Changchun only has a history of 200 years and it is a brisk young
city. It is in the hinterland of Songliao Plain, with Baicheng city
on its northwest, Siping city on its southwest, Jilin City on its
southeast and Leilongjiang province on its northeast. Changchun is
the capital of Jinlin Province and it is the political, economical
and cultural center of Jinlin Province.
Changchun was the capital of the Japanese-ruled state of Manchukuo
during its occupation from 1937 to 1945. Vestiges of the city's
disgraceful past remain, mainly in the form of palace where the
last Qing Emper of Puyi ruled the state as a puppet of the
Changchun has been renowned as "city of movies" and "city of
automobile". Changchun is the cradle of Chinese film production.
The film studio in Changchun has produced over 600 films since its
establishment in 1946. Some of the old films still linger on
throughout the country.
Changchun saw china's first automobile company-the Changchun No. 1
Automobile Corporation now takes on a leading position in the
automobile industry in China, which produces over one fifth of all
the domestic autos.
Changchun is an ideal winter tourist destination. The freezing cold
weather has resulted in some of the finest ski resorts in China.
The Beidahu, Jingyuetan and Songhuahu ski resorts are great places
for ski lovers seeking both for fun and challenge. The rime scenery
in winter in the area has been recognized as one of the four
natural wonders of China.