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Distance

6.97 mi

Elevation gain

335 ft

Technical difficulty

Easy

Elevation loss

335 ft

Max elevation

2,587 ft

Trailrank

70 4

Min elevation

2,309 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

48 minutes

Time

one hour 45 minutes

Coordinates

1100

Uploaded

October 9, 2019

Recorded

October 2019
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2,587 ft
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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.
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The local breakfast place

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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.
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The main intersection

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A rural village atmosphere. Fresh produce available from small vendors, all is from the local area.
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Ginseng preparation business

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The hotel manager also owns/manages this operation, located in the back yard of the hotel.
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The Town Hotel

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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.
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Natural Water

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[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).
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Changbaishan Lake (长白山湖)

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there is a viewing platform and small floating dock on Chǎngbáishān hú.
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'The Golden Road'

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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!).
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River

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A beautiful, natural, clean river is crossed before reaching the source.
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At the source

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The outflow from the covered mineral water springs can be sampled here.
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Larches shedding golden needles

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As the light wind blows, golden yellow needles rain down onto the path, and drift slowly away on the surface of the stream.
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Ginseng liquor manufacturer

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Premises under construction at time of visit. The access road to the source passes this operation.

3 comments

  • Taigaa001 Nov 11, 2019

    It is a nice trail report in rural and not-tourist-worthy place in northern China. Thanks.

  • Taigaa001 Nov 11, 2019

    Where to enjoy autumn leaves in China? This is one of the places, I guess.

  • Photo of mclivancouver

    mclivancouver Apr 28, 2020

    All over Changbaishan is similar in autumn. However, Wàng Tiān'é (Hope Swan) in Jilin Province is particularly famous.

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