Top Choice Historic Site in Shěnyáng

Shěnyáng Imperial Palace

This impressive palace complex resembles a small-scale Forbidden City. Constructed between 1625 and 1636 by Manchu emperor Nurhachi (1559–1626) and his son, Huang Taiji, the palace served as the residence of the Qin…
Top Choice Historic Site in Xīngchéng

Xīngchéng Old City

Standing like a miniature of the better-known ancient city of Píngyáo (albeit less polluted or glossy…in a good way), this walled city dates back to 1430 and is the principal reason to visit Xīngchéng.In addition to…
Top Choice Historic Site in Lǚshùn

Lǚshùn Prison

Lǚshùn's best sight is a cluster of restored red-brick buildings that functioned as a prison from 1902 to 1945. It may have changed hands from the Russians to the Japanese, but its purpose remained unchanged: more t…
Museum in Shěnyáng

18 September History Museum

There’s an obvious propagandic purpose to this museum, but the hundreds of photographs, sculptures, paintings and dioramas recreates a picture of China under Japanese rule. English captions are limited. Bus 325 from…
Museum in Shěnyáng

Liáoníng Provincial Museum

Three floors of exhibits highlight the region’s art and history, from prehistoric times through the late Qing dynasty. English explanations accompany most displays.
Historic Site in Shěnyáng

North Tomb

One of Shěnyáng's highlights is this extensive tomb complex, the burial place of Huang Taiji (1592–1643), founder of the Qing dynasty. The tomb’s animal statues lead up to the central mound known as the Luminous Tom…
Cemetery in Lǚshùn

Soviet Martyrs Cemetery

The largest cemetery in China for foreign-born nationals honours Soviet soldiers who died in the liberation of northeast China at the end of WWII, as well as pilots killed during the Korean War. Designed by Soviet a…
Museum in Lǚshùn

Lǚshùn Museum

The history of Liáoníng province is covered in this stylish old museum in two early-20th-century buildings. Among the thousands of artefacts on display are ancient bronzes, coins and paintings, as well as several mu…
Bridge in Dāndōng

Broken Bridge

In 1950, during the Korean War, American troops ‘accidentally’ bombed the original steel-span bridge between North Korea and China. The North Koreans dismantled the bridge less than halfway across the river, leaving…
Museum in Dāndōng

Museum to Commemorate US Aggression

With everything from statistics to shells, this comprehensive museum offers Chinese and North Korean perspectives – they take the view that they won it – on the war with the US-led UN forces (1950–53). There are goo…