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Jilin MapChinese 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.

Population: 4,514,000
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.

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 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.

 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 modified on May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Jilin Travel
Asked by Fendy from INDONESIA | Dec. 05, 2018 15:41Reply
Hi. Is there any luggage deposit counter available at Jilin train station?
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Answered by Godo from CANADA | Dec. 05, 2018 18:28

In the waiting hall of the station or the supermarket outside.
Asked by Nicole from MALAYSIA | Nov. 05, 2018 07:36Reply
Jilin in November
Hi, I wish to visit to view the rimes in 3rd week of November 2018. Can anyone advise if the rimes has formed? What is the recommended number of days to stay if we want to see the rimes? Or anybody has a 3D2N itinerary?
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Answered by Ellene from USA | Nov. 06, 2018 22:52

Sorry that you may not see rim when you arrive in third week of November. The temperature is not that low yet.
Asked by virg from BELGIUM | Oct. 22, 2018 19:44Reply
What is the time of jilin ice festival in 2018?
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Answered by David from USA | Oct. 23, 2018 18:36

Generally, it usually starts from December to February next year based on the past opening time. About the exact date, you are advised to pay attention to the latest news.
Asked by gabriella from INDONESIA | Oct. 17, 2018 21:18Reply
How to get songhua river from harbin by train?
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Answered by Maha from USA | Oct. 18, 2018 20:06

One section of Songhua River is at Youyi Road, Harbin and it is at the end of the Central Avenue and next to the Flood Prevention Cenotaph. You just need to take the bus 103/ 101/ 74/ 16....
Asked by Dickson from MALAYSIA | Jul. 13, 2017 21:22Reply
How to get to Hampton, Jilin from the train station
Hi, I will be travel from Shenyang to JL via train in Aug2017.

Could anyone able to advise how shall I get to Hampton from the train station?
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Answered by Miles from GERMANY | Jul. 14, 2017 01:21

If Hampton refers to Hampton by Hilton Hotel in Fengman District, then you can take bus 33 at East Square (200 yards east to the station) and get off at Fengman District Government. Then walk about 200 yards to the south, you will see the hotel.
Answered by Dickson from MALAYSIA | Jul. 15, 2017 06:49

Thanks Miles for your kind advise.
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