Despite the fistfight at the airport (see separate review), Shenyang taxi drivers are remarkably friendly, and rather astonishingly, seem to know their way around the city. Taxis are generally clean and air-conditioned (unlike the decrepit wrecks prowling the streets of Chongqing), and the driving is restrained. Possibly the best taxis in China, and that includes the Passat and Mercedes taxis in Hangzhou - they would be good if they didn't try to rip off passengers on every single journey to and from the airport.
Shenyang Bei Station
Shenyang Bei Station seems to be Shenyang's main rail station these days, and ists, like most big city Chinese railway stations at the back of a huge plaza. As always, the various entrances are clearly marked in Chinese and English. The ticket office is in the centre of the building (tothe right of McDonalds) and the main entrance is to the left. All departures require you to go up the escalator to the first floor. The station is modern and well-equipped, and is being further refurbished as well.
Annoucements were made in English as well, which is probably the only English-language information provided in the entire city!
The old terminal at Shenyang Airport stands, forlorn, alongside the vast new terminal. You know its an airport terminal only because of the big signs: there are few aircraft to give the game away. It's another terminal in which you can see the curvature of the earth along the departure lounge and the baggage carousels.
On arrival, fights break out among taxi-drivers for your custom. I had to wait and watch two taxi-drivers punching and grappling with each other to see who was going to take me the 20km into town. It was an odd, primitive form of free-market capitalism. Thank God Shenyang taxi drivers aren't armed, or there would be a lot of burials at the airport.
This is the Monument of...
This is the Monument of 'September 18th Incident'. Shenayang was attacked by Japanese armies on September 18,1931 and this is the monument to that event. When I was here I cried for the world peace...the most difficult thing to obtain in the world
To Benxi Water Caves
Take a Shenyang -- Benxi minibus (15 RMB) from the long-distance bus station.
Then take one of the red buses going towards Xiao3 Shi4 (8 RMB) and tell the bus driver you want to get off at "shui3 dong4". There's a petrol station with a red roof at the turn-in to the caves, on your right.
If you end up on a bus like mine, the driver will be playing one of those irritating gun fight movies and you can't hear the driver yelling the destination. Or even if you can hear him, chances are that you won't understand what he's saying. So try to sit in front near him and be on the lookout!
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To East Tomb (Fu2 Ling2)
There's a bus 218 that goes from near Zhong Jie and the Imperial Palace to East Tomb that takes about 1 hour.
On the way back we took another bus that only took half the time. IIRC it should be bus 168, it also runs to Shenyang North train station.
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- Historical Travel
From Airport to downtown - TAXI
TAXI is the most convenient way to get to the town from airport:
It takes typically 30 mins to city center, e.g., Intercontinental hotel. cost about 90 RMB (~13 USD) incl. high-way toll.
Ask the driver to turn on the meter, many drivers will tend to cheat visitors by proposing not to use meter. (They claim they will offer you a discount for that, but in fact more expensive)
- Business Travel
Recently traveled from Anshan City to Shenyang and back again by coach. The quallity of coach is high (compaired to the busses and minibusses). They have storage space under for baggage and overhead store for small items. The coach was airconditioned. Total journey time was about 1hour 50 mins each way. Costs varied. Going was 21.5 yuan, back was 25 yuan. Ask the price before boarding.
You will need a chinese assistant to get you on the right coach. There will probably be no english signs to tell you which coach, when it travels or where the pickup/dropoff points are. My coach droped me to the south of the city and a further 15 yaun taxi was required to get the main shopping area near Zhongshan Street.
Taxi to airport
When negotiating a taxi fare from the city to the airport make sure you ask whether it includes the toll for the toll road to the airport and the second toll to enter the airport.
Together they will cost and extra Y10.
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zhongshan lu leads you to zhongshan square where has a chairman mao's statue.
zhongshan lu is a historical road in shenyang. there are many european and japanese building on both sides. now it is a famous commercial street with a lot of high building and brand store.
Getting to Shenyang from the airport
To get to the city from the airport your two main options are taking a taxi or catching the airport bus.
The taxi will cost at least 60-100 yuan (around US $7.50-$12.50) depending on your destination and bargaining ability. If you walk out to the highway you might find a cheaper ride, but you also might be waiting for a while. From the airport to a train station my guess is that you would be hard pressed to get a ride cheaper than 80 kuai (though I haven't made this ride).
The airport bus found parked outside the terminal is a fine alternative, costing a mere 10 yuan (US $1.25) to take you across the river into the city. The bus drops you off on a busy street where taxis are plentiful. The bus leaves when it is full, so it is most convenient at a time when many flights are arriving.
huyue express bus
very nice city bus station, have lines to haerbin, changchun, jilin, siping, anshan, dalian, dandong, fuxin, benxi, chaoyang, huludao, panjin, changtu, liaoyang, yingkou, xingcheng, fushun, cifeng, beijing.
- Family Travel
Taxi fare starts at 7 RMB. It seems that no matter where we went, it was no more than 9. Taxi drivers were friendly and understanding about my two year old daughter wanting to climb in by herself and asking non stop questions.
shenyang railroad station (nanzhan)
all shenyang people call the station nanzhan, but the govenment call it shenyang zhan, and call sujiatun zhan - nanzhan. so many people have a wrong get-off at sujiatun.
what a stupid name! but help sujiatun taxi driver earn more money to ride missing passangers to shenyang.
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Shopping near the North Train Station (bei zhan)
If you are just leaving or arriving in Shenyang, a very convenient place to stock up on travel groceries is the Carrefour just down the street. You can find the Carrefour by turning left as you leave the train station and walking about one city block and then turning right. The huge store will be on your right side. It is not directly on the street you are walking on (bei zhan lu) but it should be visible behind some buildings. You are very close if you see the building that looks like a coin.
This Carrefour has a McDonalds and a Pizza Hut, if you are in need of a Western food fix (the train station also has a McDonalds).
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