Yanbian Travel Guide

Yanbian Facts

Full Name: Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture
Chinese Name: 延边朝鲜族自治州 (yán biān cháo xiǎn zú zì zhì zhōu)
Location: 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.

Population: 2,177,000  
Area: 43,000 square kilometers (16,602 square miles) 
Nationalities: Korean, Han 
Administrative Division: 2 counties (Wangqing, Antu); 6 county-level cities (Yanji, Tumen, Dunhua, Huichun, Longjing, Helong)  
Seat of the Prefecture Government: 759, Henan Jie, Yanji City  
Bank of China: 107, Renmin Lu, Yanji City 
China Post: 78, Renmin Lu, Yanji City

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0433-2710620
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184

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 Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao, Yantai, Changchun, Shenyang, Dalian, Tanjin, Mudanjiang and Shenzhen. Additionally, it also operates direct international flight to Inchon of South Korea. 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
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Questions & Answers on Yanbian Travel
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 (1)
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.
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.
Asked by LOVETRAVELINCHINA | Aug. 06, 2017 10:20Reply
From Yanji or Yanbian into Tumen City
I am planning to visit the border city of Tumen City this fall. I don't know if I will stay in Yanji or YB - but, can you tell me:
1. What transportation can I take from either Yanji or YB into Tumen City (e.g., bus, taxi, car rental)?
2. If by bus - how frequent are the busses/day, what is the fare and how long does it take each way?
3. If by taxi - how much to pay and how long does it take each way each way?
4. How safe is this area for single visitors?
Thank you for your time and assistance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Michelle from USA | Aug. 07, 2017 03:32

As I know, no bus is available. A local car costs CNY120-130.
You are suggested to take a train from Yanji West to Tumen, which is available from 7:03 to 20:28. And it takes CNY 11 for a 2nd class seat and CNY13.5 for a 1st class seat. It takes about 20 minutes.
Asked by Megan from MALAYSIA | Dec. 04, 2015 22:35Reply
Transport from Shenyang North Railway Station to Holiday Inn Express Changbaishan Hotel
Answers (1)
Answered by Silvio from POLAND | Dec. 05, 2015 00:51

Is this hotel the one not far from Mt. changbaishan? If so, you are suggested to take a taxi to Main Railway Station first. Then take normal speed train, get off at Songjianghe Railway Station. The train schedules are 09:13, 18:54 and 20:18. After arriving, hiring a private car to arrive at the hotel directly. The fare is CNY 50 to 70 in the day time.
Asked by Stephane from FRANCE | Aug. 01, 2015 11:50Reply
From Yanji to Fangchuan

How is it possible, while staying in Yanji, to make a daytrip to Fangchuan (where China, North Korea and Russia meet) with public transport ?

Answers (1)
Answered by Joe from UAE | Aug. 01, 2015 23:58

As I know, from Yanji, there is no direct bus to Fangchuan, you are suggested to take a bus from Yanji City Bus Station to Huichun First. Then hire a car to Fangchuan, the fare is CNY200 around.
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