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    Puppet Emperor's Palace

    by Chinggis_n_Borte Updated Feb 4, 2015

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    When Borte went here in 2000, (while living and working in Changchun), she did not have a digital camera.

    In 1908, at the age of 2, Pu Yi became Emporer of China. He was Manchu nationality. The Manchu Dynasty had been in power since 1611.

    In 1911, there was a revolution in China, and the Manchurian Emperor, Pu Yi, still a child, was forced to abdicate. China became a Nationalist Republic in 1911 after centuries of being ruled by Emperors and Empresses.

    Pu Yi still lived a secluded and lavish life in the Forbidden City in Beijing, as a non-ruling Emperor until 1924 when he was expelled to Tianjin. In Tianjin, Pu Yi came into contact with many Japanese. Japan already had a strong presence in parts of China in the early 1930s.

    When the Japanese forces invaded China in the early 1930s, they placed Pu Yi on the throne as Emperor of the Japanese Kingdom of Manchukuo, in Changchun City, Jilin Province, north-east China. He was essentially the puppet of the Japanese. It was the Japanese who pulled all the strings. When the Japanese told him to jump, Pu Yi asked "how high?"

    He may not have been "free", but his life was still more luxurious than most of the average Chinese citizen's was. Chinese people starved whilst all their agricultural produce was confiscated by Japanese forces to feed the Japanese Army and Japanese population.

    It is also believed that one of Pu Yi's wives had an opium addiction.

    China descended into warlordism, and a fierce civil war between Nationalists and Communists.

    Pu Yi lived under constant Japanese surveillance.

    In 1945 at the end of World War II Pu Yi was captured by the Soviet Red Army, while he attempting to escape to Japan. Pu Yi spent over a decade in prison as a Chinese war criminal in Liaoning Province and Heilongjiang Province before he was declared ¡°fully reformed¡± and released in 1959. He was so pampered, that he said in his autobiography, that he did not even know how to tie his shoelaces, when he was imprisoned. Someone else had always done basic tasks for him.

    There is a museum here displays photographs of victims of Japanese torture and experiments, and describes experiments conducted by Japanese on Chinese civilians and various methods of torture. It is a brutal reminder of what the invading and occupying forces did to the Chinese people.

    It is also important to remember that Japan invaded China well before Germany invaded Austria, Czechoslovakia (as it was then called) and Poland, triggering a declaration of war on Germany in 1939. And much of the world watched the Japanese invasion of China. Ideological battles were waged, and non-Communist countries were afraid of what would happen if the Communists won the civil war in China. The Communists and Nationalists, entrenched in their own fight for survival had to decide whether to continue trying to kill each other, or to try to unite to oust the Japanese invaders.

    It is an important historical museum to visit.

    Opening hours: Winter: Mon-Sun, 8:30 - 17: 00, Ticket office closes at 15:40
    Summer: Mon-Sun, 8:30-17:30, Ticket office closes at 16:20

    Address: Guangfu Lu, near Shanxi Lu, Kuancheng District, Ch

    Directions: Take the 264 bus directly to the museum entrance. Or take the 318, 225, 80, 236 or 279 bus to Shanxi Lu. Then walk straight for 500 meters approximately ten minutes to reach the park gates.

    Phone: + 0431 8286 6611

    Website: http://www.echinacities.com/Changchun/city-guide/The-Puppet-Manchurian-Palace-of-Puyi-in-Changchun

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    USSR Red Army Monument

    by yangshu Written Oct 19, 2009

    The monument is located in the center point of People Square, which was built in 1945 to memorize the Red Army liberated manchuria from Japanese. The statue on the top is a airplane, and as far as I know that there are several ones in main cities in northeast China, such as Harbin, Shenyang and Dalian. The Shenyang one is a tank, Harbin is soldiers group on the top of the monument.

    Address: people square

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    Last emperor and his wives at Manchuria palace

    by RoseAmano Updated Jan 5, 2008

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    Pu Yi married at only 16 years old. His first wife, an empress of Manchuria was Wan Jung. The second wife was Wen Hsin. Wan became an opium addict. He did not care about them. Wan was lonely and her grief drove her mad. Wen the consort got away from him, and divorced.
    Japanese army tried to force him to marry with Japanese women. Actually his younger brother Pu Chieh was married with Japanese woman " Hiro Saga"*. Japanese army want to inject the Japanese blood to the Manchurian emperor. He married a very young Chinese girl to avoid the Japanese control, but maybe he seemed to be no sperm.

    * Younger Brother Pu Chieh and Hiro who bore their two daughters, have had their own remarkable story and managed to forge a sincere bond despite their arranged marriage, cultural differences (helped no doubt by Pu Chieh's fluent Japanese), forced separation at war's end due to each being held in separate jails, Hiro's eventual repatriation to Japan, and not knowing where or how each other are doing. They managed to reunite after 16 years apart during which their eldest daughter committed suicide whilst still a teenager. The couple stayed together the remainder of their lives until Hiro's passing in 1987 and Pu Chieh's in 1994, the three members of the family of which are now interred at specially built shrine "Aishin Kakura (Aisin Gioro) Shrine" whose front faces Beijing at Shimonoseki Japan. Their younger daughter resides in Japan having raised her own next generation family.

    Pu Yi's  wives Pu Yi and his first wife Left side women is Pu Yi's Brother's wife fourth wife Lee Personal Barber Room also for hormone injections
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    Palace of the Puppet Emperor and His biography

    by RoseAmano Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    Maybe you already have watched the movie “Last Emperor”. As you know, Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi was the last emperor of China. He was born in 1906. He lived a stormy life and he has succeeded to the throne at only three years old in 1908. He became the emperor three times. In 1911 one revolution happened, and then Shin(=Chinese dynastic country)has ended. The dynastic reign continued for about 2,000 years. He abdicated from the emperor. He come back to the emperor again in 1917 .But the period is only 12days at 12 years old. The coming back was caused by the group concerned Shin. But they are failed. Pu Yi was mortified. He would like to revive of his status.
    In 1924 one Chinese military clique ordered him to get out from the big palace in Beijing. He depended on Japanese cooperation. In 1928 one incident happened and let him be very angry. One group of Chiang Kaishek military rob from Chinese tomb of Shin many treasures. In 1931 one affair was happened by Japanese Kanto army. They blast the railroad of Manchuria. After the incident Japanese kanto army make Manchuria in 1932. He finally was able to be a emperor of the country again in 1934.
    The building is the first palace of the Manchuria where he lived with his wives. In front of this building you can see the word of stone monument by Jiang Zemin “ Don’t forget 9.18”. I thought this building is relatively small as he lived. You can see the room of his wife, too.
    And WW2 happened and as a result, Japan was defeated in the war. Manchuria has broken and the emperor abdicated the throne three times. This time was the last time. The third time's the charm. He was caught and carried to the Soviet Union. He was moved to china’s jail in 1950. He was educated as ordinary human life here.
    He get out the jail in 1959. The new regime granted a general amnesty to political offenders. He married with Lee, one nurse. He wrote his biography. The biography created a great sensation. He died in 1967.

    Phone: (0431)2866611

    Palace of the Puppet Emperor Pu yi & Yoshioka smoking  opium room for his wife one room of the palace emperor car

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    Palace of the Puppet Emperor

    by Merijn Written Apr 26, 2006

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    One of the few attractions in Changchun, the Palace of the puppet emperor is where Pu Yi, the disposed last emperor of China lived when he was appointed 'emperor' of Manchukuo by the Japanese during their occupation of the North East of China in the 1930's. The palace was built in European style of the 1930's. There's also a small museum with many pictures of Japanese atrocities and war crimes.

    Some scenes of Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" (1987) were filmed here.

    Address: 5 Guangfu Lu

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    Sculpture Park

    by ahoerner Updated Aug 29, 2005

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    A large park in the outskirts of Changchun with an outdoor permanent sculpture exhibition from artists from all over the world.

    There is also an indoor museum which can be visited even during the hard manchurian winter.

    Tickets at RMB 20,00 (US$2,50) / person.

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    People's Square

    by ahoerner Written Sep 5, 2004

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    This square in the middle of the town is the division of Renmin Dajie (People's Avenue) between north and south.

    It is easily recognizeable by its monument with an airplane in the middle of the square.

    If you drive around the town, you will definitely drive around this square some time.

    Directions: Downtown.

    Renmin Square

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  • Puyi's Palace

    by mke1963 Written Aug 14, 2004

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    For many, the only sight in Changchun, Aixin "Henry" Puyi's palace in the eastern suburbs of the city is one of the great historical sights in China. The palace has been refurbished, and is due to be officially reopened later this month (August 2004).
    Puyi was the last Qing Dynasty emperor, and his reign was ill-fated from the very moment of his inauspicious coronation in Beijing's Forbidden City. In 1932, long after he had abdicated, he was spirited away from his isolated Tianjin home to become Japan's puppet emperor in Manchuria. It was a ridiculous attempt to give some form of legitimacy to the dictatorship.
    The chronology of Puyi, his wives, concubines and retainers is told with admirable evenness by the palace museum, and the many visitors appear to understand - but not respect - his rather pathetic existence here in Changchun. By the time Puyi arrived in Changchun he had little face to lose.
    Unusually for a musuem in China, the humdrum of daily life is well portrayed. Snippets include that he signed important state papers while sitting on the toilet (a little way of showing his disdain for the Japanese); the royal swimming pool; his music room; the 'kow-tow' room where he met dignitaries; the royal swimming pool; the royal cinema - with just two chairs.
    Even more sad is the evidence of how the lives of his family was destroyed over the years: who could survive a life of boredom, ridicule and lack of any purpose?
    The palace grounds originally extended much further than it does today, and the authorities are slowly reviving the other buildings and the grounds. The work so far shows a real appreciation of the need to sow history fairly and in an accessible manner.
    Although details of the rooms are given in Chinese, English and Korean, the captions of the enlarged photographs are given only in Chinese.
    If you have seen Bertolucci's "Last Emperor" you will recognise many of the rooms from the film, especially the huge yellow galleried lobby.

    Directions: East of the railway station.

    Corners of Wei Huanggong

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    South Lake Park

    by ahoerner Written Aug 8, 2004

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    A beautiful green isle just in the middle of the city, where you can hear no sound but the trees, birds, lake, wind... nature.

    Fantastic place to take a walk, hava a pic-nic or just catch some sun...

    Later I will give other impressions on the park... with some other great pictures too.

    Address: Nanhu Dalu

    View of the lake in the South Lake Park

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    Puppet Emperor Palace in Changchun (Winter)

    by ahoerner Written Feb 28, 2004

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    If you have watched the Bertolucci's movie "The last emperor", you will at least know the history... here you will have the opportunity to visit Pu Yi's Palace.

    In the palace, information is available also in English, besides of Chinese and Japanese. Behind the buildings you find a beautiful chiese garden, which must be even more charming on spring.

    You can see by the picture: on that day the outside temperature was about -22C... not exactly appropriated for tourism (!!!).

    Address: Northeast of Changchun

    Directions: The easiest way is to take a taxi.

    Puppet Emperor Palace main entrance
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    The Mall

    by jorgejuansanchez Updated May 24, 2015

    I did not buy anything inside, but it was cold outside and just killed time watching the shops until my train departure.

    Address: downtown

    Directions: near the railway station

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    South Lake Park

    by ahoerner Written Aug 13, 2004

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    Some interesting views of this beautiful park, lots of people just spending some of their time during the weekend.

    Address: Nanhu Dalu

    South Lake Park view

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