Changbai Mountain

Changbai Mountain Map
Changbai Mountain Map
 Changbai Mountain Photos
Changbai Mountain is situated in Antu County of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in northeast China, bordering the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the south. As a dormant volcano, Changbai Mountain boasts marvelous lakes, amazing hot springs, forests stretching to the horizon and many rare animals & plants like Changbai Mountain ginseng. There is splendid scenery during the four seasons, but it is especially beautiful in winter.

Tianchi (Heavenly Lake)

The most beautiful part of Changbai Mountain in China is undoubtedly Tianchi, or Heavenly Lake. The lake was formed in the crater of the mountain, and it is the source of the Songhua, Tumen and Yalu Rivers. The mountain is also the cradle of Manchu, Korean and Han nationalities. The altitude of the Heavenly Lake is 2,189 meters (about 7,182 ft), and so the average temperature is 7.3°C (45.14°F). With clouds everywhere, Heavenly Lake is like a jade in the sky. You can find a very interesting phenomenon while walking along the Heavenly Lake. On many occasions it is common for sunshine and rain to occur at the same time. It may rain very hard one minute, but you may soon find the sun shining warmly the next minute. Sometimes, you can even watch it rain in the west and shine in the east. Besides the wonderful scenery and astonishing climate, many witnesses have claimed that there are monsters in the lake! Some witnesses even took photos as proof, but there is still no conclusive evidence.
Heavenly Lake, Changbai Mountain
Heavenly Lake
Changbai Waterfall, Changbai Mountain
Changbai Waterfall

Changbai Waterfall

To the north of Heavenly Lake there exists an exit for the Chengcha River. Running gently for about 1,200 meters (0.74 miles), the river suddenly becomes a churning rapids and drops from a 68 meters (223 ft) high cliff. This is the famous Changbai Waterfall, the highest volcanic waterfall in the world. Watching it from far away, the waterfall appears like a white ribbon suspended in midair. As you approach it, you can hear the loud roar and feel the chilliness of the waterfall. Another alternative to watch the waterfall is climbing to Heifengkou on the main peak. Gales blow ceaselessly in this col, making it hard for visitors to walk and climb. But it remains the best place to watch the panorama of the waterfall. Apart from Changbai Waterfall, more than ten smaller waterfalls are also available in the mountain. Visitors have to enter the Northern Slope Entrance to see the waterfall.

Changbai Hot Springs

Less than 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) away from Changbai Waterfall lie the Changbai Hot Springs. With a special chemical composition inside, the rocks around the hot springs have been dyed many bright colors. Most of the hot springs have temperatures over 60°C(140°F); the highest is 82°C (179.6°F). Hot Spring Eggs have become a special local product. Visitors can bathe in the hot springs, which are very effective for some ailments, such as arthritis, dermatosis and exhaustion. (Tips on Hot Spring for your reference)

Other Attractions in Changbai Mountain

Underground Forest, the attraction with lowest altitude on Changbai Mountain, is famous for its view of virgin forests. Ancient tall trees, huge rocks, special animals and cliffy canyons have lured many scientists, explorers and photographers in recent years. Twin Lakes and Natural Museum along the Northern Slope are also worth visiting. Additionally, the newly exploited Great Valley, Jinjiang Waterfall, King's Lake, Tiger's Back and Tizi River in the Western Slope also attract many visitors. If visitors want to closely observe the borders of the PRC and the DPRK and enjoy the beautiful alpine flowers, they can climb Changbai Mountain through the Southern Slope Entrance.

Best Time to Visit Changbai Mountain

Changbai Mountain, Changchun, Jilin
Changbai Mountain
Changbai Mountain, Changchun, Jilin
Visitors on the Mountain
The best time to visit Changbai Mountain is September. During the peak seasons, namely June through September, hundreds of flowers blossom on the Southern and Western slopes. It is very cool, so it's an ideal place for escaping from the summer heat. But it is also very rainy in July and August, and visitors cannot watch the Heavenly Lake clearly at that time. Generally, it snows from October. The best time to view snow and to ski is from November to March. During the time, a Changbai Mountain travel  is a tour to the Snow World.  Ice and snow begin to thaw from April, but visitors can still find snow even in May.


Visitors can stay with Korean families to understand the local life, or they can camp in the forest to breathe the fresh air of woods and flowers. There are also top-ranking hotels, such as Heavenly Hot Spring Hotel, Changbai Mountain International Hotel, and Athletes' Village. Changbai Mountain in Jilin city is also a rich area for wild fungus and traditional Chinese medicine materials, such as ginseng and pilose antler. Visitors can find them in local shops.

How to get to Changbai Mountain from Changchun

To North Slope

Take a train from Changchun Railway Station to Baihe at 15:18, which takes nearly 14h. After having a rest, visitors charter a car to the North Slope, which costs CNY 150 – 200.

To West Slope

Take a train from Changchun Railway Station to Songjianghe at 15:18, which takes about 12h. After having a rest in the Songjianghe Town, visitors can charter a local car to the West Slope, and the fare is around CNY 100 – 120 for a single trip.

How to get to Changbai Mountain from Harbin

First, visitors need to take a bullet train to Dunhua. One train departs from Harbin Railway Station at 9:04 and the other from Harbin West Railway Station at 14:01. It takes 3 – 3.5h.

To North Slope

From Dunhuang Railway Station or Dunhua Long-distance Bus Station nearby, visitors can take a bus to Erdao Baihe Town. After arrival, charter a local car to the North Slope.

To West Slope

There is only one bus at 15:30 from Dunhua Long-distance Bus Station to Songjianghe Village, from where visitors can charter a car to the West Slope. Or, visitors can take a bus to Erdao Baihe first, and then take a bus to Songjianghe to find a car to reach the West Slope or charter a car to the West Slope from Erdao Baihe directly.

 Changbai Mountain weather
It is always very cool in Changbai Mountain; bring some thick clothes, such as sweater and overcoat is a perfect choice. For the unexpected weather, visitors are highly recommended to bring water-proof clothes and skid-proof shoes.

Ticket Price CNY 105 for the entrance fee;
CNY 85 for the sight-seeing bus;
CNY 80 for the bus to the main peak of the mountain;
Free for children under 1.2m (3.9 feet).

Note: It charges no entrance fee on May 19 and from Nov. to Apr.
Ticket Hours North Slope: May - Oct.: 7:00 - 15:00; Nov. - Apr.: 8:30 - 14:30
West Slope: May - Oct.: 7:30 - 13:30; Nov. - Apr.: 8:30 - 14:30
Recommended Time for a Visit One or Two Days

- Last modified on Oct. 09, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Changbai Mountain
Asked by Poh Eng Lam from SINGAPORE | Sep. 29, 2019 06:14Reply
Harbin to Yabuli Ski Resort to Snow Town China to Changbaishan tian chi and Beijing
what transport to take from (1) Harbin to (2) Yabuli Ski Resort to (3) Snow Town China to (4) Changbaishan tian chi and (5) Beijing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Janet from USA | Oct. 09, 2019 18:10

1. Take train from Harbin Railway station to Yabuli West Railway station, then take taxi to ski resort.
2. It is suggested to hire a car or share a car with other tourists from Yabuli to snow town.
3. The most common way is share a car with other people and the price is around CNY200/person.
4. You can take taxi to Changbaishan Airport, then take airplane to Beijing.
Asked by Poh Eng Lam from SINGAPORE | Sep. 29, 2019 06:12Reply
how to go to changbaishan tian chi from Jilin city?
Answers (1)
Answered by Max from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 07, 2019 23:27

It is suggested to take train from Jilin railway station to Antu railway station first, then you can take direct bus near the train station to Changbaishan Tianchi.
Asked by Christina D from UNITED STATES | Sep. 18, 2019 21:10Reply
Looking to travel from Shanghai to Changbai Mountains during the Golden Week.
Would it be too busy/possible? Also what are the best ways to get to Changbai from Shanghai? A few options would be helpful! Thanks so much!
Answers (1)
Answered by Stacey from USA | Sep. 22, 2019 19:19

You will see numerous visitors in the golden week. You are suggested to take airplane to Changbaishan airport, then take taxi to this scenic area.
Asked by Serena from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 05, 2019 15:37Reply
What is the beat way to get to and from Chang bai Shan from Shanghai.
I know there is no direct route besides flying but is there another way by train that will take less than 24 hours maximum ? Thank you !
Answers (1)
Answered by Camilla from DENMARK | Sep. 05, 2019 18:29

You can take a train to Changchun first. Then transfer to a train to Antu or Dunhua. After that, take the long-distance bus to Changbai Mountain.
Asked by Kanjana from THAILAND | Aug. 31, 2019 00:02Reply
Ticket for 1 or 2 days of Changchun Changbai Mountain
First day we buy ticket at north gate and next day we go to west gate. We must to buy ticket again or can use the old ticket of north gate.
We want to see view all the north gate and west gate of Changbaishan.
Answers (1)
Answered by Martin from CANADA | Sep. 02, 2019 02:13

Once you exit the scenic area, you need to buy the ticket again.
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