shenyang river sunset cityscape


Last but not least, Shenyang. This city is the capital of Liaoning province and is my last stop on this tour of the province.

I have a friend who was born and bred here so he did give me recommendations on what to see and eat. Some suggestions I did take on board, mainly the sightseeing ones whereas eating wise, I didn’t have much of an appetite at the time but hopefully I do get to try some genuine, local North East China cuisine if I do go again.

Shenyang definitely has an interesting history. Other than a war, it was the birth place of Qing Dynasty and you can see this history through its architecture. It was previously called Mukden and even has a its own mini (way smaller) version of the Forbidden City. Going at the end of August was ideal due to its cool summer weather whereas the rest of China was scorching hot.

There was a day where I was relaxing by the river and an adorable five year old girl playing next to me, then suddenly stood in front of me, staring directly at me. What had surprised me the most was that she noticed I was a foreigner. There’s me thinking, was it that obvious? On top of that, she thought I didn’t have a home and invited me over to hers and had even asked her father. This was probably the highlight of my whole trip.

Shenyang Liaoning Mukden Imperial Palace, Gugong
Shenyang Liaoning Mukden Imperial Palace, Gugong
Shenyang Liaoning Former Residence of Zhang Zuolin and Zhang Xueliang
Shenyang Liaoning Former Residence of Zhang Zuolin and Zhang Xueliang
Shenyang Liaoning beiling park
Shenyang Liaoning beiling park[left]shenyang liaoning coin fang yuan building day[/left]
[right]shenyang liaoning coin fang yuan building night[/right]

shenyang liaoning youth park sunset tv tower[left]shenyang liaoning Qing dynasty dai street[/left]
[right]shenyang liaoning Qing dynasty dai street[/right]

Shenyang liaoning olympic park city cityscape night night-cap

Places featured in this post
Mukden Imperial Palace (沈阳故宫)
Former Residence of Marshal Zhang Xueliang (张氏帅府)
Beiling Park (北陵公园)
Zhaoling Tomb (昭陵)
Fangyuan Mansion (方圆大厦)
Youth Park (青年公园)
Qing Dynasty Street (清代一条街)
Olympic Park (奥林匹克公园)

Other places I’ve visited
Taiyuan Shopping Street (太原街商业步行街)
Middle Street (中街)

Places I didn’t get the chance to visit
Fuling Tomb (福陵)
9.18 Historical Museum (九一八历史博物馆))
The Strange Slope Scenic Area (怪坡风景区)
Qipan Mountain (棋盘山)
Wuli River Park (五里河公园)

and many more…

22 comments so far.

22 responses to “Shenyang”

  1. Rachel says:

    What an incredible looking place, how colourful and pretty! I would love to visit!

  2. Judy says:

    This looks like such a beautiful place. Your pictures bring the beauty to life. I would love to see it in person.

  3. I love that no matter what you try to do kids will know you are a foreigner lol. it happened to me as well. What type of camera do you use? Your pictures look phenomenal!

  4. So awesome. Now, I want to visit!

  5. Emmeline says:

    Wow that looks like a beautiful city! I’ll need to go someday 🙂

  6. Gervin Khan says:

    I have never been to Shenyang and base on these stunning photos that you’ve share with us I can really say that you’ve really had a wonderful time exploring that place. Now, I am wanting to visit that place as well.

  7. Stunning photos! The palaces in China look a lot like the palaces in South Korea.

  8. Jackline A says:

    Wow and absolutely stunning place! I’m so fascinated with architecture and it looks like there’s a lot of incredible places! I hope you had a great time!

  9. What a beautiful city! I’d love to visit someday, will save these tips for when I do!

  10. Christa says:

    You take such beautiful pictures! Shenyang looks like an amazing place to visit.

  11. The city and the photos all look so stunning!! I would like to visit Shenyang someday!

  12. Shenyang looks extremely beautiful. stunning architecture. Love your photography

  13. Megan says:

    Gorgeous images! I really want to go here… looks stunning. 🙂 Guess I’ll start planning my next trip soon!

  14. Alix Maza says:

    This looks gorgeous! Adding Shenyang to my travel bucket list.

  15. aditi says:

    Looks like a fabulous destination and you took some great pictures. i definitely want to visit Shenyang. It has an interesting history.

  16. Kay says:

    Wow beautiful city! I’ve never seen a round building like that. What was that place called? Looks very cool. The little girl was very sweet to try to invite you in.

  17. What a beautiful place, both the outdoor natural scenery and the architecture! Thanks for sharing the photos, because it’s like a virtual tour of some place I will likely never get to visit.

  18. kikaysikat says:

    I’m in awe of all your Shenyang photos. Your blog design is also admirable very chic!

  19. Oh my gosh- these pictures are stunning! We want to visit ourselves!

  20. Carly Delengowski says:

    Wow! China is so beautiful! I want to visit so bad. Hope you had a great time!

  21. Clare Minall says:

    This place looks stunning. I have never been to China but I always wanted to visit.

  22. Cindy says:

    I have always wanted to visit asia! The culture and history I find so fascinating esp the buildings! Def want to add this to my bucketlist

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哈喽!Nicol is a China based British blogger with a goal to visit all provinces in China, using this blog to document the good, the bad and the ugly of anything and everything. Currently visited 32/34.