Shopping is one of the most exciting thing to be in Dalian. From there, you can find lots of Dalian style seafood, handicrafts and ornaments, which are full of Dalian characteristics. Taking a walk along the streets and markets in Dalian, you may find some exquisite handcrafts with a fair price.
There are four shopping centers in Dalian, namely Qingniwa Bridge, Tianjin Street, Renmin Road and Xi'an Road. Among them, the Qingniwa Bridge area near the railway station is the most prosperous. Tianjin Pedestrian Street, known as the "Nanjing Road of Shanghai in Dalian", houses Tianbai Building, Tianlun Shopping Mall, Guotai Building, Clothing City and so on. Friendship Shopping Store along Renmin Road is the most luxurious one in Dalian, and Tianhe Baisheng Shopping Centre has become a highlight of Dalian business center.
Being reputed as a Fashion City, Dalian hosts the annual International Fashion Festival. If you want to go shopping there for clothes, then September is the best time, when the fashion festival is held, and the city will surely become a paradise for you to buy fashionable clothes coming from all over the world.
As a coastal city, Dalian provides excellent seafood products, there are eight treasures: sea cucumber, abalone, scallop, prawn, mussel and oyster, etc.
Dalian is popular for its great varieties of artworks sculpted out of shells. The products included hanging paintings, screens, lamps and ornaments. These seashells carvings can be found in most of the shopping malls in Dalian.