Despite it’s current status as a major industrial hub in China, this ancient Manchurian capital has several historical sites worth a visit. With just one full day in the city we focused on a couple of the main spots – Mukden Palace and Beiling Park.

Mukden Palace

We spent around half a day exploring this ancient imperial palace, which has several courtyards, impressive buildings, small museums and pretty gardens to visit. It’s not quite as well done-up as the famous forbidden city in Beijing but a similar architectural style, actually I rather liked the more old-looking buildings compared to the brightly repainted examples in the capital.

Beiling Park

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Beiling park (also containing the Zhaoling tomb) was a lovely garden for a light stroll around flowers and a lake. We came in the evening when things were starting to quieten down, but there were still several people on peddle boats on the lake, square-dancing on the paths or cycling around – these seem to be very common sights in Chinese public parks!

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