Life in Shenyang.
Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, was once the capital city of the growing Manchu Empire, which finally conquered the whole of China and took the name Qing. Several of the early Qing Emperors are buried in the city, their tombs worth a look.
In the past the city was based around the Forbidden City (only one of two complete structures of this kind remain, the other being the famous one in Beijing). Past influences on the city included Manchu, Mongolian and Korean.
Shenyang is right on the edge of what once were Mongol lands to the North and Korean lands to the South. As the Manchu grew stronger and moved towards China, this area became an important strategic point.
The city still has a large ethnic population, mostly Manchu and Korean. The Korean population is the biggest in China outside of Yanbian Autonomous Region in Jilin Province. The Korean Area, Xi Ta, meaning West Tower is the centre of their culture here.
The city was formally known as Mukden, its Mongolian name. It became Shenyang in the first part of the 20th century, during which time it was occupied by Russians, and later by the Japanese. Along the rails running out of the city, one can still see Japanese guard towers.
The city has a few places of Historical interest, such as the above mentioned Palace and Tombs. I will try to set up pages giving information about those later.