A tour of China’s largest and busiest port city reveals the city’s international influences in the well-preserved Japanese and Russian architecture, distinctive monuments, and Chinese-focused art exhibits. From a diverse past, Dalian has evolved into a modern city that celebrates innovation in design, fashion, and business, all set against the breathtaking natural scenery of the northern Liaoning Province.
A natural oasis just east of the city, Bangchuidao Scenic Area is a tranquil spot for swimming, hiking, and sunbathing. Sandy beaches and turquoise waters entice swimmers. Forested hillsides, steep cliffs and wildflower valleys beckon hikers to explore.
Built in the early 20th century by the Japanese, and restored to its original glory in 2010, the Honji Grand Stage is a palatial multi-disciplinary arts space and banquet hall to showcase the finest in Chinese theater and culinary arts. The intricate stage of carved wood and stone is an appropriately dramatic host to the opera, martial arts, contortionist, and folk-art performances held here.Learn More
Ship-shape rows of New England-inspired Victorian townhouses in a rainbow of colors sit gazing out towards the placid harbor of Tiger Bay. Stroll the promenade to a lighthouse modeled after the Bremen Port Lighthouse in Germany, and watch as fisherman in traditional boats unload their nets. Feast on the day’s fresh catch at one of the waterfront seafood restaurants in this tidy wharf.
Nearly a century old, the Lushun Museum is home to a trove of both historical and local cultural relics from the Liaoning Province and beyond. Rare bronze pieces, lacquerware, ancient coins, fine paintings, and Chinese calligraphy are carefully laid out in this neoclassical building. Some of the most impressive artifacts in the collection include nine mummies thought to be over 1,000 years old.Learn More
Lacy ironwork crowns the green dome of a yellow brick building. Its distinctive architectural style harks back to the early 20th century when Russia occupied Dalian. Along this historic row, market stalls selling long strands of luminous pearls sit next to others stacked with colorful groups of Matryoshka dolls. Leading to the former city hall, a grand building dating from the turn of the last century, Russian Street offers a vibrant peek into Dalian's past.
Kaiser SPA seamlessly blends Chinese design elements and Western spa culture. Take in views of Xinghai Bay from the tranquil treatment rooms, or play Majhong in the game room.Learn More
Romantic and refined, all rooms in this Bavarian-style castle have either ocean or mountain views, and combine timeless decor with state-of-the-art technology in perfect harmony.Learn More
Hoist a glass of small-batch beer made right on the premises in the copper vats at the German-inspired Royal Cellar bar and microbrewery with nightly entertainment.Learn More