And for today…a history lesson

A little bit of Shenyang Ancient history!

We’ve been having so much fun together. There is never a lack of things to do in Shenyang. What I love about visitors coming is that we get to see some of the famous places again and again that we might only go to once.

Shenyang Imperial Palace. It is the only existing royal palace in China outside of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The main structure was built in 1625 when Nurhachi was in power. It was finished in 1636 by his son Abahai (Huangtaiji). Nurhachi and Abahai were both founding emperors of the Qing Dynasty.

Shenyang Imperial Palace is one twelfth the size of the Forbidden City in Beijing. It consists of more than 300 rooms, formed around 20 courtyards. There are three sections to the palace…

The eastern section contains the Hall of Great Affairs. Here emperors ascended the throne, enacted imperial edicts, and welcomed victorious generals and soldiers. The style of the buildings, characteristic of Han, Manchu and Mongolian cultures, all originated from the shape of a nomadic tent. The eastern section of the palace is representative of the whole palace.

The middle section is the place where Abahai held court. It is the most important building in the Shenyang Imperial Palace. The Phoenix Tower, a three-storied building, was the highest structure in the whole city at that time.

The western section was constructed by order of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799). Its main structure is the Wen Su Pavilion which contains the Complete Collection of Four Treasures. This building has a black roof because black was considered to represent water which could be used to extinguish a fire to protect the priceless books contained inside.

I love visiting the Imperial Palace. It is here that David & I dressed up as Emperor and his Empress and had a photo shoot done for our 2013 Christmas Card. I like to take my time walking the paths and the courtyard and imagine what life was like back in the Qing Dynasty.

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Lunch was Jiaozi ( and a few of the boys other favourites). It seemed fitting for today after exploring such a historic place.



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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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