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Liaoning - Shenyang

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Shenyang Imperial Palace

Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province, is one of China's famous industrial cities, covering an area of 13,007 square kilometer and with a population of 6.5 million. The alluvial plain of Liao River in the west is its major topography, while its north-east and south-east parts are low hilly land. It abounds in coal, petroleum, iron, and natural gas resources, in addition to limestone, marble and pearlite.

Being one of China's main industrial centers, Shenyang has built up an all-inclusive comprehensive industrial system comprising machine-building as chief branch, metallurgy, light industry and textiles, building materials, electronics, foodstuff etc. Its major agricultural crops are corn, sorghum, soybean, wheat, rice, cotton, tobacco and peanut. It has the biggest civil airport on North-East China, providing regular air service to over 40 cities at home and abroad.

Shenyang is also a famous historical and cultural city in China. The first emperor of the Qing dynasty moved his capital here in 1625 AD. It became the leftover capital of the Qing dynasty since 1644 AD. Its main scenic spots are the Imperial Palace, Baocheng in Crescent Moon Shape, Shisheng Temple and Liaobin Pagoda etc.

Shengyang has embarked on the road of development towards the economic center in north-east Asia.

Shenyang Imperial Palace

Near one of Shenyang's shopping area is the Shenyang Imperial palace, which is an excellently well-preserved cultural relic. In 1625 Nurhaci began construction on the palace and it was completed in 1636 under Abahai's reign. Although it is considered a miniature of the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Palace by comparison is smaller in scale.

Shenyang - Imperial Palace

The Manchurian influence behind its construction also shows a vast departure in style from its predecessor. The main architecture on the central axis is the Chong Zheng Dian, where Abahai attended to his political affairs. This is the hall where Juchen was renamed Manchu. Behind are the 3 towers Feng Huang Lou (Phoenix Tower), and Qing Ning Gong (Palace of Celestial Peace) in which Abahai and his concubines lived. Da Zheng Dian (Hall of Great Affairs) is the mail architecture on the east axis. In front of the hall, there are 8 pavilions for the Manchurian tribal lords to gather for discussion of state affairs and other important ceremonies.