Fly To Changchun, China
Changchun’s rise and subsequent growth into a thriving 21st century city is largely thanks to the discovery of substantial oil and gas reserves in the late 1950s. The capital city of Jilin Province then went on to produce films via the Changchun Film Studio. Changchun’s tourist activity is mainly due to the pleasant atmosphere, scenery, history and wonderful skiing adventures on the snowy slopes of Jingyuetan.
Changchun played a significant role in the Chinese revolution against Japanese intruders. The city was once the capital of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo. With a history going back over 200 years, Changchun has a lot to offer foreign visitors. Among the A-list of attractions are: the Puppet Imperial Palace, South Lake and Jingyuetan National Forest Park.
The perfect wintry conditions make the city of Changchun an ideal winter destination. The picturesque frozen landscape has been dubbed one of the four natural wonders of China, and Changchun’s ski resorts of Beidahu, Jingyuetan and Songhuahu provide plenty of skiing pleasure.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Changchun, China. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in China is situated in Beijing. 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing, 100600. Phone: +86 10 8532 0000 / +86 10 6532 7320 (Immigration and Civic Affairs). The Consulate-General of South Africa is in Shanghai. Address: 27th Floor, Room 2705/5, 222 Yan An Road East, 200002, Shanghai, China; Phone: +86-21-53594977.
See and do
For a glimpse into Changchun’s Japanese colonial history, Culture Square is the best starting point. Several historical buildings from the Manchukuo era can be viewed here. The New Palace of the Emperor of Manchukuo and the former Manchukuo State Council and Military Affairs buildings all offer excellent examples of early Twentieth Century Japanese architecture. The vibrant atmosphere of the Square is promoted by people playing traditional Chinese instruments.
Banruo Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the city. Originally built in 1922, the gateway to the temple comprises three paratactic arches. The temple features a dense wooded area and erected halls.
Changchun Movie Wonderland is a great tourist attraction in itself. This is the first movie theme park in China and incorporates the spirits of Disney and Hollywood. The park’s giant screen, 3D water screen, dome screen, 4D theatre, and Laser theatre are just some of the features that pull in the crowds.
Changchun World Sculpture Park traverses 92 hectares and houses over 320 sculptures contributed by more than 270 artists from 110 countries. The main sculpture titled “Friendship, Peace, and Spring” is a symbol of the unity of people over five continents.
The largest man-made forest park in Asia, Jingyuetan National Forest Park, houses the ski resort of Jingyuetan. During the summer months, there are plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming.
Changchun Longjia International Airport – CGQ
Changchun Longjia International Airport is situated in the Jilin Province and serves Changchun and Jilin. The airport opened in 2005 and is considered the largest civil airport in the Jilin region.
The airport is 32km north-east of Changchun and 76km north-west of Jilin City.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Changchun Longjia International Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels in close proximity to the airport include: New Century Grand Hotel Changchun, Changchun Huatian Hotel and Swiss-Belhotel Changchun.
Airport Hub: Changchun Longjia International Airport (code CGQ) is a hub for China Southern Airlines.