One of China’s youngest cities, Dalian draws an international crowd with its stunning beaches and vibrant city squares. The city boasts an eclectic mix of architectural styles influenced by Russia, Germany and Japan, while the coastline combines old fishing villages with modern seaside theme parks.
Things to do in Dalian
Relax on the long pebbly beach of Jīnshí Tān Scenic Area, a stunning stretch of coastline along the Liaodong Peninsula celebrated for its unique offshore rock formations. Walk along the seaside trail, swim in the clear ocean waters or ride the thrilling roller coasters and water slides at Dalian Discovery Kingdom.
Visit Dalian Modern Museum and get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the People’s Republic of China from 1840 to 1949. You can also marvel at an impressive collection of shells and preserved sea life at the Xinghai Seashell Museum, home to a giant squid.
For a day of family fun, visit Dalian Forest Zoo, an award-winning zoo with over 130 species from around the world. Watch a range of wildlife shows and meet some of China’s most-loved wildlife, including giant pandas, Siberian tigers and Asian elephants.
Do you love beer? Visit in July for the Dalian International Beer Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors with live music and a global range of beers and food. The festival is held in Xīnghǎi Square, the city’s iconic star-shaped park known for its central fountain, manicured lawns and white-sand beach.
Getting around Dalian
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport is a 30-minute taxi or 1.5-hour bus ride from Dalian. Dalian receives buses and trains from most cities in Dongbei and Beijing. The city has a network of trams and light rail. However, buses, taxis and rental cars are the easiest ways to get around.