Situated in the northeast province of Liaoning, the gorgeous coastal city of Dalian has a long history of being used by foreign powers as a port.
The city is well-known for its squares, fountains, gardens and beaches thanks to a former leader who initiated a ‘Green Storm,’ a widespread environmental development campaign. Dalian also has a reputation for its football, hosting many national competitions and having the most successful team in China.
Another big event is the annual Dalian International Fashion Festival attracting thousands of designers, celebrities, pop stars and clothing merchants.
Dalian is many things to many people. From beach barbecues to coastal hiking, Chinese tradition to Russian influence, there is plenty to experience in this magnificent city.
You can buy a local meal for as little as 15 RMB and a bus journey costs 1 RMB per trip.
- Population: 6 million
- Public Transportation: 2 major train stations, 1 airport and hundreds of bus routes & taxis. A subway network is expected to open in 2015
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Ocean climate features, with four distinct seasons
- First EF Dalian opened in 2000
What Makes Dalian Unique?
- Very famous for the beaches, great on your days off from teaching English
- Xinghai square is the largest square in Asia and is home to many attractions
- Lushun City, Also known as ‘Port Arthur,’ is a beautiful tourist city zone with a long history
- Has won awards for ‘Best Tourist City’ and ‘Best Environment’
- Binhai Road, a 22-mile stretch of coast, is a wonderful place to explore the city’s natural side with beaches on one side and majestic hills on the other
- In late-July & early-August, the city celebrates its annual Dalian Beer Festival, which sees local and international vendors offering the chance for you to try their famous brews