Welcome to Dunhua, a county-level city located in the southeastern Jilin province of China. With a population of over 480,000 inhabitants, Dunhua is a fascinating city with a rich history and culture. In the past, Dunhua was the capital of Balhae between 742 and 756, known at the time as Junggyeong. During the Qing dynasty it was called Áodōng (敖东) in Chinese and Odoli in Manchu.

Geographically, Dunhua is situated amongst the Changbai Mountains, spanning 42°42′−44°30′ N latitude and 127°28′−129°13′ E longitude, with a maximal north–south extent of 200 km (124 mi) and east–west width of 142 km (88 mi). Its total area of 11,957 km2 (4,617 sq mi) makes it the largest county-level city of the province. The city has a four-season, monsoon-influenced, humid continental climate (Köppen Dwb), with long, very cold winters, and short, but warm, humid summers. Spring and autumn constitute very short transitions with some, but usually not heavy, rainfall. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −16.2 °C (2.8 °F) in January to 20.2 °C (68.4 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 3.8 °C (38.8 °F) and a total precipitation of 633.7 mm (24.9 in), more than 60% of which falls from June through August.

Dunhua is divided into four subdistricts, 11 towns, and five townships. The subdistricts are Minzhu Subdistrict (民主街道 / 민주가도), Bohai Subdistrict (渤海街道 / 발해가도), Shengli Subdistrict (胜利街道 / 승리가도), and Danjiang Subdistrict (丹江街道 / 단강가도). The towns are Dashitou (大石头镇 / 대석두진), Huangnihe (黄泥河镇 / 황니하진), Guandi (官地镇 / 관지진), Shaheyan (沙河沿镇 / 사하연진), Qiuligou (秋梨沟镇 / 추리구진), Aegmog (额穆镇 / 액목진), Xianru (贤儒镇 / 현유진), Dapuchaihe (大蒲柴河镇 / 대포채하진), Yanminghu (雁鸣湖镇 / 안명호진), Jiangyuan (江源镇 / 강원진), and Jiangnan (江南镇 / 강남진). The townships are Daqiao Township (大桥乡 / 대교향), Heishi Township (黑石乡 / 흑석향), Qinggouzi Township (青沟子乡 / 청구자향), Hanzhang Township (翰章乡 / 한장향), and Hongshi Township (红石乡 / 홍석향).

Dunhua has a sister city, Dongjak-gu, Seoul of South Korea, which was established in 1968. If you’re planning a trip to China and looking for a unique destination with stunning natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage, make sure to add Dunhua to your itinerary!

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