Shenyang is the capital of the Liaoning Province in Northeast China. In the seventeenth century, the city was called Mukden and was the center of the kingdom of Manchuria. The city’s main attraction, the Imperial Palace, originates from this period. It was built in 1626 and is the only imperial palace outside Beijing. Today, the city is an expansive metropolis with a population of nearly 4.7 million. It is a regional hub for transportation and industry and many companies, including the German firms BMW, Siemens and BASF, have production sites in Shenyang. The city has undertaken various measures to counteract the pollution caused by industrial and transport emissions. These measures include a new Metro system, more roadside vegetation and new parks and green spaces along the city’s river and canals. As a result, the city was named a ‘National Model City for Environmental Protection’.
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