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Shenyang Foreigner

Updated on June 30, 2013

Why Shenyang?

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!

Shenyang

This is a typical view in Shenyang.  Many of the buildings look like this, and though Shenyang is one of the largest cities in China, it's still developing and visitors can really feel that they are in a place that only recently began to modernize...
This is a typical view in Shenyang. Many of the buildings look like this, and though Shenyang is one of the largest cities in China, it's still developing and visitors can really feel that they are in a place that only recently began to modernize...
Shenyang has finally put her foot in the global economy, though it's still too early for her to make an impact, living here and teaching adults, I can definitely feel a difference from the first time I came here to visit, back in 2004.
Shenyang has finally put her foot in the global economy, though it's still too early for her to make an impact, living here and teaching adults, I can definitely feel a difference from the first time I came here to visit, back in 2004.
Soon to come... One of the most important things and best things about the culture and life here, is the food!  I can't wait to put posts together about that!!
Soon to come... One of the most important things and best things about the culture and life here, is the food! I can't wait to put posts together about that!!

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.

                    SHENYANG

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.

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      terry 6 years ago

      im so glad you could have such comments

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      LA 5 years ago

      Awesome! I saw the first genration of chenyang imigration~ good luck!

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      Joel 5 years ago

      In Shenyang streets are dirty

      The pavements broken up

      No sooner is a building built

      Then rubbish fills it up

      The ground floor grills are rusty

      The toilet seats fall off

      The water runs a trickle

      That’s when it’s not turned off

      But this is home to millions

      Of rich and poor alike

      This is a city on the move

      Just watch out for that bike!

      There’re buses running everywhere

      They run by day and night

      Hey! Even when it’s dark outside

      They run without a light.

      The police cars cruise around the streets

      Ignoring traffic lights

      So just be careful how you cross

      The pigs have all the rights

      They’re building here a subway

      More streamline and less fuss

      We’ll soon be sardines on train

      Instead of on a bus

      I took a bus to Taiyuan

      I didn’t want to stay

      On the wrong side of the city

      But I somehow lost my way

      So many routes, so vast a town

      So very far to go

      Next time I’ll take a taxi

      It won’t be quite as slow

      My sister has a step-through

      It helps her get to prayer

      In runs on electricity

      Takes her most anywhere

      Why would one live in Shenyang

      It’s kind of hard to know

      It’s just for many people

      There’s nowhere else to go

      Because of friends that’s why I’m here

      I like this crazy place

      I’ll overlook the detriments

      If God will give me grace

      The future is not mine to know

      The present is quite rough

      To make it through another year

      I’ll have to be quite tough

      You know in God I’m trusting

      He’ll never let me down

      And while I have a purpose

      I’m gonna stay in town

      Teaching kids is not so bad

      In fact it can be fun

      I’d rather have a class of ten

      Then to do it one-to-one

      My sister wants to send me ‘home’

      She deep down has a fear

      That if I choose stay around

      I could be just too near

      And so all things considered

      I don’t know what to say

      Shenyang is somehow drawing me

      Please don’t send me away!

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      Jake Z 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      FUN!!

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      Rex 3 years ago

      U r a funny guy!

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      Jake Z 3 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Hahaha, thanks! I miss Shenyang very much...

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      Dr Pran Rangan 2 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Thanks for information about Shenyang.

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