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Changchun

As for the name of Changchun (eternal spring), it represents the pleasant memory, however the modern history of Changchun city tell us a painful story. In 1931, Japan intruded and occupied the entire northeast part of China, certainly including Changchun. Experiencing vicissitudes, Changchun is the birthplace of China’s first film and first motor car and living place of Puyi, China’s last emperor. Although Changchun is not a very hot travel destination in China, it offers a different travel experience during your winter vacation. In this snow and ice kingdom, you can witness ice sculptures, ice lanterns, rimes or skiing.

Things To Do

When traveling in Changchun, you should not miss the following to experience and learn more about local customs, life, local people and its beauty in Changchun.

1. To watch Errenzhuan (couple dance opera)

Errenzhuan

With history of more than 300 years, Errenzhuan is very popular in northeast China. Errenzhun, a kind of fold song-dance duet, deeply roots in folk cultural art. So watching Errenzhuan can help you learn something about local culture and customs. You can choose any opera house in Changchun to watch it.

2. Learn history of Chinese last emperor at Puppet Emperor Palace

In 1908, the two-year-old Puyi became the 10th emperor of Qing Dynasty and his reign only lasted three years. But he was also allowed to live in Forbidden City until 1924. Then he lived in Tianjin until 1932. In 1932, he was installed as emperor of Manchukuo by Japanese at Puppet Emperor Palace. So Puppet Emperor Palace is a must-see for your Changchun travel.

3. To enjoy world-famous sculptures in Changchun World Sculpture Park

World Sculpture Park

In Changchun World Sculpture Park, visitors can appreciate many famous sculptures of world-known artists. In 2008, the park spent more than one million buying Rodin’s Thinker. Besides Rodin’s Thinker, you can find other sculptures from Eskimo, Maya, Maori, India, etc.

Best Time to Visit

Changchun has four distinctive seasons. Spring is short and regarded as a transitional season. It is sleety and windy. Summer is not as hot as some other southern cities. In July (the hottest month), the average temperature is 23 degree centigrade. So summer in Changchun is very comfortable. Autumn is sunny and cool but has big temperature difference between daytime and night. Winter is very cold and long. Winter is not the best time to travel Changchun but some young tourists come here for rime, ice sculpture and skiing.

As for the best time to visit Changchun, summer and autumn are the best choice. Summer has the beautiful landscape and the weather is comfortable. Autumn is also the best season for Changchun travel and you must take sweaters and warm coat for sharp changes of the weather.

Changchun Attractions

Although winter is very cold in Changchun, the most beautiful season of Changchun also is winter because of snow world. Changchun is the home of many natural spots and historical and cultural sites. For instance, Puppet Emperor Palace is one of the three great imperial palaces in China and Songhuahu and Beidahu Ski Resorts are the best places for skiing lovers; Changchun Film City is reputed as the “Oriental Hollywood”. The following list the must-see attractions in Changchun for your Changchun travel.

Banruo Temple
Cultural Square
South Lake Park
Puppet Emperor Palace
Changchun World Sculpture Park
Jingyuetan National Forest Park
Puppet Manchurian Eight Ministries
Changchun Film Theme Park

Changchun Tours

Changchun Culture

With long history, Changchun was inhabited early in palaeolithic time. In Qin and Han dynasties, Yilou ethnic group settled here; in East Jin, Sui and Tang dynasties, this place was occupied by Gaogouli; during North Song Dynasty, Liao Kingdom was established in this area; in the end of Song Dynasty, Jin Kingdom was founded; in early Qing Dynasty, it was the nomadic area of Mongolia.

Culture

With long history, Changchun was inhabited early in palaeolithic time. In Qin and Han dynasties, Yilou ethnic group settled here; in East Jin, Sui and Tang dynasties, this place was occupied by Gaogouli; during North Song Dynasty, Liao Kingdom was established in this area; in the end of Song Dynasty, Jin Kingdom was founded; in early Qing Dynasty, it was the nomadic area of Mongolia.

Changchun Dialect

Changchun dialect belongs to Northeastern Mandarin. Northeastern Mandarin is very similar to Beijing dialect and spoken by the people in northeast China (Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces). Changchun dialect is a combination of dialects of local people and immigrants from Shandong. Changchun dialect is very close to China’s Mandarin.

Local Opera (Errenzhuan)

Errenzhuan, also called Bengbeng, is a genre of local folk dance and song form prevailing in northeast China. With history of over 200 years, Errenzhuan is performed by two persons, a boy and a girl who dance and sing. It features “telling, singing, imitating, dancing and unique techniques”. Its aria absorbed some elements of Northeast Big Drum, Lian Hua Luo (a folk song art) and Pangtzu of Hopei (a Chinese opera). Its dancing was evolved from Yangga in northeast and borrowed some postures from Kongfu. The main tools during performance is folded fans and red square handkerchiefs.

Because of its humorous dialogues and interesting dancing, Errenzhuan become known around China.

Changchun Cuisine

As the second major city in northeast China after Harbin, Changchun cuisine covers almost all famous dishes of Northeast China’s cuisine. Northeast China’s cuisine also absorbs some features of cuisine of other parts of China. Changchun has a big Korean minority population so that visitors can have a taste of pickled vegetables and various kinds of Korean cuisine.

Changchun Food

Delicacy in Changchun absorb the merits of other China’s cuisines such as Sichuan cuisine, Beijing cuisine, Shangdong cuisine and so on. Especially, local featured dishes of wild animals are favored by tourists at home and abroad. Some valuable materials like ginseng, snow frogs and tricholoma matsutake are added to dishes. Some others local snacks are characterized by flavor of northeast China and Korean ethnic group.

Food

Delicacy in Changchun absorb the merits of other China’s cuisines such as Sichuan cuisine, Beijing cuisine, Shangdong cuisine and so on. Especially, local featured dishes of wild animals are favored by tourists at home and abroad. Some valuable materials like ginseng, snow frogs and tricholoma matsutake are added to dishes. Some others local snacks are characterized by flavor of northeast China and Korean ethnic group.

What to Eat

Da Gao (glutinous Rice Cake)

It is made of glutinous rice. Da (Chinese pinyin) means beat. When making Da Gao, the boiled glutinous are beaten again and again. When eating, it is cut into pieces and add bean powder, sugar and honey. Korean ethnic group have been regarding Da Gao as the first-grade delicacy so it must-be made during festivals and other important days.

Fried Pork in Scoop

The pickled pork tenderloin is wrapped in flour and then deep fried until golden in color. The dish taste crisp, tender, sweet and sour. You can have a taste of fried pork in scoop in any restaurant of Changchun.

Ginseng and Chicken Cooked with Maotai Wine

It is one of distinctive dish in Changchun. The main ingredients include chicken, ginseng and Maotai (a famous Chinese liquor). It is also a medicated dish. The dish features eye-catching color, beautiful shape and tempting aroma.

The Manchu Eight Dishes

As its name suggested, the Manchu Eight Dishes is very typical in Manchu. It is composed of stir-fried tofu with potherb mustard, brine shrimp egg tofu, grilled pig feet, burning frogs, stewed chicken with mushroom, braised streaky pork with pickled vegetables, toon fish, and A Ma Zun Rou (the meat from pig such as pig heart, pig tails, pig ears). But now few restaurants in Changchun provide this dish, so if you are lucky enough to find a restaurant offering the dish, you shouldn’t miss the Manchu Eight Dishes.

Braised Deer Tails

The main ingredient is deer’s tails and some other flavouring substance like scallion, ginger, mustard, etc. It features flamboyant color and intoxicating aftertaste.

Where to Eat

Food Street

Chongqing Road

The food and snacks around China can be available here, like kebab of Xinjiang and cross-bridge rice noodles from Yunnan. Mung bean cakes are the most tasteful and famous snack. If you want to taste mung bean cake, you have to wait in line.

Hongqi Street

Being close to Wanda Plaza, Hongqi Street collects many restaurants offering different kinds of food. The authentic northeast China’s cuisine and other cuisines can be tasted on this street.

Add: Chaoyang District, Changchun.

Changchun Shopping

Changchun is not only the economic and political center of Jilin Province but also the trading hub. So streets in Changchun are lined with various kinds of shops, markets and shopping malls, etc. The local world-known three treasures in Northeast China include ginseng, antlers and marten fur. Besides these expensive specialties, other less expensive but featured ones like black fungus are your best choice.

Shopping

Changchun is not only the economic and political center of Jilin Province but also the trading hub. So streets in Changchun are lined with various kinds of shops, markets and shopping malls, etc. The local world-known three treasures in Northeast China include ginseng, antlers and marten fur. Besides these expensive specialties, other less expensive but featured ones like black fungus are your best choice.

What to Buy

Ginseng

As one of three treasures in Northeast China, ginseng, a herbaceous plant, is regarded as “the king of all plants”. Because of best quality and large production quantity, ginseng in Jilin is considered as the most authentic and best ones. There are two types of ginseng – wild ginseng and cultivate ginseng. Wild ginseng from Changbai Mountain is very expensive and rare. Cultivate ginseng from different production areas are separated into two kinds: Ji’an Road and Fu Song Road, and Ji’an road are better than others.

Antlers

Antlers is made of antlers of young sika deer from Changbai Mountain area. Because of its rich nutrition and best pharmacological effects, antlers are listed as one of three treasures of Northeast China. In olden times, antlers used to be tribute to royal family

Marten Fur

Marten has been counted as one of the three treasures in Northeast China for a long time and Changchun shopping malls are full of marten fur clothes. You may witness two kinds of marten: mink and the rarer sable. Both of them are light in weight boast terrific warmth-keeping traits.

Changchun Wood Carvings

With history of more than 2000 years, wood carving is an extremely old art forms. The materials of Changchun wood carvings with vivid images are from the wood of Changbai mountain. The subjects of the Changchun wood carvings include mythical images, famous ancient and mordern figures,mascots and so on.

Dehui Grass Weaving (De Hui Cao Bian)

With history of more than 100 years, Dehui Grass Weaving are made of grass, corn wrappers,and wrappers of sorghum stalks. These materials are weaved into hats, baskets, slippers, carpets and so on. These weaving products feature flexible, light and heat and moisture resistant. Some of them are dyed to make these products beautiful souvenirs. Dehui Grass Weaving now are exported to tens of countries.

Where to Buy

Hongqi Road

Hongqi Road is a extremely properous shopping street in Changchun and lined with large-scale shopping malls and various kinds of small shops among which Ouya, the largest commercial retail enterprises in Jilin, is located at the entrance of Hongqi Road.

Address: Hongqi Road, Chaoyang District, Changchun
Transportation: taking Bus No.25, 62, 20, 147, 152, 155, 188, 229, 230

Chongqing Road

Chongqing Road is regarded as “Golden Street” by local people. Located in the north of the city, the road, intersected with Renmin Street, play a significant role in city’s development, the change of city’s culture and lifestyles and image of Changchun. There is a Wal-Mart and some other famous supermarkes on this road.

Address: Chongqing Road, Nanguan District, Changchun
Transportation: taking Bus No.5. 6. 66, 80, 124, 160, 226, 260, 268, 274, 306

Guilin Road

Guilin Road is lined with shops, restaurants cafe houses and snacks shops and stalls. The shops in Guilin Road target the young customers and feature “youth, fashion and technology”. It is also called “Korean street” because it is the best place to look for Korean fashions. The stuffs in this area a little more expensive and many places are not allowed to bargain over price. It is easy to find a Korean food restaurant on this road but you should be careful that many Korean food restaurants offer “Dog pot”.

Transportation: taking Bus No. 62, 362, 281, 277, 25

Changchun Maps