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|Shenyang, formerly romanized as Mukden, Shengjing and Fengtian, is a celebrated old city with more than 2,300 years of history. It is the capital and largest city of Liaoning Province, as well as the largest city in Northeast China. Shenyang is an important industrial center in China and is the most attractive investment area in Northeast China.|
The national standard of Mandarin is official languages in Shenyang. People native to Shenyang speak the Shenyang dialect, is similar to Dongbeihua and has a wide range of vocabulary that isn’t in the National Language.
Shenyang has a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa) characterised by hot, humid summers, due to the monsoon, and dry, cold winters, due to the Siberian anticyclone. The four seasons here are distinctive.
Shenyang climate chart
The RMB（Ren Min Bi） is the currency of Shenyang, also the official currency of the People’s Republic of China. The ISO code for renminbi (which may also be used for the yuan) is CNY (an abbreviation for “Chinese yuan”). The banknotes are available in denominations from ¥0.1, ¥0.2, ¥0.5 (1, 2, and 5 jiao), ¥1, ¥2, ¥3, ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50, and ¥100 yuan. You can exchange currency at the rate about USD1= CNY6.1603.
The standard electrical voltage in Shenyang is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Travelers may need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment to three-pronged UK-style plug.
As the transport hub of Northeast China, Shenyang is served by air, rail, a two-line subway system and an extensive network of streets and expressways, with bus service throughout the city.
The city is served by the Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (Chinese: 沈阳桃仙国际机场; pinyin: Shěnyáng Táoxian Guójì Jīchǎng, airport code SHE), located in Dongling District. It is one of the eight major airline hubs and the 20th busiest airport in China.
In Shenyang, there are more than 160 bus routes. Shenyang used to have about 20 trolley bus routes, one of the biggest trolley bus networks in China. Shenyang has the 7th operating subway system in Mainland China and the first in Northeast China.
Mukden Palace: the former imperial palace of the early Qing dynasty. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dongling: the tomb of the first Qing emperor, Nurhaci. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beiling Park and Zhaoling: the tomb of the second Qing emperor, Huang Taiji. The park covers an area of 3,300,000 sq. meters, and is serviced by trams for visitors who do not wish to (or cannot) traverse the length of the park. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Qipan Mountain, Shenbei New District: a recreation resort in the northeast of Shenyang.
Liaoning Provincial Museum: It displays a variety of artifacts that include some of the earliest forms of writing known to man.
Shenyang Botanical Garden is located within the Qipanshan Tourism District. With a total area of 2.46 km2, the garden hosted the International Horticultural Exposition in 2006. Since then it has also been known as the International Expo Garden. A variety of botanical exhibitions are held throughout the year.
Shenyang Meteorite Mountain Park, located in the southeast of Shenyang in Dongling district. The biggest meteorite lies on the Huashitai Mountain of Lixiang County of Dongling District, and it is 160 m long, 54 m wide, 42 high and about 2 million tons in weight. It is the oldest meteorite in the world which was formed 4.5 billion years ago and fallen into the Earth 1.9 billion years ago.
Xiaonan Cathedral of Shenyang: the construction of the cathedral started in 1875 and finished in 1878.
Shopping and dining on Taiyuan Street
Shenyang has many shopping areas that provide people necessities, luxuries and entertainments. One of the shopping districts is Middle Street. Middle Street features many western-style stores and restaurants, including Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut (which is a fancy restaurant in Shenyang), Louis Vuitton flagship store, Häagen-Dazs retail store, etc. The largest shopping mall in Shenyang is also located on Middle Street, selling products from all around the world.
Taiyuan Street(Chinese: 太原街; pinyin: Tàiyuán Jiē)is another shopping area which is similar to Middle Street. Taiyuan Street also features many restaurants and theaters for people to enjoy. Many spend their holidays shopping on these two streets.
There is also a very large underground shopping center, offering lots of items, especially fashion jewelries, accessories and clothing.
Another area, Wu’ai Market, (simplified Chinese: 五爱市场; traditional Chinese: 五愛市場; pinyin: Wǔài Shìchǎng), features a large multi-story shopping center with a size comparable to that of many city blocks. It contains hundreds, if not thousands, of mini or boutique stores that open very early in the morning and close in the early afternoon. It is famous for wholesaling cheap clothes and household items.
The information technology center is in Sanhao street (Chinese: 三好街; pinyin: Sānhǎo Jiē), in the southern part of the city.
There are also many large superstores located throughout the city that sell everything from meat and dairy to clothes and electronics.