The city began as a Russian town and port, and then it was part of Japan's mainland colony from 1905 until 1945.
1858 The British Empire occupied the area.
1898 The Russians built a town there to support their railroad and port.
1905 The Empire of Japan conquered the area.
1945 The USSR took control of the area.
1985 Dalian was designated as a Special Economic Zone.
Significance of city: thriving industrial and tourist city. It has one of China's largest ports, is a financial center for the northeast, and is a high technology and information technology center. Because of its beaches and resorts, warmer climate and proximity to Russia, Japan and Korea, it is a favorite tourist destination for citizens of those countries.
1 bullet train to Harbin may operate in 2012 or 2013
Questions and Answers About Dalian Facts
What is the number of English speaking non Chinese living in Dalian?
Hi Michael, sorry, we don't have the exact data. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-21
How far is Dalian from Shanghai? Are their daily flights from Shanghai? What is the cost? We would be boarding a Princess cruise ship on May 4, 2013 that originally set sail on May 3rd from Tianjin (2 hrs outside Beijing).
Hi Watts, from Shanghai to Dalian is about 1,100km. Yes, there are daily flights from Shanghai, but the airfare differs everyday. You can check it here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-flights/ If you need us to book the tickets for you, please feel free to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org