on the tiny network. National Chinese leaders such as Liu Shaoqi and Chen Yi and foreign guests such as King Sihanouk of Cambodia have all ridden the rails here.
Aside from the train, the 17 hectare park has an array of amusements to keep young visitors busy, including , luxury bumper cars, racing cars and a simulated spacewalk, The park is long and thin, bisected by the only inland river in Harbin: the Majiagou River. Guogelin Street passes across the front entrance of the park offering its intriguing variety of Russian and European architecture to visitors.
In the spring, Children' s Park is alive with singing birds, in summer the park is covered in a blanket of blossom and in winter snow covers the green pines. Visitors walk through the meandering mazes, experiencing nature and peace. It has become a favorite place for children' s tourism, recreation and entertainment.