Shenyang was the capital of the Qing Dynasty before the Manchus conquered Beijing and the rest of China. Here, they built a palace complex that combined elements of both Chinese and Manchu cultures. An audience square was built for the emperor to meet representatives of the eight banners, military-political-economic units into which Manchus and their other tribal subjects such as the Mongols and Northeastern Han Chinese were divided into. The Shenyang Imperial Palace also enabled the Qing emperors to form a vision about what their future pan-Chinese capital should look like, and the final outcome would be the Forbidden City of Beijing.
The Shenyang Imperial Palace is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.