Located 30 kilometers outside of urban Fuzhou, Changle has a total population of 680,000 and the number of overseas Chinese has reached 400,000 in recent years.
There are also railways in Changle since it is next to Fuzhou, the main rail hub in Fujian. However, due to the mountainous terrain, railroads are slow and arduous.
Most Changle natives can speak both Mandarin and a variant of the Fuzhou dialect. ("Chanlener") However, instruction in schools is taught in Mandarin, forcefully at times, though home use is still primarily Changlener. Old Chanleners' Mandarin typically have a strong accent because the Chanler's dialect does not distinguish between z, zh, ci ,chi, si, shi. The Changlener/Fuzhou dialect (Changle/Fuzhou Hua-长乐/福州话) faces a high risk of lingual extinction because of government policy regarding the standardization of languages . Many locals believe this to be tragic due to the loss in cultural identity. Though the dialect is expected to remain one of the most spoken languages in ChangLe area, it is primarily found mostly in the older generation. Though the younger generation are fluent to a degree because of their environment and family, generational attrition of the language will cause a continual drop in the number of capable speakers. The areas where the local dialect is the strongest is primarily in the surrounding towns and areas, which are typically less economically developed than ChangLe city, the Changle dialect is still the dominant language.
There is a significant population of Changle immigrants overseas, particularly in the US. The focal point for the US is in New York City's Chinatown Chinatown, Manhattan. In fact, Fuzhounese is commonly used in a small section of several blocks on East Broadway as well as the smaller chinatown in 8th Avenue (Sunset Park, Brooklyn).
One of the most notable attractions in Changle is the natural environment. Situated on the banks of the Min Jiang River, the region is surrounded by many mountains and hills. This also has led to many parks and trails which is a popular destination for locals. Industrialization of the region has reduced the natural beauty of some of these areas however.
Some of the tourist attractions includes Xiasha Seaside Vocational Center, Jingang-washing foot, BingXing Literacy Archieves, and Nanshan Park. A considerable amount of oversea remittances, particularly from the US, has been used to construct some of these areas, particularly the parks, over the last few years. Because of this, many of these areas are essentially new and attract a considerable amount of visitors.