Basically all that Ji'an has to offer are: Hao Tai Wang Stele and Tomb, General's Tomb, Wu Kui Tombs (murals) and Wan Du Mountain City. All cost 30 RMB each, no student price.There're also some city wall remnants and a park with some excavations. These are in the downtown area and free to visit.There's a Ji'an Museum but it looked closed when we...more
Admission 30 RMB, no student price. However here we found no one on duty except a watchman and we persuaded him to let us in at half price -- no tickets issued as a trade-off. Mistakenly assuming that we were Korean (the main nationality of tourists visiting Ji'an's sights), he even wondrously asked our driver how on earth we were going to...more
Tombs with murals drawn on the walls and ceilings inside them. Only one tomb -- no.5 -- is open to visitors, the rest are closed for preservation purposes.The guide explained the murals very well in Chinese, which added tremendously to our enjoyment, or at least my own. He was polite, knowledgeable and keen to answer any other questions that we...more
This's a park in the middle of town with some excavations, however those looked more like potholes ready for planting trees in... :P It's a good place to go and see local people and kids having simple fun like sliding down on their butts (with plastic bags under them) from the piles of snow.If you're coming by bus you can't miss it as the bus will...more
This's supposedly the trump attraction out of all these sights, but sadly we (2.5 out of 4 of us, actually) opted not to buy the admission ticket and go in as we were tired of seeing "so many random piles of stones". On hindsight we probably really should've gone in, especially IF there was going to be a good guide.Admission 30 RMB, no student...more
The stele is in a glass structure, but we were allowed to go in, and there was a guide explaining in Chinese. Not sure about English. No photos permitted within the glass structure though.The tomb was locked, but a guard came running up with the keys to open it when he saw us there. There wasn't much to see inside, only 2 slabs of stone on which...more
No.88 Yongshu Road, Ji'an, Jilin, China
There're hawkers around the streets selling simple snacks, look out for the ones that have big white styrofoam "bolsters" mounted on bicycles and which have sticks of various colourful, candied fruits stuck on them. They're really cheap, tasty, and photogenic as well! The fruity kebabs are called "bing1 tang2 hu3 lu". We especially liked the...more
There's a small mom-and-pop local restaurant at the southwest corner of Shengli Xilu and Dongsheng Jie selling so-so Korean cold noodles and Korean bibimbap (no meat) for very reasonable prices, 5 RMB each. The bibimbap with squid is 10 RMB is very salty, so be warned! The restaurant actually specialises in DOG in case you're interested, but we...more
ci nen ya, everyone in resturant will order this wild vegetable. it is said that japanese like it very much because it has a function to defend the cancer. it grows on the tree, i do not konw the name, maybe same as xiangchun tree. the name ci nen ya is after the appearance of the sprout with thorn and soft taste.more
The street lamps on Shengli Xilu near the Guo Nei City Park come in rainbow colours, very pretty at night!
Ji'an is a little difficult to get to. The train station is basically useless and you'll do better to head to/from Tonghua for better connections. There're frequent bus connections to Tonghua (19.5 RMB), journey time about 2 hours.At time of travel (January 2007), there's a daily departure to Jilin at 0500 (57 RMB) and 2 daily departures to...more
If you speak Chinese, you can call directly the driver we hired (sorry, we didn't even get his name!) at the number provided below.Otherwise, I'm sure the reception staff of Lu Ming Hotel would be happy to hook you up.Another trip report I read on another website mentioned 150 RMB to go to all the sites stated above, but we only paid 20 + 40 RMB...more
Bear in mind that taxis in Ji'an are very small (compared to most other places we've been to) so if there's 4 of you it's going to be very squeezy and uncomfortable. We were 4 pretty average-sized Asians, I couldn't close the back car door after I had gotten in as the angle made it impossible! My friend sitting in the middle had to reach over and do it for me instead.
Ji'an is on Yalu River on the border with North Korea, so pop over there if you want to get some free potshots at (or snapshots of) the North Korean border.
Other places in China for the same purpose would be Dandong (perhaps the most well-known) and perhaps Tumen (unadvisable to be out after dark).
North Korea is the background for all my photos taken here.