Jilin: Back to Nature CHINA’S WILD NORTH
MISTY MOUNTAINS, DEEP FORESTS, AND CRISP AIR IN
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.
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.
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.
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.