Jilin Travel Guide

Jilin Travel Guide

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Jilin Facts

Chinese Name: 吉林市 (jí lín shì)
Population: 4,135,200
Area: 27,120 square kilometers (10,471 square miles)
Location: in the central area of Jilin Province, northeast China
Administrative Division: 4 districts (Chuanying, Longtan, Changyi, Fengman); 1 county (Yongji); 4 county-level cities (Panshi, Jiaohe, Huadian, Shulan)
Area Code: 0432
Zip Code: 132000
GDP (2018): CNY 221.024 billion (USD 34.402 billion)

Featuring Beautiful Natural View Especially the Rime

Situated in the hinterland of Northeastern China, Jilin City is in the transition area between Changbai Mountains and Songnen Plain. It ranks the second largest city of Jinlin Province only next to Changchun and it is the only city in China sharing the same name with the province. The city is bounded on the north by Heilongjiang, and neighbors the capital city, Changchun, to the west. Jilin City used to be the residence of Manchus and literally means city along the river in Manchu.

In the city, an ecological park built along the Songhuajiang River and clear Songhua Lake are favored by local people to avoid summer heat. When autumn comes, the city will be dressed in beautiful colors, especially the Jiaohe Red Leaf Valley. Every September, Changbai Mountain Red Leaf Tourism Festival is held. Visitors can see wonderful performances, excellent works of art and photography of red leaves. In winter, the rising water mist in the unfrozen Songhua River is cold and frozen into frost flowers on the trees. The magnificent rime scenes are sought after by a large number of photographers.

Jilin Attractions - Things to Do

It is a small island on Songhua River. With its advantageous position, the island boasts gorgeous rime scenery in winter. Zengtong Village and Hantun Village near Rime Island are the best places to appreciate rime scenery.

Songhua Lake

This is a long narrow lake formed by the dam construction on the Songhua River. The lake is surrounded by mountains and dotted with islets in the water. The beauty of the scenic area consists in its vast lake, verdant forest and green mountains. It is definitely a perfect summer resort.

Beidahu Skiing Field

Located in the Songhua Lake area, this skiing field is regarded as the largest and the most advanced skiing ground with the most advantageous natural conditions for skiing. Not only a national scenic area, it is also an important arena and coaching grid for winter games.

Jilin Aerolite

The meteorite shower which occurred during 1976 is the most magnificent in the whole world. The 1,770 kilogram aerolite displayed in the exhibition hall of the meteorite shower here is the largest aerolite in the world.

How to Get to Jilin

There are special buses in front of Jilin Railway Station running to the Songhua Lake every 40 minutes. The external transportation of the city is convenient. It is 130 kilometers (81 miles) away from Changchun and dozens of buses depart every day to Changchun within every two hours. Some people praise the Songjiang Road (Middle) as beautiful as the Shanghai Bund. It is the best location to appreciate the nightscape, and an excellent place to admire the rimed trees along the Songhua River. Jilin Ertaizi Airport in northwest Jilin is still planned. Visitors can fly to Changchun at first, and then travel to Jilin by train or intercity bus.
 See also:
Beijing to Jilin Train
Changchun to Jilin / Jilin to Changchun: Best Ways to Travel



Jinlin belongs to a temperate continental monsoon climate. Located at a high altitude, the city has four distinct seasons, among which the winter is especially long and chilly. Due to the terrain, the temperature of Jilin weather drops accordingly with increasing heights from the northwest to the southeast. January is the coldest month of a year with an average temperature of -18C (-0.4F). Jilin is a tourist destination favorable at any seasons. January to February is the coldest period, but the most beautiful season for the snowscape and rimed trees. 

Jilin Travel Tips

 History: The name is short for Jilin Wula, a Manchu word meaning 'a city along the river'. Before the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), the ancestors of the Man ethnic minority lived there. It was brought into the territory of the Jurchen Jin Dynasty in 1115. In late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it became a part of the Manchu Khanate (Kingdom), which later took over as the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in 1644.

 Physical Features: The beautiful Songhua River twines through the city, from the Changbai Mountains in the southeast. The terrain gradually slopes downwards from the southeast to the northwest, creating and dividing the landform tapestry into mountain area, hilly area, lakes in valleys and valley plains.

 Local Highlights: Jilin Rime Ice and Snow Festival (between December and February)

 Special Local Products: ginseng, marten, pilose antler, forest frog ovary oil; root carving of tidal wood in Songhua Lake, bark paintings

 Recommended Tour Information:
Hiking Adventures: Information about hiking for your reference
- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Jilin Travel
Asked by Eunice from SINGAPORE | Oct. 15, 2019 06:29Reply
How do I travel to Jilin city from Harbin?
Answers (2)
Answered by Joshua from USA | Oct. 16, 2019 02:05

It is suggested to take a bullet train from Harbin Railway Station or West Railway Station to there directly. The duration is around 2 hours.
Answered by Eunice from SINGAPORE | Oct. 16, 2019 06:40

Thanks for the info! Been searching online for awhile on whether there’s a direct transportation to Jilin city, most site mentioned only to Changchun.
Asked by POHENGLAM | Sep. 22, 2019 06:54Reply
changbaishan to Beijing

1) Please recommend hotels to stay for family of 4 in changbaishan.

2) Where to take train from Changbaishan to Beijing?
Answers (1)
Answered by May from SINGAPORE | Sep. 24, 2019 18:46

1. There are so many hotels you can choose, like Changbai Paradise Resort (Baishan street, Erdao Baihe county), Super 8 Hotel (Changbaishan Tianchi North Tianfu Street), etc.
2. You can hire a car to Dunhua first, then take train from Dunhua railway station to Beijing station.
Asked by wong wai mun from SINGAPORE | Sep. 03, 2019 01:02Reply
what is the Jilin weather temperature during 3rd-8th Oct 2019?
Answers (1)
Answered by Miranda from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 04, 2019 20:51

According to the previous statistics, the temperature will be 0-15C in October. You need to take coats, sweaters, jackets, etc.
Asked by Fendy from INDONESIA | Dec. 05, 2018 15:41Reply
Hi. Is there any luggage deposit counter available at Jilin train station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Godo from CANADA | Dec. 05, 2018 18:28

In the waiting hall of the station or the supermarket outside.
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