When the return capsule was about 10 kilometres above land, a parachute opened and it landed smoothly, after which a search team recovered it.
The Chinese lunar probe consists of four separate modules working together - the orbiter, returner, the lander and the ascender - to bring the rocks back to Earth.
China's Chang'e 5 completes drilling into the moon almost two days after landing on the Ocean of Storms
The lander has begun drilling in the moon's surface using a robotic arm and will do so for two days to collect around two to four kgs of lunar samples to bring back.
The original mission, planned for 2017, was delayed due to an engine failure in the Long March 5 rocket.
Chang’e 5, scheduled to launch early next week, aims to put a lander on the moon to drill and scoop up rocks and debris to return to Earth.
Even with all the progress we've made in space exploration, something's always taking us back to our natural satellite.
The 10-year mission involves a probe to sample an asteroid & an orbiter to study a comet.
China discussed plans for future moon missions basking in the recent success of Chang'e-4.
China seeks to establish international lunar base using 3D printing technology after successful rover mission
Beijing plans to send another lander, Chang'e-5, later this year to return with samples from the far side.
The Chang'e-4 mission is also part of China's ambitions to further its space and geopolitical goals.
The mission's success places China as the only nation to visit the Moon's face invisible to Earth.
China announced plans on Tuesday to launch a space probe to bring back samples from the moon before the end of the year, in what state media cast as competition to U.S. President Donald Trump's ambitions to revitalise U.S. space exploration.
China plans to conduct some 30 space launch missions in 2017, a record-breaking number in the country's space history, said China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
China will send lunar probe Chang'e 5 to land on the moon and return with samples in the second half of 2017, officials said on Friday.