Top 10 Dalian Attractions

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Plan your Dalian tour?  Dalian is the second largest city in Liaoning Province, Dongbei (North East), China and the largest port in northern China as well as a major destination for Chinese tourists.

Compared to some ancient capital cities in China, Dalian is a young city with only a 100-year history. Dalian’s scenic spots are in three major areas: the Downtown Area, the Binhai Road Area and the Xinghai Park Scenic Area. Visitors to the city are often impressed by its distinctly European feel.

No. 01: Xinghai Square
Xinghai Square, which is the largest square for public use in Dalian, is located to the north of Xinghai Bay. It was erected in 1997 to commemorate the return of Hong Kong.

Xinghai Square covers a total area of 45,000 square meters. Its center looks like a star, with two White Marble Cloud Pillars, and 9 giant dings. As night falls, lamps on the stone pillars lighten the main street. The lamps, every 20 meters each, are in the shape of the navigation light. For 10 days in late July early August, Xinghai Square holds the annual International Beer Festival.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Light Rail No. 23 and 202, or Buses No. 16, 406, 711 or 801, and get off at Xinghai Exhibition Center

Xinghai Square

Xinghai Square

No. 02: Laohutan Ocean Park (Tiger Beach Park)
Laohutan Ocean Park is situated in the central part of the southern seashore of Dalian City. With a total area of 1,180,000 square meters and a coastline of more than 4,000 meters, Laohutan Ocean Park is the biggest lido in China.

Dalian Laohutan Ocean Park is a bright place of interest in Bincheng, with an annual tourist amount of more than 200 million. Laohutan Ocean Park is a morden ocean topic park not only showing the beach town scenery, but also for entertainment, science, shopping and culture.

Entrance Fee: CNY 210
Opening Hours: 06:00-22:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 2, 4, 30, 403, 402 and 404 from the downtown area

No. 03: Bangchuidao Scenic Area
Bangchuidao Scenic Area is located in the east of the Binhai Road. about 9 kilometers away from the center of Dalian City. The area is shaped like a bangchui (an ancient club-shaped washing tool), hence its name.

Bangchuidao Scenic Area enjoys a temperate climate, thus is a perfect summer resort. Bangchuidao Scenic Area offers a diverse range of attractions both natural and manmade, including islets, scenic hills, cliffs, a beach resort, Bangchuidao Island and Bangchuidao Guesthouse.

Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No.712 from Youhao Square to Shan Ping Jie Station, then call a taxi

Bangchuidao Scenic Area

Bangchuidao Scenic Area

No. 04: Dalian Discovery Kingdom
Dalian Discovery Kingdom also referred as Dalian Discoveryland or Kingdom of Discovery, is an amusement park located in the Jinzhou District in the city of Dalian.

As one of the biggest theme parks in China, Dalian Discovery Kingdom boasts an area of about 470,000 square meters with a large variety of rides and entertainment programs.

There are six main areas including Discovery Square, Magic Forest, and The Mysterious Desert. There are also various activities held in the park, with many Chinese stars invited to come and join.

Entrance Fee: CNY 190
Opening Hours: 09:30-18:00
How to get there: get on the light rail either at the Dalian Main Train Station or at the Xianglujiao Station, then get off at Jinshitan Station, there are buses can get you to Discoveryland in a few minutes.

Dalian Discovery Kingdom

Dalian Discovery Kingdom

No. 05: Xinghai Park
Situated in the western part of the Beach Road, in the near vicinity of Malan River, Xinghai Park is one of the popular parks of Dalian Xinghai Park also features a 150,000 square meter verdant garden that comprises of lawns trees, flowers and fountains.

The park is boasts of a 0.15 million-square-meter garden and a man-made beach. During the weekends and other festivals, the park is absolutely jam packed; people come here to bath, swim, stroll, dive, camp, boat and fish.
Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 07:30-17:30
How to get
there: take Buses No22, 23, 28, 202, 406, 801 or 901 from various parts of the
city to the park

Xinhai Park

Xinhai Park

No. 06: Sunasia Ocean World
Opened in 1994, Sun Asia Ocean World is the first modern amusement park of its kind in China which is located in Dalian.
Stretching over 118 meters in length, Sun Asia Ocean World will be a mind blowing experience amidst the marine creatures.

Being inside the tunnel, one would feel like an aquatic animal himself while observing different types of fish, sea turtles and sharks zooming past them. You can also go for a guided underwater tour of the aquatic environment by shelling out some extra bucks.Entrance Fee: CNY 190
Opening Hours: 9:00-16:30 (Monday to Friday); 9:00-17:00 (Saturday and Sunday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 22, 23, 28, 406, 711 and 801 to the Sunasia Ocean World.

No. 07: Dalian Natural History Museum
Dalian Natural History Museum is a leading natural museum in China. It displays fossils, animals and plants from western Liaoning area and other various places in the world.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day( closed on Monday)

Dalian Natural History Museum

Dalian Natural History Museum

No. 08: Zhongshan Square
Zhongshan Square in Dalian, is the most famous of the many squares in Dalian, originally designed by the Russians in the 19th century.

Zhongshan Square is 213 meters in diameter. Inside the five-lane round-about, there is a green zone and the paved area where people gather together to dance in summer evenings, participate in foreign language corners, or do other things. Zhongshan Square is especially famous because of the several classical buildings located on the square, which were built during the first half of the 20th century by the Japanese.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are many buses to the Zhongshan Square, including Buses No. 7, 15, 16, 19, 23, 30, 405, 409, 701, 703, 706, 707, 708, 710 and 801.

Zhongshan Square

Zhongshan Square

No. 09: Binhai Road
Dalian Binhai Road, which was first built in 1970s as a combat road, became a premier tourist attraction of Dalian in 1980s. The uniqueness of Binhai Road lies in the fact that it boasts of the rare blend of mountain and the sea.

Binhai Road covers an area of 35 km bordering Xing Hai Square in the west and Dong Hai Park in the east. There are totally 12 major attractions along Beihai Road. While passing through the road, you can also enjoy the clear and fresh air coming from the sea. Binhai road has already become a paradise for nature lovers and also a must watch attraction for all the tourists visiting the Dalian.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are four entrances for Binhai Road: Xinghai Square entrance, Fujiazhuang entrance, Laohu Beach entrance and Bangchuidao entrance, you can take a taxi to any entrance you like.

Binhai Road

Binhai Road

No. 10: Dalian Forest Zoo
Built in 1997 covering an area of 7.2 square kilometers, Dalian forest Zoo is an amazingly extensive animal kingdom. It is well-known for its high quality selection of species and wild raising.

There are six functional sections in the park: garden-like herbivorous animal section; tower-like lions and tigers section; crane-like chimpanzees and baboons section; the mountain-like bears section; the special Asian elephants section; and the natural protection section where pandas, smart squirrel monkeys, and fire-like flamingos reside. On top of the West Hill with sea level of 259.6 meters, you can oversee the entire forest and zoo area.

Entrance Fee: CNY 120
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 5, 541 and 702 to the Dalian Forest Zoo; or call a taxi from the train statio

Dalian Forest Zoo

Dalian Forest Zoo

Tip:  Hassle-free Dalian Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Dalian:

 Dalian Cruise Port Day Tour from US$69
Dalian 3 Day Tour from US$225 p/p

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