The beginning of a “long spring” – this is what Changchun [长 cháng = long, 春 chūn = spring] means – truly arrived. A nice warm weather with a greening cityscape invited us to move on the first day of May from the business hotel into our new snugly apartment. We decided for this apartment already in November, when we were in Changchun for our orientation trip. Christian, Rawi’s German colleague at Continental Changchun lived in the apartment before and he decided to go by the end of April on a 6-month sabbatical trip in Asia before heading back to Germany.
The apartment is located in Zhonghai Layin Dong Jun, a compound next to the river, located in the South of Changchun. Our Chinese address: 中国 吉林省 长春市 中海 莱茵 东 郡. Rawi’s working place, Continental Plant II, is located about 10 minutes by car or 20 minutes by bike southwards. It is a neat and a bit of a trendy area with a variety of shops, restaurants and bars, many of them serving German beer. The street next to us is even called the “German beer street”, with one ‘Bierstube’ next to the other. Although it is a popular area for foreigners to live, it is mainly Chinese people who live here.
The apartment was fully furnished when we received it, so we only needed to bring in our personal things and buy some small things like plants and household accessories.
Some impressions of the compound and the apartment: