Top things to do in Jílín

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 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…
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.…
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-…
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…
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…
Korean in Yánjí

Quánzhōu Bànfàn Guǎn

A large, well-regarded restaurant for its excellent options – mainly jiàngtāng (酱汤; a bubbling pot of pork and potatoes in a miso broth), or bànfàn (拌饭; bibimbap; rice, vegetables and eggs served in a clay pot). Sit…
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…