Yanbian Travel Guide

Yanbian Travel Guide

Yanbian Facts

Chinese Name: 延边朝鲜族自治州 (yán biān cháo xiǎn zú zì zhì zhōu)
Population: 2,146,000
Area: 42,700 square kilometers (16,487 square miles)
Location: in the east of Jilin Province, northeast China
Administrative Division: 2 counties (Wangqing, Antu); 6 county-level cities (Yanji, Tumen, Dunhua, Huichun, Longjing, Helong)  
Area Code: 0433
Zip Code: 133000
GDP (2018): CNY 70.95 billion (USD 10.72 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Korean

City Next to the Border with North Korea

Situated in the east of Jilin Province, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture is bordered by Russia in the east, and is separated by the Tumen River from North Korea. It is also adjacent to the Japanese Sea and separated from Japan and South Korea by the sea.

Thanks to its unique geographical location, Yanbian has frequent trades with Russia and Japan and has opened a number of cross-border transportation routes. Yanbian is also the largest Korean populated area in China, where 42.3% of Korean Chinese live. Many local folk villages show North Korea's songs, dances, buildings and folk culture.

Influenced by the Japan Sea and a high forest coverage, Yanbian bestows a cool and wet summer, which is an ideal destination for relieving summer heat. In winter, Yanbian is a paradise for ski lovers which has six excellent ski resorts built in the forest. Magically, Fangchuan Scenic Area offers a panoramic view of China, North Korea and Japan. A border trip to Russia and North Korea also will give you a wonderful experience. In addition, you can buy cheap and fine goods from Japan, South Korea, Russia and North Korea such as clothing, cosmetics and tableware here.

Yanbian Attractions - Things to Do


It is the largest border city of Jilin, and the boundary line between China and North Korea is just in the middle of Tumen River Bridge. Hunchun is another important border city of the Province at the convergence of China, Russia and North Korea, and also a rising tourist city with beautiful natural sceneries. Fangchuan Village, which is 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Hunchun City, is a place where visitors can have a broad view of the three countries.

It is located in Yanbian, which is famous for a giant Buddha Statue standing on its top, Ancient Tombs of Bohai Regime, and Ancestral Hall of the Qing Dynasty.

Mao'ershan National Forest Park

This park lies 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Yanji City. There is a folk-custom park of Korean ethnic minority, through which visitors can have a further knowledge about Korean.

How to Get to Yanbian

1. Yanji Chaoyangchuan Airport stands 5 kilometers (3 miles) southwest of downtown Yanji, operating flights to about 15 doemstic cities, like Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao, Yantai, Changchun, Dalian, and Shenzhen. Additionally, it also operates direct international flight to Busan, Cheongju, Muan, Osaka, and Vladivostok. The airport is expected to be the second largest airport of Jilin. 

2. Changbaishan Airport is under construction. At present, Yanji Chaoyangchuan Airport is the nearest airport from the Changbai Mountain. Departing the Yanji Airport, it is still four hours' drive to the mountain. 

3. Yanji is the furthest city from Changchu within the province. It will take eight hours by trains, and about nine hours by bus. Here are the main bus stations in the seat of the prefecture government, Yanji City:
Yanji central bus station: 109, Changbai Lu, Yanji City
The north station: 743, Aidan Lu, Yanji City 



Bearing a temperate humid monsoon climate, Yanbian weather is characterized by four clear seasons. It is dry and windy in spring, while the autumn is cool and the winter is chilly. June to August is the rainy season of Yanbian. Its annual average temperature falls around 2-6C (35.6-42.8F). September 3rd is the birth day of Yanbian. During the festival, people there will gather among the sea of joy and happiness. 

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 History: Before the Tang Dynasty (618-907), this region once belonged to the territory of Bohai Kingdom and Koguryo Kingdom successively. It was not until the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) that the court decided to seal the vast land north of Tumen River off from the external world because Changbai Mountain and its neighboring place are the birthplace of Manchu and the dynasty.

 Physical Features: Yanbian lies at the northern foot of the Changbai Mountains, with mountainous region occupying about seventy-eight percent of prefecture's territory. The terrain of the prefecture slopes downward from the west to the east, and mountains, hills and basins are hierarchically distributed.

 Local Highlights: This area is the largest resident community of the Korean ethnic minority. To experience the folklore of the local Koreans is definitely an unforgettable memory to Yanbian trips. In addition, traditional delicacies can not be missed, such as pickles, Korean style cold noodle. Apart from Chinese traditional festivals, the locals Koreans also have their unique festivals. Liutou Festival is one of them. At that day, people bring foods to the waterside, then have a bath and eat the foods to pray that the water can take away evils.

 Special Local Products: Chinese medical plants (Ginseng) and fungus of Changbai Mountains, apple-pear, marten, deer antler
- Last updated on Jun. 27, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Yanbian Travel
Asked by Arn from SWEDEN | Jan. 19, 2020 22:25Reply
I am just wondering is there a Walmart in Yanbian area?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ann from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 20, 2020 17:17

No, there isn't.
Asked by Chong Meng Hwee from SG | Dec. 29, 2019 08:07Reply
Changchun to Tumen or Changchun to Yangji
We are planning from Changchun to Tumen / Yangji to view the boarder view between china and norht koran at Tumen River.

Please share with us, we should take train from Changchun to Tumen Train Station ? Or to Yangji West train station ?

We will stay the hotel at Yanji , correct ? (Because cant find any hotel at Tumen !!)

So, from hotel can take taxi to Tumen ?

Thanks and hear fromr you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Sami from SINGAPORE | Dec. 30, 2019 19:53

You can take train to Tumen Railway Station. I think you can take taxi to Tumen city.
Asked by Sandraa from VANUATU | Oct. 09, 2019 06:21Reply
I am planning to go to hunchun in the coming weeks
And would like to know if there are buses available at the Hunchun train station that go to Fangchun.?
Answers (2)
Answered by Blake from DENMARK | Oct. 11, 2019 20:35

Well, I didn't find Fangchun on the map. Is it a city or? Can you provide more detailed information about Fangchun?
Answered by jeremy | Dec. 20, 2020 03:37

you can take the CRH to hunchun train station. fangchuan is a place belonging to hunchun city for visit. summer time is better.
Asked by Han Kee Juan from MALAYSIA | Dec. 11, 2017 22:57Reply
I wish to visit Changbaishan during Christmas. Will fly from Beijing to Yanji to stay a night.
How far from Yanji to Changbaishan and what transport is available ?
Answers (2)
Answered by Mile from FINLAND | Dec. 12, 2017 20:05

It’s about 230km. You can take a flight to Changbaishan Airport within an hour. And then hire a private car to the mountain. It costs around CNY200 to North Slope, CNY80 to West Slope.
Or you can hire a car from Yanji Airport to the mountain, and it costs around CNY500.
Answered by jeremy | Dec. 20, 2020 03:39

there is a special airport for changbaishan. you can buy the ticket direct to there.
Asked by tan from SINGAPORE | Sep. 11, 2017 12:59Reply
Shenyang to Changchun/Changbaishan/Yanbian
Hi there,
We would appreciate it if anyone could tell us the transport from Changchun to Changbaishan (North area).

Should we go to YB or Changbaishan first from Changchun by public transport? How many days should we spend at Changbaishan?

Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Amenda from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 12, 2017 02:21

You are suggested to take a flight to Changbaishan first, which leaves at 9:50, 11:15 and 20:40. After getting there, you can charter a local car to North Slope, which may take CNY500.

As I heard, you can spend 4 days to have a total enjoy in the mountain.
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