Location: Situated in southeastern Heilongjiang Province, Mudanjiang City is bounded on the south by Jilin Province, and neighbors Russia in the East, adjacent to the Sea of Japan. The capital city of Heilongjiang, Harbin is about 358 kilometers (222 miles) northwest of Mudanjiang.
History: Mudanjiang, also called Mudan Ula by Manchu, stands for a meandrous river. In the 2,300 years from the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century BC) to Sui Dynasty (581-618), it was inhabited by the ancestors of the Manchu. The central government began to administrate this area in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and it was one of the headstreams of the uprising of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The city gains its name for the Mudanjiang River flowing through it.
Physical Features: The city is surrounded by mountains, flat in the central part. Mountainous and hilly areas constitute the main landform of the city. The eastern part belongs to the Changbai Mountain area, and the central land is the valley-basin of Mudanjiang River.
Climatic Features: Enjoying a temperate continental monsoon climate, the city has clear four seasons with an annual average temperature of 4.5 C (40 F). Its weather is cool and rarely windy in spring and autumn.
When to Go: June to September is the best time to Mudanjiang City, not only for the cool weather, but also for the highest water level of a year. That will be the best time to viewing waterfall and boating on lakes.
Special Local Products: Black Fungi, wild fungus, Hericium Erinaceus
Shuangfeng Forestry Center: If visitors want to experience the interesting skiing, sledding and grand snowscape, the Shuangfeng Forestry Center is the best choice. Located in Changting Town of Hailin City, the forestry center is reputed as the 'snow town'. Its nival period lasts for seven months from October to the next April.
2. Winter in Mudanjiang is extremely cold. Apart from the winter wear, visitors should also keep their photographic equipment properly protected.