For the most part, the Changchun Friends website is not very active and has been superseded by the Tencent "Wechat" app by the local expat community. This website is maintained sporadically, people may still join and membership is still open, but if you are a spammer, stay away. The archived information here is still useful, but some may be out of date. There are plans to make it more useful for static information in the future. If anyone needs information about Changchun or China, you may post a message and it probably will get a response but not immediately.

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The Changchun Survival Guide


The Changchun Survival Guide

"My employer has changed my contract. What do I do?"

"Where can I buy a _____ ?" 

"I need help with _____ ?"

"Where is the  Foreign Affairs Bureau?" 


Many of us have encountered one of the above questions before. We have all struggled at some point with employers who have changed our contracts, not paid us, refused to fulfill contractual obligations, etc.,  all the while telling us that we had to follow the contract to the letter, but since this was China, and we were guests, they didn't have to.


We have all struggled with trying to find something of the niceties of home, whether it be a bottle of olives, or a box of Kraft Dinner.


Sometimes, we run across somebody who is trying to learn Tai Qi, but their Chinese is minimal, and they want a teacher who can speak English, or a friend trying to find a martial arts club.


This survival guide is geared towards people who are new to Changchun, and China, but I'd like it to also be a reference guide for everybody.


If you have ever had a contract dispute, please tell us what it was, and how you managed to solve the problem (hopefully in a diplomatic way). If you have ever come across a product from home in some out-of-the-way, obscure store somewhere, let us know what it was and where the shop is/was.


Let us know about gyms, clubs, etc. which have English speaking employees, or taxi drivers who can speak English.


Anything and everything which helped to make your stay in Changchun and China that little bit better, or that solved a problem you were having, we want to know about it. 

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Comment by Chris Knight on October 24, 2012 at 12:56

Oh ... he also speaks English (which is a bonus)

Comment by Chris Knight on October 24, 2012 at 12:56

On the topic of taxi drivers, if you ever need to go to the airport, the day or two before you need to go, Phone this guy, and give him your details. He'll charge a fair price (not like other drivers).

Mr. Wu (Wu Yu kun)


Comment by Chris Knight on March 22, 2012 at 7:33

If you argue politely, and press the point of Chinese don't have to pay it, why should we, China Unicom (in most cases) will drop the extra 500 RMB charge.


The extra yuan for the taxis is a fuel surcharge. Taxis used to have a sign stuck on the passenger side of the dashboard (also called a face bumper), to that effect. 

Comment by Richard Roman on March 21, 2012 at 23:12

Also - a simple piece of advice for anyonenew here - taxi drivers charge an extra yuan on the shown price - i.e it shows 10, you should pay 11 - this is ok

Comment by Richard ridealgh on March 21, 2012 at 23:08

Question: Just recently, a foreign couple approached china unicom about getting an internet and were told that they would have to leave 500RMB deposit for such a service on top of the yearly charge. Is this correct!? I find it strange that we have to do this and the Chinese do not. Help, advice, insight please.

Comment by Richard ridealgh on March 12, 2012 at 19:28
Comment by Chris Knight on March 12, 2012 at 19:28

Sit/lay back and enjoy it. After you're married, it stops.

Comment by Richard Roman on March 12, 2012 at 18:10

Chris - I have a lady friend who keeps beating me up - what should I do?

(only kiddding}

Comment by Chris Knight on March 11, 2012 at 7:22

Richard, try looking in electronics repair shops. Sometimes they will buy from the recyclers and fix them, then sell them. You can also get TV's, stereos, DVD players, etc, this way.

Comment by Richard ridealgh on March 11, 2012 at 2:24
Question: anyone got a second hand fridge for sale...sorry...this group seemed as good as any to ask that. Cos that's my problem!!

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