After the disaster of housing in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, I was glad to have this booking. The Jinjiang Inn is a nationwide brand in China. Because of that, they are both mid-tier and can accept foreigners – thank goodness. Not all nonluxury hotels can accept foreigners, so call ahead to confirm! Changchun’s Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue is centrally located, comfortable, and overall, good value for the money.
*Disclaimer: I paid in full for this room! There was no sponsorship going on here.
Getting to Changchun’s Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue
There are apparently several Jinjiang Inns in Changchun. The one that I stayed in was on Renmin Avenue, just a few blocks from Guilin Road. This was a fantastic location for several reasons, but mainly that it was a subway or bus ride from the Changchun train station, Changchun World Sculpture Park, Nanhu Lake, and relatively accessible to and from Jingyuetan National Scenic Area. It’s a walkable distance from Guilin Road as well. That’s the (only) restaurant/shopping road in town, so you are able to walk there and back easily.
The exact address is #4 Mingde Road in the Chaoyang District of Changchun. It’s almost exactly between the Liberation Road and Northeast Shida stations on Line 1 of the subway. I took the bus because it stops closer, as the main road (Liberation Road) has bus stops all along it.
It is a bit tucked away from the main road. You will have to walk into the little alley on the side, but it’s pretty clearly marked! Look out for the Chinese characters, because you’ll probably see those first (锦江之星).
Lobby and Service at Changchun’s Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue
I actually called the customer service number of Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue before I arrived to check whether they accepted foreigners. There was a greeting with English options, so I was quite surprised! I spoke to the person who picked up in Chinese, but she was very polite in confirming foreign guests are accepted and the address of the hotel.
The lobby of Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue is simple since it is, after all, an economy hotel. The front desk seemed to have a lot of moving parts, but I checked in and settled in very quickly. I paid for the room basically by leaving a ¥300 deposit. When I checked out again, that amount was directly refunded from my transaction. This was great because I didn’t have to sit around with a balance in my Alipay account; the remaining deposit was sent directly back to my bank account.
The other, kind of weird thing is that the front desk had a little bowl of candy. They were multicolored, and I thought they would be minty. However, they turned out to be sweet! They were absolutely delicious, and I tried to grab a couple every time I went to the front desk. #NoRegrets
Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue Room: A Single King
In general, everything about the Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue room was good. The heating worked well, and the room came with a couple complimentary bottles of water. It didn’t have a sectioned closet but there was a bar for hanging clothes. It even had a comfortable red chair on the side! On both sides of the bed were lamps that shined on that side only, and control of the lights. The Wi-Fi wasn’t fast, but it worked. When I checked out, they held onto my bag for me!
I was a bit confused by the air conditioning unit on the wall. Mine at home blows both cold and hot air, so I thought that was the same in the hotel. Turns out that was not the case, as the heating starts automatically! You do have to have your room card in the slot by the door to get power in your room, though.
The bed that I had was a bit low to the ground. This wasn’t a huge deal, but it took a little bit to get used to. For someone who could have knee problems, this is something you would have to be extra careful of.
The room had a pamphlet, like the introduction brochures you will see at very large chain hotels. It was really confusing because the Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue one didn’t seem to match. It claimed that you had to go to the front desk for hair dryers, but there was already a hair dryer in the room. I was a bit embarrassed when I asked about it and had reception point this out!
I also didn’t enjoy the super thin walls. It seemed that during the day I could hear my neighbors pretty clearly. Luckily I always bring ear plugs because even 5-star hotels can’t guarantee peace, but it seemed the walls were extra thin.
The Final Verdict
As I stated in the beginning, everything worked out, for the most part. I paid just ¥180 for the room, which is less than $30 USD. That meant I got a pretty great deal on my stay! Everything seemed clean, the service was good, and there wasn’t any trick to get me to pay more than what was listed on Booking.com.
Reasons I Would Choose the Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue Again
- Location. For my purposes, this was a good location. It wasn’t very close to any attraction I wanted to visit in particular. However, it was more in the middle of things I could visit. I got to Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue by bus directly from the Museum of the Imperial Palace of Manchukuo. I took the bus from Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue to the Changchun World Sculpture Park, and I walked to Guilin Road and Nanhu Lake from the Inn.
- Value. Considering I paid ¥750+ per night for a room in Harbin (Heilongjiang Province), I’d say this worked out well! It definitely wasn’t perfect, but it was suitable. In terms of location, there was a major hotel (I think it was a Hilton?) about 2 blocks down, so it seems that location, along with the reasonable comfort of the room, was worth it!
Reasons I Would Choose Another Hotel
- Location. I know it’s in the section above as well, but I mean it in a different way. Location of Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue was good for me because I wanted to visit a bunch of places around the city. I wanted to go to the Imperial Palace, Guilin Road, World Sculpture Park, and spend time at Jingyuetan National Scenic Area. I needed somewhere I could reach all of those places. If you’re visiting Changchun for a more specific reason – especially for Jingyuetan, you should look for places that are closer to the entrances of the National Scenic Area. But since I wanted to see everything, location worked out for this trip.
- Super thin walls. I don’t know if it’s a Chinese thing or I just never noticed how thick hotel walls are before. But, I have yet to find a place that you can’t hear exactly what your neighbors are saying. That is, unless you stay at a 5-star hotel. Unfortunately, that’s not the best choice if you really enjoy traveling.
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