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Introduction
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Extolled as the “Romantic Capital” and “Northern Pearl of China”, Dalian was given the honor of being named a “Model Environmental City” by the UN on Jun 5, 2001. It was the first city in China to receive this honor and only the second in Asia. Dalian is located in the southernmost part of the Liaodong Peninsula in northeast China, with the Yellow Sea to the east and the Bohai Sea to the west. It is one of the most important industrial cities and a main seaport of China.

Dalian is also a modern tourism city. It is famous for fashion, football and its annual beer festival. Every year, Dalian International Fashion Festival attracts thousands of dazzling celebrities, designers; pop stars and clothing merchants from both home and abroad. They come together to present a fashion-feast for the world.

Unlike the Chinas ancient cities (i.e. Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, and Nanjing etc.), which possess numerous historical relics and ruins, temple and museums, and focus tourism on their long history and rich culture, Dalian offers a totally different experience for visitors. It is a famous summer resort with beautiful scenery and pleasant environment. The Southern Coast, the Bangchuidao Scenic Area, Lushun Port and the Bingyu Valley bring visitors by thousands in the warmer months. Dalian provides the visitor a chance to relax by the sea and enjoy the clean air, while still also offering plenty of shopping, bars, and restaurants to keep busy.

Dalian’s frequently applied label, ‘the Hong Kong of the north’, is an apt comparison to its bustling cosmopolitan sister city along the southern coast. Few other places in China have embraced such an open arms attitude towards the wider world, and it shows in every detail. Gleaming skyscrapers define Dalian’s silhouette, supported by one of the hottest nightlife scenes in China, ultramodern shopping venues and excellent dining.

Whereas most Chinese cities tend towards a staid grey feeling, Dalian has bucked this Communist trend from the beginning thanks to its historic roots tapped into Russian and Japanese influences. The result is a wonderfully refreshing downtown where the streets are easy to walk and the colonial architecture a real eye pleaser. Strolling around Dalian, you could easily forget that you’re still in northern China. In fact, visitors may well find themselves leaving with a new impression of this vast nation.

The locals understand this difference with overtly evident pride. The city is northern China’s largest port, and one of the very few ‘open door cities’ in the country. This has allowed foreign investment and influence to wedge its way into the local culture, creating something of a potential model for the future of Chinese society. Its location on the southern tip of the Liaodong Peninsula provides it with a pleasant urban seaside atmosphere balanced by an ample selection of beaches and inland mountains. This accessibility to the great outdoors is another defining characteristic of Dalian.

Often lumped together with Chinese cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, the bustling metropolis of Dalian certainly deserves its reputation as a hot travel destination. Hotels have been hustling to keep up with demand. Global five-star chains like Kempinski are adding to the swelling ranks of spiffy four-star options and a plethora of budget accommodation. Dalian is no secret to middle-class Chinese holidaymakers or international business people, so hotel room rates skyrocket during the summer season. But with its ample attractions, nothing seems to be slowing this city down.

Dalian sits at the southern tip of Liaodong Peninsula, China, facing the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea. It serves as a bridge between northeastern China and Inner Mongolia. Dalian is the gate to Beijing and Tianjin, and plays an important role in northeast Asia economic circle. Dalian has established trade and navigation relationships with more than 140 countries and regions around the world.

Dalian is a center of tourism, finance and information. As a vibrant economic center, it has a large number of new business developments. Dalian has a highly developed software industry and hosts the national software trade fair.

Known for its pleasant climate, scenic mountains and beaches, Dalian is a world famous tourist and summer resort. Efforts are ongoing to improve the environment and functions of the city. On June5th, 2001, Dalian was awarded one of the "World's 500 Best Environment Cities". It is the only city in China so honored, and one of only two cities in Asia.

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History
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Dalian is a city bound up in the events of the creation of modern China, and it was only built in 1899. Due to its location far away from the central government, its economy and culture grown had not developed until recently. It was nothing more than a small fishing village until the end of the 19th century. Dalian in recent years has made its spectacular growth and development mainly as a result of its strategic location in both trade and military.

Since 1840, the British Empire had attempted to raid China primarily from the sea; many colonial countries of the time eyed China, and it was hoped to carve it up between the dominant European naval powers. Under this situation, the Qing government decided to build up their maritime defenses in order to protect against attack. The city of Dalian was an important passageway into China, its location of great strategic value. It was regarded as a portal to guard the capital, Beijing. The Qing government constructed loading bridges and fortifications with built-in cannons, and set up mining camps on the northern coast of Dalian Gulf. This development allowed Dalian grows from a small fishing village into a town.

In 1894, the Sino-Japanese War broke out. The Eastern Liaodong Peninsula fell to the Japanese and in 1898 Tsarist Russia leased Dalian Bay and Lushnkou. That year, construction started on Dalian harbor, generally viewed as the beginnings of Dalian city. In 1905, the Tsarist Russia transferred its concession over Eastern Liaodong Peninsula to Japan due to its defeat in the Russo-Japanese War. It remained with Japan until their surrender in 1945, and it was eventually passed back to the Chinese without compensation by the USSR in 1950. After the withdrawal of the Soviet army, China turned Dalian into a major shipbuilding center. Today Dalian has become an important harbor, as well as a city rich in the industrial, trading and tourism industries.

historyChina may have an impressively long timeline, but Dalian’s early history remains shrouded in a haze of speculation. Records show that the Han Dynasty established a shipping port at the southern end of the Liaodong Peninsula in 108 BC. But the next reference doesn’t come until 1371, when Tang Dynasty soldiers gave the remote area the nickname “Lion Mouth” because it was so difficult to reach.

historyThe next 500 years saw only sporadic references to Dalian, as the majority of China’s cultural and political activities were centred around Beijing and Shanghai. Perched in relative isolation on the southern tip of the Liaodong Peninsula, Dalian remained a quiet fishing village removed from the drama of dynastic China.

It wasn’t until the British sailed a gunboat into nearby Lushun Harbour in 1856 during the Second Opium War with China that Dalian gained its first international recognition. The captain of that gunboat, William Arthur, was impressed enough with the natural harbour that he named it Port Arthur. The fact that the English saw strategic potential in the peninsula sparked a similar interest from the Manchu government.

historyOver the following years, several forts were built in the hills around Port Arthur and Dalian Bay. The 1894 Sino-Japanese War ended in brutal defeat for China, who had to cede Dalian, Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands to Japan. Japanese rule only lasted seven months, however, as European pressure forced them to return Dalian and Port Arthur back to China. Russia immediately saw the potential of Dalian’s port, which remained free of ice throughout the winter. The Russians secretly made a deal with China to help pay off their war debts in return for being allowed to rent Dalian.

historyNaturally this didn’t go down well with the Japanese, but the Russians occupied Dalian from 1898 to 1904. They developed the fishing village into a full-blown industrial centre, and thus the modern face of Dalian was born both economically and socially. The Japanese attacked Dalian in 1904, and after the long Russo-Japanese War Japan resumed control of the peninsula. This time the Japanese held on to the area until 1945. Japan’s defeat in WWII brought Dalian under joint Russian-Chinese control, but by 1950 China had assumed full control over the city.

historyMao Zedong didn’t focus much attention on Dalian so it languished for three decades until Mao’s death. In 1984, Dalian was named one of the 14 cities in China open to foreign investment. With its natural port and strategic location, Dalian boomed in every aspect of industrialisation. Wisely, the city government also put a lot of energy into developing the city as a tourist destination. Its Japanese, Russian and Chinese heritage has been preserved and promoted, creating one of the few cosmopolitan cities in China. The result is a harmonious blend of industry and tourism, a double boon to this city on the rise.

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Best Time to Visit

The weather in Dalian is very pleasant. There are no extremely hot summers or cold winters. The average temperature in Dalian is about 10 C.

Late May to middle September is the peak travel season in Dalian when scenery is most beautiful and weather most pleasant but it's a bit crowded everywhere. Although the sea scenery is not so good as other seasons, Dalian's winter is also fabulous with many small delights such as firecracker festival, lantern shows.

The best time to visit Dalian is from September to October. The weather is wonderful, the local fruit harvests are coming in, and the city seems particularly invigorated. Springtime is also a nice season to visit Dalian although it's a little more prone to rain. The ocean tends to moderate Dalian's extreme seasonal weather somewhat. Summers are usually uncomfortably hot during the days in July and August. Fortunately, there are frequent ocean breezes that cool the city around sundown. Winters can be very cold and wet here, but not nearly as bad as those seen in nearby cities further inland such as in Shenyang.

Summers are great for swimming; the best beaches are at Golden Pebble Beach, Fujiazhuang and Xinghai Park. These beaches are great for some sunbathing and swimming, just be careful though, the water becomes very deep rapidly. Every September there's an International Fashion Festival that features fashion shows and exhibitions. You'll be hard pressed to miss any of it, models sashay down the runway on every street. Hotel prices will rise during this time and rooms will be hard to find.

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Food
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Dalian Food belongs to Shandong Cuisine, one of the famous eight cuisines in China. By using the seafood as the major raw materials and combing both domestic and international cooking method, Dalian food forms its unique style. At most of the eateries and top restaurants in Dalian, travelers could taste the lip smacking seafood delicacies. And the highly recommended seafood here includes sea cucumber, abalone, scallop, prawn, clam, haihong, clam and oyster.

Dalian people is mostly the Shandong's descendants, so the dish of Dalian is the style of Lu cooking, regard seafood as main raw materials, and concurrently hold the heads of China and foreign countries, form one's own unique style.

It is a great matter of regret in fact to go to Dalian but not to eat the seafood. Locals take seafood in Xiaoshanzhou, it¡¯s not better to take seafood in July to August because of sealllng the sea at this moment, there is not a fresh marine product basically.

If you does not like eating the seafood, can get to the roasting street on the square before the station , there is a lot of roasting, the taste is good, there is the roast squid of characteristic iron plate in Dalian. But which famous in the whole country, the barbecue usually opens at midnight, is the good place of a party. Now introduce several kinds of characteristic seafood to everybody.

Tian Tian Yugang

Tiantain Yugang is one of the most renowned seafood chains in Dalian, which contains a truly astounding array of sea life, such as eel, shrimp, garoupa, flounder, sea snail and lobster etc. Popular dishes include garlicky scallop and grilled prawns.

Wanbao Haixian Fang

Wanbo Haixian Fang is a top seafood restaurant in Dalian, with quite luxurious decoration. Its fresh and refined seafood surely deserve your visit.

Longhai Yuwan Meishi Guangchang

Here patrons could taste the tasty seafood, Cantonese as well as the Dalian local specialty. Menu favorites include Dongxing grouper (dongxing ban), baked abalone soup (shangtang ju bayou), green sea cucumbers and egg yolk baked live sea cucumber.

Crawdads

Except for the white rice and noodles, the food in Dalian would not be familiar in a Chinese restaurant in the US. Dalian food is a combination of Manchurian (Lu), Korean , Japanese, and Russian. The primary ingredients are vegetables and seafood, some meat and poultry, tofu (called doufu here) always cooked in combination with sauce for a formal meal. The most popular vegetables are onions and cabbage (or lettuce - you can't tell the difference after it's treated with the sauce). Carrots, potatoes, and yams are also available as is corn-on-the-cob. You can find tomatoes and beans in the markets, but they don't show up much on the Dalian plate.

Dalian Street Grille

The Koreans have also made an industry out of kabobs, which are very popular street food. Octopus, squid, chicken heads, feet and all other parts; pork balls (not that kind!), snouts, intestines; sea bass, even goldfish are available on many street corners, cooked off the back of bicycles or on open grilles over wood and charcoal. It's not that uncommon to see a barbecue taking place in a street pothole. Several streets have become outdoor cafes where the sidewalks are lined with the charcoal grilles, tables and tripod seats about 8" off the ground. Smoke and grease everywhere. The smell of fried octopus is something awful - like the dumpster in the alley behind the Peacock the morning after Happy Hour.

Another sea delicacy

Of the seafood array, Dalian has elevated 8 categories of sea creatures to honor status, called "The eight treasures of the sea" or "The eighth sea estimate highly" or "eight value highly of sea", depending on whose menu you are reading. The Qing Dynasty had the legion of 8 banners further North. I think it's kind of the same club.

The 8 treasures are: Abalone (the famous shell of sea ear, can be used as medicine), one dish known as "chicken's gruel abalone". Scallop. Prawn (shrimp meat in spring is the fattest). Clam. Haihong (mussel), Small Clam, Oyster of the sea. Every restaurant has their house special of these selections.

But that's just a start. Other selections often include jellyfish, Shark's fin, Bake the whole shrimp, Eggplant juice butterfish, colored snow flake scallop, Steamed Kaji's fish, Fresh shellfish of all kinds, purple sea urchin, and orange prawn.

Crab is also popular with dishes such as "dance hammer of the whole crab", "sea crab of ginger juice", "lotus crab slice" "the fragile skin bombs the crab pincers". One menu advised: Don't eat the tided crabs. Take the chronic crab that lose flavour to eat are easy to be poisoned even more. Stored for a long time, can flood and steep crab with the salt solution to freeze.

Each of these has a tradition of preparation, but they all come out looking about the same to me, with a heavy sauce that looks just like what the Ghostbusters tried to avoid.

The eighth sea estimate highly

Sea cucumber: Famous and precious marine product. The northern stichopus japonicus' quality is the best particularly. The" five assassinate ", Which produced in Changhai county of Dalian is known as " king of trepang ". It is very high nutritive value, classified as " the first of sea eight value highly ".

Abalone: It is a kind of abdominal foot software sea shellfish , 's foot is muscular , delicate delicious and nutritious. abalone 's shell is big, hard and thick, the famous shell of seaear, can be used as medicine. Abalone is " sea 8 value highly" too, have the praise of soft gold in the sea floor .

Scallop: One of " 8 value highly of sea ", because its appearance is like the fan, so gain the name. Fresh scallop can eat raw directly after boiling, can dip in the condiments to food. Take out the scallop after drying, can make famous precious marine product -Dried scallop.

Prawn: One of" eight value highly by sea ", It is have figure beautiful, delicious , delicate meat which nutritious. Dalian is one of the main producing areas of prawn of our country, the shrimp meat in spring is the fattest.

Clam: Also call clam, one of" eight value highly of sea ", Dozens of kinds of sand clam , bird clam , blue and green clam are very common in Dalian. Cooking, be cold and dressed with sauce, produce frying , cook fillings, the taste is very good .

Haihong: Also call mussel, one of " 8 value highly of sea ", the taste is delicious, nutritious too, it is the important sea food that the native in Dalian liked to eat .

Clam: Also called the small clam. One of " eight value highly of sea ", main life among inshore soft mud , tender and plump meat have, taste is extremely good.

Oyster: Also call oyster of sea , one of " eight value highly by sea ", prepared food, can eat raw . After frying , after frying to be yellow can cook it very well ,. Stew sea oyster and pickled vegetable together, can make into the sub hot pot of sea oyster.

Mix oyster

Take the fresh oyster's meat to mix the main material of oyster, the condiment is refined salt , gourmet powder , soy sauce , vinegar , sesame oil. Cut ginger to powder, clean the oyster meat , with hot to pull out to born while being broken boiling water have, put in the cold water and wash coolly taking out, drip the moisture and take it to plate. Add the juice maked with the above condiment, mix thoroughly.

Mix small clam

The main material is net fresh small clam. Batching garlic blue and green. the condiment is soy sauce , mustard , sesame oil. Clean fresh small clam son. pull with boiling water out at being opening ; Take out small clam's sub meat, clean with the branch water , do the moisture for use in drip. Being fragrant-flowered to clean, put fragrant-flowered garlic to boiling water completely , cool it with cold water and take it out to plate. Small clam's sub meat is put above , add the good juice with the above condiment .

Mixing jellyfish

The main material is jellyfish, the batching is cucumber , dried shrimps , coriander, the condiment is refined salt , gourmet powder , soy sauce , vinegar , sesame oil. Clean the jellyfish, remove the silt and cut the silk , scalds and pulls out with the boiling water, washed with the cold water quickly, pull out. Clean the cucumber, cut to silk; The coriander is cleaned, cut 1.8 centimeters and grow section. Put silk cucumber into plate ,put jellyfish silk , coriander and dried shrimps above it , Then cash the juice with condiment the above to water, so it is succeed.

Precious marine product abalone

Belong to " sea 8 value highly " this one, enjoy the laudatory title of " the first of seafood ". The mollusk is of the same clan with shellfish , cuttlefish , Palestinian Shao. Abalone have a dozen kind, purple Bao that Dalian abound with, call wrinkle records of Bao too, it is a indispensable delicacy of the state banquet, have the highest identity. Abalone can familiar to take can eat raw as well as frying, it will do to float to burn. The delicacy cooked with the abalone is as follows, " herds of birdplay abalone ", " steamed precious shell lantern abalone " , " chicken's gruel abalone " and so on.. Among them it is best by eating the original shell abalone.

Prawn

Prawn in Dalian of precious marine product refers to originating in the Bohai Sea of China and coastal prawn of north of the Yellow Sea. export in a large amount every year. After the prawn is ripe, each one is 100-150 grams, long about 15 centimeters of body, taste is very delicious. Best season to take shrimp in spring, because mother shrimp have son at this moment, it is blue and green for back to take place, very luxuriant. The prawn can do a lot of courses : For instance " shrimp of butterfly with different colors " , " producing the whole shrimp " , " orange prawn " , " boiled shrimps with shell in salt water " ,etc...

Crab

Crab of precious marine product belongs to the arthropod, is walking sideways somewhat like the spider in form . The crab can be medical, can also nourish and strengthen the body . The big crab can be getting long 0.5 kilograms in weight. The crab is white and fine and smooth , becomes the silk form , taste is delicious. Boil it and dip it in ginger juice food to steam generally, simple and convenient to keep original flavor also. Can cook and make : " dance hammer of the whole crab " , " sea crab of ginger juice " , " lotus crab slice ", " the fragile skin bombs the crab pincers ",etc. Don¡¯t eat the tided crabs, Take the chronic crab that lose flavour to eat are easy to be poisoned even more. Stored for a long time, can flood and steep crab with the salt solution to freeze.

Shark's fin of precious marine product

Completed by shark's fin, there are a lot of shark's fin kinds, have blue and green wing , bright wing , wing fine hair and wing cake and so on.. Among them the wing cake is regard as the best, the nutritive value is the highest. It is extremely abundant nutrition for shark's fin to have, each shark's fin contain 83.5 of protein , 0.3 of fat , 146 of calcium , 194 of phosphorus , 15.2 milligrams of irons. Famous dish that the shark's fin can be cooked: " braise shark's fin originally " , " ovary and digestive glands of a crab shark's fin " , " braised shark's fin " , " red steamed shark's fins " , " milk stew the exceedingly high shark's fin " , " casserole shark's fin ".

Bake the whole shrimp

The main material are except skin , only except the whole prawn of intestines , add ginger , spring onions , vegetable oil stir-fry before stewing after frying, add the wine , white sugar , refined salt in Shaoxing, put into the pan and use baking slowly again , harvest the net soup. The prawn after offering the pan, it is petal to connect together end to end , holds it in the big disc, like a peony in full bloom, red as fire and bright, the color and luster is gratifying, shrimp's meat is luxuriant , tender and fragrant and sweet, but alcohol is oiliness.

Sea cucumber

Main material is sea cucumber which soaked, condiment Shaoxing wine, bad smell plain, white sugar, Chinese prickly ash water, soy sauce, starch, sesame oil, the end such as ginger. Cut the cucumber to be in half, accuse of being net to iron with boiling water to cut from it steeping. scallion to be cut to 6 sections. Round-bottomed frying pan put oil, cook hot , put spring onions section stir-fry before stewing yellowish one cook with the Shaoxing wine after frying, add proficiency spoon clear soup , plunge into the commercial sea join , Chinese prickly ash water , bad smell plain , soy sauce , white sugar , the end such as ginger, stew it for a moment slowly, thicken soup with the starch , drip the sesame oil and produce the spoon. Unless its flavour is the fresh, the nutritious, for Dalian seafood in product it is the the highest to beautiful good merchantable brand. Most important reason whether their is it is it invigorate the kidney to treat yin deficiency , strengthen organism immune efficiency to have. Different sea cucumber of kind can cure the disease to use as medicine directly, join such as stichopus japonicus , plum blossom, two grizzled Buddhist nun join , it is invigorate the kidney function of hydroncus to have; Sour jujube spoke anus is overflow blood and cure function , period of disease to control to have to join; The sea cucumber of black milk is the irregular menstruation , produce the good medicine stimulating milk secretion. The black sea cucumber treats the traumatism and bleeding, stops the pain, cooking the sea cucumber can cure the pulmonary tuberculosis.

Braise the photograph of the whole family of seafood in soy sauce

Main material whether shark's fin, soaked cucumber , net shrimp meat , familiar chicken , net fish , ink send the tendons of beef , mutton or pork , abalone. Batching bamboo shoots, white fungus familiar pig tongue, rape heart. The condiment is well done lard , soy sauce , gourmet powder, continue the wine , white sugar , egg white , chicken oil. Cut the sea cucumber to slice; then cut a big thin slice the abalone; The bamboo shoots are cut the algae slice; The fish maw is cut slice; Chicken cuts one; If dried mushroom have can turn on with the razor blading heavy; The rape heart broke four connected with the dish stem slightly; Pig tongue cuts one; The white fungus is easy to clean to pluck ; Shrimp's meat removes the sand line, each one becomes three slices; Fish slice in flakes. Put bowl into shrimp chips , sliced fish, add refined salt , continue wine , egg white , starch, thick liquid to even. The round-bottomed frying pan is put on the very hot oven, add into the boiling water, besides chicken, shrimp chips, sliced fish, pig's tongue, spoon is it is it pull out to iron to float other various kinds of raw materials. The round-bottomed frying pan is cleaned and boiled hotly, put the wide oil, it is familiar to burn to 30%, slip and turn on shrimp chips , spoon under the sliced fish gently , pull out. Keep on file the oil in the spoon, put the spring onions , ginger and fry the pan at the end , add into fresh soup and other various kinds of raw materials, wait to be boiled, put and continue the wine , white sugar , gourmet powder , refined salt , burn a little , stir gently with the hand spoon, adjusting the good taste, the water and starch juice thicken soup , put into the chicken oil, the spoon appears to pack the plate into.

Eggplant juice butterfish

The main material is 1 butterfish, batching is water-soaked bamboo slices , soaked mushroom , onion, the condiment is eggplant juice , candy , refined salt , soy sauce , gourmet powder , cooking wine , wet starch , soup-stock , peanut oil . Play butterfish scale , turn on thorax , go the five internal organs, clean, two sides with knife. Round-bottomed frying pan put 500 of edible oil to be about, is it burn to ripe about 70%-80% , put the fish into it, bomb to the golden yellow , pull out with the strainer , put in the plate. Water-soaked bamboo slices cut into slices, water-soaked mushroom cut into slices , the onion shreds . Round-bottomed frying pan puts 25 grams of oil into, fire it , add onions, eggplant juice is fry to stir-fry before stewing, and then the water-soaked bamboo slices, the dried mushroom is put, add the soup-stock , sugar , refined salt , soy sauce , gourmet powder , cooking wine, put frying the fish well into it, after it boiled , put at warm fire to ripe completely, take out the blow fish completely , put fish into plate, stock water starch thickens soup, drench the bright oil, let's burn on fish.

Steamed Kaji's fish

The main material is the fresh Kaji's fish, put on fish according to the color with such batching as the ginger , spring onions , dried mushroom , Jinhua ham , bamboo shoots and so on, have the steamer tray to steam for 15 minutes. This dish appearance beautiful, have fresh bad smell of fish , It is fly to fragrant smell of poultry to have too, it is a good merchantable brand on the feast.

colored snow flake scallop

The main material of colored snow flake scallop is fresh living scallop and egg white. The batching is green bean , spring onions , cooking wine , soy sauce and gourmet powder. By inlaying the scallops which is like the pearl like the silvery white snow flake of egg white making, wave with seasonal dish leaf , carrot , hot pepper ,etc. pattern decorate around, colorful, the quality is soft and delicious , light and delightful, but food is oiliness.

Fresh shellfish

The original raw materials is fresh purple abalone from region of Dalian, following the line of the sea, and the wild fresh shellfish and so on. Abalone, fresh shellfish cooked with the method that the oil produced, this gorgeous materials of color and luster of dish were meticulous , peculiar, clear and fresh and crisp and soft , fresh and fragrant and agreeable to the taste.

Orange prawn

Raw materials elect to be fresh prawn and fish prawn spend by making the method and succeeding, orange shrimp glue after making having with shrimp, mud of fish and claw of hawk steamer tray steam familiar to water juice become materials meticulous dish this promptly, the craft is exquisite and bright in colour , fresh and fragrant and sweet and soft and agreeable to the taste .

The purple sea urchin

It is commonly called as the thorn bowl . Dalian is the purple sea urchin's main producing area of China, the output accounts for more than 95 of the national similar output. Its body takes the form of ball, the diameter is generally 6-8 centimeters, 3-5 centimeters high. Large sour jujube hard end sharp, dark and getting purple sour jujube have , live the rock , marine alga grow thickly or of the the crack of stone to low tide district. The gonad nutritive value of the purple sea urchin is extremely abundant , not merely have higher economic worth , and still have medical value, it is an effective medicine to prevent the disease such as being cardiovascular and ill. Can draw the function of suppressing the cancer cell to grow that " the wave is that the profit is peaceful " from it.

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Shopping
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Shopping in Dalian, you should focus on rich strong seafood , fruit , handicraft and clothing ornaments of " taste of Dalian " at first. The main local product is as follows, such seafood products as sea cucumber , kelp , abalone , prawn , scallop , fragrant spiral shell , red shrimp's crisp heart candy ,etc., such fruits as carbuncle apple , the gold and peach , Dalian cherry ,etc. and glass products , embroidering such handicrafts as the product , shell picture and so on.

Dalian is a shopper’s paradise. The main shopping area is located in the bustling region to the front of the Dalian Railway Station. It consists of two major areas, Tianjin Shopping Street and Qingniwa Bridge. In addition, the Xian Road, Heping Square and Renmin Road business centers also sport large shopping complexes.

While rambling around Dalian, the traveler must not forget to buy some of the local specialties such as shell carving crafts, glasswork products, embroidery and other handicrafts.

Shell carvings come in many different shapes and forms in Dalian. From giant carved shells to scallop and trumpet shells, masters turn these gifts of the sea into beautiful handicrafts with renowned skill and craftsmanship. For the “fashionistas”, the best time to visit Dalian is in September during the annual Dalian International Fashion Festival, when it is possible to buy all the latest and most in vogue clothing from china and around the word.

Japanese Street

This street is a showcase of the typical Japanese flavor, with the Japanese style building, restaurants, teahouses, flower stores and so on. Wandering along the street, travelers may feel like they are in a foreign land.

Russian Custom Street

Russian Custom Street is situated on the north side of Shengli Bridge in Xigang District of Dalian, which remains 38 original buildings of the Far East White Russia, with a history of over hundred years. Rambling around the street, tourists may feel like they are in a strange country and can experience the densely classical European romance.

Qingniwan

Qingniwa is a commercial landmark in city of Dalian, which can be compared to the Wangfujiang in Beijing and Nanjing Road in Shanghai. With a prime location just in front of the railway station, Qingniwa boasts lots of large shops and malls, making this area the busiest shopping center in Dalian.

Tianjin Walking Street

Founded in 1909, Tianjin Walking Street is the most ancient shopping street in Daian. Along this 1720-meter-long street, there are a lot of hopping malls and department stores, such as Tianbai Mansion, Tianlun Commercial Building, Cathay Building, Paris in Spring Shopping Center, New Century Shopping Mall and so on.

Four marts of Dalian

Blue and green mud bridge , Tianjin street do shopping street , Renmin road and Xi'an road on foot. There are such the famous store : Qiulin, Youyi, Baisheng and so on. also there are such mega-stores as Wal-Mart , Carrefour ,etc. Visitors liking going shopping can be satisfied certainly. Visitors liking buying the clothes must come in September, you may have an opportunity to buy a lot of clothing shown on international clothing festival.

Handicraft carving shell

Dalian is near the mountain and by the sea, the climate is pleasant, naturally a lot and outstanding shell carving works. You can buy beautiful and exquisite handicraft which made by several ordinary scallop sand the conch, set it free to go home and put it on tabletop it is the decorate thing or present relatives and friends of you. You can buy and use rare and famous and precious skillfully made shell carving of scarce shell as the collection in the family too, your liking of foundation that this is complete. The shell carving of Dalian is in different poses and with different expressions, a feast for the eyes. There is precious large-scale shell carving of wonderful workmanship excelling nature, several useful exquisite shells wear the small-scale ornament together too, but no matter big or small, expensive or lowpriced, each shell carving has a temperament and interest.

The shell carving of shell picture

The shell carving of shell picture of Dalian is a wonderful work in the garden with hundreds of flowers of industrial art of our country, it is the special handicraft that Liaoning initiated. Coastal shellfish resources in Liaoning are quite abundant , color is beautiful, come in every shape. The shell picture composition of Dalian is perfect , lucuriant in design, the shape is lifelike, vivid, the subject matter is three big classes of birds and flowers , mountains and rivers and personage.

Glass handicraft glass craft products

Glass handicraft kiln glass craft products, lead brilliant quality glass ware of advanced engraved designs, the low lead draws the glass ware very, glass pack container, advanced to carve handicraft , advanced crystal glass lamp decoration , print stamp water cup ,etc. They are the main product of the factory of Dalian Shengdao . The products sell well in such more than 80 countries as Canada , New Zealand , Australia , Southeast Asia ,etc ...

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Entertainment
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Entertainment has different meaning to different people. To some, spending time with family is the best form of entertainment. While to some; dining out, playing golf or getting around a city on a bicycle is what constitutes entertainment. However others may like to watch a film in a cinema hall with their loved ones. Whatever may be your idea of entertainment, you would find all forms in abundance in Dalian.

The entertainment arena of Dalian is dotted by several cinema halls. Cinema complexes like Dalian Hongni Cinema, Dalian Ownar Cinema City and Liaoning Ownar Cineplex and an array of other cinema halls screen all latest Hollywood flicks. If you are a visitor to this city, do not forget to experience Chinese movies. Comprising of breath taking stunts and amazing feats of martial arts, the nicely woven stories would surely be worth every Yuan you spend.

If your idea of entertainment is inseparably linked to sports, you can try out a wide variety of sports. Dalian Golden Pebble Golf Course is a golf lover's paradise. Boasting of three world class fairways, this green would surely let you fall in love.

You can feel the nice breeze all over your face as you ride on a bicycle along a vast empty stretch of road. Cycles can be taken on rent and since three seaters are also available; you can peddle far away with your companion.

If the prospect of swimming in the chilling cold water excites you; bring your swimming suit to Dalian. Every year enthusiasts from all over the world participate in the Winter Swimming Festival in Dalian. Though a bit unconventional, it would however be an experience to remember.

If you do not like to exercise your muscles while away on a vacation, head for local stadium. Dalian Shi De is a famous soccer team and winner of last year's Chinese Football League. Watching this team in action can be a good entertainment.

Music clubs & Theaters in Dalian

Dalian offers a large variety of entertainment opportunities in the form of clubs, theaters that are both modern and traditional. Dalian is also famous for its Chinese culture and for its acrobat and modern dancing troupes. Most of the Clubs and theater in Dalian are located at important places.

Dalian F.A.T.S. Bar and Café, for example, is a bar that is modeled in American style. A step inside this bar would surely cheer you up by great ambience. The bar has a distinct American look and feel. Frequented by locals and foreigners, the bar is a great place to shed off your fatigue.

Dalian is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. One can see lot of performances at the Kylin stage that is located on the Kunming Street. The Dalian music clubs & theaters offer range of options that are both local and international. Those interested in the silver screen there are a range of cinemas in the center of town around Youhao Square that caters mainly to the locals.

Cinemas in Dalian

When it comes to entertainment; the first thing that comes to anyone's mind is cinema. In fact cinema is the best way to be entertained. After a long busy day, people gather at cinema halls to spend quality time. The semi darkness inside cinema halls facilitates us to become oblivious of our daily problems, the work pressure and domestic chores. Forgetting everything we laugh, cry, make faces, get angry and even imagine us being into the characters' shoes. After a movie is over, we feel purged and relaxed at the same time. Cinema however not only entertains us; but educates us too. Watching a foreign film gives us a unique opportunity to know about different cultures and customs. It becomes a very helpful factor especially when one is visiting an alien country. If you are a visitor in this city, do not miss the chance to watch a film inside any of the cinemas in Dalian. This would give you a first hand idea of how local people interact with what is happening on screen.

Dalian is commercially booming city in China. Though there is no dearth of entertainment venues in this city; cinema halls like Dalian Hongni Cinema, Dalian Ownar Cinema City and Liaoning Ownar Cineplex are some of the most frequented cinema halls in Dalian.

Located in Zhong Shan District, Dalian Hongni Cinema is owned by China Film Group. Though there is only one projection screen in this theatre, the auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art DLP technology. The digital sound system transmits sound that is loud enough to reach even the last row audience.

Liaoning Ownar Cineplex is located at Sha He Kou District in Dalian. Boasting of multiple auditoriums, this cinema complex screens blockbuster Hollywood and Chinese cinemas. The seats are very comfortable and the halls are air-conditioned. This cinema hall is a great place to see movies.

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Sports in Dalian

Dalian abounds in sightseeing places. Beautifully decorated squares, zoological parks and beautiful beaches attract tourists in numbers. However to make your stay in Dalian all the more enjoyable, you can participate in several sports activities. Home to the famous soccer team Dalian Shi De, Dalian citizens are crazy about this beautiful game.

Golf is now-a-days becoming a favorite sport of the busy executives. People travel at any place around the world to play golf. Being a booming economic city in northwest China, Dalian is home to some of the major corporate houses that have presence in all over the world. Therefore to cater to the needs of these people, greens have opened up in Dalian. Among several courses, Dalian Golden Pebble Golf Course is the best. Boasting of three fairways, the course ranks in the top 100 anywhere in the world. Set amidst picturesque location, the golf course is contained within a seaside resort. So if you are going to Dalian for either business or pleasure, try out this course for a memorable sporting experience. Other golf courses such as Jin Shi Tan and Bang Chui Dao are also equally good.

A major sporting activity in Dalian, cycling is great fun. Rent a bicycle at approximately 10 Chinese Yuan and set out for a long bicycle ride along Xing Hai Gong Yuan. Apart from normal one seater bicycle, you can also take a 3 seater on rent. These cycles have extra peddles. So peddle away with your partner and enjoy warm Dalian sunshine.

Swimming is another popular sport in Dalian. Every year this city hosts Winter Swimming Festival. Thousands of swimmers from all over China and the world gather to take part in this swimming festival. Though a bit unconventional, you can however take part in this event and enjoy swimming in the ice cold water.

Other sports such as bowling, billiards can also be played in Dalian.

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Transportation
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Dalian is a significant transport hub in northern China, which has a developed and complete transportation network. The well known Dalian Port is an important international shipping junction and logistics center. It links Dalian with most flourishing coast cities in China as well as over hundred countries. The rapid and convenient railway and highway networks spread over the city and connect with numerous provinces and cities. In addition, there are also many other transportation means for travelers to choose, such as taxi, bus, light rail and so on.

Dalian International Airport

Built in Oct., 1972, Dalian International Airport is one of top four airports in Northeast of China and one of the most important airports in north and south sides of Liaoning Province, which attracts 22 air-line companies domestic and abroad to operate their business in Dalian Airport. It is also the first class civil airport and the main trunk airport in China as well as an international aerial airport. The airport with 4E grade I-class standard has opened 130 airlines, including 84 domestic ones, 46 international and Special Administrative Regional ones and linked to 15 countries and 89 domestic and abroad cities, including 39 abroad cities and regions, more than 1500 flights per week. It has formed air transportation network covering all around the country, radiating Japan and Korea and connecting with Europe, America, Australia and Asia basically.

Dalian International Airport covers an area of 284.46 ha., 3300m for runway, 3168m for taxiway, 65,000 ㎡ for terminal building, 240,000 ㎡for parking apron and 25 gate positions, which is able to handle the landing and taking off of a variety of large-size plane in the world surely. In 2007, it finished volume with 7.28 million person times and 63,000 flight times for taking off and landing, to list top 16 and top 18 respectively among 133 civil airports in China.

Dalian Taxi

Traveling around Dalian, travelers will find that most of the taxis here are Santana and Jetta. The staring price is CNY 8 for the first three kilometers. And hereafter CNY 2 will be charged for every additional kilometer. During the nighttime (22:00-05:00), the taxi fare will be floating upward about 30%. It is quite easy to take a taxi at the city no matter from airport, port, hotels or the tourist attractions.

Dalian Train

Dalian Train Station is the terminal of the Harbin-Dalian Railway Line, located at the Qingniwa Bridge in Dalian downtown. Firstly founded in 1935, it is now a first level passenger station in China, with compete service facility. Besides providing services to the Northeast, it also offers train services to Beijing, Shanghai, Hankou and etc. Meanwhile, the tourist special lines between Dalian and Beijing, Shenyang, Changchu and other big cities are also available. There are many buses routes could take passengers arriving to the train station, such as bus No.7, 13, 31, 101, 203, 408, 414, 522, 524 or 541.

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