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Location of Shenyang City in Liaoning and the PRC
Location of Shenyang City in Liaoning and the PRC
CountryPeople's Republic of China
 • Party SecretaryZeng Wei (曾维)
 • MayorLi Yingjie (李英杰)
 • Sub-provincial city12,942 km2 (4,997 sq mi)
 • Urban
3,464 km2 (1,337 sq mi)
55 m (180 ft)
 (2010 census)
 • Sub-provincial city8,106,171
 • Density626.346/km2 (1,622.23/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density1,658.12/km2 (4,294.5/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard Time)
Postal code
License plate prefixes辽A
GDP (2010)CNY 501.5 billion[1]
 - per capitaCNY 79,106[1]
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 沈阳
Traditional Chinese 瀋陽
Hanyu Pinyin Shěnyáng
Literal meaning the city to the north of Shen River or submerge light
Manchu name
Manchu ᠮᡠᡴ᠋ᡩᡝ᠋ᠨ(Mukden)

Shenyang or Mukden is the capital and largest city of Liaoning Province in northeast China. Shenyang was first used by the Manchu people as their capital in the 17th century. Today it is the biggest city in the Northeast.

Shenyang is the transport and commercial hub of China's northeast–particularly with Japan, Russia, and Korea. Shenyang is the railway hub of northeast China. Eight railways connect Shenyang with Beijing, Dalian, Changchun, Harbin and Fushun.

The city’s name means "the city to the north of Shen River". It comes from the Hun River on the city’s south side, which used to be called the Shen River. People started living here 7,200 years ago.

Major companies

Many major industrial companies have their headquarters in Shenyang. Brilliance Auto is a major Chinese automobile manufacturer. Most of its production plants are also in Shenyang. Shenyang Aircraft Corporation makes airplanes for civilian use as well as for the PLAAF. Neusoft Group is the biggest software company in China. Shenyang Machine Tool Group is the largest machine tool manufacturer in China. Tyco International, General Motors, and Michelin Shenyang Tire Corporation, are expanding their operations in Shenyang due to a deep pool of skilled technical labor; good transportation; low land-use fees; and solid local support.


Shenyang is famous for its football tradition. The local football team is the Liaoning F.C., in the Chinese Super League. Another Chinese Super League team, Shenyang Jinde moved to Changsha in 2007. Shenyang Olympic Sports Centre Stadium was a venue for the football preliminary of 2008 Summer Olympics.

Shenyang Sport University is a famous professional sports university in China. The university is the training base for winter sports in China and has many Olympic champions.

Colleges and universities

Twin towns and sister cities

Shenyang is twinned with: