The 17 best places to visit in Liaoning Province

 

Completed in 1970 in the provincial capital, Shenyang, is a statue known as, 'Long Live The Victory Of Mao Zedong Thought', dedicated to Chairman Mao, the communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the People's Republic Of China. Located in Zhongshan Square and surrounded by much smaller statues of peasants and workers, the main statue measures 9 metres (29.5 ft) high on an equally high base, making it one of the largest statues of Chairman Mao in the country.

17. Mao Zedong Statue

 

Completed in 1987 in Labour Park overlooking the port city of Dalian is the Dalian Sightseeing Tower. Standing 190 metres (623 ft) high upon the cities most prominent peak, this visually striking tower offers visitors a fantastic view over the Yellow Sea and the whole of Dalian.

16. Dalian Sightseeing Tower

South west from the provincial capital, Shenyang, on the eastern side of Liaodong Bay is the Bayuquan Mackerel Princess Mermaid Statue, located on a small piece of rock off the coast of Bayuquan. Depicting a mermaid standing on her tail, the statue measures 60 metres (197 ft) tall making it the largest statue in Liaoning Province.

15. Bayuquan Mackerel Princess Mermaid

 

In the far south east of the province, close to the border with China's Jilin Province is Wunü Mountain City, meaning, 'Mountain Of Five Women.' Measuring 821 metres (2694 ft) high, the mountain has a long history of human settlement. As the birthplace of the Goguryeo Kingdom and the site of the capital between 37 BC and 3 AD, the mountain today is a place of cultural and historical significance.

14. Wunu Mountain City

 

South east from the provincial capital, Shenyang, on the edge of Guanmenshan National Forest Park is the Guanmenshan Reservoir Scenic Area, a man made beauty spot. The reservoir between the mountains and forests makes a great location for visitors who wish to hike around the lake or take boat trips through this beautiful mountain scenery.

13. Guanmenshan Reservoir Scenic Area

 

At the southern end of the Liaodong Peninsula, in the port city of Dalian visitors will be met with the strange sight of Little Venice. Created at a cost of around $700 million dollars, the area is home to 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) of canals lined with European style buildings, based on the famous Italian city. Open to the public for gondola rides and shopping, the idea behind the project was to create an area free of polluting vehicles.

12. Dalian's 'Little Venice'

 

At the southern end of the Liaodong Peninsula, north east from the port city of Dalian is the Daheishan Scenic Area, a name that means 'Big Black Mountain'. As the name suggests, the terrain is one of rocky exposed mountains covered in sparse forests. Visitors can take a number of trails through the scenic area, passing many temples and great vista points with great views over the surrounding landscape.

11. Daheishan Scenic Area

South west from the provincial capital, Shenyang, slightly south east from the city of Anshan is the 44 square kilometre (17 square mile) Qianshan National Park, a name that literally translates as, 'Thousand Mountains'. Densely wooded, the Quinshan Mountains have paved hiking trails and steps climbing steeply up the hillsides and through the thick forest, taking visitors to incredible vista points. Cable car routes connect several of the parks peaks, though none go all the way up, leaving visitors with the task of climbing their own way to the summits. Among the temples, pagodas and shrines dotted atop some precarious cliff tops, the parks newest centrepiece is a naturally shaped mountain said to resemble the Maitreya Buddha. At 70 metres (230 ft) high it is claimed to be the largest naturally occurring image of Buddha in the world.

10. Qianshan National Park

 

South west from the provincial capital, Shenyang, in the city of Anshan is the Jade Buddha Palace, a temple complex that holds within it the largest jade Buddha statue in the world. Discovered in 1960, the enormous block of serpentinite measured 8 metres (26 ft) high, 7 metres (23 ft) wide and weighed 260 tons. Having taken 120 sculptors 18 months to complete, the front of the stone depicts the image of Guatama Buddha while the reverse depicts Guanyin Buddha. The wonderfully ornate building that houses the Jade Buddha statue is thought to be the tallest building of ancient Chinese architectural style in the country.

9. Jade Buddha Palace

 

Directly south from the provincial capital, Shenyang, north from the city of Dandong is the Fenghuangshan, known in English as the 'Phoenix Mountain'. One of Liaoning Province's four famous mountains, visitors can take the walkways and hanging glass balconies around, along and across this 836 metre (2,743 ft) giant rock to test their nerve and experience some amazingly high vistas with stunning viewpoints.

8. Fenghuangshan

 

In the south west of the province, on the northern side of Liaodong Bay is the ancient town of Xingcheng, one of the four best preserved Ming Dynasty ancient towns in China. Built with double fortified walls, a Ming Dynasty tradition, today only the inner wall remains, the outer having collapsed and eroded away. Its tiny traditional shops among the huge pagoda style watchtowers giving a glimpse of the wonders of the Ming Dynasty, Xingcheng Ancient Town has become one of the provinces most visited locations.

7. Xingcheng

 

Directly west from the provincial capital, Shenyang, is the Yiwulü Mountain National Nature Reserve, encompassing Yiwulü Mountain, or Lu Mountain, its name meaning 'Full Of Green'. Measuring 867 metres (2,844 ft) above sea level with a long history going back thousands of years, it is considered one of the three greatest mountains in northeastern China. Surrounded by a number of trails that take visitors through the beautiful natural landscape, the area is dotted with a number of temples, statues and shrines.

6. Yiwulü Mountain National Nature Reserve

 

First constructed in 1625 AD in the provincial capital, Shenyang, is the Mukdeng Palace, otherwise known as the Shenyang Imperial Palace. Built during the Qing Dynasty, the palace housed the first three Qing emperors before the capital was moved to Beijing. Today, operating as a museum, the complex holds over 300 Manchu style buildings and boasts more than 10,000 ancient relics. With such incredible historical importance, Mukdeng Palace has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Mukdeng Palace

 

First built in 1629 AD, east from the city centre on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Shenyang, is the Fuling Tomb, the mausoleum of Nurhaci and Empress Xiaocigao, the founding emperor of the Qing Dynasty and his wife. Constructed with traditional Chinese geomancy and feng shui theory, it features rich decoration of stone statues and carvings on a grand scale. As one of the three imperial tombs of the Qing Dynasty, the Fuling Mausoleum along with the Yongling Tomb and Zhaoling Tomb have been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. Fuling Mausoleum

 

Between the city of Dalian and the provincial capital, Shenyang, covering 110 square kilometres (42 square miles) is the Bingyugou Scenic Area, encompassing the beauty spot known as the Bingyu Valley. Nicknamed 'Little Guilin', this twisting river valley winds its way through steep cliffs and mountainous karst formations in an area of pristine countryside, offering visitors great opportunities for hiking and boat tours.

3. Bingyu Valley

At the north eastern end of Liaodong Bay is probably the most famous natural site in Liaoning Province, the Red Beach Of Panjin,part of the largest wetland and reed marsh in the world. The landscape is one of shallow seas and tidal lands, covered in the red plant, the Suaeda Salsa, one of a few plant species that can live in highly alkaline soil. Where the deep red Suaeda Salsa covers this vast area it has created a truly unique and alien landscape.

2. Red Beach Of Panjin

 

Dating from as far back as the 7th century BC, joined together, newly built and maintained right through to the end of the Ming Dynasty in the 17th century is the Great Wall Of China, regarded to be one of the most impressive feats of architecture in human history. With a total length of 21,196 kilometres (13,171 miles) the wall crosses the centuries, Dynasties and numerous provinces, making it the most famous symbol of China, one of the most notable man made structures on the planet, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders Of The World.

Stretching across Liaoning Province, the Great Wall enters from Hebei Province in the west, looping across Liaoning and ending in the south east close to the border with North Korea. Visitors to Liaonong have some good options for visiting the Great Wall, with two favourites including Hushan in the east, where the wall crosses the steep Tiger Mountain and Jiumenkou in the west, crossing rivers among beautiful mountain scenery.

1. The Great Wall Of China

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