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Top 10 attractions in Jilin, China

By Xu Lin (

11:08, August 16, 2012


Situated in China's northeast, Jilin Province is bordered by North Korea to the east. Its location gives Jilin an enjoyable climate. The region has a lengthy winter with snow that can last for seven months a year, causing people flock to this area for the Ice Lantern Festival and winter sports.

Jilin also has many natural and historical attractions, including the famous Mount Changbai and World Heritage site Koguryo Imperial City.

The following are the top 10 attractions in Jilin, and deserve a visit.

Top 10: Songhua Lake(松花湖)

Located 24 kilometers southeast of Jilin City, Jilin Province, Songhua Lake is one of the most famous artificial lakes in China. It was created after the completion of the Fengman Hydropower Station in 1937.

Covering a total area of 550 square kilometers (55,000 hectares), the lake has a maximum water capacity of 10.8 billion square meters. The narrow lake, which looks like a string of pearls, is 200 kilometers (124.27 miles) in length, 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) at its widest point, and 75 meters at its deepest point. Equal to four Miyun Reservoirs in Beijing in size, the lake rivals the Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang Province.

As a key national scenic spots, the Songhua Lake consists of nine scenery zones, including Wuhu Island (Five Tiger Island), Wolong Pond (Crouching Dragon Pond), Fengwu Pond (Dancing Phoenix Pond), Shilong Wall (Stone Dragon Wall), Hailang Hill (Sea Wave Hill), Shuangfeng Ridge (Double Peak Ridge), Luotuo Peak (Camel Peak), Qingshan Hill (Green Hill), and North Heaven Gate. It is a perfect summer resort.

Admission:30 yuan (US$4.72)/person

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