Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Chángchūn

Imperial Palace of the Manchu State

This is the former residence of Puyi, the Qing dynasty’s final emperor, the basis for Bernardo Bertolucci's film The Last Emperor (1987). His study, bedroom, temple, his wife’s quarters and opium den, as well as his…
Top Choice Ruins in Jí'ān

Wándū Mountain City

First built in AD 3, this city became capital of the Koguryo kingdom in 209, after the fall of the first capital, Guonei city (on the site of present-day Jí’ān). There’s little left of the original buildings, but th…
Waterfall in Báihé

Chángbái Waterfall

From the bus stop, walk up to a small hot spring where you can soak your feet or buy delicious boiled eggs (cooked in the spring). Past that a 1km trail leads to the viewpoint for the magnificent 68m Chángbái Waterf…
Mountain in Yánjí

Mào'ér Mountain

The clear favourite of Yánjí families, especially on weekends, this relatively small mountaintop is dotted with young people lounging in the woods in tents or hammocks (¥40 to buy, or ¥10 per day) or walking the 60-…
Lake in Báihé

Heaven Lake

The jewel of the area, this heavenly blue lake seems impossibly elevated by a ring of 16 mountainous peaks. The dormant crater lake, 13km in circumference, was formed around AD 969. A fixed route takes you around pa…
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…
Lake in Báihé

Green Deep Pool

This large, aptly named pool of water, fed by Chángbái Waterfall, is 450m ahead of the Small Heaven Lake. The beautiful milky green pool is great for photos, but not for swimming in. Cross the bus parking lot and he…
Canyon in Sōngjiānghé

Chángbái Shān Canyon

Filled with dramatic rock formations, the 70km-long, 200m-wide and 100m-deep canyon really deserves more fame, but it's tough to measure up against Heaven Lake. There's an easy 40-minute route along a boardwalk that…
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…
Tomb in Jí'ān

Hǎotàiwáng Stele

Inscribed with 1775 Chinese characters, the Hǎotàiwáng Stele, a 6m-tall stone slab that dates to AD 415, records the accomplishments of Koguryo king Tan De (374–412), known as Hǎotàiwáng. The surface is blackened fr…