Shenyang is northeast China’s largest city with over 2,000 years of history represented by the Shenyang Imperial Palace. It is surrounded by impressive natural landscapes including the famous Strange Slope where walkers, cyclists, and car drivers seem to experience a reversal of gravity as they climb the hill. It has also modernized in recent years, making it a fantastic city for nightlife and dining.
Tours and activities in Shenyang
With so much to see and do in Shenyang, you should think about booking an organized tour or using a local guide who will be able to help you book shows and attractions as well as point out the best places to try local cuisine.
We have plenty of tours offers to choose from, or feel free to contact us to discuss specific requirements.
Best time to visit
Shenyang has a temperate climate and experiences monsoons all year round. January is coolest while July is the warmest, so your choice of when to visit depends on what you are looking for. Summer is warm, and the city is in full bloom, with plants and flowers all around. However, in winter, the city is a wonderland, and you have the opportunity to visit the Ice & Snow Festival which is an incredible sight.
Top Attractions in Shenyang
Shenyang is an ideal city for hiking enthusiasts, shopping and nature lovers. It offers dozens of creative activities with a bloom of China`s hundred years ago history.
Getting here and getting around
Shenyang Taoxian International Airport is one of the biggest transportation hubs in northeast China serving flights from many domestic and international cities. It is regularly used for connections to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Hong Kong, as well as Japanese cities like Osaka, Tokyo, and Seoul.
There are two railway stations in Shenyang which travel across and out of the city to many destinations in mainland China. Long-distance buses travel to hundreds of destinations, making Shenyang an important travel hub.
City buses criss-cross the city, with most fares being around ¥1, making it a cheap and efficient mode of transport. There are also two subway lines currently open allowing fast travel across the city. More than 19,000 taxis serve the city, including both air-conditioned and non-airconditioned models. Flag down rates start at ¥8 for day time and ¥9 at night.
Eating and drinking
Shenyang cuisine is a mix of Manchu and Muslim dishes. Specialties include Bairou (tender pork sausage) and Xuechang (boiled pig intestine with pig blood and a variety of flavorings). You can also try the 160-year-old recipe of Laobian Dumplings.
The Man-Han Banquet is an incredible feast that was once made up of 108 meals and now generally consists of around 32 dishes including monkey brain, egg tart, bear claw with sturgeon and Peking Duck. If you’re adventurous enough, one of the few places you can still try it is Lumingchan restaurant in the Heping district.
Liangui Xunrou Dabing is a great restaurant for local snacks while Majia Shaomai Guan is the city’s most famous and renowned Muslim snack shop – try the Shaomai, dumpling shaped like the peony flower.
Getting a good night's sleep
One of the highest rated hotels in Shenyang is Somerset Heping Shenyang. With beautiful, spacious rooms with large flat-screen TVs and dining areas, it also has sauna and steam rooms, hot tubs, a games room, and gym. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and you can also get light snacks in the lounge.
For a well-located mid-price stay, try the Ramada Plaza Shenyang CityCenter. Modern soundproofed rooms with a choice of computer facilities, 2 restaurants, and room service make this a great choice for travelers for business or sightseeing.
A fantastic budget option is Haitian Express Apartment Shenyang. In the middle of Da Dong, an excellent area for travelers, this budget hotel is decked out with quirky rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen area, and a comfortable seating area, this is a great place for meeting fellow travelers.