A little about Dalian...
Dalian is the governing sub-provincial city in the eastern Liaoning Province of Northeast China. Dalian is China's northernmost ice-free seaport and is China's most livable city.
Dalian is located west of the Yellow Sea and east of Bohai Sea roughly in the middle of the Liaodong/Liaotung peninsula at its narrowest neck or isthmus. With a coastline of 1,906km, it governs the entire Liaodong Peninsula and about 260 surrounding islands and reefs. It is south-south-west of the Yalu River, and its harbor entrance forms a sub-Bay known as Dalian Bay.
Viewing Dalian's Modern Industries
The Dalian Modern Museum in Xinghai Square is a good place to quickly view Dalian's present-day industries, with displays of the products and services of the major companies.
Also good are the city-wide festivals: China International Software & Information Service Fair (June), Dalian International Beer Festival (July-August) and Dalian International Auto Show (August) and Dalian International Fashion Week (September).
Dalian is a very popular destination among Chinese tourists and foreign visitors, especially from Japan, Korea and Russia. Its mild climate and multiple beaches as well as its importance in the modern history of China make it an especially nice place to visit. Some of the most famous beaches are Tiger beach, Xinghai beach, Jinshitan beach and Fujiazhuang beach.
Four Inner-City Districts:
Zhongshan Square and Friendship Square
Tiger Beach and Fujiazhuan Beach
Tiger beach is a good place to see natural scenery. There is Seabed World, Bird Sing Wood and the recently completed Polar Region Museum, where a dolphin show is a big attraction.
Xinghai Square, Shinghai Park and Heishijiao
Xinghai Square was built at the centinary of the City of Dalian (1998) and is slated to be East Asia's largest square. Xinghai beach is in side Xinghai Park. It is about 800m long and is an excellent place for swimming.
Jinzhou District and Development Zone (in the northern suburbs):
Jinshitan Sightseeing Area
Jinshitan beach, the Golden Pebble Beach is a tourist attraction with splendid coves and rock formations. There is also a golf course (Jinshitan International Golf Course), cross country motorcycling, an amusement park (Discovery Kingdom) and a hunting forest. It is a good place for someone who wants silence and peace and it is excellent for swimming too.
Lüshunkou District (in the western suburbs):
Lüshun Railroad Station
203 Highland and Shuishiying Meeting Place
The fiercest battle site and the signing site of the cease fire treaty, of the Battle of Lüshun during the Russo-Japanese War 1904-05.
Three Northern Cities of Greater Dalian:
Anbo Hotspring and Ski Course, in Pulandian City
Zhangxing Island International Golf Course, in Wafangdian City
Binyugou Scenic Area and Buyun Mountain Hotspring, in Zhuanhe City
For a thorough review of the major attractions, see the Dalian wikitravel page and Discover Dalian.
Xinghai Square, the Xinghai Conference Center, the Dalian World Expo Center and the hotels on Renmin Rd. are the places where Dalian's major annual events are held: Fireworks Displays (Chinese New Year, May 1 and October 1), Dalian International Walking Festival (May), Dalian Locust Flower Festival (May), Dalian International Marathon (June), China International Software & Information Service Fair (June), Dalian International Beer Festival (July-August), Dalian International Auto Show (August) and Dalian International Fashion Week (September).
Every September Dalian hosts the Dalian International Fashion Festival. This festival is a chance for many major foreign companies to showcase their new products and sign up buyers. Before the festival, the city holds an opening ceremony attended by government officials as well as famous stars of the entertainment world.
Dalian is the home of three zoological parks: Dalian Forest Zoo, Shengya Ocean World, and Polar World. The Forest Zoo has a free-range animal section as well as a more traditional zoo. Shengya Ocean World includes an underwater conveyor through a transparent tunnel. Polar World is the only park devoted to polar animals in China. Dalian is also home to a number of public squares, including Xinghai Square.
Colleges and Universities:
Dalian Fisheries University
Dalian Jiaotong University
Dalian Maritime University
Dalian Medical University
Dalian Polytechnic University
Dalian University of Foreign Languages
Dalian University of Technology
Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
Liaoning Normal University
Food & Restaurant: The local cuisine heavily depends on variety of fresh seafood and fruits, both of which are abundant in the area.