The largest city in Northeast China is Shenyang, it is also the capital city, political, economic and cultural heart of Liaoning Province. Accommodation in Shenyang has been in high demand since China granted seventy two hour access without visa in 2014, to the nationals of more than fifty countries that were in transit at Taoxian International Airport. The city is also the birthplace of the mighty Qing Dynasty that spanned the years between 1644 and 1911. Today it is a modern city with a well-established commercial and shopping district, it is also home to Somerset Heping Shenyang.
The Bird Island in Shenyang is also known as Ganhezi Island. It is located in the Hun River, east of East Tomb Park and south of Expo Park, in the development area of Chessboard Mesa. It covers a space of close to fifty hectares and is rich with plant life as well as wild animals and birds. It is the only location for watching birds in the wild. Spring time on Bird Island brings new life, flowering plants start to display snatches of colour and mating begins among several bird species. Summer months are warm and dry; the trees and grasslands on the island take on a lavish shade of green. The streams and ponds gush and burble drawing animals to their banks. The island sees snow in the winter months and the island appears deserted aside from the swans, geese and ducks.
The natural habitat of the island best suits bird species that can be divided into four categories: cursorial birds, waterfowl, waders and songbirds. A visit to Shenyang Bird Island costs RMB 30 yuan and bus routes 218 or 168 will bring you to your destination. You are likely to spot red-crowned crane, swan, peacock, wild goose, heron, parrot, grey crane, macaw, silver pheasant, sea gull and more.
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