Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Shenyang

Shenyang 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...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Lushun

Lushun Prison

Most visitors to Lushun head straight for the notorious prison that, from 1902 to 1945, housed more than 450,000 war prisoners captured by the Russians, then the Japanese. Visitors are escorted on the half-hour...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Xingcheng

Xingcheng Old City

This walled city dates back to 1430 and is the principal reason to visit Xingcheng. Under renovation, it's nonetheless an atmospheric place to spend a few hours, perhaps between dips in the sea.In addition to the...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Shenyang

Tomb of Huang Taiji

One of Shenyang'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...

Top ChoiceWalls in Dandong

Tiger Mountain Great Wall

Tiger Mountain Great Wall

The Tiger Mountain stretch of the Great Wall, about 20km northeast of Dandong, is an excellent location to get your wall fix, far from the madding crowds. Running up a steep embankment beside the Yalu River, this...

Top ChoiceBeer in Dalian

Dalian International Beer Festival

For 12 days every July into August, Dalian stages its International Beer Festival, resembling Munich’s Oktoberfest. Beer companies from across China and around the world set up tents at the vast Xinghai Sq, near...

Top ChoiceHotpot in Shenyang

Meijin Hotpot

This popular hotpot chain teems with the energy of dozens of diners chowing down on everything from veggies to meat and noodles. Friendly staff can help explain ingredients on the incredibly diverse English menu.

Park in Liaoning

Bingyu Valley

If you can’t travel south to Guilin, Bingyu Valley offers a taste of what you’re missing. About 250km northeast of Dalian, the valley has tree-covered limestone cliffs set alongside a river. From the entrance, a...

Beach in Dalian

Jinshi Tan

The coast around Jinshi Tan, 50km northeast of the city, has been turned into a domestic tourism mecca with a number of theme parks and rock formations commanding inflated entrance fees. The long pebbly beach...

Bridge in Dandong

Broken Bridge

A pile of mangled steel is an unlikely tourist attraction, but this aftermath of the Korean War is a symbolic reminder of a conflict which has shaped the region. There were two bridges crossing the Yalu River...

Museum in Lushun

Lushun Museum

The history of Liaoning 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...

Village in Dalian

Fisherman’s Wharf

One of the wonders of modern China is its ability to rework certain western aesthetics into a recognisable, and eerily satisfying, contemporary kitsch. Fishermen's Wharf is a seaside community built in the style...

Pagoda in Dandong

Jinjiang Pagoda

The highest point for kilometres, this pagoda sits atop Jǐnjiāng Shān in the park of the same name. The views across to North Korea are unparalleled and the park itself (a former military zone) is a well-tended...

Pizza in Dalian

Brooklyn Bar & Restaurant

Down-to-earth Wayne set up this slice of American hospitality inspired by his visits abroad. Strong, tall cocktails support a menu spanning pizza (amazing dough!), huge burgers and colourful salads. Upstairs is...

Dumplings in Shenyang

Laobian Dumplings

Open since 2019, Shenyang’s most famous restaurant is a 2nd-floor dumpling house with efficient staff who toss around picture menus featuring hundreds of flavours of boiled, steamed and fried treasures. Plenty of...

Bar in Shenyang

Lenore's

Lenore's is the passion project of Michael, the charismatic owner who dons a signature cowboy hat and warmly greets Shenyang's cool young things. The outdoor section with a glass floor is a great place to sit...

Sichuan in Xingcheng

Sichuan Mala Noodles

Amid flashing KTV signs on Xinghai Nanjie, you can discover very good Sichuan style málà miàn (a spicy and numbing noodle soup) on offer. The photo board looks like there are lots of options, but it's just...

Vegetarian in Shenyang

View & World Vegetarian Restaurant

Located on one of Shenyang’s busy eating streets, there's neither MSG nor meat at this long-standing institution known more for its food than its service. Mock mutton, fish and beef appear alongside more...

Park in Shenyang

Beiling Park

With its pine trees and large lake, this park is an excellent place to escape Shenyang’s hubbub. Locals come here to promenade, sing or just kick back with their families. Beiling Gongyuan metro station is...

Beach in Xingcheng

Xingcheng Beach

Xingcheng’s beach is clean and calm and provides a welcome respite for travellers on the history trail. Manicured, sandy paths lead from a stack of seafood vendors to a boardwalk and pagoda hanging over the...