The area around present day Baicheng was long a hunting ground, and no farming was allowed until 1902, but now agriculture and agriculture industry play a major role. Baicheng was established in 1908 and was named Baicheng in 1938. The railways running through the city were etablished in the 1920s and 1930s and made Baicheng a regional transportation hub. Agriculture related industry, textile industry, a thermal power plant, a paper mill and other smaller plants are the industrial basis of the city. Two nature preserves are located nearby. The population is around 300,000 in the city and 2,000,000 in the county.
The nearest airport is in Changchun. Alternative is Wulanhote airport about one hour from Baicheng by car. Changan airport serving Baicheng is expected to open in 2013. Construction work has begun in 2012.
Trains from Beijing leave trom Bejing North, take 16-18 hours and costs ¥126-383.
Buses from Changchun take 3-4 hours.