Jilin Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 吉林市 (jí lín shì)
Location: 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 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 Province, and neighbors the capital city, Changchun, in the west.
Area: 27,120 square kilometers (10,471 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Manchu
Administrative Division: 4 districts (Chuanying, Longtan, Changyi, Fengman); 1 county (Yongji); 4 county-level cities (Panshi, Jiaohe, Huadian, Shulan)
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0432-4682561
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 0432-4852731
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.
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.
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 the city's Train 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.
See also Beijing to Jilin Train
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.
Local Highlights: Jilin Rime Ice and Snow Festival (between December and February)
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Hiking Adventures: Information about hiking for your reference
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