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Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

There is only one reason I came to Changchun city.

That reason will be tomorrow’s blog so you’ll just have to wait, but after walking around for most of a day and an evening I’m liking the 'small’ city vibe that it gives off even though it is the province capital. I’m only around four hours south from Harbin yet it feels like I’m back in China even though I actually never left China.

Changchun is the Provincial Capital City of Jilin Province in Manchuria.

The city is located roughly at the center of the Songliao Plains along the banks of the Yitong River. The name of the city derives from the Jurchen Language and means ‘Long Spring’ and although Changchun has only a very short history of importance, today it is the largest city in the Province with over three million residence.

It is a very heavily industrialised city and is known throughout China as the car capital of the country. Apart from China's national car brand, both Volkswagen and Toyota have factories here. Other products of the cities industry include all other transportation equipment production, including motor vehicle parts, railroad cars and locomotives, buses and tires etc. Apart from heavy and chemical industries the city is home to an impressive film industry along with its very own bi-annual film festival but for those expecting a Hollywood like backdrop of palm trees and beautiful people, remember, it’s one of the most industrialized cities in China.

The only major historical site you can visit is the imperial palace of China's last emperor. A typical year will see upwards of 2,600 hours of sunshine. Along with a frost-free period of 140 to 150 days.

<u>Now For a Bit of History</u>

Initially established on Imperial Decree as a small Trading Post and frontier village during the JiaJing Reign of the Ching Dynasty (1644 AD - 1911 AD), until the end of the 18th century Changchun was only a small village located on the Jitong River in a sparsely populated area in the undeveloped north east of China.

Trade mainly involved the furs and other natural products of the wild region.

At the end of the 18th Century a new era dawned on the small village as poor peasants from overpopulated Shandong Province began settling in the region and in 1889, the village was promoted to being a city known as Changchun Fu. Soon after the construction and completion of the Eastern China Railway (1896 to 1903), a shortcut of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the real development of the Mineral Rich Manchurian Region began.

Changchun came under unofficial Japanese control following the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 &#8211; 95, in which the Chinese Navy was utterly crushed. As the Japanese built their strength on the Korean Peninsula, the North-Eastern Chinese Provinces were increasingly infiltrated with Japanese money, infrastructure and military units.

Following World War II, the city of Changchun again suffered severely in the fighting between Communist and Nationalist forces, becoming the Center of a Major Battle for Control over the North-Eastern Regions between 1946 and 1948. The new Communist Government made practical use of the former Government buildings available in the City, converting many former offices into University buildings.

Changchun became the Capital of Jilin Province in 1954 AD.

<u>Jilin Provincial Museum</u>

The Jilin Provincial Museum located in Changchun City, Jilin Province, covers an area of 2,000 square meters. The museum is built on the original palace site of the Emperor Pu Yi, last emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) who later became a puppet emperor of Manchukuo during the Anti-Japanese war (1931 - 1945). The museum has many sections with exhibits from the Paleolithic Age (from 3,000,000 B.C.) and Neolithic Age (about 10,000 years ago) through the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368) to the Qing Dynasty.

<u>Mosque</u>

Changchun Mosque is in Muslim Hutong district dates from 1824 and was the first and largest mosque to be built in the city. Following two large scale extensions the Mosque is now modern, attractive (ish) and is now the headquarters of the Islamic Associations of both Jilin Province and Changchun City.

<u>Wen Temple (Confucius Temple)</u>

If you go to the east side of Yatai Dajie of Dong Er Dao Jie in Changchun, you will find the Confucius Wen Temple which was constructed in 1827.

<u>Shengli Park</u>

Shengli Park is the oldest park in Changchun which has a collection of more than five thousand rare water lilies and believe me, those who want a quiet place to walk, you are better off in the main mall as for each rare water lily, there are two people.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by A Perfect Circle The album was &#8216;The Thirteenth Step’ ____________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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