Shenyang travel guide

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You're Going to Love Shenyang

One of the centers of the Qing Dynasty, Shenyang's glorious history is a major attraction, but there's more to Liaoning's capital than tombs and palaces. From shopping to sports, Shenyang is a dynamic place that travelers will adore.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Shenyang

1. The UNESCO-Listed Imperial Palace

Built in the 17th century, the Mukden Palace is one of China's historical jewels, with gorgeous carvings, elegant architecture, and dazzling golden decorations.

2. Fascinating Imperial Tombs

Along with the Palace, Shenyang is also the resting place for several Qing emperors, and the Fuling and Zhaoling tombs are a must-see.

3. Excellent Museums

The sights are backed up by a number of great museums, including the 9.18 Memorial Museum (dealing with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria) and the Liaoning Province Museum, with a wonderful Chinese art collection.

4. Ski Resorts Are Easily Accessible

Liaoning is China's winter sports hub, and you can rent skis, buy cable car tickets, and access the slopes at massive resorts like Northeast Asia Ski Resort for just ¥135 - so it's cheap, too.

5. Fine Food and Drink

Shenyang is a gourmet destination, with its delicious dumplings, chicken dishes, and delectable cakes - which you can wash down with a bottle of the local Baiju wine.

Where to Eat in Shenyang

Head to MeiJin Hotpot for noodles, Lǎobiān Dumplings for a local delicacy, or Báiyù Chuànchéng for BBQ meat dishes. Prices should be around ¥25-30 per head.

When to visit Shenyang

Shenyang in July
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Shenyang in July
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For sightseers, April through October is a great time to go. The temperatures should be mild to warm, and most of the attractions will be open. However, skiers should visit from December to March.

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How to Get to Shenyang


Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE) is accessible from all over China. From there, airport shuttles take one hour and cost ¥15.50. Expect taxis to cost around ¥80.


Trains from Beijing run into the North Station, and it's around an eight-hour journey from the capital to Shenyang.


Those driving from Beijing need to take the G25, and then the G2511 into Shenyang. From Dalian, take the G15.


Beijing is about eight hours away by bus, and there are daily connections to major cities like Jilin, Dalian, and Harbin as well.

Airports near Shenyang

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Where to stay in Shenyang

Shenyang city center is packed with superb hotels. Some standout options include the Grand Hyatt Shenyang, the Shangri-La Hotel (with its rooftop Sake bar), and the Kempinski Hotel Shenyang.

Popular neighbourhoods in Shenyang

Taiyuan Jie - Shenyang's business and shopping center, Taiyuan Jie is the place to go for fine food and great souvenir bargains.

Zhong Jie - Shenyang's other shopping hub, Zhong Jie is also the site of the Mukden Palace, so it's a must-visit neighborhood.

Jinlang Shangquan - located in southern Shenyang, Jinlang Shangquan is home to the superb Science Centrum and the Popular Science Park - one of the city's best family attractions.

Where to stay in popular areas of Shenyang

Most booked hotels in Shenyang

Shangri-La Shenyang
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Grand Hyatt Shenyang
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Sheraton Shenyang South City Hotel
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Holiday Inn Express Shenyang Golden Corridor
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DoubleTree by Hilton Shenyang
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How to Get Around Shenyang

Public Transportation

Buses in Shenyang charge between ¥1 and ¥2, depending on the distance you need to travel. There are also two subway lines that criss-cross the center, and ticket prices range from ¥2 to ¥4.


Shenyang's taxis tend to charge a meter drop of ¥8, followed by ¥3 per mile.


You can rent a car in Shenyang from companies like Jinghong Car Renting, and prices start at around ¥35 per day.

Car hire agencies in Shenyang

The Cost of Living in Shenyang

Shopping Streets

Zhong Jie and Taiyuan Jie are the two main shopping areas, and both are full of craft stores, electronics retailers, and street food vendors. Wu Ai Market is another place to look, particularly if you are shopping for apparel and accessories.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Shenyang include Walmart and Carrefour, as well as local companies like Vanguard. Expect to pay around ¥50 for a gallon of milk.

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