China Market Guide

(Liaoning Province)

(1) General Background

Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province, is one of China's famous industrial cities, covering an area of 13,007 square kilometers 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 has a temperate continental climate with an annual average temperature of 7.8 degree Celsius, rainfall of 734 millimeters, and a frost-free period of 159 days. 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.

Shenyang is the large concentration and distribution center for goods and materials in North-East China, and key communication hub of railways as well as road transport center in Liaoning Province. It has the biggest civil airport on Northeast 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 northeast Asia.

(2) Shenyang Transportation

Liaoning's capital has the biggest International Airport in Northeast China. 22 kilometres from the centre Shenyang, the busy airport operates flights to domestic cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Xi'an; but also to international cities such as Hong Kong, Irkutsk, Macau, Osaka, Seoul and Moscow. A taxi ride to the airport may cost around RMB50. The airport shuttle bus (RMB10) is available at the gate of the CAAC office at 117 Zhonghua Lu. For a detailed flight schedule, please click here.

Railway station:
กก Shenyang is also the major railroad junction in Northeast China. There are two major railway stations in Shenyang. Trains heading for Beijing (9hours), Harbin (7hours), Guangzhou (55hours) and Shanghai (23hours) leave from the North Station on Beizhan Lu and trains to Dalian (6hours) usually leave from the South Station at Shengli Nan Jie.

Bus station:
Express buses connect Shenyang with cities in the Northeast ("Dongbei" - which means the three provinces Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang) such as Changchun (5hours) and Dalian (6hours) as well as with Beijing (8hours) and Tianjin (8hours). There are three long distance bus stations. So before you go, double check to make sure you're at the right one.

City transport:
Public transport in Shenyang may not be convenient and pleasant, sometimes even confusing. But taxi is a good means of going somewhere. The flagfall price is only RMB7 and RMB1.5 per kilometre after that. An average ride can rarely exceed RMB15.