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“Could be so much better”

Puppet Emperor's Palace (Wei Huang Gong)
Ranked #1 of 124 things to do in Changchun
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Worth visiting but like all of Changchun attractions not ready for tourist market. We caught the light rail but then had to walk around to the other side, about 2kms to get in with my elderly parents. Once inside very nice but needs to be preserved more, an interesting time in Chinese history when the Japanese ruled Manchuria and used the last Emperor as the ruler.
They killed a lot of people although Changchun city is set up well because of the Japanese.
As they get around to making it an attraction will get better.

Thank NZyoungfamily
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

When you approach the ticket office, there is a huge entrance right next to it. DO NOT enter via this entrance as this is their EXIT. The Chinese have a very strict regime of where is the exit and where is the entrance. We took the wrong entrance and were made to walk very far distance to see a not so interesting 918 Museum within the Puppet Emeperor's Palace. This 918 Museum is rather well done up but it is situated in a brand new building. So if you are short of time, skip it.

The correct entrance to enter is about 20m further away from the ticket office - the Communist certainly have a lot to catch up even though these are logical and sensible thing to do - they should place the ticket office right next to the official entrance, and NOT right by the official exit!

Overall, a nice place to visit. Right in front of the ticket office, outside of the palace, there is a big street selling cheap Ginseng and Deer antelopes. Go for it but remember to bargain a little.

1  Thank JChua
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Reviewed 30 April 2013 via mobile

There really aren't any places of interest in Changchun so I visited this palace. It's an odd place, where you walk through the buildings peeking into the various rooms from the doorways. If you are especially interested in Chinese history it would be of interest. It was fairly quiet and peaceful and set over a large area so you can spend a couple of hours walking around. So it's worth a visit if you find yourself in Changchun but not worth making a special journey here to see it.

1  Thank Bear645
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

The country of Manchuria lasted 14 short years from 1931 to 45, then the Japanese were intent on colonial expansion into northern China and installed the last Qing emperor as the new Manchukou emperor in this modern version of an imperial palace. Not as impressive an the Forbidden City or the Shenyang Palace it combines ancient Chinese values with many western influences. Well preserved and benefitting from bilingual signs it is a fascinating glimpse into this period of Chinese history.

1  Thank MattwalesNorthWales
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

A most fascinating insight into a recent episode in China's history. Each room has a signboard in Chinese and English explaining the room's use and significance. Pictures and dioramas very good indeed. Not a reason to rush off to Changchun but not to be missed if you're in the area.

Watching "The Last Emperor" before you go will help!

Thank David C
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