This the view from my hotel room, which makes the city look more drab than it actually is:
Also, random picture: this is a monkey in a cage at a roadside gas station just outside the city. saddest monkey ever :(
The next afternoon, we hired a driver and I traveled with a local staff member to visit a few unsuspecting visa applicants in Fushun and Tieling. These are smaller cities a couple hours north of Shenyang. How small?
mule-driven carts loaded with coal caused traffic jams. doh.
unpaved muddy roads caused dump trucks filled with gravel to overturn just in front of us. Luckily, we couldn't go faster than 20mph anyway.
so different from the American northeast...
After a long day of fraud investigations, we return to the city:
狗肉 and 冷面 = dog meat and cold noodles. YES.