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Getting There

 Changchun's Longjia Airport, opened in 2005, is 31km (19 miles) northeast of town. Flights connect it to major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Dalian, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo. The China Northern Airlines ticket office (tel. 0431/8896-0215; 8am-4:40pm) is at Renmin Dajie 1881, inside the Changchun Shopping Mall. China Southern Airlines (tel. 0431/8482-9114) and Asiana Airlines (tel. 0431/8894-8948) are at the Shangri-La Hotel. Airport buses from Menghan Binguang and Changchun Zhan go to the airport every hour; it takes 20 minutes and costs ¥20. By taxi, fares cost ¥60 to ¥70.

Express trains connect to Beijing (two daily; 6 hr.; ¥298-¥311), Harbin (two daily; 1 1/2 hr.; ¥76), Shenyang (10 daily; 2 hr. 11 min.; ¥93), Jilin City (10 daily; 1 1/2 hr.; ¥16), Shanghai (12:55pm; 29 hr.; ¥458), and Dalian (6:18am; 7 1/2 hr.; ¥175). The railway station (Changchun Zhan) is north of downtown, at the top of Renmin Dajie.

Air-conditioned buses to Harbin (all day; 3 1/2 hr.; ¥76) and Shenyang (all day; 3 1/2 hr.; ¥82) leave from a white building at Renmin Dajie 6 (behind the Chunyi Binguan). Regular buses to Jilin City (2 hr.; ¥24) leave every few minutes from the north side of the building. Private cars leave from the railway station parking lot for cities east; prices are negotiable (¥200 to Yanji is reasonable).

Getting Around 

Jetta taxis charge ¥5 for the first 2.5km (1 1/2 miles), then ¥1.30 per kilometer. Buses (¥1-¥2) are pay-as-you-board. Bus no. 6 runs from the railway station through the middle of town on Renmin Dajie; bus nos. 62 and 362 both wind from the railway station to Renmin Guangchang and pass Xinmin Guangchang, with stop announcements in English.

Fast Facts

Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- The most convenient Bank of China branch is on Tongzhi Jie, south of the Xi'an Dalu intersection (Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm; Sat-Sun 9am-4pm). Traveler's checks and credit card transactions are handled on the second floor (not available 11:30am-1pm), and an ATM is on the first floor. Another ATM across the street from the Shangri-La hotel dispenses up to ¥2,500.

Internet Access -- Several Internet bars can easily be found near the train station. Most open from 8am to midnight and charge ¥2 to ¥4 per hour. Into Internet Bar, which is located at the intersection of Tongzhi Jie and Guilin Lu, can hold up to 1,000 people. Dial-up is tel. 169.

Post Office -- The most convenient post office (Kuancheng Youdianju; May-Sept 8:30am-5:30pm; Oct-Apr 8:30am-5pm) is in an old green building south of the long-distance bus station on Renmin Dajie.

Visa Extensions -- Visa extensions are easy to obtain (passport and hotel registration only) at the imposing PSB Exit/Entry office on Guangming Lu (tel. 0431/209-8305; Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-5pm), behind PSB headquarters on the southwest side of Renmin Guangchang.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.