Changchun [长 cháng = long, 春 chūn = spring] is the capital of Jilin Province, located in the Manchurian (Northeast) region of China. The city has an urban area of 4,682 sq.km and an urban population of about 8 million people. Around 300,000 foreigners work here (including many Russians and Filipinos).
The region is characterised by a continental climate with long, cold and windy, but dry and sunny winters (about 10 degrees colder than Belgium or Germany) and a summer that rather feels like spring (sunny and warm, not hot, with regular showers).
Changchun is the cradle of China’s auto industry and therefore known as the “motor city” of China. The city hosts FAW, one of the “big four” Chinese car manufacturers (together with Chang’an motors, Dongfeng motor and SAIC motor) and largest auto industry research and production base. FAW has many joint ventures including Volkswagen and Audi. About 500.000 people work for FAW and many of them live in the residential area next to the FAW quarters. The district is like a city on its own.
However, compared to some European cities and standards, it is not always as ‘civilized, hygienic and green’ as we would have imagined, but it surely has its beautiful sides.