Changchun is a young city with a long history. There were human activities here as early as 70,000 years ago and the earliest primitive hordes inhabited the area some 7,000 years ago. It was the possession of the "Fuyuguo" kingdom and the Bohaiyuan Kingdom successively.
The years under the reign of the Liao (907-1125) and Jin (1115-1234) dynasties are considered the most prosperous periods in the history of Changchun. The Prefecture of "Huanglongfu" was established in the area of Nongan and an ancient pagoda built in the Liao Dynasty still exists.
In 1800, the court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), established in today's Xinlicheng, the Changchun Ting-an administrative division at the sub-provincial level. In the period 1931-1945, Changchun was reduced to the capital of the puppet Manchukuo regime, called "Xinjing" -the new capital.
In October 1948, Changchun was liberated and designated as a special city. In 1954, it was made the capital of Jilin Province. In 1955, it became a municipality directly under the central government. In 1979, it was listed as one of the country's 15 central economic cities. In 1989, it was approved as one of the municipalities with independent budgetary status by the State Council. In 1992, it was designated as a key open city. In 1994, it was listed as a city enjoying sub-provincial status. Changchun has a long history and a modernized civilization.
To create a fine shopping environment for the travelers, Changchun City has conducted selected-point management by designation of tourist shopping stores. The city has examined and approved nine selected stores for visitors to do shopping according to the application of the stores and the Interim Regulations on the Designation of Tourist Business Establishments.
In accordance with Jilin Province's Quality Standard of Consumer Service in Designated Tourist Business Establishments. At the municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision has specially inspected tourist goods, and strictly controlled their quality, and no cheating and overcharging of the consumers, thus purifying the market. At present, the designated tourist stores in the city have all set up special counters of local products in the city. Qingming Street at the center of the city is where such stores gather together, and this is convenient for the travelers to go shopping.
Tourist Streets and Districts
The 10 major streets including Tongzhi and Chongqing streets have become bright and colorful, which provide convenience for the travelers to buy goods, recreate, eat, drink, go sightseeing on the water in Changchun.