Wow! What a difference a year makes! Especially in a booming city like Shenyang.
We noticed a huge difference immediately when we arrived. A big expansion at Shenyang airport, road upgrades and a beautification project on the highway from the airport in to the city. The National Games( in Shenyang this year) are just 60 days away and lots of things being done to get ready.
This morning we had a city tour. Because we have “lived here and done that” and have seen many, many places in the city, we asked if we could modify our tour a bit. Sylvia our tour guide was EXCELLENT!! She understood and was willing to do whatever. It gave us opportunity to take care of some business ( get our banking card to work so we can have money, get a data plan for my ipad mini and check to see if our old Ikea and Metro cards worked) plus see some new places in the city.
It has been raining very hard the last two days in Shenyang and the drains are just not equipped to handle so much rain in a short period of time. There was a lot of flooding in the streets, and we saw many cars stalled and one poor woman who was waist high in a puddle of water. Traffic was busy and congested because of the poor road conditions and we got a bit of a late start.
We did some business things in the morning and we visited the Liaoning Province Museum. We had never visited the Liaoning Province Museum and it was very interesting especially the money room. It displayed all the different forms of currency through Chinese history. We even had a very nice gentleman that worked there give us more information when he saw we were very interested in the currency and the change over the years.We had a delicious lunch at one of Shenyang’s MOST famous restaurants. This restaurant is not famous for jaozi but that is what we had and it WAS so good! How I have missed jaozi.
In the afternoon we visited the National Games Park. We saw the National Games Park on the way to our hotel from the airport and it intrigued us. There is a sign with the games mascot counting down the days until the event as well as statues throughout the park that are a tribute to China’s football(soccer) team that did so well and qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2002, the FIRST time ever in Chinese Football history. It was very interesting and we, well David had fun goofing off a bit.
Then we went to Ikea and Metro and sure enough, our cards did not expire and we can use them without getting new! We even picked up our favorite salmon at Ikea.
A full day from 9am until 4:30pm, we headed back to the hotel…
Time for a little rest and a bite to eat before doing a second viewing of an apartment…this time at night. It was a very good day and the rain has stopped and it’s calling for sunning skies tomorrow! We are doing just GREAT!!