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liaoning-mapAs a young city with only a 100-year history,Dalian City is located at the tip of China's Liaodong Peninsular. Dalian is a trading and financial center in northeastern Asia and has gained the name the 'Hong Kong of Northern China'.From Jan. 1, 2014, passport holders of 51 countries and regions including USA, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, etc. are granted a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours when taking an international transfer via Dalian International Airport (DLC).

Facts of Dalian

Area: 12,374 square kilometers (4,777 square miles), urban area of 2415 square kilometers (932 square miles)

Population: 5,627,521 (by the second quarter of 2005)

Dialing Code: 0411

Postal Code: 116011

Government Location: Xigang District

Geography of Dalian City

Situated on Liaodong Peninsular, Dalian borders the Yellow Sea to the north. The bustling downtown area and most sights are located in the eastern part of the city. The governmental and commercial centers are around Zhongshan Square and Renmin Square. The southwestern part of the city is the university district. The northern part of the city is the newly developing zone where Dailian's Economic and Technology Zone located. The southern coastal area has many beach attractions.

Administrative Area: six districts of Xigang District, Zhongshan District, Shahekou District, Ganjingzi District, Lushunkou District, Jinzhou District and 3 municipal cities of Wafangdian, Pulandian and Zhuanghe and Changhai County

History of Dalian City

The old name of Dalian was first used by an official in his memorial to Emperor Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) referring to the present Dalian Gulf. In the early 20th century, the gulf area developed quickly and expanded into a city of significant size and importance.

After the Opium War in 1840, the area was plunged into warfare. At the end of the 1800s, Japanese and Russian invaders successively set their feet on the Chinese mainland here. In 1894, Japan invaded the Peninsular and in 1897 Russian troops occupied Lushun Port (Port Arthur) and imposed upon the Qing government an unfair contract, in which they ceded Lushun as a colony to Russia. Seven years later, Lushun was again transferred to Japanese rule, when the Russians lost in the Japanese-Russian War. From then on the city suffered from the colonial rule of Russia and Japan for decades. It was as recently as 1955 that the Chinese government took over sovereignty of Lushun and the hardest times in this city's history ended.

Both the Russian and Japanese colonists dreamed of establishing a city of their own on this land in those colonial periods. A group of Russian architects fascinated with French culture came to Dalian with their construction blueprint of Paris and built all sorts of elegant squares with artistic sculptures, lush lawns and western-style fountains. These formed the architectural basis of the present city - taking squares as the center and radiating outwards. Today, the stylish women troopers patrolling the squares have become a feature of the city.

What to see in Dalian ?

Dalian is a beautiful city with lots of attractions.The impression Dalian gives to the world is of a city of lawns, squares, fountains and gardens. This is all thanks to the former mayor of the city, Bo Xilai, who initiated a 'Green Storm' - a widespread environmental campaign which brought numerous green squares, forest parks and seaside scenic spots to the city. People say it is 'A City Built in Gardens'.Here lists some top attractions in Dalian.

Xinghai Park in DalianWhite Jade HillJinshitan Scenic Area
     Xinghai Park in Dalian           Lushun     Jinshitan Scenic Area
Bangchuidao Scenic AreaTiger Beach  Ocean Park,Laohutan Ocean ParkBingyu Valley Scenic Area
    Bangchuidao Scenic Area       Laohutan Ocean Park        Binyu Valley 

When to visit Dalian ?

Bordered by the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea, Dalian is situated at the southern end of the Liaodong Peninsula in northeastern China. This is a warm temperate zone with a semi-moist monsoon climate and ocean climate features. The annual average temperature here is from 8 to 11C (about from 46 to 52F) and it has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Influenced by the mild ocean winds from the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea, Dalian weather is pleasant with an annual rainfall of 550 to 1000 millimeters, over 60% of which falls during the summer period.

In recent years, the government has advocated a special '3S' (spring, sports and shopping) tourist program in the city in order to attract more tourists during the low winter season. Winter sports such as skiing, mountain climbing, horse-racing and winter swimming have attracted many sports adventurers who wish to spend the New Year period in the city. The Ice Festival in Bingyu Valley and the hunting sports in Jinshitai Scenic Area are two of the most popular sightseeing options.

How to get to Dalian ?

By Air: Located about 10km (6 miles) northwest of the city, Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport serves as an important transportation hub in the Bohai area. It is about 10km (6 miles) from Dalian Railway Station, 5km (3 miles) from the Shenyang-Dalian Freeway and 35km (22 miles) from Lushun.

The international destinations include Vladivostok, Hiroshima, Irkutsk, Osaka, Sendai, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Munich, London, Delhi, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Fukuoka, Khabarovsk, Nagoya, Dubai, Seoul, Toyama, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Phuket, Bangkok and Sydney. There are regular charter service between Dalian and regions in Southeast Asia, Europe, American and Russia.

In addition, domestic flights leave from Dalian Airport, taking passengers to most of the major Chinese cities including Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Haikou, Kunming, Shenyang, Wuhan, Dunhuang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Zhuhai, Xian, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Guilin, Hangzhou, Lanzhou, Luoyang, Shanghai and Tianjin.

Service Complaint: 0411-83885372 (daytime) 0411-83886482 (nighttime)
Inquiry: 0411-86652071, 0411-83885933

By Train: As the terminus of three main rails in northeast China, Dalian is well connected to the rail networks in China. Trains from the city can reach all cities in northeast China area and many China major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, etc. Besides, the traveling time shortens due to the operation of local bullet trains.

By Bus: Dalian has two main highways that extend northeastward to cover the peninsular. One is the Shenyang-Dalian Speedway, which connects the city to Shenyang, the provincial capital city of Liaoning, and runs parallel to the 202 national highway. The other is the Yellow Sea Speedway, starting from Dalian running along the coast to Dandong, another important city, next to the 201 national highway. This makes the connections between Dalian and the other four major cities, namely Shenyang, Liaoyang, Dandong, Qinhuangdao, very convenient. 

By Ship: Dalian has a well developed water transport network.The Passenger Port is located at the northern end of Wuwu Lu in the eastern end of the Liaodong Peninsular. A shuttle bus is available which take passengers from the Waiting Hall to the docks. We suggest you arrive at the passenger port at least half an hour before your scheduled departure time.

Scheduled passenger ships leave for Yantai, Weihai, Tianjin and Penglai. Passenger ships depart for Changhai County daily. Ships also sail for Incheon, Korea every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Another good thing about arriving by ship is that some the passenger ships can transport private cars so that you can drive your own car in the city.

Travel Tips

The city area of Dalian is not very large and sights, hotels and shopping places are not very far from each other. A walking trip throughout the downtown is quite easy. A taxi, ride around the most popular sites in the downtown area would cost about 20 yuan.

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