Dalian Travel Guide

Location: in the north-east of China.

Area: 12,573 square kilometers

Population: 6.08 million

Post Code: 116000

Dalian the "Northern Pearl" and summer resort of China is also called 'the football city' and 'the fashion city' in China, and it is located at the tip of Liaodong Peninsula. To the east, is the Yellow Sea, and to the west is the Bohai Sea. It is a major city and seaport in the south of Liaoning Province.

Dalian is very popular among domestic tourists and foreign visitors, especially from Japan, South Korea and Russia. In 2007, it was one of the three cities named "China's best tourist city", along with Hangzhou and Chengdu, recognized by the National Tourism Administration and the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Football City

Dalian is a city which has a crazy enthusiasm for football, like Brazil. Since 1994, the Dalian team has won the first prize in the league matches eight times in China. Almost everyone in Dalian loves football and is proud of football.

Fashion City

Dalian is also a famous fashion city. There is a saying that goes, "eating in Guangzhou, playing in Shanghai, while dressing in Dalian". Dalian hosts the Dalian International Fashion Festival every September.

Square City

Dalian is a city with a great number of squares, the most in China by far. You will easily find one when you are in Dalian.

It is said that a Russian designer who was keen on Paris laid out the whole structure of Dalian City, and then the city was built so that it resembled Paris.


The architecture in Dalian has an international style. There are Roman ordered buildings, European domed buildings, Russian buildings, baroque architecture, Byzantine architecture, Japanese villa buildings and traditional Chinese buildings.

These architectures are mainly assembled around Zhongshan Square, Lvshunkou area, Dongguan Old Street, Nanshan area and Russia Street.

Also Read Famous Modern Chiness Architetures


The environment in Dalian is very good. There are lots of parks and trees to guarantee the air quality. It is a garden city in the north-east of China.


Dalian lies in a warm area in the Northern Hemisphere.

It has an oceanic temperate continental monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. The average temperature is 10.5°C (50.9°F), while the highest temperature is 37.8°C (100.04°F), and the lowest is -19.13°C (66.43°F). The annual precipitation is 550-950 millimeters, and the annual sunshine duration is 2,500-2,800 hours.

Best times to visit: May-September

From the Dalian Chinese Scholar Tree Blossom Affairs (23rd May) and the Export Commodities Fair (16th and 18th May), to the Dalian International Fashion Festival in early September, hundreds of thousands of people visit Dalian during this period. After that, it is the low season.


Dalian has a coastline of 1,906 kilometers (1,185 miles). The golden beach, silver beach, sea and sky all combine as one. The beautiful scenery attracts many people every year.

Travelers mainly visit Dalian for its beautiful sea, beaches, museums, and its international ambience. It is not like Beijing or Xi'an or other historical cities. It is modern and gorgeous. Listed below are some of the popular places to go:

Tiger Beach, Xinghai Beach, Dalian Discovery Kingdom, Dalian Forest Zoo, Binhai Road, Xinghai Square, Shengya Aquarium, Laohutan Scenic Park, Dalian People's Square and Lushun Port.


Dalian is convenient due to various modes of transportation, including airways, waterways, railways, highways, buses and taxis.

By Railway

There are high-speed trains from Dalian, Harbin, Beijing, Jilin, Changchun and Shenyang, and bullet trains to Tianjin. You can take one at Dalian Railway Station or Dalian North Railway Station.  

By Sea

The maritime transportation of Dalian is very developed. Dalian Port has ship routes with over 150 countries and regions in the world. There are ships to Yantai, Weihai, Penglai and Tianjin Xingang Port every day. What is more, it also has regular ships to Inchon, Korea. 

By Air

Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport has developed 145 airlines so far. Among which, 98 lines are for domestic cities and 47 are for other countries and special administrative areas.

Transportation to and from Beijing, Shenyang and Harbin

Dalian-Beijing: There are bullet trains (6-7 hours) and flights (about 1.5 hours).

Dalian-Shenyang: There are high-speed trains (about 2 hours).

Dalian-Harbin: There are high-speed trains (3.5-4.5 hours) and flights (about 1.5 hours).

By Taxi or Bus

From 05:00 to 22:00, the starting price of a taxi in Dalian is 8 yuan for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles); after that, you'll be charged 2 yuan per kilometer. From 22:00 to 05:00 the next day, the starting price is 10.8 yuan for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles). After that, you'll be charged 2.34 yuan per kilometer.

The public bus is very convenient in Dalian too. It charges 1 yuan or 2 yuan, depending on the exact bus route.

The taxis with blue tops are run by the state, white tops are run by groups or jointly, while yellow tops are privately owned.

Cuisine and Food

Most people who live in Dalian are the descendants of the Shandong people, so the Dalian cuisine is called Lu (abbreviation of Shandong Province) Cuisine.

The principal ingredient is seafood. The well noted dishes are Sizzling Grilled Squid, Red Roasted Whole Shrimp, Steamed Lantern Abalone, Multicolored Snowflake Scallops and Salted Fish Cake.


Wanbao Seafood Restaurant is one of the best seafood restaurants in Dalian.

Address: 108 Jie Fang Lu, Dalian

Barbecue Street: There is a barbecue street near Station Square where you can sample a lot of delicious food. 

Tips: If you wish to eat seafood in Dalian, please avoid visiting in July and August. That is the period of bat hidden. During this period, no fresh seafood is available.
When you eat seafood or have a barbecue in summer, please eat some garlic to avoid getting an upset stomach.


As Dalian holds a lot of exhibitions and fairs every year, and is also the top popular tourist city in China, it receives business people or tourists from all over the world every day. To cater to its customers, Dalian has built a great number of hotels of different standards.

If you need any tour services, hotels or flight bookings, please feel free to contact us, as we look forward to having the opportunity to help you.

Questions and Answers About Dalian Travel Guide

Clifford Pereira 2012-09-16
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I am in Dalian as a researcher with DMU. I would like a day trip to Lushun. Can you tell me how I can do this for 2people and how much it will cost please?

Hi Clifford, we can arrange it for you. Please let me know when  you would like to start the tour, then I will quote the exact price, okay?

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-09-18
Ron Bowlin 2012-07-02
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Is there a tourist office in Dalian? If so where? Are there any paper maps of Dalian mostly in English, if so where can I buy one
Hi Ron Bowlin. China International Travel Service (Dalian) Co. LTD is China Highlights’ partnership located in Dalian. The company’s address is 7-9 MinKang Road, Zhongshan district, Dalian. Contact Number: +86-0411-39863618/39863611. You can call their service phone for help I am afraid that it is not easy to find an English version map. The Google map may be the only suggestion I find. Please visit this website http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=ll and search with the key words “Dalian, Liaoning, China”. Hope it assists you. Best wish, Kevin. kevin replied on 2012-07-03
Shirotan 2012-05-09
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I am planning for a 3 day in Beijing and 2 days in dalian with 5 adults and baby. Can you advise what to cover and if I can get a personalized tour for the group? No accommodation and flights needed.
Hello Shirotan, i have just sent you a proposal, please check your email. Simon Huang replied on 2012-05-10
Rolf Weinowski 2012-03-26
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Hello, I will permanently settle to DaLian beginning of May this year. First going into a hotel, but soon will be looking for a nice appartment. Can you tell me the average rental prices for a 150 square meter, 2 bedroom appartment, completely furnished. Would like to have a seaview, close to the beach and quiet. Thank you
Hi Rolf, According to your requirement, the rental prices range from 2000 to 5000. Doris Huang replied on 2012-03-27
Ajay Lal 2012-02-06
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I want to travel from Dalian to Shiyan by train. How long does it take and what is teh cost? Is there fast train available?
There is no direct train from Dalian to Shiyan, you should firstly take train K369 from Dalian to Hankou(Wuhan). The train leaves at 13:40 and arrive in Hankou at 17:51, duration 28 hrs. the price is CNY686 per person for soft sleeper, you should stay one night in Wuhan, next morning, you can take bullet train D5211 which leaves at 8:30am and arrive in at 12:28pm, the price is CNY 181 per per for soft seat. Leon Long replied on 2012-02-07
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