It represents the first ever such attempt and landing on the far side of the Moon, which has distinct characteristics to the near side we can see from Earth.
In the coming months, the lander-rover will conduct scientific observations across the less-understood side of the moon.
Chinese websites released several images captured during the lander's descent, and then revealed several more pictures taken of the mission's six-wheeled rover as it drove down a ramp and onto the lunar surface.
In this photo provided on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon.More news: ITunes & AirPlay 2 Are Coming to Samsung TVs
"Although this was one small step for the rover, I think it is one big step for the Chinese people", he said in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV, echoing the famous quote by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the Moon in 1969.
So scientists call the area where a Chinese spacecraft just landed the far side, not the dark side.
The landing has been hailed as an important technical feat.
The first photos from the landing, shared by the China National Space Administration on Thursday, show the first close-ups of the far side of the moon's cratered surface.More news: Lady Gaga's 2019 Golden Globes Red Carpet Look from Every Angle
China's mission is to learn more about the little-understood region of the moon and compete with the United States and Russian Federation as a powerhouse of space exploration.
Chang'e-4 is carrying six experiments from China and four from overseas, including low-frequency radio astronomical studies - aiming to take advantage of the lack of interference on the moons' far side.
While China's space program still lags America's, He said "China has already positioned itself at least as good as Russian Federation and the European Union". It has a maximum speed of 200 metres (220 yards) per hour and can climb a 20-degree hill or an obstacle up to 20 centimetres (8 inches) tall.
During the final round, Yutu-2 stood out from nine other names in online voting and a special committee discussion.More news: Malaysian king resigns after marrying Russian beauty queen