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I am an American who lived Shenyang for almost six years, which is in the Northeast part of the People's Republic of China, and I started this Hub account to share my experiences and observations so that people interested can learn something, and people who travel to Shenyang (or anywhere in China) can have an idea of what to expect here.
China, the land where milk comes in a bag, not a carton, gallon, or jug.
Shenyang, though a little dirty and less developed than some of the bigger cities in China, is really an exceptional place. Everything a big developed city has, Shenyang has too, and has it Dongbei (Northeast) style! What does that mean? It means there is drinking, lots of delicious food, after parties, crazy fun, and hangovers every now and then. These are the good things, and of course, the good and the bad come hand-in-hand wherever you go in the world. I prefer to pay more attention to these, and less attention to the dirt, pollution, spitting, bribing and so on.
I love Shenyang more than any other city in China, because of these things. The weather in Shenyang is not too different from the weather in my hometown. It's cold in the winter, though the snow does not last a long time. It's hot in the summer, but it's not humid. It's never unbearably hot nor cold.
Shenyang is a very old city in China, with an Imperial Palace and North and East Tombs for two of the Qing Dynasty Emperors. There are a lot of very old and interesting things to see and a lot of historical information to be learned. In the future I will discuss all of this, and I hope to help all have a better insight to this very interesting city, the Chinese way of thinking, life as a foreigner in the Northeast part of China, The PRC itself, and much more. Please feel free to provide comments or questions, and I'll be happy to add posts about things that interest other readers and writers!
Ode to Shenyang
I took a lot of time to think about why I really love this city, and one night I wrote this poem about Shenyang. I hope you like it.
Do we have control over what fate will reveal?
Life’s full of mysteries and questions unanswered.
How can one know where they were meant to be?
Should we follow a feeling, or are there signs to be seen?
There is this place in the world I call my new home.
New, exciting, and very foreign to me.
Take a deep look, and its beauty begins to unfold.
Though Not with your eyes, but by your heart to behold.
This place is not very clean, it’s a little crowded and cruel,
Everywhere has its pros and cons.
Whether good or bad we can see what we choose.
So I see what can please, and on THAT I muse.
A seed was planted within my heart.
Telling me this is where I need to be.
Nurtured by experience growing strong and true.
Watered by love, friendship, and even happiness too.
If lost, upset, ill or alone,
I cannot linger in despair.
There’s always advice, a hand, peace of mind
And comforting friends to help me unwind.
As I tarry on in this far away place,
I’m happy to learn, to grow and help.
I’m so thankful for all the people I see.
And I’ll always remember how much HERE meant to me.