When is the best time to visit Dalian?

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 (March – May)

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 (June, July and August)

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 (Sep, Oct and Nov)

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 (Dec, Jan and Feb)

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 Tour
Dalian Cruise Port Day Tour
Dalian Car Rental with Driver
Dalian Tailor-Made Tour
Northeast China Tour

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