I googled it! I ALWAYS do for cities we visit. Actually I am gonna start doing that for Canada and Nova Scotia too. I’ve learned so many things, appreciate so much more and want to experience all and even the little things, BUT that’s a thought for another post or two…
I googled the Top 10 things to see/do in Shenyang and I have done all but two! # 7 Liaobin Pagoda（辽滨塔） and #4 Marshal Zhang’s Mansion（张氏帅府）
I really didn’t care to try and find the Pagoda, we’ve seen lots and it seemed out of the way but #4 Marshal Zhang’s Mansion is in the heart of Shenyang and I have never heard of it! So when I asked my Chinese friends about it, Li Dan Yao said she has been there and it is very nice but Wei Quan has not been there and offered to take me. He called today and said it is Wednesday! And Wednesday is the day that he usually takes me to teach at the school but since I am not this week he will take me to one last place in Shenyang!
Marshal Zhang’s Mansion is located in central Shenyang City and is the former residence of Zhuang Zuolin (chief of the Fengtian-faction Warlords) and his son Zhang Xueliang (a statesman of great achievements). Built in 1914, the mansion was converted into a museum in 2002. I guess it used to be a library when Wei Quan was a small boy.
Covering an area of 3.6 hectares, this mansion is a large architectural complex, composed of an east courtyard, middle courtyard, west courtyard and several buildings outside. The traditional Chinese-style courtyard houses and gardens are combined with the European-style Daqing Building, Bianye Bank and Honglou buildings. Xiaoqing Building and the Building of Miss Zhaosi. The mansion has been listed as an outstanding architectural complex in modern China.
So much history here. Just google the 1920 yang chang or the last warlord and there is so much interesting history and this is the place I visited today and didn’t even realize it was in Shenyang.