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Jilin City

Jilin City
Prefecture-level city
Jilin Bridge and Century Square
Jilin Bridge and Century Square
Nickname(s): River City (江城)
Jilin City (red) in Jilin province (orange)
Jilin City (red) in Jilin province (orange)
Jilin City is located in Jilin
Jilin City
Location of the city centre in Jilin
Country  China
Province Jilin
County-level divisions 9
 • Type Prefecture-level city
 • CPC Jilin City Secretary Zhao Jingbo (赵静波)
 • Mayor Zhang Huanqiu (张焕秋)
 • Prefecture-level city 27,166.37 km2 (10,488.99 sq mi)
 • Urban 3,663.9 km2 (1,414.6 sq mi)
 • Metro 3,663.9 km2 (1,414.6 sq mi)
Elevation 202 m (663 ft)
Population (2010 census[1])
 • Prefecture-level city 4,413,517
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,975,121
 • Urban density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
 • Metro 1,975,121
 • Metro density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 132000
Area code(s) 0432
GDP per capita ¥42,900 (2010)
Major Nationalities Han, Manchu, Korean, Hui
Licence plates 吉B
ISO 3166-2 cn-22-02
"Jilin", as written in Chinese
Chinese 吉林
Postal Kirin

Jilin City (postal: Kirin; Chinese: 吉林市; pinyin: Jílín Shì; Wade–Giles: Chi2-lin2 Shih4) Is the second-largest city and former capital of Jilin province in Northeast China. As of the 2010 census, 4,413,517 people resided within its administrative area of 27,166.37 square kilometres (10,488.99 sq mi) and 1,975,121 in its built-up (or metro) area consisting of four urban districts. A prefecture-level city, it is the only major city nationally that shares its name with its province.

Jilin City is also known as the River City because of the Songhua River surrounding much of the city. In 2007, it co-hosted the Asian Winter Games.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
    • Environmental issues 2.2
      • 2005 Jilin benzene pollution 2.2.1
      • 2010 Jilin floods and pollution 2.2.2
  • Administrative divisions 3
  • Tourism 4
  • Sports 5
  • Education 6
    • High School 6.1
    • Universities and Colleges 6.2
  • Transportation 7
    • Air 7.1
    • Railway 7.2
    • Road transport 7.3
  • International relations 8
    • Twin towns—Sister cities 8.1
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Jilin City is among one of the oldest cities in Northeast China. The ancestors of the Manchu people lived there before the Qin dynasty.

During the reign of the Yongle Emperor in the Ming dynasty, efforts were made to expand Ming control throughout all of Manchuria. Mighty river fleets were built and sailed several times from Jilin City, getting the chieftains of the local tribes to swear allegiance to the Ming rulers.[2] Soon after the establishment of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty, the territory of today's Primorsky Kray was put under the administration of Jilin. As the Russian Empire advanced eastward to the Pacific coast, the Qing government ordered a naval shipbuilding factory to be set up here in 1661. Jilin was officially established as a fort city in 1673 when Anzhuhu (安珠瑚), the Deputy Lieutenant-General (副都统), was ordered to build a castle in Jilin. In 1676, the Military Governor of Ninguta was transferred to Jilin City because of its more convenient location and increasing military importance, while the former Deputy Lieutenant-General was transferred in the opposite direction to Ninguta.[3] Since then Jilin City has developed at a rapid pace. The nickname of Jilin City is River City (江城), which originates from one sentence "连樯接舰屯江城; (Lián qiáng jiē jiàn tún jiāngchéng)" of a poem written by Kangxi Emperor when he was visiting Jilin City in 1682. Jilin retained its importance into the 18th and 19th century as one of the few cities existing beyond the Willow Palisade, along with Tsitsihar, Ninguta and Mukden.

After Manchukuo established their capital in Hsinking (present-day Changchun), Jilin City's importance decreased. By 1940, Jilin's population was 173,624, while Hsinking's population reached 544,202 at the same time.[4] Soviet forces captured Jilin during the August Storm operation.[5]

Jilin eventually became the provincial capital of Jilin Province after the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, until Changchun took this position in 1956.


Jilin City, which is located in central Jilin Province spanning from 125° 40' to 127° 56' E longitude and 42° 31' to 44° 40' N latitude. Neighbouring prefectures are:

Jilin City is situated in a hilly area near the Songhua River. There are four famous mountains surrounding Jilin City, which is North Mountain in the west, Long Tan Mountain in the east, Zhuque Mountain in the North, and Turtle Mountain in the south, plus Songhua River, it forms a bagua in Taiji pattern. North Mountain, called Beishan, is the most famous mountain in Jilin City and is home to several Buddhist Temples. The Qianlong Emperor reportedly visited the mountain.


Jilin City has a four-season, monsoon-influenced, humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa). Winters are long (lasting from November to March), cold, and windy, but dry, due to the influence of the Siberian anticyclone, with a January mean temperature of −17.3 °C (0.9 °F). Spring and autumn are somewhat short transitional periods, with some precipitation, but are usually dry and windy. Summers are hot and humid, with a prevailing southeasterly wind due to the East Asian monsoon; July averages 22.8 °C (73.0 °F). Snow is usually light during the winter, and annual rainfall is heavily concentrated from June to August.

Climate data for Jilin City (1971–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 5.4
Daily mean °C (°F) −17.3
Record low °C (°F) −40.3
Average precipitation mm (inches) 4.6
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 5.5 6.4 7.0 9.2 12.3 15.0 16.3 13.6 10.0 7.7 6.8 7.0 116.8
Source: [6]

Environmental issues

2005 Jilin benzene pollution

The Jilin chemical plant explosions were a series of explosions which occurred on November 13, 2005, in the No.101 Petrochemical Plant in Jilin City, killed six. The explosion severely polluted the Songhua River, with an estimated 100 tons of pollutants containing benzene and nitrobenzene entering into the river.[7] The benzene level recorded was at one point 108 times above national safety levels. This caused downstream major cities including Harbin, Songyuan and Khabarovsk suspended their water supply for almost one week.[8] Chinese leaders later had to apologize to the Russian government over its handling of the incident as the pollutants finally flowed into Heilongjiang River, the major boundary river between China and Russia.[9]

2010 Jilin floods and pollution

Jilin is one of the worst-hit regions in China due to rain and landslides in 2010 summer China floods.[10] On July 28, several thousand barrels, which contained toxic chemicals including trimethylsilyl chloride and hexamethyldisiloxane, about 170 kg of a poisonous substance in each, were washed into the Songhua River by the floods from two chemical plants based in Jilin. There were reports that some barrels exploded on contact with water.[11] By late afternoon on August 1, 6,387 barrels had been retrieved from the river. Officials stated that tests show the water in the river remains safe to drink. Three soldiers of the People's Liberation Army in Jilin drowned after working to remove the barrels and control the flooding.[12] The Dahe Dam in Changshan Township was breached on July 28, spilling 4 million m3 of water, destroying five villages downstream and leaving 40 people dead or missing. Over 100 were dead or missing after floods devastated Jilin prefecture. Workers started repairing fifty-one damaged small reservoirs and fortifying riverbanks in the province after the Songhua River surged to levels twice as high as normal.

Administrative divisions

# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population (2010 CENSUS) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
1 Chuanying District 船营区 Chuányíng Qū 659,188 711 927
2 Longtan District 龙潭区 Lóngtán Qū 527,532 1209 436
3 Changyi District 昌邑区 Chāngyì Qū 492,159 865 569
4 Fengman District 丰满区 Fēngmǎn Qū 296,924 1032 288
5 Panshi City 磐石市 Pánshí Shì 505,954 3867 131
6 Jiaohe City 蛟河市 Jiāohé Shì 447,380 6235 72
7 Huadian City 桦甸市 Huàdiàn Shì 444,997 6624 67
8 Shulan City 舒兰市 Shūlán Shì 645,925 4554 142
9 Yongji County 永吉县 Yǒngjí Xiàn 394,622 2625 150


Snow in Jilin City

Jilin City is a popular destination for tourists to come each winter to view the magnificent rime ice (雾凇/霧凇) on trees along the banks of the Songhua River, (the river is the only river in the region that does not freeze in winter). The rime ice is a natural phenomenon that occurs every year during January and February. It is a result of when water vapor rises up from the warm Songhua River to meet the cold −20 °C (−4 °F) night air, causing the crystallisation of water vapour on willows branches.


  • Meteorite Museum (largest stony meteorite of a documented meteorite fall)
  • North Hill(Beishan in Chinese) Park (North-West of Jilin)
  • Dragon Pool Mountain Park
  • Songhua Lake (South-East of Jilin)
  • Wulajie (乌拉街; formerly also transcribed as Wulakai[13]) Old City (), a Qing Dynasty walled town in Longtan District, on the east bank of the Sungari River downstream from Jilin's main urban area. The place was the center for collection of local products to the imperial court during the Qing Dynasty.[13] In 1682 - when, according to Ferdinand Verbiest, Wulajie (Ula) was "the most illustrious city of the whole province" - the Kangxi Emperor himself visited the place to enjoy sturgeon fishing.[14] These days, a public school nearby is one of the few schools in the country where some Manchu is taught.[15][16]


The winter sports in Jilin City are full of interests, such as skiing, skating, sledding, snowboarding, and winter swim.

Ski resorts:

  • North Big Lake ski resort
  • Songhua Lake ski resort
  • North Hill ski resort
  • Zhuque Hill ski resort
  • Filibiin swimming resort

Winter swimming is widely practiced in Jilin city.


High School

Universities and Colleges



The city is formerly served by the ICAO: ZYJL). But by October 3, 2005, all of its commercial flights were transferred to the newly opened Changchun Longjia International Airport and Jilin Airport halted operation.[17]

Downtown Jilin is about 76 km (47 mi) away from Changchun Longjia International Airport – which has domestic connections to more than 20 cities, including Beijing Capital, Chengdu, Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pudong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Fuzhou etc. China Eastern and China Southern Airlines also provide some international connections directly from Changchun.


The west waiting hall of Jilin Railway Station

Jilin is served by the Jilin Railway Station. Jilin Railway Station is on the East-West Changchun-Tumen Railway mainline and provides convenient access to many cities around China, including Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Jinan, Hangzhou. Services to Harbin, Changchun and Shenyang are also frequent and convenient through the Harbin-Dalian high-speed rail and its branch from Changchun to Jilin.

Road transport

International relations

Twin towns—Sister cities

Jilin City is twinned with:

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Shih-shan Henry Tsai, The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty. SUNY Press, 1996. ISBN 0-7914-2687-4. Partial text on Google Books. P. 129-130
  3. ^ Edmonds, Richard Louis (1985). Northern Frontiers of Qing China and Tokugawa Japan: A Comparative Study of Frontier Policy. University of Chicago, Department of Geography; Research Paper No. 213. pp. 113, 115–117.  
  4. ^ 新京商工公会刊『新京の概況 建国十周年記念發刊』18-19頁
  5. ^ LTC David M. Glantz, "August Storm: The Soviet 1945 Strategic Offensive in Manchuria". Leavenworth Papers No. 7, Combat Studies Institute, February 1983, Fort Leavenworth Kansas.
  6. ^ Accessed 2011-05-28.
  7. ^ "China pledges to minimize impact of river pollution on Russia". Xinhua. 24 November 2005. 
  8. ^ "2nd batch of water purifying materials offered to Russia". 2005-12-16. 
  9. ^ Spegele, Brian (11 April 2014). "Water Scare Hits Chinese City of Lanzhou". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  10. ^ The Associated Press, Canadian Press (August 5, 2010). "Official: More heavy rains to test dikes, put pressure on rescue efforts in northern China". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  11. ^ Khabarovsk Region prevents poisoned Sungari water from reaching Amur, July 30, 2010, Moscow Time
  12. ^ Zhao, Xinhua (August 1, 2010). "Over 100 Dead or Missing after Floods Devastate NE China". Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  13. ^ a b  . Lattimore explains that kai is simply a local pronunciation of 街 (jie in most other Mandarin dialects)
  14. ^ Orléans, Pierre Joseph d'; Verbiest, Ferdinand; Pereira, Thomas (1854), Major, Richard Henry, ed., Tartar conquerors of China. Translated by Francis Egerton Ellesmere (Earl of), Issue 17 of Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Hakluyt Society, Printed for the Hakluyt Society, pp. 112–113  (This is an English translation of Verbiest's report originally published in French in the early 19th century)
  15. ^ Echoes of Manchu: Breaking Ground
  16. ^ Echoes of Manchu: Wall Mystery Solved!
  17. ^ China's Ertaizi Airport halts operation. Greater China Transport Logistic Insights. October 3, 2005. Retrieved on February 27, 2011.
  18. ^ 山形市の友好姉妹都市 [Yamagata City Twin Cities] (in Japanese). Japan: Yamagata City. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 

External links

  • Official Jilin City government website (Chinese)
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