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Updated : 2020-03-04

Population: 8.32 million (2018)

Area: 13,000 square kilometers

Location: capital of Northeast China's Liaoning province

Administrative divisions

Shenyang city governs one county-level city - Xinmin, two counties - Faku county and Kangping county; and 10 districts - Heping district, Tiexi district, Hunnan district, Dadong district, Yuhong district, Sujiatun district, Huanggu district, Shenhe district, Liaozhong district and Shenbei new district.


Known as “the birthplace of a dynasty and two emperors”, Shenyang is one of the first national noted historic and cultural cities, boasting a proud history. It has three UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites –– Shenyang Palace Museum, Fuling Tomb and Zhaoling Tomb, as well as more than 1,500 historic and cultural relics including Xinle ruins, Family Temple for Xibe People, and Marshal Zhang’s Mansion Museum.


Shenyang is an important industrial center in China and is the core city of Shenyang Economic Zone. It has focused on heavy industry - particularly aerospace, machine tools, heavy equipment and defense. It has many advantageous industries such as automobile and component manufacturing, IC equipment, information, biomedical, modern agriculture sectors. In 2019, Shenyang recorded a GDP of 647.03 billion yuan ($93.31 billion), an increase of 4.2 percent over the previous year calculated at comparable prices. 

To date, Shenyang has developed economic and trade relations with 188 countries and regions. It also has attracted $42.8 billion of foreign investment and 76 out of the Fortune Global 500 companies invest and operate 112 projects in Shenyang.

Natural Resources

Shenyang has a total of 147,000 hectares of forest and 82,000 hectares of grassland. The amount of water resource reaches 3.26 billion cubic meters, including 1.14 billion cubic meters of surface water and 2.12 billion cubic meters of underground water. A total of 36 kinds of mineral products have been detected, 13 of which have verified deposits, containing 2 billion tons of coal and 10.7 billion cubic tons of natural gas.

Shenyang is located at the heart of Liaoning province. Within a 150 kilometers radius of the city, seven major industrial cities are spread out. These cities are Anshan, a steel base, Fushun, a coal base, Liaoyang, a chemical fiber base, Benxi, a coal and iron base, Panjin, a petroleum base, Tieling, a coal and granary site, and Fuxing, a power base. Together with shenyang, the seven cities form a city cluster with close economic ties, huge market capacity and great development potential.






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