An Overview of Changchun
Changchun is the capital and largest city of Jilin province, located in the northeast of the People’s Republic of China, in the center of the Songliao Plain. It is the second largest city in Northeast China and the political, economic, and cultural center of the province. It is administered as a sub-provincial city with a population of over 7 million at the 2010 census under its jurisdiction.
Changchun has historical notoriety deriving from its role as Hsinking, capital of Manchukuo, the Japanese-controlled state from 1932 to 1945 that had Xuantong (better known as Puyi) as its emperor. Now a huge, sprawling industrial city, it’s also renowned for its many colleges, its movie studio, and the Number One Automobile Factory, producer of the Liberation Truck and Red Flag sedans, though in these joint-venture days the majority of the city’s auto production focuses on Volkswagen Santanas (source).
Changchun is an important city in terms of science, technology, and culture in China. It has 27 full-time colleges and universities, 103 independent scientific research and technological development institutions, 15 state key and open laboratories, and 336,000 technological personnel in a wide range of fields. It ranks first in the country in the proportion of scientific and technological personnel in its population. It holds a safe lead in the study of optical electronics, precision instruments, laser technology, high polymer materials, bioengineering and automobile technology (source).
In Changchun, there are 6 religious communities at the municipal level, 36 religious representatives of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and 315 places officially approved for religious activities, which are divided in this way: 10 for Catholicism, 259 for Christianity, 24 for Buddhism, and 22 for Islam. Five places are open to the public, including the church on No. 5 Road, the church for Catholicism on Dongsi Street, the Mosque on Changtong Road and the Banro Temple and Dizang Temple (source).
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