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4 Days Koguryo World Heritage Sites Exploration from Changchun

Jilin History and Culture

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Jilin Province, one of the three provinces in northeastern China, is not only famous for its spectacular winter view and snow activities, but also attractive with rich culture. If you are looking for a trip involving history and culture appreciation, Jilin Province won't disappoint you.

This tour takes you to have an in-depth cultural discovery in Jinlin Province. You will firstly visit the provincial capital - Changchun and take a view of China's fake Manchu history. And then, go to Jian - a historic city with UNESCO-designated Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom that ruled over parts of northern China and the northern half of the Korean Peninsula from 277 BC to AD 668. This package covers flexible itinerary, comfortable transfer service, hotel booking, professional local guide, skilled driver, etc. to deliver you a worry-free trip. All the arrangements can be customized to meet your own needs. Just start a worry-free Jilin tour here in your own style.

Highlights of this tour

  • Step into the Puppet Emperor's Palace in Changchun to trace the trail of Puyi, the last emperor of China;
  • Explore the mysterious remains of the ancient Koguryo Kingdom by visiting the ancient tombs and city ruins;
  • Go to the Jian Museum and walk through the pages of the history of Goguryeo - one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea via the cultural relics excavated from ancient tombs.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from Request
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Changchun / Jian
Travel Length:
4 Days & 3 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-KST-04
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulture
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Changchun Arrival

Welcome to Changchun! Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and driver at the airport or train station, and then be escorted to your hotel. The rest of today is free for you.

Arrival Ideas: 1) You can take a flight to Changchun from Beijing (2h), Shanghai (3h), Xian (3h), Guangzhou (4h), Chengdu (3.5h), Chongqing (3.5h), Nanjing (2.5h), Hangzhou (3h), Xiamen (4h), etc. 2) You can take a high speed train to Changchun from Beijing (4.5h), Harbin (1h), Dalian (3~4h), Tianjin (4.5~6h), Nanjing (9.5~10h), Wuhan (11.5h), Zhengzhou (9~10h), Shanghai (11h), Qingdao (10h), etc.

Changchun Longjia Airport
Day 2 Changchun - Jian (B)

Today's tour starts from the Puppet Emperor's Palace, the official residence created by the Imperial Japanese Army for China's last emperor Puyi to live in as Emperor of the puppet state of Manchukuo in the early 20th century. The main structure of the palace can be divided into two parts - the residential quarter for daily life and the administrative quarter for political activities. Now they are informative museums displayed with many antiquities (including artifacts and annals) detailing the history of the fake Manchu Dynasty. Next, visit the Eight Ministries of Puppet Manchuguo Regime from the outside, which were established as a way for the Japanese invaders to legitimize their claim to the territory of Northeast China. You will view the different architectural styles there.

After sightseeing, you will drive about 4 hours to Ji'an City. Stay overnight in Ji'an.

Puppet Emperor's Imperial Palace
Day 3 Jian (B)

Today, you will spend a full day exploring Jian. The World Heritage site - Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom includes the archaeological remains of three cities and 40 tombs, and most of them (2 cities and 40 tombs) are spread around the green hills surrounding Jian City. Start today's cultural exploration from Jian Museum (Goguryeo Cultural Relics Exhibition Center) - an informative museum well displaying cultural relics excavated from tombs. The exhibits are well classified and sorted in the gallery, and you can learn the history and culture of ancient Koguryo Kingdom under the guide's explanation.

After getting an overview of Koguryo Kingdom, drive to General Tomb - a 12-meter-tall tomb known as the Oriental Pyramid because of its triangle shape. It is estimated to be the tomb of King Changshou, the 20th king of the Goguryeo Dynasty in the late fourth and early fifth centuries. Next, turn to Haotaiwang Tomb - only typical tomb of Goguryeo king whose age and occupant are known. There is a stele inscribed with 1775 Chinese characters that records the accomplishments of Haotaiwang, the king of Koguryo during the period from AD374 to AD412. You can enter and see the stone burial slabs. Then you will visit Wandushan City Ruins - the site of the capital from 37 BC to 668 BC and the longest-lasting capital in the early and middle periods of Goguryeo Kingdom. The original buildings were destroyed, but you can see some city ruins and figure the original city sites with the explanation of our guide. Besides, it is still extremely enjoyable when you scramble the terraces and savor the charming view. And, you will also get an answer to the question why the capital is established here.

After sightseeing, drive back to your hotel in Jian City for accommodation.

Jian Museum General Tomb - One of the Largest Remains of Koguryo Haotaiwang Tomb -  A Typical Tomb of Goguryeo King
Day 4 Jian Departure (B)

Today is free until you are escorted to the airport or railway station to catch your flight or train to your next destination.

Departure Idea: Tonghua Sanyuanpu Airport (140 km away from Ji'an City) operates daily flights to Beijing (2 hours), and weekly flights to Tianjin (2 hours), Guangzhou (6 hours), Harbin (2 hours), Dalian (1~1.5 hours), Shanghai (4 hours).

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