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near Quanyang, Jilin (China)
This village is long established but no roads or infrastructure are shown on the Jilin Province Map download. Consequently it appears to be well off the beaten track, and a flashback to the China of decades past. This made our visit there very charming and interesting.
Ginseng is actively gathered from the surrounding forests. Forest frogs are also collected and are the local specialty dish, so as a visitor you may expect to get served this dish.
The area is noted for beautiful autumn colours, and these were at their prime during our visit, on October 5, 2019. This aspect reminds of the Gatineau Hills near Ottawa Canada.
A spring water bottling operations is located a few kilometers south of town, near Chǎngbáishān hú (长白山湖) with paths along the river and to the source, where the runoff water can be tasted.
The hotel manager also owns manages the ginseng operation, and he helped us locate the town breakfast place and guided us to the other scenic countryside locations.
This is a 5 minute walk from the hotel, near the main crossroads. Simple countryside breakfast items. Bring your own coffee pouches or tea bags.
A rural village atmosphere. Fresh produce available from small vendors, all is from the local area.
The hotel manager also owns/manages this operation, located in the back yard of the hotel.
This is apparently the only reasonable accommodation in town. Our hosts were friends of the hotel, so we are not sure if any hotels are officially registered for foreign guests, or if credit cards or Wepay/Alipay can be used.
The owner and his wife provided a wonderful stay. Comfortable and quiet. A nice evening meal including the local forest frog special dich was prepared in a small banquet room, however the only breakfast is at a local shop down the street.
[Chǎngbáishān= long white mountains]
The main office and depot of the Chǎngbáishān mineral water operation is located here. The source is located about a kilometer to the east (see other way points).
there is a viewing platform and small floating dock on Chǎngbáishān hú.
At a small parking lot and entrance gate to the source of Chǎngbáishān natural water. A narrow paved road lined with larch trees descends to the river and springs. In late autumn these larch needles are the last to turn, they turn golden yellow and fall, covering the road, hence the road is called The Golden Road (there may be another origin for this name!).
A beautiful, natural, clean river is crossed before reaching the source.
The outflow from the covered mineral water springs can be sampled here.
As the light wind blows, golden yellow needles rain down onto the path, and drift slowly away on the surface of the stream.
Premises under construction at time of visit. The access road to the source passes this operation.