Upon your arrival at Shenyang airport / train station, the local English speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.
Your exploration begins with the visit to Shenyang Imperial Palace. Located in the center area of Shenyang city, it was the royal palace of the initial Qing Dynasty and had served two great Emperors: Nurhaci and Huang Taiji. Covering the area of 63,272 square meters, Shenyang Imperial Palace, together with Forbidden City in Beijing, were the greatest and best-preserved imperial palaces in China. Visiting this huge palace, you will learn more history about the Qing Dynasty.
Later, continue your visit to Qing Dynasty Street. The former name was Xinzheng Street, built in the 31st year of Guangxu, Qing Dynasty, was a prosperous street which full of restaurants, inns, bistros and tea houses in ancient times. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular sights for people who go to Shenyang. Strolling down the street, you will not only see many local snacks and stores, but also be attracted by the special Qing Dynasty buildings.
After lunch, move on to visit the Commander Zhang's Mansion, also called the former residence of Zhang Xueliang, a great general during China Civil War Period. Covering an area of 36, 000 square meters, this mansion is famous for its diversified architectural styles including Chinese traditional style, Chinese and Western-style, Roman style, European style as well as Japanese style. Thus, it was listed as the National Modern Architectural Complex by our country in late 20th century. Today, you will follow your guide to visit this huge architectural complex by visiting its main buildings: Daqing Building, Xiaoqing Building, The Red Buildings and Lady Zhao Si’s Building.
You will spend longer time in Lady Zhao Si’s Building, once was the former residence of General Zhang Xueliang’s lover, Zhao Yidi. This building was specially built in Japanese style, and looked like an isolated castle inside the entire mansion. Visiting it, you will better know the romantic love story between General Zhang and Lady Zhao.
Last, you will come to the Zhongjie Pedestrian Street. Regarded as the earliest commercial and pedestrian street in Shenyang, this 1,500-meter street has over 350 years’ history. The lively night market, prosperous gold and silver market, stone market and grain market will definitely worth your visit.
Accommodation: Overnight in Shenyang