Step back 1,200 years into the Tang Dynasty at the ancient Bohai ruins, 20km from Mudanjiang. Mausoleums and palaces are still intact on the site, which lies close to the Korean border. You can ponder the Mohe folklore at Bohai Ethnic Village, nearby.
It's 70km from Holiday Inn Mudanjiang for serene boat trips on the volcanic-formed Lake Jingbo. The 95-sq-km, S-shaped lake is fed by towering waterfalls and lined with craggy cliffs. Its 40-metre-deep turquoise waters are also nicknamed the Mirror Lake.
Seeing rainbow-coloured mists emanating from the thundering Diaoshuilou Pubu Falls, 129km from Holiday Inn Mudanjiang. In winter, the 40-metre cascades freeze into a huge ice wall hung with icicles. The falls can be heard from far away during wet summers.
Mudanjiang experiences a continental climate with extremes during the summer and winter. Summers are hot and humid with average temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius and tropical showers. Winters get chilly when the temperatures dip to minus 10 degrees.