Further Information




Living in Shenyang


Located in the center of Liaoning Province on the bank of the Hun River, Shenyang has a history that stretches back thousands of years. While modern Shenyang grows bigger by the day, glimpse into the past can still be found. Cultural and historical relics, from Neolithic ruins to Qing palaces, are still well preserved.

Shenyang's Forbidden City, the Qing dynasty's first imperial palace, is a major tourist attraction that is worth a visit. Also still standing in the city are four Buddhist pagodas that represented the cardinal points of the city in the 17th century.

Areas outside of the city also offer exciting things to do in your free time. In winter people flock to ski slopes and nearby hot springs. Summer is the perfect time to explore the surrounding countryside on your bike or hike through nearby mountain ranges.

Shenyang is not a tourist trap, so foreigners here enjoy a rich and authentic Chinese experience, at the same time as being able to locate the creature comforts that they have at home.

Cost of living

Unlike bigger cities like Beijing and Shanghai, Shenyang is still a very affordable city to live in a lower cost of living means that a teacher’s salary goes further every month, leaving them free to save, spend on travel, or even send money back home.

Below is a list of prices that is representative of the prices in Shenyang. If you want to check the prices in your local currency, just visit www.xe.com/ucc for an easy to use conversion tool.


Shenyang offers a wide range of dining experiences, from cheap meat kabobs on the street to exquisite hotel buffets.

Due to its history and location in northeast China, Korean and Japanese cuisines are both super popular in Shenyang.

Regional Chinese cuisines are also found in Shenyang, including spicy Sichuan and sweet Cantonese dishes. Western and other foreign restaurants are also widespread. Comfort foods such as New York style pizza or a nice Indian or Thai curry are favorites of our teachers.

As a rough guide:




Cost (in RMB)

Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant


Dinner for two in a mid-range restaurant, three-course


Combo Meal at McDonald's or similar


Domestic beer (0.5 liter draught)


Imported beer (0.33 liter bottle)


Coke/Pepsi (0.5 liter bottle)




Shoppers will love Shenyang. Shops and markets cater to all tastes and budgets, from buying groceries and your favorite comfort foods to buying souvenirs for friends and family back home. There are large supermarkets, Seven Eleven-style corner stores, and convenient fruit and vegetable markets offering a great range of fresh produce.

If you like fashion, the city has you covered. From giant luxury malls featuring high fashion labels(Prada, MiuMiu, Louis Vuitton) to shopping streets with Western favorites(H&M, Zara, New Look). Try not to get lost in the underground malls where you can practice your bartering skills.





Cost (in RMB)

Milk (regular), 1 liter


Loaf of bread


Eggs (12)


Cheese (1/4 kg)

35 - 40

Chicken breasts (boneless, skinless), (1kg)


Water (1.5 liter bottle)





Getting around in Shenyang is pretty cheap compared to most Western cities. Shenyang has a reliable public system of buses, and a new subway system which is continuously expanding its service. Taxis are not that expensive, but they can be hard to find just before the morning and afternoon rush hours. Of course, when the weather is nice many teachers prefer a bicycle to get around the city.

Travelling out of Shenyang to other cities is also super easy to do- as a major transportation hub, Shenyang is connected to most other cities via planes, trains and buses.

Sports and leisure

In their free time, our teachers love to indulge in a range of different hobbies and activities. Join our own teacher organized football/soccer matches each week, attend Chinese lessons with a local teacher, have a picnic at one of the many city parks, join kung fu lessons with a locally trained master or check out an open mic night often organized by foreigners in the city. You'll have tons of opportunities to pursue and discover your interests and passions!

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