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“Beautiful and unique place”
Review of Wusong Island

Wusong Island
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Jilin
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Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
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12 reviews
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“Beautiful and unique place”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

Wusong Island is a place in the countryside among Manchu villages about 50 km outside Jilin City. It is becoming increasingly known for the most beautiful rime (雾凇) in the Jilin area. Mist from the Songhua river freezes on trees and shrubs on cold nights and forms spectacular displays of ice crystals. It's a very worthwhile excursion from Jilin City, although the place is not so easy to reach.
Locals told us the phenomenon usually occurs between December and February. Of course, even then it depends strongly on the weather. To see the rime you'll have to be there very early - between 6 and 9 am at the latest. The most comfortable way is to stay at a countryside inn in Hantun Village (韩屯村) nearby (ask for a traditional kang style bed for a special experience). Then get up at 5:30 am, have breakfast and take the ferry to the island just before sunrise. Having said that, I also found it worth sticking around a bit later. Many tourists had left after an hour or two, so I managed to shoot my favourite photos in the time between 8:30 and 9:30, just before the ice crystals started to disintegrate.
Be aware that the island is used for growing crops in the summer and only a handful of people live there. Except for a woman selling hot drinks in a shack by the ferry there are no facilities. It's essential to dress warm and to wear boots because even without wind the temperature will be some -20 degrees with high snow.
To get to Hantun Village you could drive or take a taxi. We managed to haggle our cab driver down to 150 RMB to take us there. That seems to be the going rate at the moment. If you drive there yourself be aware that the road turns into a dirt track without any roadside lamps before reaching the village. More importantly, snow and mist freeze on the road and the resulting ice is extremely dangerous. We almost had an accident - even with our experienced driver.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Be aware - only occurs very early in morning.”
Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

The ice trees need to be seen around 6/7am - so as the island is 2hrs outside city it requires a v. early start. Unfortunately we missed it :(

Visited February 2014
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5 Thank stuntj
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Singapore, Singapore
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wusong Dao”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

You can get to this little island which is less than 2 hours drive from Jilin City.
You can also see Wusong (Ice rimmed trees) along the Songhe river in Jilin.
However, it all depends on the weather.
We we fortunate to get Wusong the first morning we were at Jilin.
The Wusong on the island is much prettier.
Best to hire a taxi to bring you there and back.
Costs around 220 RMB one way.
And another 60 RMB for the 5 minute boat ride to the island.

Visited January 2014
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Singapore
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“Most of the wusong is found near the jetty”
Reviewed 7 February 2013

Extremely cold due to the wind. We were nearly frozen on the island. Most of the wusong (icecicles formed on tree twigs or tree branches as a result of condensation) are found near the jetty, not on the island itself. But if you are lucky, you might be treated to such magical display. The lone tree on the island is a photographing point. Beware of knee deep snow if you decided to walk around on the island. Cracking sound here and there can be heard when you are walking on the sheets of ice.

Visited January 2013
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5 Thank Jollyshandy
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