Shenyang (沈阳 Shěnyáng), historically Mukden, is the capital of Liaoning Province in China.
Capital of Liaoning Province and the largest city in the northeast of China, Shenyang is a city steeped in history. Nu'erhachi built his imperial palace and was laid to rest in one of the first two imperial tombs of the Qing Dynasty, Fuling Tomb. His son is buried in Zhaoling Tomb, which is the second of the first two imperial tombs. The imperial palace and the two tombs are all listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. It was in Shenyang that the Russian army was defeated by the Japanese in 1905. It was also here, on September 18th, 1931 that the Fengtian incident ignited a war between China and Japan that would see the Japanese occupation of all of Northeast China. This city was also the home to the warlord Zhang Zuolin and his son Zhang Xueliang who ruled over the Northeast during the 1920's. The 20th century saw Shenyang develop as a major industrial centre. Today the city is rapidly losing its older structures with large scale construction throughout the city, like all cities in China.
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Shenyang has a monsoon-influenced continental climate with large seasonal variation. Winters are very cold, but dry, and can easily feature nights of −20 °C or below. Summers are hot and humid, with daytime temperatures near 30 °C, rarely pushing above into the high 30s °C, though.
Shenyang consists of the following districts:
- Heping (和平区; Hépíngqū)
- Dadong (大东区; Dàdōngqū)
- Huanggu (皇姑区; Huánggūqū)
- Shenhe (沈河区; Shěnhéqū)
- Yuhong (于洪区；yu2hong2qu1)
The city is served by the Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (沈阳桃仙国际机场; Shěnyángtáoxiān Guójìjīchǎng; airport code SHE), as well as by several smaller, regional airports. Direct flights to Shenyang from Beijing, Changsha, Chaoyang, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Qiqihar, Sanya, Shanghai, Shantou, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Ürümqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xian, Xuzhou, Yanji, Yantai, Zahuang, Zhengzhou, and Zhuhai.
Direct international flights from Hong Kong,Seoul, South Korea; Pyongyang, North Korea, Osaka and Tokyo, Japan with connections to Australia, USA and other cities. The airport is located 30 km south of the city. An airport shuttle runs from the airport to the main China Northern Airlines ticket office (117 Zhonghua Road; 中华路117号; Zhōnghuálù) and back frequently.
Shenyang is connected by a major expressway, the 6-lane Jingshen Expressway, from Beijing, some 685 km (425 mi) away. Expressways also link Shenyang with Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces. The Shenda Expressway connecting Shenyang and Dalian was the first expressway ever built in China (383 km /238 mi). It is the fastest highway (8-lane) linking one of the largest port cities to Shenyang.
Train service is provided through two train stations, the north train station and the south train station (Also known as Shenyang railway station). The north train station handles the majority of the long-distance trains while the south train station handles high speed trains from Beijing, most of the northeast trains and does local service around the province. Some trains travel to both stations so be aware of which station you need to board your train. Both stations are on the subway but on different lines so changing between them will take 20-30minutes, or there is a special ¥1 bus that runs back and forth west to east. Look for it at the bus stop closest to the train station gates. It is marked with a banner on the side (in Chinese) that says something like Shenyang Train Station East-West. If you can understand those Chinese characters, you should be able to catch this frequent bus.
North Train Station (沈阳北站; Shěnyáng Běizhàn) at Beizhan Road (北站路; Běizhànlù), Line 2
- Beijing - takes about 8 hours (or 5 hours by 'D train')
- Dalian - takes about 6 hours (express trains take 3 - 4 hours)
- Dandong - takes about 5 hours
- Guangzhou - takes about 30-48 hours
- Harbin - takes about 7 hours
- Jilin - takes about 6-9 hours
- Shanghai - takes about 27-34 hours
- Tianjin - takes about 7 hours (or 5 hours by 'D Train' previously 4)
- Qinhuangdao - takes about 5 hours (or 3 hours by 'D Train')
South Train Station (沈阳火车站; Shěnyáng Huǒchēzhàn) at Shengli Beijie (胜利北街; Shènglìběijiē), Line 1
- Baihe via Songjianghe - takes about 9 hours
- Beijing - takes about 8-10 hours (or 4-5 hours by 'G' train)
- Changchun - takes about 4 hours - 2 hours for express trains
- Dalian - takes about 5 hours
- Dandong - takes about 1 hour via high speed G/D train from Sept-2015
- Harbin - takes about 7 hours
- Jilin - takes about 7 hours
- Tianjin - takes about 9 hours
- Tonghua - takes about 7 hours
- Tumen - takes about 16 hours
Long distance bus service is handled by two bus stations.
Main Long-Distance Bus Station (Shenyang Qiche Kuaisu Keyun Zhan)
Located on Huigong Jie, this station serves routes to and from major cities. You can also find night buses to Beijing being hawked outside the north train station.
- Beijing - takes about 8 hours
- Changchun - takes about 4 hours
- Dandong - takes about 3 hours
- Dalian - takes about 4 hours
- Harbin - takes about 7 hours
- Jilin - takes about 5 hours
- Jinzhou - takes about 3 hours
South Bus Station
Buses queue along Minzhu Lu (opposite the south train station), around Minzhu Square and some nearby streets. On most buses you pay the conductor on the bus but for Anshan and Liaoyang you must purchase tickets at the office on the east side of Minzhu Square. These buses run medium distance routes to neighbouring cities within Liaoning. Buses stop departing this bus stations around 6pm. Passengers arriving to this station may be offloaded from the bus on a nearby street or some distance away at a yard used for storing coaches, sited behind the post office on Zhongshan Jie.
- Anshan - takes about 1 hour 40 minutes
- Benxi - takes about 1 hour
- Liaoyang - takes 1 hour
- Fushun - takes 50 minutes
Sights in the old city, Shenhe District, can be walked between, but other areas such as those in Beiling or Dongling require transport.
The first line of the Shenyang Metro runs east-west across the city and serves the train station. The second line runs north-south.
Shenyang has a comprehensive bus system, but it can be incomprehensible if you do not read Chinese. Make sure you pick up a city bus and area map at either train station. Very handy to help get around. Buses charge ¥1-2 and major bus lines congregate around the train stations. Bus 203 travels between the two train stations.
There are plenty of taxis whose meters start at ¥8 for 3 kilometers, then ¥1.8 per kilometer. Make sure you get a taxi in which the meter is mounted on the dashboard and easily visible from your seat instead of behind the gear shift - it is possible the driver may be pulling some sleight of hand to increase your fare. As with any Chinese city you will find a shortage of taxis in rainy weather, and much use of shared taxis to get around.
- Mukden Palace (故宫 Gugong), Shenyang Rd, Shenhe District (Bus 222 or 213 can take you there for ¥1, or walking distance from Zhonge Jie metro stop on line 1, head south-west or directly east from Huaiyuanmen on line 1). Former Imperial Palace - First built in 1625 for Nurhachi, and inherited by his son Abahai (Huang Taiji), the Former Imperial Palace of Shenyang is one of two royal complexes extent in China today. The splendid and distinctly ethnic Manchu architectural style of the palace, which includes Dazheng (Grand Politics) Hall, the Ten Princes' Pavillion, Chongzhen (Golden Chimes), Phoenix Chamber and Qingning (Pure Tranquility) Pavillion, are still in perfect shape. On Saturday afternoons during the summer, the palace is the venue for a grand Imperial procession. This is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside the palace in Beijing. It is also an AAAA rated tourist site on the Chinese national scale. A guidebook is available in English at the ticket office, priced ¥25, which provides a detailed explanation of the exhibits. This fascinating palace contains finer details compared to the one in Beijing, such as the exquisitely handcrafted detailed carving and painting, which are still clear after four centuries. The throne room in Chongzheng Hall has incredibly detailed scrollwork -even the columns circled by the watchful dragons and on the throne. The palace also shows a significant influence from the nomadic heritage of its builders in the cold Manchuria. ¥60 as of Nov 2015.
- Zhaoling (昭陵), Beiling Jie, Huanggu District (In the center of Beiling Park, about 1 km from the S entrance of the Park). This is the tomb of the second Qing emperor, Huang Taiji, and his consorts. It was built over a period of eight years during the mid 17th century. The buildings are currently covered with scaffolding as renovation work is undertaken. The site is a unique blend of traditional Manchu and Chinese architecture. The area is listed, along with the other imperial tombs of the Ming and Qing dynasty, as a UNESCO world heritage site and a AAAA rated tourist site on the Chinese national scale. It is one of only three imperial tombs north of the Great Wall of China. Around the tomb is set out the extensive lands of Beiling Park which includes large areas of forest and several lakes. Note may be closed in winter, check locally (Nov-2015) 1 Apr- 31 Oct ¥60, other months¥30, two additional halls ¥20, park entrance ¥6, all together in off season is ¥50.
- Fuling (福陵), Dongling Rd, Dongling District (Buses 148 and 168 go here from the north station in about 1 hour). This is the first tomb of the Qing Dynasty in which Nu'erhachi, the founder of the dynasty, is laid to rest. It dates to the early 17th century and is constructed in traditional Manchu style along lines of Chinese fengshui. The area is listed, along with the other imperial tombs of the Ming and Qing dynasty, as a UNESCO world heritage site and a AAAA rated tourist site on the Chinese national scale. It is one of only 3 imperial tombs north of the great wall of China. To the east of the tomb site a large area of park land forms Dongling Park. Bus stop name is 东陵公园 ¥40.
- North, East, South and West Pagodas (北塔 Beita, 南塔 Nanta, 东塔 Dongta, 西塔 Xita), (The west pagoda is in the courtyard of a temple in the Korean quarter, whereas the other three are surrounded by small parks). Built in the 1640's and now restored to close to original, these four pagodas stand each about 4km north, south, east and west of the Imperial Palace that was the centre of the old city. Each pagoda is almost identical to the others but the north and south pagodas are in the best condition today. Free.
- Mao Zedong's Statue (毛泽东塑像), Zhongshan Sq, Heping District (1.25 km from the south train station). This is the largest statue of Mao Zedong in china. Around the base of the statue are images of workers, peasants and soldiers in heroic poses. The square is a popular place for locals to relax. Also called 'Taxi Square' by the locals. Free.
- Liaoning Provincial Museum (辽宁省博物馆), 26 Shiwei Rd, Shenhe district (On the E side of Government Sq beside Liaoning Theatre), ☎ +86 24 22821903. Until 16:00. A high-quality museum featuring Liaoning history from the stone age to the Qing dynasty, with many relics of China's past found in the area (3rd floor). Also houses large collections of Chinese traditional art and calligraphy, plus temporary exhibitions. There may be queues to enter during main public holidays. Closed on Mondays. Free.
- Liaoning Industrial Exhibition Hall (沈阳铸造博物馆), Hunnan District (Near Olympic Stadium).
- 9.18 Memorial Museum. At 22:30 on 18 September 1931, a bomb exploded beside the Japanese run railway line near Shenyang. Though instigated by the Japanese, the Chinese were blamed for the event giving the Japanese an excuse to invade and occupy the whole of the northeast of China. Shenyang was the epicenter of that invasion, so it is most appropriate that the museum for the '9.18 Incident', as it is known, is in Shenyang next to the spot where the explosion occurred. The museum, as one would expect, depicts the incident from a Chinese perspective. It is not for the faint of heart because it unflinchingly displays the atrocities of war. Only the main descriptions are available in English, but it's enough to follow the course of events. The pictures and exhibits speak for themselves, anyway. Free.
- Shengjing Ancient Cultural Street (盛京古文化街), Shenyang Rd (Outside the Imperial Palace). Shenjing is the old name for Shenyang during the 17th century - jing meaning capital city. This street tries to recreate the architectural styles of the time. It is however only a facard over the front of relatively modern 20th century structures within which a variety of tourist orientated shops operate. Free.
- Shenyang Horticultural Exposition Garden (2006中国沈阳世界园艺博览会), Dongling District (18 km E of the north train station, about 5 km further E than Dongling Park, buses from the south bus station going to Fushun City will stop outside the park, bus 168 takes you to the park for ¥5 from Maluwan). This is the site of the 2006 International Horticultural Exposition. One of Shenyang's main tourist attractions, it continues to operate though the expo has officially ended. It features international gardens reminiscent of Epcot Center in Disney World in the U.S, (the amusement park is really awesome compared to the gardens, which includes a roller coaster and many other fun activities!). It also features gardens for different provinces and cities within China and the expo's most recognizable feature, the Lily Tower, a massive structure inspired by its namesake flower (for ¥30, you can take an elevator to the top of this magnificent structure). Before its transformation to the Expo Gardens, this was once the much humbler Botanical Gardens. It opens in the spring and closes in October. Most of the signs are in English and Chinese. ¥35.
- Former residence museum of Zhang Xueliang (Marshal Zhang's Mansion), S Shuaifu Ln, Shenhe District (A short walk south from the Imperial Palace). This was the home of Zhang Zuolin and his son Zhang Xueliang during the end years of the Qing dynasty and the beginning of the Republic. Zhang became, with the fall of the Qing Emperor, the warlord in control of the northeast of China and for a short time was proclaimed president of China. 60 RMB.
- Steam Locomotive Museum (蒸汽机车博物馆), 64 Zhonggong Bei Jie, Teixi District, ☎ +86 24 81270010. Housing 15 historical locomotives and 3 duplicated historical locomotives. It is the biggest steam locomotive museum in China.
- Shen-air Museum (沈飞航空博览园), Lingdong Jie, Huanggu District (At NE corner of Beiling Park next to Beiling Airport), ☎ +86 24 86599602. 08:30-16:30 daily. Beiling airport is the site where China produced it's first modern jet aircraft in the early 1950's. These were initially copies of Soviet MIG fighters but gradually Chinese designs developed. A strong focus is placed on comparing Chinese and American aircraft, in particular those involved in the Korean War of the 50's. They also tell the history of Chinese missile development and other technologies. Civilian aircraft were also produced here and feature in the exhibits. The tour finishes with the modern J-11 fighter, China's new passenger aircraft (ACAC ARJ21 Xiangfeng or Flying Phoenix) and the recent Chinese space flights. This is an AAAA rated site on China's national tourist scale. ¥25.
- Xinle Site Museum, Huanggu District (Just off of Huanghenan Dajie on the W side of Beiling Park). On this location were found the remains of a 7,000-year old, stone age, village. A museum now houses the archaeological finds and the village has been reconstructed. The site is in two sections. The ticket office is on the north side of the road. You will then be directed across to the museum on the south side to view the display before returning to the north side again to enter the reconstruction area. Displays are labeled in both Chinese and English and the site is rated AAA on China's national tourist scale. Use subway line 2 and exit at Xinle stop. The provincial museum has a large section on local stone age cultures that also contains relics from this site. ¥20.
- City walls, Shenyang Lu. The original city walls of Shenyang were destroyed in the 1950's. Some small sections have been reconstructed to give an impression of the former city. These remains consist of two gates, Huaiyuanmen and Fujinmen, at either end of Shenyang Lu.
- The old Longkou Wine Museum (老龙口 laolongkou), Xiao Dong Lu. A small museum beside the Laolongkou distillery tells the history of Baiju production on the site which dates to the early 17th century. The display includes old maps and photographs of the area. Equipment used in the wine production and a collection of old bottles, labels and trademarks used by the company. Free entry.
- Royal Ocean World (皇家极地海洋世界; Huángjiājídehǎiyángshìjiè), Wanghua District (抚顺高湾(沈吉高速抚顺西出口)) (Off the Shenfu Hwy midway between Shenyang and Fushun. From Fushun take bus No.811. A taxi from Fushun city will cost ¥30-40 (negotiable). Bus No.2 from Shenyang South railway station or No.3 from Shenyang North railway station on route to Fushun stop on the Expressway near the park. Bus fare ¥10), ☎ +86 41 3611 8888 or +86 24 8271 1236 ([email protected], fax: +86 41 3620 1660 or +86 24 8271 1239). Opened in 2008 and still under expansion, this claims to be the biggest aquarium in Asia. Currently there are four displays open. The Ocean World display contains sea and fresh water aquariums filled with all manor of aquatic life. The Century Forest display focuses on reptiles. There is also the Narnian Castle which is a theatre where animal shows are performed several times throughout the day (show times may vary throughout the year). Lastly there is Susu world, a soft play centre for children. Each of these displays can be purchased separately or on a combined ticket. Beside this site, in late 2009, Asia's largest water park will open, featuring swimming pools, water flumes and other water activities. ¥70-140.
- Happy Family (兴隆大家庭 xīng lóng dà jiā ting). The Happy Family Mall (in Tiexi) has an indoor ice rink with skates you can rent and occassional specials on teachers. The other Happy Family Mall (Zhongjie) also has an ice rink (opened in 2013) and a roller rink.
- Wulihe Park (五里河公园). Wulihe Park is a great place to ride a bike, roller skate or stroll alongside the Hun River. The greenbelt stretches for miles in both directions. Mountain bikes can be rented from Ledao Huwai (乐道户外).
There are three ski resort areas within Shenyang prefecture.
Northeast Asia Ski Resort (东北亚滑雪场 Dongbeiya Huaxue Chang), Magang, Xingchengzi District (28 km /17 mi outside of Shenyang). With 700,000 m² of skiing area, this is the biggest ski resort. Daytime skiing ¥135 for two hours and night skiing is ¥125. Discounts for groups of 15 or more are available..
Baiqingzhai Ski Field (白清寨滑雪场), Sujiatun District (40 km/25 mi out). The site includes a freestyle aerial skiing and off-piste areas. Total area is 530,000 m². Daytime skiing ¥135 for two hours and night skiing is ¥120. Discounts for groups of 15 or more are available.
Qipanshan Ice and Snow World (棋盘山冰雪大世界), (20 km outside, take bus 330), ☎ +86 24 88050020, 22723117 (fax: +86 24 22734066). 09:00-22:00 daily, winter only. Within Qipanshan Scenic Area and covering an area of 500,000 m². Daytime skiing ¥150 for two hours and night skiing is ¥130. Discounts for groups of 15 or more are available.
Shenyang has three main shopping areas. One is on Zhong Jie, which has a number of shops selling cell phones, computers, electronic equipment or the latest fashions and accessories. Box/department stores are within walking distance of Zhong Jie as well as the north train station.
The second shopping area is Taiyuan Jie, located within walking distance of the south train station. This area has an English language bookstore and main post office nearby as well as food, clothing and electronics. Don't miss the underground shopping mall under the street. Box stores common throughout China can be found here.
The third is Beishichang, within walking distance from the north train station. It is one of the oldest shopping areas in Shenyang. There is an important Lama temple (Huang Shi, founded in 1636), which was worshiped by all the Manchu emperors during their regular trips to Shenyang.
As a possible souvenir, by incorporating traditional Chinese painting techniques, artists of Shenyang have turned feather patchwork scrolls into something as refined and appealing as Chinese painting and calligraphy.
Wuai Market is the biggest wholesale market in the northeast China with 300,000 customers per day and annual turnover of more than ¥2 billion. It covers an area of 139,000 m². Products include dresses, shoes, caps, groceries, knitted goods, cloth materials, boxes, home appliances, gifts, daily sundry goods, beauty and hairdressing articles, small foods, bedding goods and more.
Luxury brands and department stores are found throughout the city.
Liaoning is home to Liaocai (辽菜), a distinctive cuisine named after the area. Liaocai tends to be strong in flavour with plenty garlic, ginger and other spices but not hot. Shenyang has a large Korean and Mongolian population, who operate a lot of barbecue stands on the street corners of the city. There are also a number of very good Korean restaurants here. All of Shenyang's top hotels feature fancy restaurants serving Cantonese, Japanese and Western food. There are also some decent noodle shops, as well as the national chain California Beef Noodle, on some of the small roads near the train station.
Fast food and coffee shops are plentiful. The imported, western style food tends to be at the higher end of the price market. By going after local cuisine you will save money.
- Lao Bian Jiaozi Restaurant (老边饺子), 57 Beishichang Jie and also Zhong Jie, Shenhe District (Next to the Imperial Palace). 10AM-8PM. Dumplings restaurant. Lao Bian Jiaozi, founded in 1829, is one of the most famous dumpling restaurants. It serves the most traditional dumplings. There are two other restaurants in BangJiang Jie and ChangBai Dao.
- Cafe Lido (SofitelShenyang Lido Hotel), Qingnian St. It is recognized as being the best Western food in Shenyang. Serving Australian beef, mashed potatoes Irish style, Guinness meat pies, fresh fish, salads and the tastiest pastries in town. Special on Friday's Seafood Night, small price for all you can eat and drink! ¥180-200.
- La Bellevue (Sofitel Shenyang Lido). For bigger budget there is also a fine dining French Restaurant, "La Bellevue".
- Il Forno, QingNian Da Jie 沈阳君悦酒店 (Inside Grand Hyatt Hotel close to Mix C shopping mall). 1730-2200. First Italian restaurant in town with Italian chef, provide antipasti, pizzas, pastas and steaks from 100 RMB.
- Xita Korea Town (西塔街), Tita, Shifu Da Jie (From the South train station head due N up Taiyuan Jie or take bus 249, 611, 255, or 252). Not one restaurant but an area with many good restaurants. The streets around the Western Pagoda (Xita) are home to many Korean people giving the area the name Korea Town.
- Don't Tell Mama (别告诉妈妈 bié gàosu mā ma), Xita St (西塔街), in Korea town. Packed even on weeknights, this large Chinese-style club offers a constant cabaret-style variety show with over-the-top dance acts and live singing. One highlight is the male performers seem compelled to chug any quantity of beer bought for them, up to two-liter pitchers, in one go, without using their hands.(is closed and new club has replaced)
- Sunny's Night Club. Re-opened in May 2008 with a bar area next to the disco. Used to be a popular spot for foreigners, by now (September 2013) you will only find very few foreigners here. A lot of live shows and free gadgets.(new owner and name)
- Club 97 (97号会所), No 97 Zhongshan Lu, 100 m W of Zhongshan Sq and its Mao statue (中山路97号，中山广场西100米), ☎ +86 24 2341 9997. A shiny, trendy club with an outdoor patio frequented by expats, mostly Russian ones. Not too crappy music, great food before 23:00, a bit pricey though.
- Sophie's World Bar (苏菲的世界酒吧), Er Jing St, Bawei Rd (二经街 八伟路, ☎ +86 024 2282 6691. The oldest foreigner bar in town is like an institution for both expats and locals. Cheap alcohol, darts, soccer games on TV.
- The Bee House (毕豪斯), 辽宁省沈阳市市辖区沈河区奉天街220号 (Shenhe District), ☎ +86 24 22927711. Used to be a great place, now it's your regular Chinese disco.
- heidis Restaurant & Bar, 37 S Sanjing St (Near U.S. consulate), . 11.00/24.00. "Heidis rest. & bar" is a unique and comfortable restaurant & lounge bar. Typical Swiss & west food, cheese specialities, Pizzas and steaks, chocolate and homemade dessert. ideal for a romantic dîner or memorable business diner. Live music from Tuesday to Sunday, Promotion : Half price for chinese and imported draught beer from 17:00pm to 23:00. Italian Monday : Half price for pizza and spaghetti. rmb 15 to 150.-.
- Shamrock Irish Pub, 134/11 Changjiang St (located near Liao Da Old University at Appreciate Europe), ☎ 86085856. Now closed
- Green Mile, No. 3-1 Bei San Jing Jie (Location: The pub is just west of Government Square, and just southeast of North Market on Yi Wei Lu (一纬路). To find it, first go to the intersection of San Jing Jie (三经街) and Shi Fu Da Lu (市府大路). Yi Wei Lu is a small road just south of Shi Fu Lu. The Green Mile is 100 meters to the east of San Jing Jie.), ☎ +86 24 8231 0581. A smoky, grungy sports-bar style bar, which gets especially busy and smoky late on the weekends. A good place to go for shots and cocktails. Some claim that the Green Mile has the best American style pizza in Northeast China, and they deliver. Very popular with expats.
- Buddha Bar Restaurant, Xi Bin He Lu 58 (Behind Kempinski Hotel), ☎ 13998138144. from 17:30-02:00. Cocktail bar, large selection of imported beers, fine wine and sake. Many entertainments (Pub Quiz, Live Music, Bingo etc...).
- Pure Color, 6-328 Fengtian St. Crowded with foreigners after 11pm, they always get buy 1 get 2 on beer and cocktails. Mostly Russian, German, African crowd. Easy place to get to know women, some of them might ask for money. ¥30 for a long island, you get 2 being laowai, might get you drunk faster than you planned. Alcohol used for cocktails is fake/very low quality as at almost any nightclub throughout China. Pretty good live band from U.S. (by Sep 2013). Only nightclub that in town that is packed after 02:00. Service is really bad for a Chinese nightclub, you have to wait for a long time at the bar to get service.
- F'ar Bar, QingNian Da Jie 沈阳君悦酒店 (Inside Grand Hyatt Hotel). 20:00-01:00. Night club with international live band. from ¥50.
- Feng Livehouse, Er jing jie and Jiu wei lu (二经街/九纬路). Feng Livehouse might be small, but the shows that happen there are mighty! Plenty of good cheap drinks and dive bar/insane-asylum foam padding decor make this worth checking out.
- Lenore's Bar (丽纳尔斯酒吧), in the alleyway south of nan san jing jie / shisan wei lu (南三经街 / 十三纬路), ☎ 15566185371. This place is a Shenyang classic. Come on Friday nights and Sunday nights to meet other expats and listen to great tunes. (41.785070,123.427507)
- Fat Dragon Alehouse, Huiwu Jie & Shiyi Weilu (100m behind 11 Bar and 11th Latitude Street), ☎ 15840089251. This a terrific tap house run by a Chinese guy called Caleb, who speaks perfect English and is very friendly. He knows his beers and constantly changes the 12 taps of mainly Chinese craft beer. Would be regarded as a good beer venue in any country.
- Lazy Bee Hostel (懒蜂窝国际青年旅舍), 64, Dongwei Road, Shenhe District, 110000沈河区东纬路64号 (Take metro line 1 to stop 南市场 (nán shìchǎng) or metro lines 1 or 2 to stop 青年大街 (qīngnián dàjiē). From either station, walk along 十一纬路 (shíyī wěi lù) towards 会武街 (huì wǔ jiē) for about 600 meters, then turn south on this street. The entrance to the hostel is on your right, just around the corner of the first intersection.), ☎ +86 24 66985997. A hostel unlike any other in Northeastern China. Clean, cozy, and exceptionally comfortable. The beds are a delight for everyone who has experience with Chinese hostels: they're big, soft, and curtains secure your privacy. Staff speaks very well English. Both English (breakfast for around €3,-) and Chinese food available, as well as assorted coffees and freshly squeezed juices. Regularly organizes events. This hostel should be an inspiration for many European hostels. Dorms Y40-60, Hosteling International Hostel.
- Sanpi Youth Hostel (三皮青年旅社), 21 Yalüjiang Street, 沈阳市于洪区鸭绿江街21号 (Take bus 325 from the north station, change to 113 on the opposite side for 2 stops at 长客总站, walk back 40m to the big grey building), ☎ +86 24 22511133. Very clean and well-run hostel with exceedingly friendly staff who, unfortunately, speak very little English. Beiling (Zhaoling) is in walking distance, for the sights in the city you'll need to take a bus. Dorms Y40 (35 with YHA card).
- Shenyang Zhijia Qingnian Hotel (沈阳致家青年旅馆), 13 Shenyang Rd, ☎ +86 24 23833033 (fax: +86 24 23837389). This small hotel is non-spectacular, but offers cheap singles (or, if you need "a short rest" will let a room to you for fours hours for ¥30). The main attraction is the location, just north of Huaiyuan Gate, it is on an old street with attractive architecture, just one block west of the imperial palace.
- Eletel (沈阳璟星大酒店), 235 Zhong St (Set back from the main road in a pedestrianized area), ☎ +86 24 31307777. The rooms are designed in a ultra modern style that some will like and others will hate. The location is on a main shopping street within walking distance of several attractions such as the Imperial Palace. ¥267.
- Grand Century Hotel (沈阳世纪国际大酒店), 88-2 Zhonghua Rd, Heping District (Access to the hotel is round the back of the shopping mall, off of the main road), ☎ +86 24 23402888 (fax: +86 24 23410099), . A recently decorated, high quality hotel at an affordable price. Located in the centre of the shopping area near to the south train station. Rooms in the upper stories provide good views across the city. Wireless internet is available in rooms. ¥349.
- Liaoning Taishan Hotel, 22 Taishan Rd, Huanggu District, ☎ +86 24 86809888 (fax: +86 24 86806290).
- Railway Hotel (沈阳瑞心东方酒店（原铁道新东方饭店）), 102 Beizhan Lu (at North Train Stn), ☎ +86 24 62231058 (fax: +86 24 62232888).
- Somerset Heping Shenyang (沈阳盛捷和平服务公寓), No 80 Taiyuan North Street, Heping district, ☎ +86 24 2397-5555 ([email protected], fax: +86 24 2397-5966), . The residence offers 270 fully-furnished serviced apartments ranging from one-bedroom deluxe to three-bedroom executive. Each apartment is equipped with broadband internet access, a private IDD telephone with voicemail facility and business support services. Daily rates starts from ¥633.
- Liaoning Hotel, No.97,Zhongshan Road Heping Shenyang, ([email protected]), . Liaoning Hotel (Liaoning Binguan) features a European architectural style. It was built in 1927 and was awarded landmark building honor by the National Tourism Bureau and Ministry of Construction. In the 1950s, Chairman Mao stayed in this Shenyang hotel and met guests here.
- Somerset Heping Shenyang, No 80 Taiyuan North Street, Heping District, Shenyang 110000, ☎ +86 24 2397 5555 ([email protected]), . Contemporary service apartment accommodation for corporate & leisure travelers, variety of executive apartments can be selected. (41.79536,123.4024138)
- Gloria Plaza Hotel, 32 Yingbin St, Shenhe District, ☎ +86 24 22528855 (fax: +86 24 22528533).
- Traders Hotel, 68 Zhonghua Rd, Heping District, ☎ +86 24 2341 2288 (fax: +86 24 2341 1988), . A brand of Shangri-La, but one level down from the full-service Shangri-La.
- Wonhurg International Hotel, 35 Kunshan Zhong Rd, Huanggu District, ☎ +86 24 86285555 (fax: +86 24 86843100). Premier business hotel with deluxe guestrooms, free Internet access, and 300-capacity ballroom.
- New World Shenyang Hotel (沈阳新世界酒店), 2 Nanjing Nan Street, Heping District, ☎ +86 24 2386 9888 ([email protected], fax: +86 24 2386 0018), .
- Shenyang Royal Wanxin Hotel (沈阳皇朝万鑫酒店), NO.390 Qingnian Street Heping Shenyang.
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Brand new hotel (open in May 2013), one of the best in town, features a different restaurant from buffet to Chinese, with an Italian restaurant "Il Forno" and nightclub located on the top floor
Shenyang also has its share of Western 4-star properties such as Marriott, ShangRi-La, and Holiday Inn. There is a 24-hour spa at the north train station.
Consulate offices listed below:
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- Republic of Korea.
- Russian Federation.
- Consulate General of the United States, 52, 14th Wei Rd, Heping, ☎ +86 24 2322 1198 (fax: +86 24 2322 2374), .
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