Relatively young by Chinese standards, the two hundred year old city of Changchun has nevertheless garnered quite a reputation. Amongst other names, expats living in Changchun may hear the city called the 'Spring City of the Northern Country' for its pleasant climate, 'Forest City' for the fact that an astonishing two fifths of the city is planted with trees and greenery, or the 'City of Films' for being a heartland of the Chinese film industry. Expatriates in Changchun also have some great amenities to explore, notably the South Lake and the Puppet Imperial Palace, a reminder of the city's period as a colony of Japan. It is for this reason that the city, though large at over three million people is undergoing extensive redesigning – it has truly outgrown the compact plan drawn up by its Japanese governors.
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Expats moving to Changchun should find transport an easy matter to arrange, with plenty of travel methods to choose from. Changchun Longjia International Airport is a 45 minute taxi drive from the city center, there are three major railway stations operating and expats in Changchun will quickly get used to the huge array of bus services as well. It is a busy city that is changing shape rapidly, so this infrastructure is set to grow. Expatriates can also check out the Expat Magazine in which InterNations has put together a good collection of articles on everything from expat finance and insurance to cross-cultural communication. Moving to Changchun needn't be a cultural shock, and our website has plenty of content written by other InterNations members for advice and anecdotes for expats in Changchun to peruse.
This fast-moving city makes for a dynamic place to be based and a fascinating environment to work in. Expats working in Changchun will find themselves in the middle of a blossoming economy – Changchun's business life gets its dynamism in part from its position near to Russia and the pacific, and in part as a result of this, industries like foodstuffs, automobiles and medicine are especially strong here. After hours, expatriates working in Changchun will have plenty to get up to, not least a local cuisine that is famous throughout China, with dishes like Ginseng Chicken and deer tail – the latter is traditionally taken as an aphrodisiac. If you'd like to get in touch with other expats, the InterNations discussion groups, forums and private messages are the easiest way to do this. You can socialize with expatriates in Changchun, organize a meet-up or simply get information on things to do – such a large and thriving city is a great place to find global minds and a flourishing international community.