Places in Jílín
The Japanese capital of Manchukuo between 1933 and 1945, Chángchūn was also the centre of the Chinese film industry in the 1950s and ‘60s. Visitors expecting a Hollywood-like backdrop of palm trees and beautiful people will be disappointed, though. Chángchūn is now better known as China’s motor city, the largest automobile-manufacturing base in the country.
This small city, just across the Yālù River from North Korea, was once part of the Koguryo (高句丽, Gāogōulì) kingdom, a Korean dynasty that ruled areas of northern China and the Korean peninsula from 37 BC to AD 668. Jí’ān’s extensive Koguryo pyramids, ruins and tombs resulted in Unesco designating it a World Heritage Site in 2004.
The views of Heaven Lake from the northern slope are the best and most popular. The gateway town for this area, where travellers have to stay, is Èrdào Báihé (二道白河), generally known as Báihé. The town is undergoing heavy construction with roads and new buildings being upgraded to meet the increased tourist traffic. You can see all the sights listed here in a day.
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