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Nostalgia, 60 Years later, Changchun

I heard my father was born in Changchun. He said the city was very beautiful. The streets ware lined with neat rows of stores and houses. So I was always thinking that someday I will come here with my father. And I would like to know what happened and how this city's history was. That's the best way to know is to go with him and hear from him about the history of this city. Because my father was born and lived in this city physically.
And then we finally arrived here since WW2 has finished about 60 years ago.
When we arrived changchun in the late night from Dalian 12th in August. It was heavy rain. rare weather. The annual precipitation in this area amounts to less about 700 millimeters. Here is continental weather .The average max temperature in August is over 30C, minimum temperature is under -30C, in January ,very cold. He said he often enjoyed skating in winter here. Anyway, we arrived Changchun. What was the Manchuria? and How the Changchun is here?

"Last Emperor" lived in this city.

Changchun has begun the city’s history since "Shin" the name of China,
set the administrative machinery in 1800.
Japan and China did the war in 1894. As result Japan get the some area of China. The period is just imperialism period. But Russia, Germany and French pressed to get back the right of one peninsula. And Japan abandoned the right. Japan was not strong yet. Japan began to prepare for next war with Russia. The period is just imperialism,
And then, A war happened in 1904 between Japan and Russia. Russia wanted to get this area and Japan was as same. Each other country want to keep their right of country. Japan managed to win the war but the losses due to war was huge.
After this war, Japan, the figure gradually changed into the darkness militarism and isolated.
In 1931 one incident has happened. Japanese military blew up a train.
And then Japanese army have started to do war with China. Changchun was the capital city of Manchuria country which Japanese military "Kanto-army” made as a puppet country in 1932.
As you know the movie "Last Emperor ", AISIN-GIORO PU YI acceded to the Imperial throne in same year.
The name of the capital city was changed to "Shinkyo" in Japanese, and "Hsinching" in Chinese. It meant new metropolitan.
The city was planed as European and Japanese mixed style. Almost based in Dalian city as Russian style.
The Japanese army “Kanto-gun” made a palace of Manchuria. The emperor lived with his wife and his concubines. The palace was small so the army made new palace for emperor. This picture is the palace. But he did not live here so that he worry about tapping telephone.
The country has broken as same time as WW2 finished.

As for historical tourism sites today, other than Puppet Manchurian Palace Museum, there is a wealth of architecture built under Japanese control during the era of the State of Manchuria from 1932-1945. Many of these buildings, formerly governmental ministry buildings, are still being used today as the same, or else as laboratory, office, schools and universities, hospitals, and even a restaurant.

Now the Changchun is changing to...

Now the population of the Changchun is over 7 million. Big city!
And known as the Chinese main morter-town. Chinese biggest vehicle company is located here. And you know the famaous company "Volkswagen" "Audi" "Mazda" has merger factory with chinese government in this city. This city is famous for chinese movie, too.
Now, the businesses are prospering here...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The nostalgic mood remained and new energy feeling.
  • Cons:Many people, Disorder, Bad traffic manner
  • Last visit to Changchun: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    Fascinating history background and moving trip back to your father's childhood. I am surprised Changchun is so big city, a mix of moder glass-steel high rise buildings and old neglected houses. A place to visit, no doubts.

  • yangshu's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2006 at 9:56 PM

    great page! i m from shenyang. it will be better you write more about my city.


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