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Overview

Nestling among hills at the southwestern foot of the Changbai Mountains in south eastern Jilin Province, Tonghua is an uneven city with enchanting landscapes. As one of the open-border cities in China, it meets Baishan City in the east, adjoins Liaoning Province in the west, connects Jilin City and Liaoyuan City in the north, and faces Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with the Yalu River in-between.

Tonghua City enjoys rich resources of tourism, both special natural landscapes with green mountains and clear rivers and fantastic culture scenic spots so as to win the renown of “Jiangnan in Northeast China”. Influenced by its climate and geographical features, Tonghua is also an ideal place for skiers in the winter.

Nowadays two large ski resorts have been constructed, Qian Ye Lake (千叶湖) (the Ice and Snow World) and Jinchang Ski Resort (金厂滑雪场). As for food, Tonghua local dinning culture is fashioned by that of the Korean nationality; Korean snacks and dishes stick out all over the city. In addition, the local fish dish remains a constantly good choice for every traveler as well, for Tonghua is abundant in fresh food fishes.

Tonghua City is extremely rich in nature resources of tourism. For example, Duck Park Water-eroded Cave (鸭园溶洞) in the suburbs offers a mystery for every visitor; Jiangnan Ski Resort provides with an aerial ropeway and world-class ski run; Sanjiaolongwan Lake inside the Huinan County, one of the administered counties of Tonghua City, shaped naturally by the eruption of an ancient volcano, gives a special scene of a circle of huge stones piercing the sky; Luotong Forest, Yinggebu Reservoir, Sanxiajian Forest Park and many other attractions spread all across the city offering different and exciting experiences.

Besides, there are renowned historical sites in and around Tonghua City. For example, Ji’an ancient city, the capital of Koguryo (the former Kingdom in the Korea today), is filled with enormous relics with over 1500-year history. Among them, the General’s Tomb, a huge limestone tomb, is praised as “the Oriental Pyramid”, and other tombs like Donggou Ancient Tombs, Wukui Tomb and Changchun No.

1 Tomb supply many frescos as evidences to display the economic, political and cultural prosperity of Koguryo Kingdom. What’s more, the Stele of Great King Haotaiwang, some old walls, beacon towers and relics of ancient battle fields inside the Sanjiaolong National Forest Park, and in particular the Pavilion of Jade Emperor inside Yuhuangshan Park are all popular tourist attractions.

Known as the cradle of skiing, Jinchang ski resort in Tonghua is the first ski center established in China. With comprehensive facilities, the center has held seven national ski competitions; besides, Tonghua Ginseng Tour, Wanwanchuan Tourism and Resort Zone, Wukuishan Park, and Mopan Lake Park are all great tourist destinations.

History

About 6,000 years ago Tonghua witnessed human beings started to live there. It is the cradle of both Koguryo and Manchu cultures, China’s northeast ethnic minority groups. Koguryo Kingdom (37 BC–668 AD) had Tonghua as its capital for 425 years, so a large number of precious relics and cultural sites have been retained and preserved; among more than 300 various cultural sites, four are Historical and Cultural Sites under State-level Protection and 15 Historical and Cultural Sites under Provincial Protection.

What is more, Wanfa historical site is one of the top ten archaeological discoveries in China.

There are diverse nationalities in Tonghua City, together creating a unique regional culture and folk customs. For example, Tonghua Manchu paper cutting is one of China’s three major ethnic paper cuttings; three artists are included in the “the top ten Chinese folk paper-cut masters” list.

Tonghua have a glorious revolutionary tradition. During the Anti-Japanese War (1937–1945), the national hero Yang Jingyu (杨靖宇) once fought dauntlessly there. And during the Liberation War (1945–1949, a revolutionary civil war in Chinese history), here is the main battlefield of the “Four Times for Protecting Linjiang” (四保临江, Linjiang is a city in Jilin Province). What is more, Tonghua is the cradle of the Chinese Air Force, because the first aviation school in China was founded there.

Festival

Tonghua Longwan Wild Azalea Flowers Tourism Festival

Time: every May

Location: Tonghua Longwan National Nature Reserves

Overview

Tonghua Longwan Wild Azalea Flowers Tourism Festival began to work in 2005, serving as one of the local festival activities. Wild azalea flowers are abundant in Tonghua because of its geographical features, and they mainly grow in Dalongwan (大龙湾), Sanjiaolongwan Lake (三角龙湾湖畔) and Wuseshan Valley (五色山花谷).

Major activities: Longwan Tour and Azalea Flower Appreciation

Participation: Visitors can check the date of the festival around early May, and take the tourism shuttle bus from Huinan Bus Station to Sanjiaolongwan Park.

Tips & articles

2011-05-20
10.07.21 July 16, the strategic cooperation framework agreement between the provincial government and Shougang Corporation and Shougang Holding Company cum the agreement on restructuring of Tonghua Iron & Steel Group between Shougang Corporation and Shougang ...Read More
2011-05-20
CHANGCHUN - Beijing-based Shougang Group Friday signed an agreement with the provincial government of Jilin in northeast China to spend 2.5 billion yuan ($369 million) to take over operating Tonghua Iron and Steel Group in the province. According to the ...Read More
2011-05-20
Shougang's booth at the China Beijing International High-Tech Expo on May 31. [China Daily] Deal to help company expand capacity by 2012 BEIJING: Steelmaker Shougang Group will take over Jilin-based Tonghua Iron & Steel Group this month to further expand ...Read More

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by Ilona 2011-05-20
10.08.11 On August 8, Provincial Governor Wang Rulin braved heavy rain to the Baishan City and Tonghua City, to inspect flood-fighting disaster relief. Here is the picture showing that he knows about house damages on the site of inland inundation at Yueya River, Baishan City. On August 8, mountainous areas in southeastern part of Jilin Province had overcast ...
by Nalini 2011-05-20
11.01.06 January 4, the strategic cooperation signing ceremony between Tonghua City government and Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group was held in Changchun Songyuan Hotel. This is a major achievement for Tonghua to cooperate with a domestic famous enterprise, and is a great event for Tonghua to accelerate the structure optimization and upgrading of the ...
by Knox 2011-05-20
Beijing Shougang Steel Group is planning an acquisition of Tonghua Iron & Steel Group. Sources had said that Shougang Steel and State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration of Jilin province had reached an initial agreement to pay some 2 billion yuan for a controlling stake in Tonghua Steel, according to Beijing News. But Shougang Steel said the deal is ...