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Top 10 Attractions in Dandong

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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If you are not willing to venture taking Beijing North Korea tour, but still want to have a glimpse of the hermit state of North Korea,  a short trip to Dandong is a good alternative.  Separated by Yalu River, Dandong is a border city opposite to  Sinuiju, North Korea.   For more information on Datong, check out the link : Dantong tour.

Dandong can be easily reached from Beijing by taking the overnight train T 27  for Dandong  which takes about 14 hours. or you may bus from Shenyang or Dalian.

Dandong offers a good choices of accommodation including the luxury stay at Wanda Realm Dandong and Crowne Plaza Hotel Dandong.  For cheaper hotels,  you may choose Chinese chain hotels – Home Inn, Huating Express and 7 Days Inn.

For drinking and beverage,  Peter’s Coffee House is highly recommended which is run by a Canadian family who have stayed in Dandong for a long time. Beside coffee, Peters also serve up a  good all day breakfast, burgers and sandwiches.

Traveling around the city of Dandong is easy and comfortable, a pedestrian friendly city. Taxi rides are cheaper and convenient.

I’ve rounded up the top things to do or the Top 10 Attractions in Dandong which may help you plan your own trip to Dandong.

1. Yalu River  Park 鸭绿江公园
South of downtown Dandong, Yalu River Park is about 3.4km long with boardwalk along Yalu River. It is a comfortable stroll along the boardwalk in the park. Lots of activities are going on in the park,especially during summer time. You may see the border area of North Korea from here and take boats to have a closer look.

Having a picnic in the park is a great way to spend your day; Browsing souvenirs from North Korea (North Korean postage stamps & currency notes):  Renting Korean dresses to take photographs, and buy snacks; tasting authentic North Korean food and the list could be much longer.

Entrance Fee: free
How to get there: Just walk there

Yalu River Park

Yalu River Park

2. Yalu River Broken Bridge  鸭绿江断桥
The “Broken Bridge” is the first bridge ever built over Yalu River.  It was constructed between August 1909 and October 1911, an iron bridge, 944.2 meters long, 11 meters wide with 12 arches.

In December,  1950, the bridge was bombed by US Air Force during the Korean War. The bridge has been left less than halfway cross the river from Chinese riverside, hence the name of Duanqiao ( Broken Bridge).

Now it has become an intriguing sight in Dandong.  You can stroll along the Broken Bridge, feeling the Korean War by looking at the bullet and shell holes and bomb-damaged remains.

Entrance Fee: RMB30
How to get there: Just walk there

Yalu River Broken Bridge

Yalu River Broken Bridge

3. China and North Korea Friendship Bridge 鸭绿江桥(中朝友谊桥)
About 100 meters on the upper reaches of the Broken Bridge is the second bridge on Yalu River, now also known as China and North Korea Friendship Bridge. The built was originally built between April, 1937 and 1943.  The bridge is 940.8 meters long with 569.9 meters on China’s side.

Several over-all renovation and repairs have been done to make the bridge both stronger and supportive. The bridge is the official border crossing  between China and North Korea. Now tourists can walk through the bridge to enter North Korea for sightseeing. No photos on the bridge.

Entrance Fee: RMB20
How to get there: Just walk there

China and North Korea Friendship Bridge

China and North Korea Friendship Bridge

4. North Korean Border at Dandong  朝鲜边境
So Dandong is within a toss of a baseball to the North Korean shoreline.  A glimpse of the stark shoreline is one of the purposes of many tourists who make trips to Dandong.  The stark and sharp difference between the two shorelines of China and North Korea is quite interesting.

There are two ways for having a glimpse of the North Korean Border.  One is standing on the Hushan Mountain (Tiger Great Wall ) where you can have an-eye bird view of the river the shoreline. The other is to take the speed boat from the pier at the foot of Hushan Mountain.  The 30-minute boat ride allows you to come very closer to the North Korea’s Border.

North Korean Border at Dandong

North Korean Border at Dandong

5. Anti-US Aggression & Supporting Korea Memorial 抗美援朝纪念馆
The memorial was inaugurated in 1958 and renovated and expanded in 1984.  The whole memorial comprises three principal buildings – the Memorial Pagoda, the Exhibition Hall and the  life-sized Diorama Hall.  The  Exhibition Hall has 10 show rooms displaying over 500 valuable pictures and 1000 artifacts, reproducing the magnificent scene of the War.


The Diorama Hall  is 24 meters high with a diameter of 44 meters, using the comprehensive modern technology to depict the war scenes.  The museum shows the war from Chinese perspective.

The museum is located on the foot of the west Jinjiang Mountain. Taxi ride to the museum costs about RMB 10 from downtown,or you may visit the museum on your walk to Jinjiang Mountain.

Entrance Fee: Free ( closed on Monday)
How to get there:
You may walk or take buses no. 1,2,3,4,5

Anti-US Aggression & Supporting Korea Memorial

Anti-US Aggression & Supporting Korea Memorial

6. Jinjiangshan Park 锦江山公园
The pleasant Jinjiang Park is named after the same name mountain – Jinjiang Mountain. The park is on the south slope of Jinjiang Mountain,  the largest comprehensive park in Dandong, a well-tended expanse of forested slopes.

On the top of the mountain is the Jinjiang Pagoda. The park  is free to the public.  On the park, you can see people doing lots of activities. There is a pond and a small zoo in the park. It has an entertainment area for kids and it is the ideal venue for a family outing or for lovers. Standing on the top, you can have an unparalleld views of the whole Dandong and Sinuiju in North Korea.

 

Jinjiangshan Park

Jinjiangshan Park

7. Tiger Mountain Great Wall 虎山长城
Tiger Great Wall is named after the same name Tiger Mountain ( Hushan Mountain ).  It is located by the Yalu River, opposite to the North Kore’s Yuce Island and the old Shinuiju, about 15km  to the east of Dandong’s city center.

Tiger Great Wall is a restored stretch of the Wall with a length of 1250 meters with a sea level of 146.3 meters.  Tiger Great Wall was built in 1469, often regarded as the eastern tip  the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty. In the scenic area, there is a Great Wall Museum – Tiger Great Wall Museum,  one of the four Great Wall Museums in China.

Entrance Fee: RMB60
How to get there:
Take bus Line 15 for the Wall

Tiger Mountain Great Wall

Tiger Mountain Great Wall

8. Wulong Mountain 五龙山
Wulong Mountain ( Five Dragons Mountain ) is located 17 to the northwest of Dandong’s City center with its main peak at the sea-level of 708.5 meters.  You may take a taxi ( RMB about 35 ) or mini-bus (RMB7) from the train station.

Once arriving at the entrance, you may take the local mini-bus or you may hire a car directly drive to the top. Alternatively, it is a 2-km walk from the entrance to the top. Walking uphill is very interesting,  and the pathway brings many scenic spots to you. On the top is the famous Lingchan Buddhist Temple, the largest temple in the northeast China.

Entrance Fee: RMB35
How to get there:
Take buses from the train station  for the mountain

Wulong Mountain

Wulong Mountain

9. Phoenix Mountain凤凰山
Phoenix Mountain is one of the four famous mountains in Liaoning Province, 57km to the northwest of Dandong’s city center. In Tang Dynasty, Emperor Li Shimin visited the mountain and named it “Phoenix Mountain” according to the legend of “Phoenix Paying Respect to Ancestors”.

Phoenix Mountain is well known both for its natural landscape and religious culture. It is an intriguing place where Buddhism and Taoism go hand in hand and live peacefully. You could find many Taoist temples  and Buddhist temples.

Entrance Fee: RMB80
How to get there:
Take buses from Dandong Long-distance Station,  a one-hour bus ride, RMB 12

Phoenix Mountain1

Phoenix Mountain1

10. Dalu Island 大鹿岛
Dalu Island is the largest island off the northern tip of the coastline in China. Dalu Island is 9 nautical miles off Gushan Township, about 92 km to the southwest of Dandong’s city center.

Now Dalu Island is well developed like  a city on the sea with good accommodation facilities. It boasts a fine natural beach. It is a good getaway ffom the hubbub of the downtown Dandong.

Entrance Fee: free
How to get there:
Take buses from downtown Dandong to Gushan Township and then take a ferry (RMB30 ) for Dalu Island.

Dalu Island

Dalu Island

Tip:  Hassle-free Dandong 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 Dandong:

Dandong Highlight Day Tour from US$ 109p/p

Beijing Dandong Tour from US$310 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Dandong
Dandong Taxi

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Top 10 Attractions in Shenyang

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Plan your Shenyang tour?  Shenyang,  the capital city of Liaoning Province,  boasts its own Forbidden City,  imperial tombs, resourceful museums and several  parks as well as impressive mountains.

I’ve rounded up the Top 10 Attractions in Shenyang for you to prepare for your  stopover on your trip  to Shenyang.

1. Shenyang Imperial Palace 故宫
Shenyang Imperial Palace is the main draw in Shenyang,  the magnificent palace resembles a smaller Forbidden City in Beijing.  It is located in the center of the old Ming and Qing city in Shenhe District of Shenyang.

The palace complex represents the highest level art of early Manchu palace architectures and Manchu’s unique history and culture in the early stage.

Shenyang Forbidden City was built  between 1625 and 1636. It was the residential palace of Manchu emperor Nurhachi (1559 – 1626) and his son, Huang Taiji. It was used by Manchu rulers until 1644.

After Manchu took over Beijing and established Qing Dynasty,  Shenyang Imperial Palace served as the temporary imperial palace for brief stay when Qing emperors came to the northeastern China for inspection or paying tribute to their ancestors.

In  1926, Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum was built based on the former imperial palace.  Now it has become a famous imperial palace museum with historical art value.

Entrance Fee: RMB 60
Location: 171 Shenyang Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang 沈河区沈阳路171号

How to get there:
take bus to Zhongjie Pedestrian Street or take subway and get off  at Huaiyuanmen

Shenyang Imperial Palace

Shenyang Imperial Palace

2. North Tomb (Zhaoling Tomb)  北陵 (昭陵)
Zhao Ling ( Luminous Tomb )  is the burial site of the founder of Qing Dynasty – Huang Taiji (1592 – 1643).  The tomb is located in the north of the old city of Shenyang, hence the name of North Tomb ( Beiling 北陵).

Beiling Tomb ( North Tomb ) area has turned into a modern landscape park ( Beiling Park ) coupled with imperial tombs. The tomb occupies an area of 160,000 square meters, the largest imperial tomb outside Beijing in Qing Dynasty.

The tomb’s animal statues lead up to a mound where the emperor and his empress were buried. The traditional architectures and ornamentation around tomb  site are magnificent.

Beiling Park is a good place to escape from the hustle-bustle of  Shenyang’s downtown.  The park is rife with pine trees, endowed with  a large lake  featuring with paddle boats and canoes for hire, bicycles for rental, food and snack vendors etc. Local residents come here to sing, play and picnic.

Entrance Fee (Park): RMB 6
Entrance Fee (Tomb): RMB30
Location:12 Taishan Road, Huanggu District, Shenyang 沈阳市皇姑区泰山路12号
How to get there:
Bus: 136, 205, 210 (Beiling Park)
Bus: 217, 232, 326, 381 (West gate to Beiling Park)
Bus: 131, 157, 178, 205, 231(East Gate to Beiling Park)

North Tomb (Zhaoling Tomb)

North Tomb (Zhaoling Tomb)

3. East Tomb (Fuling Tomb) 东陵 ( 福陵)
Fuling Tomb is  the burial site of  Manchu emperor Nurhachi (1559 – 1626) and his empress .  The tomb is located in the east of Shenyang’s old city, hence the name of East Tomb. Fuling was constructed between 1626 and 1651.

It was later renovated and enlarged in the reign of Emperor Kangxi and Qianlong. Confronted by Hun River and a backdrop of Tianzhu Mountain, the imperial tomb is surrounded by the mountain and river, deep grass and dense forest with quiet  and beautiful environment.

From the entrance to the pailou, people need to climb 108 stone steps. East Tomb is smaller than Beijing ( North Tomb ) . But it is well tended with ancient tall trees.

Now Dongling ( East Tomb ) has been turned into a modern park where urban residents come here to rewind themselves by playing,  singing and dancing. Fuling Tomb is not only an l Chinese emperors’ tomb, but also is the best eyewitness to Chinese history and culture.

Entrance Fee (Park): free
Entrance Fee (Tomb): RMB40
Location: 81 Dongling East Street, Dongling ,Shenyang
How to get there:
Bus 218 and get off at Dongling

East Tomb (Fuling Tomb)

East Tomb (Fuling Tomb)

4. Former Residence of Zhang Zuolin and Zhang Xueliang 张氏帅府 (大帅府)
Zhang Zuolin (1875–1928) was the warlord of Manchuria from 1916 to 1928. He was killed by a bomb planted by a Japanese Kwantung Army officer on 4 June 1928.

Zhang Xueliang  ( 1901 –  2001 ) was the actual ruler of Manchuria and much of northern China after the assassination of his father, Zhang Zuolin, by the Japanese 1928. As an advocate of the Xi’an Incident, he spent over fifty years under house arrest  in Taiwan. He is reputed as a patriotic hero in China.

Their residence compound is mainly divided into two parts – the old East Yard and the later West Yard.  The East Yard is the earlier buildings of their residence with courtyards,  Xiao Qing Lou, Daqinglou, Guandi Temple and Ms Zhao’s House outside the east wall. The West Yard was the later buildings of western style. You will visit Zhang Zuolin’s living room and Zhan Xueliang’s office room.

Entrance Fee : RMB 60
Location: 46 Shaofu Alley, Chaoyang Street,Shenhe District, Shenyang 沈阳市沈河区朝阳街少帅府巷46号
How to get there:
Bus: 105 113 117;  118,
Metro:  Line 1 and get off at Huaiyuanmen (怀远门)

Former Residence of Zhang Zuolin and Zhang Xueliang

Former Residence of Zhang Zuolin and Zhang Xueliang

5. “9.18”History Museum 九一八历史博物馆
The September 18 History Museum is built to remind people of the date September 18, 1931 when the Japanese aggressors invaded the Northeastern China.

The museum was built between 1997 and 1999. It was opened to the public on September 18,1999. The museum has a total exhibition area of 9180 square meters. It has 8 exhibition halls and over 10 large backgrounds for displaying historical events.

Entrance Fee : free ( closed on Monday)
Location: 46 Huanghua South Street, Dadong District, Shenyang 沈阳市大东区望花南街46号
How to get there:
Bus: 212, 245, 253, 298, 299, 325, 328, 399

"9.18"History Museum

“9.18”History Museum

6. Liaoning Provincial  Museum 辽宁省博物馆
Liaoning Provincial Museum is the first museum after 1949 in New China.  It was established in 1949 based on the former residence of the warlord Tang Yuling.

Shenyang Provincial Museum has a total number of 115,000 pieces of exhibits dating back to the prehistoric times through the late Qing Dynasty.  Many of the artifacts are unearthed from Liaoning Province including calligraphy,  paintings, carvings, ceramics,  decorations,  copper wares,  coins, lacquer wares and the list could be much longer.

Entrance Fee : free ( closed on Monday)
Location: 48 Shaoshuai Alley, Chaoyang Street, Shenyang 沈阳市朝阳街少帅府巷48号
How to get there:
Bus: 214, 215, 216, 221, 228 , 230, 243, 248, 260, 326, 800 ,159  and get off at Shifu Square (市府广场)

Liaoning Provincial Museum

Liaoning Provincial Museum

7. Zhongjie Pedestrian Street 中街步行街
Zhongjie Pedestrian Street is a vehicle-free commercial street, 1500 meters long, the earliest shopping street in Shenyang  and the first walking street in China.

It was inaugurated in 1625 when Manchu moved its capital to Shenyang.  Now Zhongjie Pedestrian Street is packed with shopping malls, department stores, restaurants. Scattered in the alleys along the street  you can find numerous  free markets offering a great variety of goods.

Entrance Fee : free
Location: Shenhe District, Shenyang

Zhongjie Pedestrian Street

Zhongjie Pedestrian Street

8. Shenyang Strange Slope Scenic Area 沈阳怪坡
Shenyang Strange Slope Scenic Area is located 30km to the northeast of Shenyang’ city center.

The weird and unnatural slope is 80 meters long, 15 meters wide with its east side tilting to the lower west. When you bike from the lower west end to the high east side, you feel much easier than you do it vice versa – biking down from the higher east to the lower west, hence the name of “Strange Slope”.

This strange phenomenon has attracted the attention of experts, celebrities and scholars who try to open the mystery. Some people say it is because of the function of magnet, others say the movement of gravity or eyesight difference. But nobody gives a perfect answer. The result is a large scenic park has been formed due to the fame of the slope.

The strange slope park now comprises the slope as well as the nearby mountains, rivers and ma-made sights with a total of over 20 attractions of various themes.

Entrance Fee : RMB 40 (including bike trial)
Location: Qingshuitai Township, Xinchengzi District, Shenyang 沈阳市新城子区清水台镇境内
How to get there:
From Shenyang Railway Station, take Bus 211 and get off at  Orthopedics Hospital ( 骨科医院) , then connect Bus 383 for the slope
From  Shenyang North Railway Station, take Bus 229,get off at  Orthopedics Hospital ( 骨科医院) then connect Bus 383 for the slope.

Shenyang Strange Slope Scenic Area

Shenyang Strange Slope Scenic Area

9. Shenyang International Horticultural Expo Garden 沈阳世博园
Shenyang Expo Garden is located 18km to the northeast of Shenyang’ city center.  This is the place when the World Horticultural Expo was held in 2006. The expo garden has an area of 246 acres  featuring 53 domestic exhibition gardens,  23 international gardens and 24 special gardens.

Now the expo garden is mainly divided into two areas – Horticultural Area  and Leisure Area. These elaborate gardens have plants and flowers from almost all the regions of the country and some from overseas.

Entrance Fee: RMB50
Opening Hours:09:00~17:00
Location: 301 Shuangyuan Road, Dongling District, Shenyang 沈阳市东陵区双园路301号
How to get there:
Bus 168 for the Expo

Shenyang International Horticultural Expo Garden

Shenyang International Horticultural Expo Garden

10. Shenyang Qipan Mountain 棋盘山
Shenyang Qipan Mountain is situated 20km to the northeast of Shenyang’s city center. Its  fame was mainly due to the Women’s World Chess Championship once held here.  It is said that the immortals – Lv Dongbin and Tieguai Li once played chess hers, hence the name of the mountain “Qipan”which literally means “Chessboard”.

Shenyang Qipan Mountain Scenic Area is a combination of nature and history, the largest natural landscape featuring undulating mountains,  winding creeks, dense forest, singing birds and fragrant flowers.  Come here spring for the green, summer for the scenery, autumn for the maple trees and winter for the snow.

Entrance Fee: RMB20
Opening Hours:All day
Location: 20km to the northeast of Shenyang’s city center
How to get there:
Bus 383 for Qipan Mountain

Shenyang Qipan Mountain

Shenyang Qipan Mountain

Shenyang Guided Tour & Transfers
Shenyang Highlight Day Tour
Shenyang Layover Tour
Shenyang – North Korea 4 Day Tour
Northeast China 7 Day Winter Tour
Shenyang Car Rental with Driver
Shenyang Tailor-Made Tour

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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
 
ddd Dalian Day Tour from and to Dalian Cruise Port