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Chinese Name: 牡丹江 (mǔ dān jiāng)
Population: 2,750,000
Area: 40,600 square kilometers (15,676 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Man (Manchu), Chaoxian (Korean)

Location: Situated in southeastern Heilongjiang Province, Mudanjiang City is bounded on the south by Jilin Province, and neighbors Russia in the East, adjacent to the Sea of Japan. It is about about 358 kilometers (222 miles) southeast of the capital city of Heilongjiang, Harbin.

Administrative Division: 4 districts (Aimin, Dong'an, Yangming, Xi'an), 2 counties (Dongning, Linkou); 4 county-level cities (Muling, Suifenhe, Hailin, Ning'an)

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0453-6821997
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiries: 184
Bank of China: 0453-6678006

Mudanjiang Attractions - Things to Do

It is the largest alpine barrier lake in China formed by volcanic eruptions ten thousand years ago. Mountains surround this narrow and long lake while the lake embraces islets in the water. Diaoshuilou Waterfall, underground lava tunnels and crater forests constitute the highlights of the scenic area.

Shuangfeng Forestry Center

If visitors want to experience the interesting skiing, sledding and grand snowscape, the Shuangfeng Forestry Center is the best choice. Located in Changting Town of Hailin City, the forestry center is reputed as the 'snow town'. Its nival period lasts for seven months from October to the next April.

How to get to/around Mudanjiang

Mudanjiang Airport is 9 kilometers (6 miles) southwest of its city downtown area, operating flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Dalian, Qingdao, Yanji and Wuhan. It is about four hours' ride from Harbin to Mudanjiang, and then visitors can get to the Jingpo Lake with about two hours.


Enjoying a temperate continental monsoon climate, Mudanjiang has clear four seasons with an annual average temperature of 4.5°C (40°F). Its weather is cool and rarely windy in spring and autumn.

 When to Go: June to September is the best time to visit that city, not only for the cool weather, but also for the highest water level of a year. That will be the best time to viewing waterfall and boating on lakes. Winter there is extremely cold. Apart from the winter wear, visitors should also keep their photographic equipment properly protected.

Mudanjiang Travel Tips

 History: Mudanjiang, also called Mudan Ula by Manchu, stands for a meandrous river. In the 2,300 years from the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century BC) to Sui Dynasty (581-618), it was inhabited by the ancestors of the Manchu. The central government began to administrate this area in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and it was one of the headstreams of the uprising of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The city gains its name for the Mudanjiang River flowing through it.

 Geograpgy Features: The city is surrounded by mountains, flat in the central part. Mountainous and hilly areas constitute the main landform of the city. The eastern part belongs to the Changbai Mountain area, and the central land is the valley-basin of Mudanjiang River.

 Special Local Products: Black Fungi, wild fungus, Hericium Erinaceus

- Last modified on Dec. 07, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Mudanjiang Travel
Asked by Julia Susilowati from INDONESIA | Nov. 24, 2018 00:36Reply
Is there a bus directly from mudanjiang station to China snow town village? And how much?
I want to go there on Jan 9. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Buster from CANADA | Nov. 25, 2018 22:11

Yes, at Xishiyi Passenger Station, only one bus running to Snow Town ever day, departing at about 14:00. The duration is about 5 hours and the ticket fare is CNY37 per person.
Asked by Farhan from CHINA | Nov. 06, 2017 00:54Reply
Mudanjaing to Jingpu lake
Can I go Jingpo lake and on the way back go to China snow town instead of coming back to MDJ ?

are there any busses from Jingpu to China snow town or I need to hire a taxi?
Answers (1)
Answered by Julie from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 06, 2017 20:56

From MDJ to the lake, you can take a regular bus from the Square of Railway Station.
But no bus is available from the lake to Snow Town, so you need to hire a taxi or local car, which may cost CNY600 for a single trip.
Asked by lolo from CHINA | Feb. 06, 2017 09:58Reply
hi from where to take the bus from mudanjiang to go to snow town xuexiang?
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Answered by Anna | Feb. 07, 2017 02:17

I have no idea if there is direct bus. I just know at MDJ General Bus Station, you can take a bus to Changting first. Then change to another bus to Snow Town directly.
Asked by Note from THAILAND | Nov. 21, 2015 02:59Reply
Hi, please advise if we go to travel in Mudanjiang in April, where should we go?
We are about 6 Adults & 4 Children. From thailand.
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Answered by Wendy | Nov. 22, 2015 01:46

Hi, I recommend the Jingpo Lake, Crater National Geological Park and Snow Village (if lucky, you can still see snow in early April).
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