Baicheng Travel Guide

Baicheng Facts

Chinese Name: 白城 (bái chéng)
Population: 2,032,000
Area: 25,758.73 square kilometers (9,945.50 square miles)
Location: in the northwest of Jilin Province, northeast China
Administrative Division: 1 district (Taobei); 2 counties (Zhenlai, Tongyu); 2 county-level cities (Taonan, Da'an)  
Area Code: 0436
Zip Code: 137000
GDP (2018): CNY 60.651 billion (USD 9.166 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Mongolian, Man, Hui

The City of Crane with Large Wetlands and Grassland

Located in the northwest of Jilin Province, Baicheng City neighbors Songyuan to the southeast, bordered by Inner Mongolia to the southwest and northwest and by Heilongjiang to the northeast. Baicheng has a beautiful environment. Nenjiang River and Taoer River pass through the territory and there are large areas of wetlands and grassland. Many kinds of birds inhabit and multiply here, including rare birds such as white cranes and white storks. Every year, the breeding period from April to June and the migration period from September to November are the best times for watching and photographing cranes and other birds. Here you can also experience local Mongolian customs on the Horqin Grassland.

Baicheng Attractions - Things to Do

Xianghai Nature Reserve

It is a national scenic area characterized by a grassland and wetland landscape. Swamps, reed marshes and apricot trees, together with the undulating dunes and shining lakes, capture a picturesque view. The advantaged condition attracts many cranes living here and Xianghai is well known as a town of crane. 

Admission Fees: CNY 20 for the Nature Museum
CNY 30 for the Bird Garden
CNY 40 for the Crane Island
CNY 5 for the Xianghai Temple

Donggou Wetland Hunting Field

It is situated at the convergence of Da'an City and Tongyu County. The whole field was divided into nine hunting zones according to water fowl, fur and feather. The hunting field is open for about three months during spring and summer. 

Admission Fee: CNY 45

 Other Scenic Spots: Momoge National Nature Reserve, Siberian Elm (Huangyu) Scenic Area

How to Get to Baicheng

Baicheng Chang'an Airport has opened direct flights to Beijing, Tianjin and Hailar. It is about 16.5 kilometers (10 miles) away from downtown and airport shuttle bus & taxi are available for passengers.

It is convenient to travel from Baicheng to Changchun. Visitors have a choice of traveling by bus or train, both of which take approximately three to four hours. 

Long Distance Bus Station: 53, Liaobei Lu, opposite to the railway station



The area enjoys a temperate continental monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 4.9C (40.8F). According to the records of Baicheng weather, there is seldom rain or snowfall in autumn and spring, and it may hail during May to September. Spring and autumn are best time for sightseeing. 

Baicheng Travel Tips

 History: In the latter years of the Neolithic Age, there were humans living in the region. Before it was held under the administration of supervision offices of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Baicheng was inhabited by several nomad tribes in northeastern China, including Donghu, Huimo, Xianbei, Kitan and Shiwei.

 Physical Features: The terrain of the city is higher in the northwest and lower in the northeast. The eastern part of the Great Xing'an (Daxing'anling) Mountain lies in the northwest of Baicheng, whilst vast grassland makes up the northeast, central and south of the city. Baocheng is abundant in water resources, teeming with reeds and fishes. Grass land and wet lands are prominent throughout the city.

 Special Local Products: Nanguo Pear, watermelon, New Year paintings of Tongyu County

- Last updated on Jun. 29, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Baicheng Travel
Asked by MARITTA | Aug. 15, 2014 11:44Reply
bus time table from baicheng to xianghai nature reserve?
Hi, I´ll arrive at BC train station in the early morning and would like to do a day tour to xianghai nature reserve, catching a late afternoon train from either BC or Kaitong to Hohhot.

What is the earliest bus to the reserve and the last bus back to BC or Kaitong? Is there a timetable to be found somewhere?

Answers (3)
Answered by Henry from UAE | Aug. 17, 2014 01:35

Upon arriving there, walk for several minutes to the nearby bus terminal to take a bus to Xianghai. But I rememer only one bus is available every day, leaving at 13:50. After that, u can transfer to another bus or a taxi to the natural reserve.
Answered by MARITTA | Aug. 18, 2014 12:37

Thank you Henry!
Answered by MARITTA | Aug. 28, 2014 19:47

Baicheng VS Tongliao for day stopp over´s me again, so maybe I should start with everything properly. I can´t decide what to do: I am travelling from Hailaer by train to Hohhot via the inner Mongolia route, since i don´t like beeing on a train almost 2 days, I wanted to take a break, somewhere in the middle. Now it´s the question, what location is more convenient for a day trip ( I will be catching an evening train) Baicheng and surrounding or Tongliao. I know Henry already answered one of my questions and the only bus leaving for the reserve is a little late. I mean, what is easier to get around for a single buses to places etc. I already checked out the attractions in both areas. I found absolutely nothing while researching how to get to places by public transport. I´ll be thankful for any advice! cheers! :)
Asked by Kani from SOUTH AFRICA | Oct. 29, 2012 02:51Reply
Rainfall and temperature for April to September 2011 and 2012 in Baicheng
Can you please e mail me monthy maximum temperatures and monthly rainfall for April to September 2011 and 2012.
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Oct. 30, 2012 04:03

Hi, here I summerize the information you need:
Max Temperature for the months respectively, from Apr. to Sep. (average for 2011 and 2012):
26C, 31C, 31C, 33C, 33C, 29C
As for the rainfall, in Apr. and Sep. It rains a little. While during Jun. Jul. and Agu. the rainfall is frequent and the thunderstorm and heave rain happen. The rest month has most normal days.
Asked by Lew | Aug. 24, 2012 20:36Reply
Do I have to register with the police?
When in Baicheng and staying in private accommodations do I need to register with the local police?
Answers (1)
Answered by Candy | Aug. 24, 2012 21:20

No, usually, you have no need to do that.
Asked by Lew | Aug. 24, 2012 04:27Reply
Best way to get from Baicheng to Nanchang!
We will be going to NanChang! What would our best options for travel would be? The train from Beijing to Baicheng was a little slow and long even though we had sleepers! I understand there may be an airport in Chang Chun or a speed train
Answers (1)
Answered by Iris | Aug. 24, 2012 04:46

There is no speed train or direct flight from Changchun to Nanchang. You can take train from Baicheng to Changchun, then fly from Changchun to Nanchang via Beijing.
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