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Introducing Shěnyáng

The capital of Liáoníng province has made enormous strides in overcoming its reputation as an industrial city that could have been the model for William Blake’s vision of ‘dark satanic mills’. True, Shěnyáng is still a sprawling metropolis, but subway lines are easing traffic, the urban landscape is fast improving, and there’s a buzz on the streets these days that suggests this city’s people are growing confident, secure, positive and even a touch urbane.

For the traveller, Shěnyáng boasts its very own Imperial Palace, a tomb complex and decent museums, as well as several fine parks. Given its strategic location as a transport hub for the north of China, Shěnyáng is well worth a stopover on your journey.