Welcome to Changchun
The Japanese capital of Manchukuo between 1933 and 1945, Chángchūn (长春) 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.
But for people on the trail of Puyi, China’s last emperor, it’s an essential stop. Its crossroad position, linking three provinces on the high-speed railway, makes Chángchūn a useful stopoff.