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Once the birthplace of the Qing Dynasty, and now the largest city in Northeast China, Shenyang gracefully combines ancient history with modern day living. While its centre is a busy and, flourishing metropolis, the outskirts are where historic ruins, relics and sites that echo tales of times gone by can be found. ¬¬
Whatever your reason for visiting Shenyang, you are sure to find yourself captivated by this fast-paced, diverse city.
Home to over eight million people and split into ten city districts, one satellite city and two rural counties, there is so much to see and do in Shenyang. At the heart of the city you will find the Shenhe District, which offers visitors a chance to catch a glimpse of the iconic Liaoning Broadcast and TV Tower, discover Beiling Park and take a walk down Middle Street, one of China's most famous shopping destinations.
Shenyang's pivotal role in the birth of the Qing dynasty can be felt wherever you turn, and those keen to discover more about the city's ancient history can explore numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites both within Shenhe and further afield. Tombs, temples, palaces and more are waiting to be discovered.
With its unforgettable ancient sites, bustling streets and mouth-watering food, Shenyang is sure to leave a lasting impression on any who visit.
As the largest city in Northeast China, Shenyang is well-connected to other major locations across the country, and to the rest of the world.
While direct flights to Shenyang Taoxian Airport are rare from international locations, major airlines such as Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines offer flights from key locations such as Beijing, Singapore, Xi'an and Hong Kong. If you would prefer not to travel by plane, however, Shenyang's excellent train service offers multiple high-speed trains in and out of the city.
Shenyang railway station is split into two parts: the north train station and the south train station. The north train station handles the majority of long-distance trains, including those from Beijing, Dandong, Harbin, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tianjin. Beijing to Shenyang, for example, takes approximately five hours on a high-speed, 'D' train.
Once you have arrived in Shenyang, there are multiple ways to get around. The city's bus service is excellent and with over 3,000 buses in the area, you can reach almost any location within Shenyang, but do bear in mind heavy traffic can slow down public transport. For a faster alternative, choose the subway. Two lines are in operation, with the first running east to west and the second north to south.
When staying at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Shenyang, taxis can also be booked via our concierge team who will be delighted to share their local knowledge with you.
Please note, the majority of visitors will need a visa to visit Shenyang or any other location in China, particularly if you intend to stay for more than 72 hours. Visas must be applied for and obtained prior to your arrival, and we highly recommend visiting your country's government website for further details.
The unique taste of Shenyang stems from Manchu cuisine, which is known for its strong flavours, use of grilling and soy sauce, and prominent wheat-based dishes.
Popular Manchu dishes still served in Shenyang today include: bairou xuechang, a soup containing a mix of pork, blood sausage and pickled Chinese cabbage, as well as goubangzi smoked chicken, which is well-known for its purple hue and tender taste.
To try one of the area’s favourite snacks, head to the famous Laobian Dumpling. Here, you can experience dumplings filled will all kinds of delicious flavours, including duck, pork, crab, as well as vegetarian options. Now a nationwide chain, the site in Shenyang is over 100 years old and home to the original Laobian Dumpling restaurant.
Of course, well-loved Chinese dishes from across the country can be found in Shenyang too, alongside a handful of delectable western flavours. Within Kempinski Hotel Shenyang, for example, guests can experience a taste of Bavarian cuisine at Paulaner Brauhaus.
Shenyang is home to some truly incredible sights, from ancient palaces to awe-inspiring areas of natural beauty. Below, you will find a handful of the most popular locations in the city.
Shenyang Imperial Palace
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the only royal palace to exist outside of the Forbidden City in Beijing, Shenyang Imperial Palace is a must-visit. A truly special location, visitors will discover the early history of Shenyang and the Qing dynasty while visiting here. The palace is now a museum, and within it visitors can find numerous paintings, sculptures and ancient relics. The palace itself spans across 60,000 sq m, and is also known as Mukden Palace.
Shenyang Botanical Garden
Discover peace and tranquillity in the eastern suburbs of Shenyang, travelling to the Shenyang Botanical Garden. Built in 1959, it spans across 189 hectares and is home to many rare plants, landscaped gardens, waterfalls and the tranquil Cuihu Lake.
Located in eastern Shenyang, Fuling Mausoleum - or the Fuling Tomb - is home to the remains of Nuerachi, the first emperor of the Qing dynasty, and his wife Empress Xiaocigao. A UNESCO site, visitors can enjoy the beautiful grounds at their leisure or take a guided tour to learn more about the history surrounding the two figures.
Part of the scenic Changbai Mountain range, Qipan Mountain is famous for its outstanding beauty. Here, visitors will discover plant and animal reserves, alongside the serene Xiu Lake. It is a wonderful place to explore on foot, and points of interest for tourists include the Dianjiang Platform, the Fairy Cave and Xiangyang Temple. Water sports can be enjoyed here during summer, while the Ice and Snow World attracts visitors every winter.
For more information about what to see and do in Shenyang, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our staff at Kempinski Hotel Shenyang. They will be delighted to help you make the most of your visit to one of China's largest and most historic cities.