Jilin is in the central part of northeastern China. The territory includes many mountains, plains, lakes and rivers. Prior to the Qing Dynasty, it was one of the Manchu's main areas. It is also the birthplace of some other northern Chinese ethnic minorities. There are many ancient relics scattered throughout the city. These include sites of interest like the Museum of the Imperial Palace of Manchukuo. The stunning landscape of winter is what Jilin is most famous for. When winter comes, the roads along the shore of the Songhua River become a dreamlike world of dancing snow and crystalline ice. Changbai Mountain—well-known both inside and outside of China—is also in Jilin. Tianchi Lake, or the “heavenly lake”, is one of the renown sites you can visit on the mountain.
Wusong, an island in the middle of the Songhua River, is a famous place to view the rime ice for which it is named. Every winter, unfrozen water vapor rising up from the river hits the cold and solidifies as frost - rime ice - on the trees. Viewing the iced trees from a distance is like seeing the legendary jade trees and flowers of immortality, a beauty that defies description. This is also an excellent place to view the sunrise and sunset.
Located southeast of Jilin City, the Songhua Lake Scenic Spot is a unique attraction created during the construction of Fengman Hydropower Station in 1937, designed to stop water from the Songhua River. The scenery is picturesque and delightful. In spring and summer, Songhua Lake has comfortable temperatures, making it a great place to cool off. In autumn and winter, mountains of red leaves and snow-covered Songhua Lake offer the alluring scenery of north China.
La Fa Mountain National Forest Park is most famous for its granite caves and fantastic stones. Plenty of wonderful scenery such as the waterfalls across the sky scatters in the park and shows tranquility, uniqueness, elegance and steepness. La Fa Mountain, as tranquil as it is, was a good practice place for Taoists in ancient times. It boasts myriads of ancient trees and various kinds of birds reproduce and live here. The mountains stand out at distance, like nine huge tripods.
Stemming from Tianchi, Changbai Mountain, the Songhua River looks like a green ribbon flowing through Jilin City. In terms of China's major river basins, it ranks behind only the Yangtze River and the Yellow River. The embankments on both sides of the Songhua River in Jilin City are popular spots for people to appreciate rime from late December to early February, so Jilin is called China's city of rime. The Songhua River also provides great views at night.