It was hamburgers and hot dogs at the American consulate in Shenyang last evening. The Consulate General hosted our group and Chinese hosts to a BBQ in his back yard. He explained to us the role of consulates around the world and the unique role that the Shenyang post plays. He said that his area of responsibility is all of China north of the Great Wall. In addition to the Consul General, other members of the consular staff were on hand to speak with us. The evening was a wonderful break in our travel routine.