1. City Overview
Changchun City is located in the hinterland of Northeast China that is situated in mid-latitude zone of the Northern Hemisphere and east coast of the Eurasia. The city is adjacent to Songnen Plain in west, Changbai Mountain in east, and Liaohe River and Siping in south, and faces Harbin across Lalin River in north. Changchun, capital city of Jilin Province, covers a territory area of 20,604 square kilometers, with Yushu City, Jiutai City, Dehui City, Nong’an City, Chaoyang District, Kuancheng District, Nanguan District, Erdao District, Lvyuang District, and Shuangyang District under its jurisdiction. The populations are 7.51 million, covering 38 ethnic groups, such as Han ethnic group, Manchu ethnic group, Korea ethnic group, Mongolian ethnic group, and Hui ethnic group.
Changchun City has opened tens of domestic and international flights access to major Chinese cities and international cities like Seoul, Tokyo, and Sendai. Trains depart and stop at the Changchun Railway Station for over 100 times daily and four state-level speedways run though the urban area. Changchun is a traffic hub in Northeast China as it builds a three-dimensional transportation network by air, rail, and roads to form strong streams of people, goods, and information society. Changchun was awarded to be one of the first China Excellent Tourism Cities by the National Tourism Administration in 1998. Currently, the city has formed a matured tourism industry system with coordinated development of food, housing, transportation, travel, shopping and entertainment. The city is known as “forest city”, “auto city”, “film city”, and “scientific and cultural city” and rated to be China Excellent Tourism City, National Garden City, National Environmental Protection Model City, and National Health City, much favored by tourists at home and abroad. The number of companies in the city’s tourism industry surpasses 200, forming a complete industrial service system. The city is assessed to be one of first China Excellent Tourism Cities, top 25 key tourist cities in the nation, and 22 cities with golden week forecast.
2. Tourism Supply
There are 12 above Grade-A tourist attractions in the city (one Grade AAAAA tourist attraction, four Grade AAAA tourist attractions, two Grade AAA tourist attractions, and five Grade AA tourist attractions), 58 star hotels (four five-star hotels, 18 four-star hotels, 27 three-star hotels, and nine two-star hotels), and 155 travel agencies （16 ones with outbound group tourism services）.
Besides main native products “three treasures in Northeast China” (ginseng, pilose deer horn, and marten), there are glossy ganoderma, russian boschnai aki herb, matsutske, monkey head fungus, beargall powder, frog oil, and Roseroot in the city, which are warmly favored by tourists at home and abroad. Local crafts include Manchu paper cutting, color painting and wood carving, three-dimensional birds nests, Manchu masks, Baicao Picture (Hundred-herb Picture), and shaman drums.
The Changchun catering brings together the essence of domestic and foreign cuisine culture. You can taste food around the world in Changchun. The most characteristic dish in the city is Jilin-style dishes that reflect the Kanto culture and top the new eight cuisines in China.
The most characteristic program is Northeast Song and Dance Duet Performance with a humorous, relaxed, and cheerful style. Liu Laogen Grand Stage, Dongbeifeng Theater, and Heping Theater are main concourses to perform the program Northeast Song and Dance Duet Performance. Large-sized square cultural activities include Manchu, Korean song and dance performances, Northeast Song and Dance Duet Performance, concerts and other special performances. Northeast Yangko that reflects local characteristics of Northeast China is the most brilliant and wonderful work in the Northeast China folk culture. The Yangko is always performed at major activities, such as Changchun Ice and Snow Festival, Changchun Agriculture (Food) Fair, Auto Expo, Changchun Film Festival, and International Education Expo, is highbrow art and literature with unique style, and adds a beautiful landscape to the city cultural life.