Jilin Travel Guide

Rime Island (Wusong Island)

Located in Wulajie, a small Manchu town in the north of Jilin City, Rime Island is a small island on the Songhua River. It is one of the best well-known scenic spots in China which boasts beautiful rime scenery. Along with the natural landscapes in Guilin, stone forest in Yunnan and Three Gorges on the Yangtze River, Rime scenery in Jilin is reputed as ‘China’s Top Four Natural Wonders’.

Popularly known as frost flowers or ice-rimmed trees, rime refers to frost attached to tree branches, different from snow or ice. It only appears in winter because very a low temperature is required. Also there should be abundant water vapors. Embraced by water on all sides, Rime Island enjoys an advantageous position, which is perfect for the formation of frost flowers. The water here does not freeze in winter, generating water vapors continuously. When blown by breeze, they fly to trees nearby and condense to form rime due to the dramatic drop of temperature. In winter, the oddly-shaped weeping willows along the river banks on Rime Island are dressed in pure white. From a distance, the frost flowers look like white clouds or waves. Visitors may feel they are in a fascinating crystal fairyland with jade trees and silver flowers.

How to Appreciate Rime?

To appreciate the beautiful rime scenery, visitors should experience three phases, appreciating the fog on Songhua River at night, the rime on trees in the early morning, and rime fall scenery before noon.

Fog scenery can usually be seen around ten o’clock at night. Generally speaking, the thicker the fog, the more magnificent the rime scenery on the following day. Thanks to the thick fog, willows, pines, cypresses and elms along Songhua River will be coated with rime. After 9 o’clock, the rime on the trees starts to fall in the sunshine, as if it snows.

Best Places to See Rime

Zengtong Village and Hantun Village near Rime Island are good places to appreciate the rime scenery.

Where to Accommodate?

Visitors can lodge either in Zengtong Village or Hantun Village. It costs CNY 100-150 per day, including two meals. They can have a taste of the local dishes and experience the heating brick bed, which only exists in northern China.

Jilin Rime Ice and Snow Festival

Jilin Rime Ice and Snow Festival has been held since 1991, sponsored by Jilin Provincial Tourism Administration and Jilin municipal government. It is usually held from mid-December to the end of February, with a certain theme. A series of activities will be held during the festival, including various sports activities on Songhua Lake Ski Resort, Beidahu Ski Resort, Zhuque Mountain Ski Resort, Wujiashan Ski Resort, Mingshan Oasis Ski Resort, Beishan Ice and Snow World, and Qilinshan Ski Resort.


1. As the formation of rime requires certain weather conditions, it is not assured that visitors can see the scenery. Therefore, keep an eye on Jilin weather forecasts before travelling. If it will snow and the temperature is below -21 °C (-70 °F), there is a big chance that rime will form.
2. Please dress warmly because of the extremely low temperatures.
3. Wear a pair of goggles to protect your eyes.
4. Bring some chocolate to replenish energy and a vacuum flask to keep hot water.
5. Bring some medicines in case you catch a cold.
6. Bring extra batteries for your camera because batteries run out quickly at low temperature.
7. Attach a heating pad to your camera to resist the low temperature.
8. Put your camera in a ziplock bag before entering a house to prevent your lens from fogging up.

How to get there

 To Zengtong Village:
Take a bus from Chaluxiang Bus Station (located close to Jilin Railway Station) to Zengtong Ferry. It leaves at 08:00, 12:20 and 15:20. Bus ticket is around CNY 7 (including the insurance). Duration is about one hour.

 To Hantun Village:
Take a bus from Chaluxiang Bus Station to Wulajie Town. It departs around 15 minutes. Bus fare is about CNY 8. Duration is 40 to 50 minutes. Upon arrival, take a taxi to Hantun Village. It costs around CNY 15 to 20.

Then take a ferry to reach Rime Island.
Admission Fee CNY 60 (including round-trip ferry boat tickets)
Opening Hours 06:30 - 17:00
Recommended Visiting Time One or two days
Best Time to Go From late December to late February next year

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- Last modified on Apr. 13, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Rime Island
Asked by Ahmad from PAKISTAN | Oct. 26, 2019 20:39Reply
What is the best time to visit the rime?
We are students in Northeast Normal University, Changchun and want to visit wusong island. We are planning to go at the end of December, is this good time?
And is there any travel agency who may manage a visit it would be far better since we are not that conversant in Chinese.
Answers (1)
Answered by Rita from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 03, 2019 17:41

Yes, the best visit time is from December to February.
Asked by Aly from UKRAINE | Jan. 19, 2019 19:17Reply
Hi, we would like to see Rime Island from 28th January to 2th February.
We arrived in the morning to Jilin railway station. We should be here one day and come back to the Railway Station at 7 pm. What road for commute can you recommend? If we use this variant - To Zengtong Village: Take a bus from Chaluxiang Bus Station (located close to Jilin Railway Station) to Zengtong Ferry. It leaves at 08:00, is this direction to Rime Island way? What attraction can we see here? If we take a taxi from Railway Station to Island directly, do you know how much cost this variant? Thanks for your attention.
Answers (1)
Answered by Charis from CANADA | Jan. 22, 2019 19:55

1. After arriving at Zengtong Ferry, you can take a ferry to reach Rime Island.
2. From Jilin Railway Station to Wusong Island, the cab fare is CNY120-150.
Asked by Ana from MALAYSIAS | Jan. 27, 2018 02:12Reply
From the jilin railway st, is there any bus schedule to han tun village.
Or the bus run frequently every hour. Tq
Answers (3)
Answered by Eglise from FRANCE | Jan. 28, 2018 22:01

First of all, walk west from the railway station for 2 minutes to get to the bus station.
The bus to Hantun Village leaves at 7:00, 9:25, 10:15, 10:35, 11:40, 12:20, 12:55, 13:25, 13:55, 14:00, 14:35, 14:50, 15:25 and15:05.
Answered by ana from MALAYSIA | Jan. 29, 2018 07:30

thanx Eglise. if u know, is the frozen rime trees can be seen every day in january. or we still need luck to see it.
Answered by Eglise from FRANCE | Jan. 29, 2018 19:19

The rime is not seen every day. Btw, it usually happens in the early morning.
Asked by RWTHOMPSON | Oct. 20, 2017 16:39Reply
Hi we will be staying in Jilin for two nights 14th and 15th February 2018.
We would like to see Rime Island. Are there specialist tours to take us there.
Answers (1)
Answered by Monica from CANADA | Oct. 22, 2017 22:08

Congratulations! It will be during the best time to enjoy the rime. As I know, there is no special tour there, but you may turn your hotel in Jilin. Some of the hotels arrange or contact such tours for their guests.
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