The city of Dalian is
located on the southernmost tip of the Liaodong Peninsula, jutting
out into the Bohai Sea in the northeast, between China and North
Korea. It is 4 hours by train south of Shenyang. It has a population
of about 5.65 million (2006).
Dalian, a city of
Liaoning Province, is a major port of
northeastern China and a trading gateway for all of northern China.
Dalian is home to major shipyards, oil refineries, diesel engineering
plants, and factories for textile and chemical products.
The Dalian area –
comprising Dalian and the nearby port/naval base of
Lushun (formerly called Port Arthur)
farther south, and hence sometimes called Luda – has an ancient history
as a shipping port, but only became prominent in the late 19th century
when the Qing dynasty established a naval base there.
A harbor for oil tankers, at the terminus of an oil pipeline from the
Daqing oil fields, was completed in 1976. Dalian is now the third
largest port in China.
Dalian’s Tourist Hot
Dalian Beach: The Dalian Beach is a tourist attraction and summer resort
of national caliber. Stretching 31 kilometers, the beach has manyscenic
spots, such as the Wooden-Club Isle, Fujiazhuang, Mt. Baiyun, Xinghai
Park, and Black Rock Reefs.
Lushunkou Scenic Spot: The Lushunkou Scenic Spot is a state-level scenic
spot. The ruins of the Japanese-Russian War can be found here.
Jinshitan Summer Resort: Situated along the banks of the Yellow Sea, the
resort commands a breathtaking landscape including mountains covered
with lush vegetation, reefs in various shapes, a seaside with soft clean
sand, and rippling water in the blue sea. The resort has a bathing beach
and an 18-hole golf course.
Other attractions: Xinghai Park, Mt.Laotie, Snake Island, and the murals
in the Han Tombs.