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What to see in Dalian, what to do in Dalian

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
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The beach at Dalian

Plan a Dalian Day Tour? Dalian is a major city and seaport in the south of Liaoning province. It faces Shandong to the south, the Yellow Sea to the east and the Bohai Sea to the west and south. The city itself is clean, well-organized and compact.

Warm summers and cool winters add to the pleasant environment. Surrounded by the sea in three directions, Dalian has a long coastline and is a famous natural good harbor in China. It is the great place for sailing, fishing, sunbathing, or enjoying the view of the sea through the famous rocky shore.
 
Features & Attractions
•Bangchuidao Scenic Area
•Laohutan Ocean Park
•Lushun
•Jinshitan Scenic Area
•Xinghai Park
•Bingyu Valley Scenic Area
•Dalian Forest Zoo
•Binhai Road
•Sun Asia Ocean World
 
Bangchuidao Scenic Area
East of Binhai Road, Bangchuidao Scenic Area is 9 km away from downtown
Dalian. Its name was derived from a nearby islet that looks like a rod (‘Bangchui’). The scenic spot is encompasses an islet, sea, mountain, and beach, with the famous Bangchuidao State Guesthouse in the vicinity.
Bangchuidao in Dalian is surrounded by lush pine and cypress-topped mountains in the north and vast and flat sandy beaches in the south. It enjoys a temperate climate, thus is a perfect summer resort.
Ticket Price: 20 Yuan
Opening Time: the Whole Day
How to get there: Bus No. 404, 703
 
Laohutan Ocean Park
Situated in the central part of the southern seashore of 
Dalian City, Laohutan Ocean Park is the biggest modern lido in China with a total area of 1,180,000 square meters (about 291 acres) and a coastline of more than 4,000 meters (about 13,123 feet).
Danlian Laohutan Ocean Park also boats of a Coralarium, the largest sea creatures park with coral reefs existing in their natural habitat; Polar Region Marine Animals World, the only exhibition of its type in China; World of Birds, the largest manmade birdcage in China as well as the Tigers Sculpture Square which is the symbol of Laohutan Ocean Park.
Ticket Price: 15 Yuan
Opening Time: 08:30-22;00
How to get there: Bus No. 2,4, 30, 403, 402, 404, 712, 801
 
Lushun
Lushun, popularly known as “Port Arthur” is located in the west end of 
Dalian City near the south edge of the Liaodong Peninsula. The fact that Lushun is surrounded by sea on three sides further enhances the natural beauty of the place.
Because of its rich historical legacy, the entire place has been transformed into an open air museum that bears testimony to the historical and cultural legacy of the region. Today it has become a National Key Scenic Spot boasting of a National Nature Protection Area, and a National Forest Park. Lushun is one of the top tourist destinations of Dalian and people from all over the world visit the place to have an idea about the culture and history of the place.
Ticket Price:
Lushun Regional Museum: 35 Yuan
Baiyushan Hill (White Jade Hill) Scenic Spot: 25Yuan (excluding CNY 5 for climbing the tower)
Wanzhong Grave Memorial Hall: 10 Yuan
Soviet Martyr’s Cemetery: 10Yuan
Sites of Japanese and Russian Prison: 20Yuan
Jungang Park: 5Yuan
Fisherman’s Tribe: 120Yuan
How to get there: Bus No. 2, 3, 5
 
Jinshitan Scenic Area
Jinshitan Scenic Area is located at the shore of Huanghai Sea, 58 km away from downtown
Dalian. Occupying a land area of 62 square km with a coastline of 29.8 km, Jinshatan is the largest state-level holiday resort in China, and also the only one in the northeast.
Notable for its geologic features, Jinshitan Scenic Area in Dalian has the prestige of being a “paradise for gentlemen”. Encircled by the sea, Jinshitan Scenic Area has not only fresh air, clean sea water, sunshine and a spacious beach, but also has a top golf course, international yacht club as well as swaths of gameland.
Ticket Price: 66 Yuan
Opening Time: 24 hours
How to get there: all tourist bus in the city can get there
 
Xinghai Park
Xinghai Park, situated in the southwest of
Dalian, is one of the popular parks in the city. The park boasts of a 0.15 million-square-meter garden and a man-made beach. Dalian Xinghai Park is also home to the Sun Asia Ocean World and ocean Amusement Park where you can observe many of the often bizarre creatures that live in the sea.
The 800 meter long and 30 meter man made beach of Xinghai Park in Dalian is the primary highlight of the park. The bow shaped bathing beach is an ideal summer playground and allows you to enjoy a wide array of water related sports and activities.
Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: 05:00-23:00
How to get there: Bus No. 22, 23, 28, 202, 406, 801 and 901
 
Bingyu Valley Scenic Area
Covering an area of 110 square kilometers, the Bingyu Valley Scenic Area is located in northern Zhuanghe City, 240 kilometers distant from 
Dalian City. It is an AAAA national tourist resort, renowned as ‘Oriental Miniature Switzerland’. Unique lava landforms, natural pinewood and deep valleys are rare sights that can be found in this region.
In addition, Bingyu Valley Scenic Area is home to over 200 varieties of flora and fauna. The Blue Mountains hide pools of green water, forming a natural scenic view, giving it the reputation of “Little Guilin”. Most tourists wander leisurely in Binyu Valley and enjoy themselves so much that they forget about going home.
Ticket Price: 100 Yuan
Opening Time: the whole day
 
Dalian Forest Zoo
Dalian Forest Zoo, an amazingly extensive animal kingdom, is built in 1997, covering an area of 7.2 square kilometers. It is well-known for its high quality selection of species and wild raising. Dalian Forest Zoo takes special consideration to maintain the balance between its theme of naturalness and wildness and the human and cultural factors.
The Dalian Forest Zoo is a nice park and a good choice to spend a day with kids. The Zoo is divided in two parts, a northern and southern part connected by a cable car. The ride with the cable car is free if you hold a zoo ticket. Alternaively you can do a 30-50 minute hike around the hill.
Ticket Price: 60Yuan (off -time); 80Yuan (on-time)
Opening Time: 07:30-17:00 (summer); 08:30-16:30 (winter)
How to get there: Bus No. 407, 4, 404, 702, 706
 
Binhai Road
Dalian Bin Hai Road stretches along Dalian’s famous coastline and is a sightseeing must for visitors to the area. The 35-kilometer-long road borders Xing Hai Square in the west and Dong Hai Park in the east. One side of the road features mountainous areas covered with forests while the opposite side reveals the panoramic coastline and sea.
Due to the clear, fresh air and the sea, locals have nicknamed the road the “natural oxygen bar.” Tourist facilities dot the road, such as Bang Zhui Island, Hu Tan Paradise, Xiu Yue Hotel, Fu Jia Zhuang Outdoor Bathing Place and Hai Tian Bai Yun Hotel.
Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: 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.
 
Sun Asia Ocean World
Sun Asia Ocean World, the longest underwater tunnel in Asia is a transparent oceanarium situated in the beautiful city of
Dalian. Stretching over 118 meters in length, Dalian Sun Asia Ocean World will be a mind blowing experience amidst the marine creatures.
Once you step on the automatic footpath you can have the scintillating sight of over 7000 rare aquatic animals of over 200 species playing around you. The mysterious and the very interesting aquatic world will gradually unveil in front of your eyes.
Entrance Fee: 190Yuan
Opening Hours: 9:00-16:30 (Monday – Friday); 9:00-17:00 (Saturday and Sunday)
How to get there: Bus No. 22, 23, 28, 406, 711 or 801
 
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When is the best time to visit Dalian?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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Plan your Dalian Tour? Dalian, which has gained the name “Hong Kong of Northern China”, is a young city located at the tip of China’s Liaodong Peninsular. Dalian is a very popular destination among Chinese tourists and foreign visitors.

The four seasons of Dalian are distinct with neither extremely cold weather in winter nor extremely hot weather in summer.

When planning a trip to Dalian, one of the frequently asked questions is “When is the best time to visit Dalian?” The best time for traveling Dalian is from May to September in each year when the weather is comfortable.

If not putting the weather into a consideration, then there is no good or bad time to tour Dalian. Every season has its own feature. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Dalian in Spring
Spring in Dalian begins in Early March. Springtime is also a nice season to visit Dalian although it’s a little more prone to rain. Spring in Dalian is a season of recovery. The flowers and trees are in blossom.

If you visit Dalian in April, don’t miss the Cherry Blossom Festival in Longwangtang Reservoir at Lvshun of Dalian.

 Cherry Blossom Festival in Longwangtang Reservoir

Cherry Blossom Festival in Longwangtang Reservoir

Dalian in Summer
Summer in Dalian is not that hot. The number of day that highest temperature surpasses 30℃ is only 12 or so. For tourists who like eating seafood, July and August are not the good time. because the sea is closed at this time.

But for tourists who like jumping into the Xinghai Bay Beach or Golden Pebble Beach to have a bath, enjoying the cool overwhelming, it’s just in time. Unfortunately, since Dalian is a port city, it is sometimes plagued by monsoon in summer.

Important notice: from July to August, there is a yearly beer festival known as Dalian International Beer Festival that is held at Xinhai Square.  Don’t miss the festival to drink like a fish!

Dalian International Beer Festival

Dalian International Beer Festival

Dalian in Autumn
Autumn is the best season to visit Dalian. The seawater is cool and the crowds are faded in September of Dalian, but the beauty of Dalian doesn’t gone together with the weather and crowds.

Fall is the best time to have seafood. The International Fashion Festival is held in the fall.

Important notice: the world famous Dalian International Fashion Festival will be held at the Xinhai Square Exhibition Center in late September every year.  This festival is often nicknamed as a  fashion Carnival.

Dalian International Fashion Festival

Dalian International Fashion Festival

Dalian in Winter
Winter in Dalian can be very cold and wet, but not nearly as bad as those seen in nearby cities further inland such as in Shenyang.

January is the coldest with an average temperature of minus 5℃.  As it becomes cold, the Ice Lanterns Festival in Bingyugou begins, and the hunting in hunting ground of Jinshitan is also welcome.

Ice Lanterns Festival in Bingyugou

Ice Lanterns Festival in Bingyugou

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

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Dalian
When is the best time to visit Dalian
Dalian Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Dalian Attractions

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
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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

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Dalian
When is the best time to visit Dalian
Dalian Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.