The relaxed and attractive capital of China’s Korean Autonomous Prefecture has one foot across the nearby border with North Korea. About a third of the population is ethnic Korean and it’s common to both hear people speaking Korean and to see Korean written on official road signs.
The Bù’ěrhǎtōng River (布尔哈通河; Bù’ěrhǎtōng Hé) that bisects the city has pleasant parks and walkways running alongside worth strolling along. ATMs are all over the city including a 24-hour ATM at the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC; 中国工商银行, Zhōnguó Gōngshāng Yínháng) three blocks up from the train station at the corner of Changbaishan Xilu and Zhanqian Jie.
The town is also a launching pad for tours into Rason in North Korea. For more information about visiting North Korea, see.