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Hunchun (珲春市, Korean: 혼춘시) is in Yanbian in the far north east of China. It borders North Korea to the west and Russia to the east.

Understand[edit]

Downtown Hunchun

It has 250,000 residents, and is in a unique position between North Korea and Russia. Hunchun is being developed into a new economic hub in China's landlocked far north east.

It was the capital city of the Balhae (mixed Korean–Mohe) empire between 698–926 and known as 'Dongyang'.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

  • 1 Hunchun Railway Station, Zhanqian West Street.

Hunchun is connected by a high-speed railway to Changchun (via Yanji and Jilin City). As of 2017, the schedule includes fairly frequent service to Changchun, with a few direct trains continuing to other major destination in NE China, such as Dalian and Beijing.

The friendship bridge connecting China and North Korea by rail

Although railway lines connect Hunchun with North Korea and Russia, as of 2017 there does not seem to be any cross-border passenger service on these lines.

Get around[edit]

Sign posts in Hunchun are in Chinese, Russian and Korean.

See[edit]

View of North Korea from Fangchuan
  • Fangchuan National Scenic Area (Located in southeast of Hunchun City).

Do[edit]

There are hot spring spas around, with hot water from a local volcanic hot spring.

Buy[edit]

Automatic currency exchange machines are available.

  • 1 New Century Department Store.
  • 2 Huichun Shopping Center, Yan He Xi Jie.

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Yisongting Korean Restaurant. Korean restaurant out of town and right next to the border.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Baoye hotel and spa.
  • 1 International Hotel, Kou'an Road.
  • 2 Dongmei Hotel, Xin'an Road.

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Stay safe[edit]

In 2009, 2 American journalists were allegedly kidnapped here and dragged across the border by North Korean soldiers. (The North Koreans claim they had entered North Korean territory illegally.) Their release came only after a personal visit by former United States President Bill Clinton. Non-Chinese citizens should take every precaution not to get too close to the border, even if you are absolutely certain that you are in Chinese territory.

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