Jilin: Back to Na­ture CHINA’S WILD NORTH

MISTY MOUN­TAINS, DEEP FORESTS, AND CRISP AIR IN

City Weekend - - Things To Do -  Am­ber De La Haye

plenty to ex­plore if you spend a few days in the vis­i­tor cen­ter’s ho­tel, with rivers and wa­ter­falls amongst some of the other sights avail­able here. While fa­cil­i­ties are ba­sic, the food on of­fer is a feast fit for your daily ad­ven­tures, and sim­ply see­ing the clouds roll through the val­ley in the morn­ing is worth stay­ing the night for.

DO

Jilin is home to many a “China Time Hon­ored Bai­jiu Brand” and you can head straight to the source of so many ques­tion­able Saturday night de­ci­sions at the bai­jiu mu­seum and fac­tory. Take a tour around the mu­seum to learn the his­tory of this po­tent spirit, and don’t miss the fac­tory where you can see rooms full of mas­sive Qing dy­nasty Korean pine vats – sup­pos­edly to im­bue the brew with a fruity fla­vor. Head to the base­ment to fill up a bot­tle straight from the swim­ming pool-sized vats that can warm you through Jilin’s chilly north­ern nights.

SEE

Jin­jiang Flower Sea in Dongchang District of Tonghua City is the sight that launched a thou­sand self­ies. A rolling sea of flow­ers stretches out across this stun­ningly beau­ti­ful val­ley, with flower sculp­tures, art­work and pat­terns pro­vid­ing an ideal and fra­grant set­ting for your next WeChat pro­file pic. Up the flower ante by pay­ing a visit to the on-site rose tea café where you can sip this sooth­ing bev­er­age on a wooden deck with some of the best views in China. If the seren­ity of this spot means you never want to leave, a num­ber of gor­geous glamp­ing “tents” com­plete with dou­ble beds and showers are wait­ing for you to spend the night.

EAT

Head to the farm to fill up on fresh veg­eta­bles for a mere ¥2 a jin. Ideal for kids, you can let loose in the farm to se­lect fresh egg­plants as big as your arm and good enough to eat raw, cab­bages, corn, toma­toes, and ev­ery­thing else you need to grill up a feast. Af­ter all, the vast and beau­ti­ful coun­try­side of Jilin de­mands you get back to na­ture, and there’s no bet­ter way to do this than hunt­ing and gather­ing your own fresh, de­li­cious din­ner.

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