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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.


All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy access to China without visas for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from many 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


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
0.2 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.11 British Pound (GBP)
1.20 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
11.29 Indian Rupee (INR)
16.09 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.22 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.15 US Dollar (USD)


All hotel services (such as accommodation, food and beverage, spa etc.) and their related service charge will be subject to tax at the prevailing rates.


Many mid-range and high-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. Bottled drinking water is available in every room.


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.


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.

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

6.9 million


Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

110 / 220

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800