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LIAONING (Chinese : 辽宁; pinyin : Liáoníng ) is a province of China
China
, located in the northeast of the country. The modern province was established in 1907 as FENGTIAN or FENGTIEN province and the name was changed to Liaoning
Liaoning
in 1929. It was also known as MUKDEN province at the time, for the Manchu
Manchu
pronunciation of Shengjing, the former name of the provincial capital Shenyang
Shenyang
. Under the Japanese-puppet Manchukuo
Manchukuo
regime, the province reverted to its 1907 name but the name Liaoning
Liaoning
was restored in 1945 and again in 1954.

Liaoning
Liaoning
is the southernmost part of Manchuria
Manchuria
, the Chinese Northeast. It is also known in Chinese as "the Golden Triangle" from its shape and strategic location, with the Yellow Sea ( Korea Bay and Bohai Sea
Bohai Sea
) in the south, North Korea
North Korea
's North Pyongan and Chagang provinces in the southeast, Jilin to the northeast, Hebei to the southwest, and Inner Mongolia to the northwest. The Yalu River marks its border with North Korea
North Korea
, emptying into the Korea Bay between Dandong in Liaoning
Liaoning
and Sinuiju in North Korea.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Paleontology * 4 Politics * 5 Administrative divisions

* 6 Economy

* 6.1 Agriculture
Agriculture
* 6.2 Mining * 6.3 Oil * 6.4 Industry
Industry
* 6.5 Trade * 6.6 Economic and technological development zones

* 6.7 Regional development strategies

* 6.7.1 Central Liaoning
Liaoning
City Cluster ( Shenyang
Shenyang
Metro Area) * 6.7.2 Liaoning
Liaoning
Coastal Economic Belt

* 7 Demography * 8 Religion * 9 Tourism

* 10 Education

* 10.1 Colleges and universities

* 11 Sports * 12 See also * 13 Notes * 14 References * 15 External links

HISTORY

Shenyang
Shenyang
, the capital of Liaoning
Liaoning
Province

Liaoning
Liaoning
is located in the southern part of Northeast China
China
. In the past, it formed part of Korean kingdoms as Gojoseon , Goguryeo
Goguryeo
, and Balhae
Balhae
, as well as Chinese polities such as the Yan State (of the Zhou Dynasty ) and the Han Dynasty
Han Dynasty
. It was also inhabited by non-Han peoples such as Xiongnu
Xiongnu
, Donghu , Xianbei . In addition, the Khitan , Jurchen , Mongol Empire and Northern Yuan ruled Liaoning. The Ming Liaodong Wall (in purple)

The Ming Empire took control of Liaoning
Liaoning
in 1371, just three years after the expulsion of the Mongols from Beijing. Around 1442, a defense wall was constructed to defend the agricultural heartland of the province from a potential threat from the Jurchen-Mongol Oriyanghan (who were Ming's tributaries) from the northwest. Between 1467 and 1468, the wall was expanded to protect the region from the northeast as well, against attacks from Jianzhou Jurchens (who were later to become known as the Manchu
Manchu
people ). Although similar in purpose to the Great Wall of China
China
, this " Liaodong Wall" was of a lower-cost design. While stones and tiles were used in some parts, most of the wall was in fact simply an earth dike with moats on both sides. The late-Ming Liaodong (eastern Liaoning) separated by the wall from the "Kingdom of the Jurchen " (Regno di Niuche). The map was created during the early Qing, and mentions that "presently" the Jurchen (Tartari del Kin ) have already conquered the rest of China
China

Despite the Liaodong Wall, the Manchus conquered Liaodong, or eastern Liaoning, in the early 17th century, decades before the rest of China fell to them. The Manchu
Manchu
dynasty, styled "Later Jin", established its capital in 1616–1621 in Xingjing (兴京), which was located outside of the Liaodong Wall in the eastern part of the modern Liaoning Province (today's ruins of Hetu Ala at Xilaocheng Village in Xinbin Manchu
Manchu
Autonomous County (新宾满族自治县), part of Fushun City). It was moved to Dongjing (east of today's Liaoyang , Liaoning), and finally in 1625 to Shengjing (now, Shenyang
Shenyang
, Liaoning). Although the main Qing capital was moved from Shengjing to Beijing
Beijing
after it fell to the Qing in 1644, Shengjing retained its importance as a regional capital throughout most of the Qing era.

The Qing conquest of Liaoning
Liaoning
resulted in a significant population loss in the area, as many local Chinese residents were either killed during fighting, or fled south of the Great Wall , many cities being destroyed by the retreating Ming forces themselves. As late as 1661, the Civil Governor (Fuyin) of Fengtian Province, Zhang Shangxian reported that, outside of Fengtian City (Shenyang), Liaoyang , and Haicheng , all other cities east of the Liaohe were either abandoned, or hardly had a few hundred residents left. In the Governor's words, " Tieling and Fushun only have a few vagrants". West of the Liaohe , only Ningyuan , Jinzhou
Jinzhou
, and Guangning had any significant populations remaining. Liaodong (Leao-Tong) in the early Qing, surrounded by the Willow Palisade. This map, published in 1734, was based on data collected by Jesuits in the early 18th century. The capital is in Shenyang
Shenyang
(Chinyang); most other cities mentioned in Governor Zhang's report are shown as well

In the latter half of the seventeenth century (starting with laws issued in 1651 and 1653), the imperial Qing government recruited migrants from south of the Great Wall (notably, from Shandong ) to settle the relatively sparsely populated area of Fengtian Province (roughly corresponding to today's Liaoning). Many of the current residents of Liaoning
Liaoning
trace their ancestry to these seventeenth century settlers. The rest of China's Northeast, however, remained officially off-limits to Han Chinese for most of the Manchu
Manchu
era. To prevent the migration of Chinese to those regions (today's Jilin and Heilongjiang , as well as the adjacent parts of Inner Mongolia ), the so-called Willow Palisade was constructed (ca. 1638 – ca. 1672). The Palisade encircled the agricultural heartlands of Fengtian, running in most areas either somewhat outside the old Ming Liaodong Wall, or reusing it, and separating it from the Manchu
Manchu
forests to the northeast and the Mongol grazing lands to the northwest.

Later on, the Qing government tried to stop the migrants flow to Fengtian or even to make some settlers return to their original places of residence – or, failing that, to legalize them. For example, an edict issued in 1704 commented on the recent Han Chinese settlers in Fengtian having failed to comply with earlier orders requiring them to leave, and asked them either to properly register and join a local defense group (保; bao), or to leave the province for their original places within the next ten years. Ten years later, naturally, another edict appeared, reminding of the necessity to do something with illegal migrants... In any event, the restrictive policy was not as effective as desired by the officials in Beijing, and Fengtian's population doubled between 1683 and 1734.

During the Qing Dynasty, Manchuria
Manchuria
was ruled by three generals, one of whom, the General of Shengjing (Mukden i Jiyanggiyūn) ruled much of modern Liaoning. In 1860, the Manchu
Manchu
government began to reopen the region to migration, which quickly resulted in Han Chinese becoming the dominant ethnic group in the region.

In the 20th century, the province of Fengtian was set up in what is Liaoning
Liaoning
today. When Japan
Japan
and Russia
Russia
fought the Russo-Japanese War in 1904–1905, many key battles took place in Liaoning, including the Battle of Port Arthur and the Battle of Mukden , which was, to that point, the largest land battle ever fought. During the Warlord Era
Warlord Era
in the early twentieth century, Liaoning
Liaoning
was under the Fengtian Clique , including Zhang Zuolin and his son Zhang Xueliang
Zhang Xueliang
. The province first received its present name on January 29, 1929; the Zhongdong Railway Incident took place later that year. In 1931, Japan
Japan
invaded and the area came under the rule of the Japanese -controlled puppet state of Manchukuo
Manchukuo
. The Chinese Civil War that took place following Japanese defeat in 1945 had its first major battles (the Liaoshen Campaign ) in and around Liaoning. Dalian
Dalian
, second largest city in Liaoning Province

At the founding of the People\'s Republic of China
China
in 1949, Liaoning did not exist; instead there were two provinces, Liaodong and Liaoxi , as well as five municipalities , Shenyang, Lüda (present-day Dalian ), Anshan , Fushun , and Benxi
Benxi
. These were all merged into "Liaoning" in 1954, and parts of former Rehe province were merged into Liaoning in 1955. During the Cultural Revolution
Cultural Revolution
Liaoning
Liaoning
also took in a part of Inner Mongolia , though this was reversed later.

Liaoning
Liaoning
was one of the first provinces in China
China
to industrialize, first under Japanese occupation, and then even more in the 1950s and 1960s. The city of Anshan, for example, is home to one of the largest iron and steel complexes in China. In recent years, this early focus on heavy industry has become a liability, as many of the large state-run enterprises have experienced economic difficulties. Recognizing the special difficulties faced by Liaoning
Liaoning
and other provinces in Northeast China
China
because of their heritage of heavy industry, the Chinese central government recently launched a " Revitalize the Northeast " Campaign.

GEOGRAPHY

Landsat 7 image of western Liaoning
Liaoning

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It is possible to think of Liaoning
Liaoning
as three approximate geographical regions: the highlands in the west, plains in the middle, and hills in the east.

The highlands in the west are dominated by the Nulu\'erhu Mountains , which roughly follow the border between Liaoning
Liaoning
and Inner Mongolia . The entire region is dominated by low hills.

The central part of Liaoning
Liaoning
consists of a basin drained by rivers such as the Liao , Daliao , and their tributaries. This region is mostly flat and low-lying.

The eastern part of Liaoning
Liaoning
is dominated by the Changbai Shan and Qianshan ranges, which extend into the sea to form the Liaodong Peninsula . The highest point in Liaoning, Mount Huabozi (1336 m), is found in this region.

Liaoning
Liaoning
has a continental monsoon climate, and rainfall averages to about 440 to 1130 mm annually. Summer is rainy while the other seasons are dry.

Major cities:

* Shenyang
Shenyang
* Dalian
Dalian
* Anshan * Liaoyang * Fushun * Dandong * Jinzhou
Jinzhou
* Yingkou

PALEONTOLOGY

Main article: Jehol Biota

Liaoning
Liaoning
contains some of the foremost paleontological sites in the world. Known collectively as the Jehol Group , they include the Yixian Formation , Jiufotang Formation
Jiufotang Formation
and Tiaojishan Formation . The name Jehol derives from a now defunct provincial division of that name, which covered an area that is now Western Liaoning, Eastern Hebei, and a small part of Inner Mongolia. Fossils were first found there during the 1920s. During the Japanese occupation of the area through the 1930s and early 1940s, more fossils were found, but records of them were lost after World War II ended. The area remained relatively unexplored until the 1990s. It was in 1996 that Liaoning
Liaoning
made the headlines with the announcement of the discovery of Sinosauropteryx prima , the first example of a filamented "feathered" dinosaur . Sinosauropteryx prima
Sinosauropteryx prima
was a small feathered meat-eating dinosaur, from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation . This discovery pushed the evolution of feathers back in time and showed that dinosaurs, not only birds, had feathers. It also showed a direct evolutionary link between theropod dinosaurs and modern birds.

Since then, dozens of ground-breaking finds have been discovered throughout the Jehol group. These including the earliest flower, earliest eutherian mammal , known as Eomaia
Eomaia
, the earliest known metatherian , an intact embryo of a pterosaur , Repenomamus robustus —a 15 kg heavy mammal that ate dinosaurs, Sinornithosaurus millenii , as well as many birds and feathered dinosaurs . Discoveries such as Dilong paradoxus , another feathered theropod, date to the early Cretaceous Period. This is some 60 million years before Tyrannosaurus, and thus these discoveries push the evolution of feathers earlier than previously thought.

The Liaoning
Liaoning
fossils are noted for their high degree of preservation—often including soft body tissues, which is rare. Aside from the famous birds and feathered dinosaurs, the Liaoning fossils include insects, fish, aquatic arthropods, and plants. The Liaoning
Liaoning
deposit is widely considered to be the one of the world's premier fossil sites. The high level of preservation is believed to be due to how the animals died. The area was volcanically active, and large plumes of volcanic dust repeatedly covered the area, instantly killing and burying any living thing in the area. The extremely fine grain of the sediment and the chemical composition of the ash prevented the usual bacterial decay. In some specimens, extremely fine details can be seen such as the proboscis of the bee Florinemestruis used to drink nectar from the earliest flowers. In other specimens, colours are still visible, including stripes on fish and spots on turtles.

POLITICS

Main articles: Politics of Liaoning and List of provincial leaders of the People\'s Republic of China
China

The politics of Liaoning
Liaoning
is structured in a single party-government system like all other governing institutions in mainland China. The Governor of Liaoning
Liaoning
(辽宁省省长) is the highest-ranking official in the People's Government of Liaoning. However, in the province's single party-government governing system, the Governor has less power than the Communist Party of China
China
Liaoning
Liaoning
Provincial Committee Secretary (辽宁省委书记 for short), colloquially termed the " Liaoning
Liaoning
Party Chief".

Previous to 1949 and the takeover of the Communist forces, Liaoning was governed by the Fengtian clique of warlords and interchangeably officials of the Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
bureaucracy. During the Qing Dynasty Liaoning
Liaoning
was known as the province of FENGTIAN (奉天), and was governed by a zǒngdū or Viceroy (The Viceroy of the Three Eastern Provinces, Chinese : 东三省总督), along with the provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang . The province itself also had a governor (巡抚; xúnfǔ).

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

Main articles: List of administrative divisions of Liaoning and List of township-level divisions of Liaoning
Liaoning

Liaoning
Liaoning
is divided into fourteen prefecture-level divisions , all prefecture-level cities (including two sub-provincial cities ):

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS OF LIAONING

№ DIVISION CODE ENGLISH NAME CHINESE PINYIN AREA IN KM2 POPULATION 2010 SEAT DIVISIONS

DISTRICTS COUNTIES AUT. COUNTIES CL CITIES

210000 LIAONING 辽宁省 Liáoníng Shěng 145900.00 43,746,323 Shenyang
Shenyang
59 17 8 16

1 210100 SHENYANG 沈阳市 Shěnyáng Shì 12860.00 8,106,171 Hunnan District 10 2

1

2 210200 DALIAN 大连市 Dàlián Shì 12573.85 6,690,432 Xigang District 7 1

2

3 210300 ANSHAN 鞍山市 Ānshān Shì 9252.00 3,645,884 Tiedong District 4 1 1 1

7 210400 FUSHUN 抚顺市 Fǔshùn Shì 11272.00 2,138,090 Shuncheng District 4 1 2

4 210500 BENXI 本溪市 Běnxī Shì 8420.00 1,709,538 Pingshan District 4

2

6 210600 DANDONG 丹东市 Dāndōng Shì 15289.61 2,444,697 Zhenxing District 3

1 2

10 210700 JINZHOU 锦州市 Jǐnzhōu Shì 9890.62 3,126,463 Taihe District 3 2

2

14 210800 YINGKOU 营口市 Yíngkǒu Shì 5365.46 2,428,534 Zhanqian District 4

2

8 210900 FUXIN 阜新市 Fùxīn Shì 10354.99 1,819,339 Xihe District 5 1 1

11 211000 LIAOYANG 辽阳市 Liáoyáng Shì 4743.24 1,858,768 Baita District 5 1

1

12 211100 PANJIN 盘锦市 Pánjǐn Shì 4071.10 1,392,493 Xinglongtai District 3 1

13 211200 TIELING 铁岭市 Tiělǐng Shì 12979.69 2,717,732 Yinzhou District 2 3

2

5 211300 CHAOYANG 朝阳市 Cháoyáng Shì 19698.00 3,044,641 Shuangta District 2 2 1 2

9 211400 HULUDAO 葫芦岛市 Húludǎo Shì 10414.94 2,623,541 Longgang District 3 2

1

Sub-provincial cities

These prefecture-level cities are in turn divided into 100 county-level divisions (56 districts , 17 county-level cities , 19 counties , and 8 autonomous counties ), which are then further subdivided into 1511 township-level divisions (613 towns , 301 townships , 77 ethnic townships , and 520 subdistricts ).

ECONOMY

Liaoning
Liaoning
has the largest provincial economy of Northeast China. Its nominal GDP for 2011 was 2.20 trillion yuan (ca. US$348 billion), making it the 7th largest in China
China
(out of 31 provinces). Its per capita GDP was 41,782 yuan (US$6,172). Among the three provinces of Northeast China
China
, Liaoning
Liaoning
is the largest in terms of GDP.

In 2008, Liaoning
Liaoning
was the region with the highest GDP growth among global G8x8, the eight provinces or states below national level with the highest GDP of the top eight GDP nations. According to preliminary statistics, Liaoning
Liaoning
maintained its GDP growth rate of 13.1 percent in 2009 and held its position as the province with the highest economic growth. Economic growth has since slowed down, with the economy expanding 3% in 2015 and contracting 1.3% in the first quarter of 2016.

Leading industries include petrochemicals, metallurgy, electronics telecommunications, and machinery. On a national level, Liaoning
Liaoning
is a major producer of pig iron, steel and metal-cutting machine tools, all of whose production rank among the top three in the nation. Liaoning is one of the most important raw materials production bases in China. Industries such as mining, quarrying, smelting and pressing of ferrous metals, petroleum and natural gas extraction, are all of great significance.

Meanwhile, Liaoning
Liaoning
is an important production base of equipment and machinery manufacturing, with Shenyang
Shenyang
and Dalian
Dalian
being the industrial centers. Enterprises such as Shenyang
Shenyang
Jinbei Co. Ltd., Daxian Group Co. Ltd., and Shenyang
Shenyang
Machine Tool Co. Ltd., are leaders in their sectors. The province’s light industry mainly focuses on textiles and clothing industries which include cotton and wool spinning, chemical fiber production, knitting, silk production, and the manufacturing of both garments and textile machinery.

In 2008, its tertiary industry accounted for 34.5 percent of total GDP. In the future, Liaoning
Liaoning
will continue its efforts to restructure large and medium-sized state enterprises. Meanwhile, the province will concentrate in developing its four pillar industries – petrochemicals, metallurgy, machinery and electronics.

AGRICULTURE

Main agricultural products of Liaoning
Liaoning
include maize , sorghum , and soybeans . The region around Dalian
Dalian
produces three-quarters of China's exported apples and peaches . Cotton
Cotton
is also produced.

Liaoning's fruits include apples from Dalian
Dalian
and Yingkou , golden peaches from Dalian, pears from Beizhen of Jinzhou
Jinzhou
, white pears from Huludao and Suizhong, and apricots and plums from Gushan of Dandong .

MINING

Liaoning
Liaoning
has the most iron , magnesite , diamond , and boron deposits among all province-level subdivisions of China. Liaoning
Liaoning
is also an important source of petroleum and natural gas . Salt
Salt
is produced along the coast.

OIL

Along with Liaoning's rich mineral reserves, the province also has abundant deposits of crude oil, especially in the Liaohe Oilfield.

INDUSTRY

Liaoning
Liaoning
is one of China's most important industrial bases, covering a wide range of industries, such as machinery , electronics , metal refining, petroleum , chemical industries, construction materials, coal , and so on.

The sea off Dalian
Dalian
abounds with quality seafood , such as abalones , sea cucumbers , scallops , prawns , crabs , and sea urchins . The big fish of Dandong , the jellyfish of Yingkou , and the clams of Panjin are known worldwide for their good tastes right from the sea and in products made in Liaoning
Liaoning
for export domestically and internationally.

TRADE

The cities of Dalian
Dalian
, Dandong and Yingkou have been developed as major ports and economic gateways to all of northeast China
China
.

ECONOMIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT ZONES

Of the development zones formally recognized by the PRC State Council, 56 are located in Liaoning, including 14 on the national level and 42 on the provincial level. These zones are further grouped into Economic Development Zones, High-Tech Zones, Free Trade and Export Processing Zones, and Special
Special
Development Zones.

* Shenyang
Shenyang
Cross-Strait Science Industrial Zone

In October 1995, the Shenyang
Shenyang
Cross-Strait Science Industrial Zone was approved to be established by State Council. The Shenyang Cross-Strait Science Industrial Zone is the only zone established as part of the Shenyang
Shenyang
Hunnan Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. It has a total area of 5 km2 (1.9 sq mi). It welcomes international investment. It focuses on the development of instruments manufacturing, telecommunication, bio-pharmaceuticals, electronics, and new materials.

* Liaoning
Liaoning
Shenyang
Shenyang
Export Processing Zone

The Liaoning
Liaoning
Shenyang
Shenyang
Zhangshi Export Processing Zone was approved to be established by the state government in June 2005. It is located in the national-level Shenyang
Shenyang
Economic & Technological Development Zone, with a planned area of 62 km2 (24 sq mi) and current area of 14.1 km2 (5.4 sq mi). It encourages and focuses on the development of auto and auto parts, electronics, precision machinery, new energy, new materials, and the fine chemical industry.

* Shenyang
Shenyang
Economic and Technological Development Zone * Shenyang
Shenyang
Hunnan Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone

The Shenyang
Shenyang
Hunnan Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone used to be called the Shenyang
Shenyang
Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. Established in 1988, it is a national high-tech development zone approved by the State Council. The zone is located in western Shenyang
Shenyang
City with an area of 32 square kilometres (12 sq mi). Its encouraged industries include electronic information, new materials, biological engineering, energy saving, and environmental protection.

* Anshan Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone * Dalian
Dalian
Economic & Technological Development Zone

The Dalian
Dalian
Economic & Technological Development Zone (now known as the " Dalian
Dalian
Development Area") was established in September 1984, as one of the first of the China
China
National Economic and Technological Development Zones. The zone had a GDP of 70.31 billion yuan in 2007 and the total volume of its import and export trade was 14.92 billion dollars, which accounts for a quarter of such trade for all of Liaoning
Liaoning
Province. Most of the enterprises in Dalian
Dalian
ETDZ are factories owned by foreign enterprises, especially from Japan, South Korea and the United States, such as Canon, Pfizer, Toshiba, and Intel.

* Dalian
Dalian
Export Processing Zone

The Dalian
Dalian
Export Processing Zone was approved to be set up by the State Council in April 2000, with a planned area of 2.95 km2 (1.14 sq mi). It is divided into two parts, A Zone and B Zone. A Zone has a construction area of 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi), and started operation in May 2001. All the basic infrastructure is available, which includes road, water, gas, and power supply, telecommunication, and so on. A Zone promotes industries such as home appliances, lighting, machinery, construction materials, and medical instruments.

* Dalian
Dalian
Free Trade Zone

The Dalian
Dalian
Free Trade Zone was approved to be set up by the government in May, 1992. Policies include duty-free trade. It has attracted some leading industries, such as electronics, machinery, and plastics.

* Dalian
Dalian
Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone

The Dalian
Dalian
Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone was approved to be a national-level development zone in 1991. It has a total area of 35.6 square kilometres (13.7 sq mi). It focuses on and encourages the following industries: electronic information, bio-pharmaceuticals, and new materials.

* Dandong Border Economic Corporation Zone

The Dandong Border Economic Corporation Zone was approved to be a national-level development zone in 1992. It is located in the bank of Yalu River, and opposite Sinuiju , a North Korean city. It promotes industries such as electronic information, machinery manufacturing, and bio-pharmaceuticals.

* Yingkou Economic Yingkou Coastal Industrial Base; Liaoxi Jinzhou Bay Coastal Economic Zone; Dandong , and the Zhuanghe Huayuankou Industrial Zone.

The five zones together cover a planned area of nearly 500 square kilometres (190 sq mi).

The "One Line" mentioned in the strategy represents a new series of motorways along the coast. The coastline of 1,433 kilometers will become the connection between the five above zones, through which 6 provincial cities, 21 counties and 113 towns will be interlinked. Coastal motorways directly connect the entire string of five zones along the Bohai sea.

DEMOGRAPHY

HISTORICAL POPULATION

YEAR POP. ±%

1912 12,133,000 —

1928 15,233,000 +25.6%

1936-37 15,254,000 +0.1%

1947 10,007,000 −34.4%

1954 18,545,147 +85.3%

1964 26,946,200 +45.3%

1982 35,721,693 +32.6%

1990 39,459,697 +10.5%

2000 41,824,412 +6.0%

2010 43,746,323 +4.6%

Liaoning
Liaoning
Province was known as Fengtian Province until 1929. Shenyang
Shenyang
part of Liaoning
Liaoning
Province until 1947; dissolved in 1954 and incorporated into Liaoning
Liaoning
Province. Dalian
Dalian
(Lüda) part of Liaoning
Liaoning
Province until 1947; dissolved in 1954 and incorporated into Liaoning
Liaoning
Province. Andong Province ( Liaodong Province) split from Liaoning
Liaoning
Province in 1947; dissolved in 1954 and incorporated into Liaoning
Liaoning
Province. Liaobei Province split from Liaoning
Liaoning
Province in 1947; dissolved in 1949 and parts were incorporated into Liaoning
Liaoning
Province. Rehe Province incorporated into a province in 1928; dissolved in 1955 and parts were incorporated into Liaoning
Liaoning
Province. Liaoxi Province split from Liaoning
Liaoning
Province in 1949; dissolved in 1954 and incorporated into Liaoning
Liaoning
Province.

The population of Liaoning
Liaoning
is mostly Han Chinese with minorities of Manchus , Mongols , Hui , Koreans and Xibe .

ETHNIC GROUPS IN LIAONING, 2000 CENSUS

NATIONALITY POPULATION PERCENTAGE

Han Chinese 35,105,991 83.94%

Manchu
Manchu
5,385,287 12.88%

Mongol 669,972 1.60%

Hui 264,407 0.632%

Koreans 241,052 0.576%

Xibe 132,615 0.317%

Excludes members of the People\'s Liberation Army in active service. Source: Department of Population, Social, Science and Technology Statistics of the National Bureau of Statistics of China (国家统计局人口和社会科技统计司) and Department of Economic Development of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of China (国家民族事务委员会经济发展司), eds. Tabulation on Nationalities of 2000 Population Census of China (《2000年人口普查中国民族人口资料》). 2 vols. Beijing: Nationalities Publishing House (民族出版社), 2003. (ISBN 7-105-05425-5 )

RELIGION

Religion in Liaoning
Liaoning
(2012) Non religious and traditional faiths (91.3%) Buddhism
Buddhism
(5.5%) Protestantism (2.2%) Islam (0.6%) Catholicism
Catholicism
(0.2%) Others (0.1%)

According to a 2012 survey only around 10% of the population of Liaoning
Liaoning
belongs to organised religions, the largest groups being Buddhists with 5.5%, followed by Protestants with 2.2%, Muslims with 0.6% and Catholics with 0.2%. Jade
Jade
Buddha Temple in Anshan

The reports didn't give figures for other types of religion; around 90% of the population may be either irreligious or involved in Chinese folk religions (cults of nature deities and ancestors), Buddhism
Buddhism
, Confucianism
Confucianism
, Taoism
Taoism
, folk religious sects .

The significant Manchu
Manchu
population, although strongly assimilated to the Han Chinese and practicing Chinese religions, also retains its own pure Manchu
Manchu
shamanism . At the same time, the local religion of the Han people throughout Manchuria
Manchuria
has developed patterns of deities, ideas, and practices inherited from Manchu
Manchu
and Tungus shamanism, making it quite different from central and southern Chinese folk religion. The Mongol ethnic minority either follows the Mongolian folk religion and shamanism, or Tibetan Buddhism
Buddhism
. Further information: Religion in Northeast China
China

TOURISM

Chongzheng Hall in the Mukden Palace

The Mukden Palace was the palace of the Qing Dynasty
Qing Dynasty
emperors before they conquered the rest of China
China
and moved their capital to Beijing
Beijing
. Though not as large nor as well known as its counterpart (the Forbidden City ) in Beijing, the Mukden palace is significant for its representation of palace architecture at the time, and has recently been included on the UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
as an extension of the Imperial Palace site in Beijing.

In addition, three imperial tombs dating from the Qing Dynasty
Qing Dynasty
are located in Liaoning. These tomb sites have been grouped with other Ming and Qing Dynasties tombs (such as the Ming Dynasty
Ming Dynasty
Tombs in Beijing, and the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum in Nanjing
Nanjing
) as a combined UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site.

Wunu Mountain City
Wunu Mountain City
, a Goguryeo
Goguryeo
site found in Huanren Manchu Autonomous County , is part of a combined UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site that also includes sites in Ji\'an , Jilin .

Benxi
Benxi
offers a boat ride though a large stalactite filled cave and underground river.

Anshan hosts the Jade Buddha Palace , the largest Buddha statue made of jade in the world.

Liaoyang , one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in northeast China, has a number of historical sites, including the White Pagoda (Baita), that dates to the Yuan Dynasty
Yuan Dynasty
.

The port city of Dalian
Dalian
, located on the tip of the Liaodong Peninsula , is a tourist destination in its own right, with beaches, resorts, zoos, seafood, shopping, Russian- and Japanese-era heritage architecture, and streetcars , a rare sight in China.

Dandong , on the border with North Korea
North Korea
, is a medium-sized city that offers a cross-river view of the North Korean city of Sinŭiju .

Bijia Mountain is a curious island which joins to the mainland at low tide by a land bridge.

EDUCATION

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

See also: List of universities and colleges in Liaoning

Under the national Ministry of Education:

* Northeastern University * Dalian
Dalian
University of Technology

Under various other national agencies:

* National Police University of China
China
* Dalian
Dalian
Maritime University * Dalian
Dalian
Nationalities University

Under the provincial government:

* China
China
Medical University * Shenyang
Shenyang
Normal University * Shenyang
Shenyang
Medical College * Liaoning Medical University * Liaoning Normal University * Liaoning Technical University * Liaoning University * Liaoning University of Petroleum
Petroleum
and Chemical
Chemical
Technology * Shenyang
Shenyang
Agricultural University * Shenyang
Shenyang
Institute of Aeronautical Engineering * Shenyang
Shenyang
Institute of Chemical
Chemical
Technology * Shenyang
Shenyang
Jianzhu University * Shenyang
Shenyang
Ligong University * Shenyang
Shenyang
Pharmaceutical University * Shenyang
Shenyang
University * Shenyang
Shenyang
University of Technology * Anshan Normal University * Bohai University * Dalian
Dalian
Jiaotong University * Dalian
Dalian
Medical University * Dalian
Dalian
University * Dalian
Dalian
University of Foreign Languages * Dongbei University of Finance and Economics * Liaoning Institute of Technology * Liaoning
Liaoning
Radio and TV University (辽宁广播电视大学) * Shenyang
Shenyang
Polytechnic College (沈阳职业技术学院)

SPORTS

Professional sports teams based in Liaoning
Liaoning
include:

* Chinese Basketball Association

* Liaoning Flying Leopards * Liaoning Hengye

* Chinese Football Association Super League (Chinese Super League)

* Liaoning FC

* Chinese Football Association Jia League ( China
China
League One)

* Dalian
Dalian
Yifang F.C. * Dalian
Dalian
Transcendence F.C.

SEE ALSO

* Major national historical and cultural sites (Liaoning) * Shenyang
Shenyang
Mandarin * 2013 National Games of China
China
* Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning
Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning
* Gojoseon–Yan War

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EXTERNAL LINKS

Wikimedia Commons has media related to LIAONING .

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for LIAONING .

* (in Chinese) Official website of the Liaoning
Liaoning
Provincial Government * Liaoning
Liaoning
Information Guide * (in English) (in Chinese) Complete Map of the Seven Coastal Provinces from 1821-1850 * Economic profile for Liaoning
Liaoning
at HKTDC

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Inner Mongolia

Jilin

Hebei

North Pyongan , North Korea
North Korea

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Bohai Sea
Bohai Sea

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Liaoning
topics

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Shenyang
(capital )

GENERAL

* History * Politics * Economy

GEOGRAPHY

* Cities * Changbai Mountains * Qianshan Mountains * Liao River * Liaodong Peninsula

EDUCATION

* Liaoning University * Liaoning Normal University * Northeastern

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