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.