Quick Facts

Get up to speed about the region

Changchun, the political capital of the Jilin province, is a modern industrial city that is growing rapidly.

Yet it remains a city with both historic and modern attractions. The city's hosting of the 2007, Sixth Asian Winter Games highlights the city's increasing stature within China.

Visas

All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


Currency

The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.17 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.12 Euro (EUR)
0.10 British Pound (GBP)
1.25 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.77 Indian Rupee (INR)
16.58 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.19 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.20 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 15% surcharge including government tax is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end restaurants include their own service charge that varies between establishments.

Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
8.30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday

Shop Hours
Summer: 9am - 9pm
Winter: 9am - 8pm


Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor about your vaccination requirements.

Shangri-La recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Changchun except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.

Winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats, and gloves as temperatures can drop to well below freezing with strong winds.


Weather

Changchun has a cool weather climate ranging from highs of 28°C (82°F) during the summer to winter temperatures as cold as -28°C (-18°F) during the winter.

Today

Intermittent Clouds

A morning shower; clouds and sun

High: 16°C / 60°F
Low: 5°C / 41°F

Tomorrow

Partly Sunny with Showers

Mostly sunny and warmer with a shower

High: 20°C / 68°F
Low: 6°C / 42°F
Wednesday:
Partly Sunny High: 23°C / 73°F Low: 9°C / 48°F
Thursday:
Mostly Sunny High: 26°C / 78°F Low: 11°C / 51°F
Friday:
Mostly Cloudy High: 24°C / 75°F Low: 12°C / 53°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan -11ºC -23ºC
Feb -6ºC -19ºC
Mar 2ºC -10ºC
Apr 13ºC 0ºC
May 21ºC 8ºC
Jun 26ºC 14ºC
Jul 29ºC 18ºC
Aug 27ºC 17ºC
Sep 21ºC 9ºC
Oct 13ºC 0ºC
Nov 1ºC -10ºC
Dec -8ºC -19ºC
Facts

Population
6.9 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
110 / 220

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800