For the most part, the Changchun Friends website is not very active and has been superseded by the Tencent "Wechat" app by the local expat community.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 The archived information here is still useful, but some may be out of date.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.

Changchun Friends

a great way to get involved

Chris Knight's Blog (26)

Quebec Explained

This was sent to me in an email, and I thought I'd share it with any Quebecers in Changchun friends.

Quebec Explained - Only in Canada….

Added by Chris Knight on January 26, 2014 at 12:55 — 3 Comments

We didn't come to China Lyrics

We didn’t come to China

Downtown David’s turkey feast

Best Thanksgiving in the East

Hulan's dancing, holy smoke!

Dutch Martin cracks a joke

John is running Quiz Night

Anthony’s new disco bike

Derek serves a Dong Bei snack

Ellie loves Mahatma Jack

Burns does the Gangnam style

Spring lasts a little while

Any ideas? give me…


Added by Chris Knight on December 15, 2013 at 22:30 — No Comments

Before I die, I want to ...

Ok, Ladies and gentlemen, this is an experiment. I plan to make a giant chalkboard, with the above phrase, "Before I die, I want to ... ", and people have to fill in the blank. I want to try it here first.  So ... fill in the blank ...

"Before I die, I want to __________________________"

Added by Chris Knight on November 26, 2013 at 23:33 — 9 Comments

Godspeed Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, was guided by two instincts: overcoming fear and quenching his insatiable curiosity. He pioneered his way into the heights of space and the depths of the ocean floor.

Read more:

Added by Chris Knight on October 11, 2013 at 8:08 — No Comments

Just for you, King Richard. Britain's best Fish & Chip Shops

"Finding superlative examples of Britain's national dish isn't as easy as tracking down great cheese in Paris or sublime sushi in Japan.

Serving originally as cheap and filling fodder for the country's burgeoning 19th-century working class, most of the 250 million portions of fish and chips…


Added by Chris Knight on June 11, 2013 at 8:45 — 2 Comments

The latest "FBI letter" in my e-mail.

I could not stop laughing.

Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division

Fbi Headquarters In Washington, D.C.

Federal Bureau Of Investigation

J. Edgar Hoover Building

935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 Website:

Attention, this is the final warning you are going to receive from me do you get me?

I hope youre understand how many times this message has been sent to you?.…


Added by Chris Knight on May 30, 2013 at 20:03 — No Comments

George Jones RIP

Country Music star George Jones. 1931 - 2013

Added by Chris Knight on April 27, 2013 at 7:27 — No Comments

Employee Notice



Due to the current financial situation caused by the slowdown in the economy, the Government has decided to implement a scheme to put workers of 50 years of age and above on early, mandatory retirement, thus creating jobs and reducing unemployment.

This scheme will be known as RAPE (Retire Aged People Early).

Persons selected to be RAPED can apply to the Government to be considered for the SHAFT…


Added by Chris Knight on April 19, 2013 at 6:13 — 8 Comments

Stompin' Tom Connors R.I.P.

Stompin' Tom Connors ... Canadian Icon ... Dead at 77.

Added by Chris Knight on March 7, 2013 at 12:06 — No Comments

The End of the World

Added by Chris Knight on December 21, 2012 at 13:23 — 6 Comments

A Christmas Story

Christmas is a special time, and we should remember more than just family and friends this holiday season. Please share this with a veteran you know.

A Different Christmas Poem


The embers glowed softly, and in their dim…


Added by Chris Knight on December 16, 2012 at 18:34 — 1 Comment

Sir Patrick Moore, 1923-2012

British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore died on Dec. 9, 2012, at the age of 89. Knighted for his dedication to astronomy outreach, the monocled host of BBC's The Sky at Night inspired millions of lay people to look at the sky and a fair number of children to grow up to be professional scientists. RIP to a great astronomer.

I remember watching him on PBS as a kid.

Added by Chris Knight on December 10, 2012 at 19:34 — 1 Comment

R.I.P. Maj. Tony Nelson

(CNN) -- Actor Larry Hagman, who created one of television's iconic villains with the treacherous J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died Friday, according to a family statement. He was 81.

Added by Chris Knight on November 24, 2012 at 20:19 — 2 Comments

Lest We Forget

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

 Between the crosses, row on row,

 That mark our place; and in the sky

 The larks, still bravely singing, fly

 Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago

 We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset…


Added by Chris Knight on November 11, 2012 at 7:12 — 5 Comments

New Canadian passports over twice as expensive as US and UK Passports

All I can say is ... you have GOT to be kidding!!

I have to renew mine in early 2013. I'm looking at 1000 RMB to go to Beijing, 800 for the hotel, a 1000 to come back to Changchun, 1600 RMB for the 10-year passport, and another 2800 to make the trip 10 days later to pick it up.…


Added by Chris Knight on October 27, 2012 at 14:45 — 4 Comments

Andy Williams dies at 84

A sad day for the music world ...

Added by Chris Knight on September 27, 2012 at 9:12 — No Comments

A person in a big country wonders why airplane windows DON'T OPEN !!!

Somewhere, in a big country, located between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, a person wondered, to a bunch of other people, of journalistic persuasion, who had  microphones and notepads, for reporting what may possibly be of journalistic importance to the masses ... "Why is it that you can't roll down the windows on an atmospheric conveyance vehicle?"

edited because one person didn't like the original ... 

Added by Chris Knight on September 25, 2012 at 22:00 — 4 Comments

Actor George Lindsey, known as Goober Pyle, dies



One of his best jokes:

 "A football coach, holding a football, asks his quarterback, 'Son, can you pass this?' The player says, 'Coach, I don't even think I can swallow it."'

Added by Chris Knight on May 7, 2012 at 7:58 — No Comments

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