Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Chángchūn

Imperial Palace of the Manchu State

This is the former residence of Puyi, the Qing dynasty’s final emperor, famously depicted in Bernardo Bertolucci's film The Last Emperor (1987). His study, bedrooms, temple, his wife’s quarters and opium den, as wel…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Chángchūn

LR Lounge Bar

If you can find Chángchūn's best speakeasy, you'll be rewarded with impeccable cocktails mixed by bow-tied bartenders, friendly locals propping up the intimate wooden bar, and some of the funkiest decor in the city.…
Dongbei in Chángchūn

Dong Teng

Waitresses dressed as red guards dish up delicious Dōngběi (northeast) dishes amid trailing eaves of corn and bulbs of garlic at this Communist-themed restaurant. There's even a spicy fish dish named 'Cultural Revol…
Sculpture in Chángchūn

Chángchūn World Sculpture Park

Nestled amid 90 hectares of neat parklands with an artificial lake in the far south of the city, the Chángchūn World Sculpture Park hosts an impressive array of sculptures from Chinese and international artists. The…
National Park in Chángchūn

Jìngyuètán National Forest Park

This massive lakeside park on the southeast outskirts of Chángchūn encompasses more than 90 sq km and is a welcome break from the city. Established in 1934, it features well-tended gardens, pavilions, lookouts and a…
Korean in Chángchūn

Jīnchuān Kǎoròu

This buzzy, late-night Korean barbecue joint is cheap and authentic; not surprising given Chǎngchūn's proximity to China's Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. Pull up at a sizzling table-top grill and order your f…
Bar in Chángchūn

Time Bar

The best feature of this two-storey music pub is its leafy patio seating on the intersection of Xikang Lu and Mudan Jie. Order a beer, squint, and you could almost be in Shànghǎi's French Concession. Inside, large t…
Sichuan in Chángchūn

Sānyú Zhúyuàn

At this upscale chain, the decoration starts with the lovely faux-antique interior and continues with fistfuls of chilli adorning every platter – meat, seafood, even frog. In true Sìchuān style, mildly spicy can tra…
Buddhist Site in Chángchūn

Bānruò Temple

One of the largest Buddhist temples in northeast China, Bānruò, built in 1931, is a lively place of worship for locals and pilgrims alike. After touring the inner grounds, wander the back alleys to observe the merch…
Noodles in Chángchūn

M+M

You can slurp down your moreish noodles hot or cold, dry or in soup, with meat or without, and with side dishes that include broccoli or Chinese spinach at this fast food styled, 2nd-floor eatery overlooking busy To…