Changchun Tourism

Changchun is a city located in the northeast of the People’s Republic of China and is the capital of the Jilin province. The city is home to more than 7.5 million people.

During the reign of the Ming Dynasty, Changchun was just a small trading post and frontier village. The emperor Jiaqing of the Qing Dynasty renamed it ‘Changchun Ting’ in 1800. At the end of the 18th century, many provinces in China were getting crowded, so people from there started moving to this little village and the village was renamed ‘Changchun Fu’. The Japanese gained control of the area and the city was named ‘Hsinking’ and was to be the capital of the puppet state of Japanese-controlled Manchuria between 1933 and 1945. The citizens of the area experienced brutalities and suppression at the hands of the Japanese forces, and at the same time the area experienced rapid expansion and industrialisation. After the surrender of the Japanese at the end of World War II and a bloody civil war led by the People’s Liberation Army, the city came to be known as Changchun again.

Formerly the centre of the Chinese film industry, Changchun is now at the heart of China’s automotive industry. From films to cars, and what a journey it has been too. Changchun is a bustling Chinese city with many parks and breathing spaces that let you get away from the rat race. If political history is an interest, the Puppet Emperor’s Palace where Emperor Puyi installed by the Japanese resided, should definitely be a part of your trip planner. This city, with its myriad attractions that will fill up your itineraries, will wow you. Its people are friendly, its cuisine is delectable and its quiet beauty and dignity will entice you. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to plan your trip to Changchun!

Essential travel information and Changchun tips for your visit

  • It is possible to travel Changchun by tram. However, there is only one route that remains open till this day (number 54) going to the west side of the city. We do recommend it though because this will be a little bit of a historical as because all tram coaches are from the 1940s and the tickets are cheap.
  • If you’re traveling by minibus, expect to be jostled around. Drivers have been known to drive rashly.
  • It is possible to rent a bicycle and ride in the city however it is highly dangerous and not recommended since the city has no separate cycle lanes and many roundabouts.
  • Know the pollution level of Changchun before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 85.29 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 70 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 54.55 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 66.07 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 36.36 (Low)
  • How safe is Changchun for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Changchun.

    • Burglary and Theft 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 15 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 20 (Low)
    • Attacks 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 15.91 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 86.36 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 79.55 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20.45 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Safety Index 80.24 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 23.65 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 80.51 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 15 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 65.28 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.38 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Changchun

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.93 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 42.26 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 84.53 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 109.18 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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