Dalian Attractions - Things to Do

There are three main scenic areas Dalian - the Downtown Area, Binhai Road Area and Xinghai Park Scenic Area.

Binhai Road Area - A Paradise of Beachscape

 Tiger Beach (Laohutan) Ocean Park
 Bangchuidao Scenic Area
 Jinshitan Scenic Area
 Discoveryland Theme Park
Dalian Forest Zoo
​ 7 Best Beaches
  Bathing Paradise

In addition to the historical stories in the downtown area, Dalian is also a bathing paradise . It has an amazing 40-kilometer (25-mile) long beachscape along Binhai Road. Originally a military defense road built in the 1970s, Binhai Road is on must things to do list with imposing mountain scenery on one side and ragged cliffs and seaside on the other. Starting from Haizhiyun Square, it follows the coastline of the city from the east via the south part and on to the west. Driving along the road, visitors will find a dozen Dalian tourist attractions, like a string of pearls scattered along it including Bangchuidao Scenic Area , Tiger Beach Ocean Park , Yanwoling (Swallow Nest Mountain), Fujiazhuang bathing place and Yuexiu Villa. The southern section starting from Hutan Paradise to Fujianzhuang bathing place is the most popular part.

Downtown Area - A World of Squares

 Squares in Dalian

The busy downtown area presents the historical heritage, exotic flavor and modern charm of the city.

Zhongshan Square is the central landmark of the city, where the governmental financial institutions are located. Also called 'Nicolas Square', it was a colonial construction built by Russian engineer decades ago. The square has more than ten avenues radiating outwards and forms the central commercial area of the city.

In the Russian and Japanese colonial periods, the invaders dreamed of building an oriental city in the style of Paris or Tokyo. As a result, many varieties of buildings were built in the city. Like the Bund area in Shanghai, Zhongshan Square is a result of that period with a mixture of western style buildings of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance designs. At present, banks and financial offices dominate these buildings giving it the name of 'Oriental Wall Street'.

Dalian Hotel on the southern side of the square has an imposing European-style architecture with dignified royal court buildings and Baroque vaulting. Walking further southward you will find a Japanese flavor street with Japanese restaurants, teahouses and flower shops. Another German-designed building houses Dalian Art Exhibition Hall.

A short one kilometer walk northward from the Zhongshan Square, crossing the Shengli Bridge (Victory Bridge), is Russian Flavor Street. This street, flanked with European and Russian style architecture, is an ideal place to 'meet Russia'. You can take Bus No. 203 at the Railway Station and get off at Shengli Qiao stop.

There are more than 30 squares in the city with artistic sculptures, hush lawns and western-style fountains. These formed the architectural style of the city - taking squares as the center and radiate outwards. A square sightseeing tour by Tourist Buses 801 and 801 (B) include Victory Square, Renmin Square, Olympic Square, Haizhiyun (Sea of Melody) Square and Youhao Suqare. The tourist bus stops at each spot for ten minutes and people can take pictures.

Another top thing to do would be a tram tour by antique trolley cars from the early 1900s. It recalls the olden days when the city was ruled by the Japanese invaders.

Xinghai Square Area - New Spirit of Dalian

 Xinghai Park

In the western part of the city is the largest square in Asia, Xinhai Square. It was a great project built to commemorate Hong Kong's return to China in 1997 and imprints of 1000 pairs of footprints of Dalian people symbolize the enterprising spirit of local people.

500 meters (500 yards) north of the square is a landmark of the city, Xinghai Exhibition Center. This is a venue where big events and ceremonial activities such as the Spring Fireworks Festival, International Beer Festival and Dalian International Fashion Festival are held. A park in this area with the same name has Shengya Aquarium and the best bathing place in the city with all necessary amenities. Three docks inside the Xinghai Gulf have ferries to Laohutan and Baochuidao attraction.

Around Dalian

 Bingyu Valley Scenic Area

There are several natural attractions around Dalian.

Known as 'Port Arthur', Lushun occupies the west end of Dalian City and the south edge of the Liaodong Peninsula. As an important military strategic port, Lushun has many historical stories and contains a rich treasure of relics. The pretty Bingyu Valley Scenic Area , 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of Dalian, is Liaoning's answer to Guilin and Yangshuo with many towering, vertical rock formations with limpid rivers running through it. Jinshitan Scenic Area , located 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of the city is a popular national park.

Another featured sightseeing choice would be the any of the bathing places along the coastline of the city. As a coastal city at the tip of Liaodong Peninsular, Dalian is a paradise for water sports lovers and those looking for a beach holiday.

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- Last modified on Apr. 21, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Dalian Attractions
Asked by Hv from IRAN | Sep. 20, 2018 00:49Reply
I couldn’t find the Japanese style street in Dalian. Can you help me?
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Answered by Grace from USA | Sep. 20, 2018 01:34

It is located at Zhongshan Distract and you can take Bus No.27, 30, 501, 703 or 712, get off at Nanshan Hotel Staiton or take the Bus No. 407, 501, get off at Wanghai Street.
Asked by Rick from US | Apr. 02, 2018 08:44Reply
Our cruise will be stopping at Dailan on 04/20 for 8 hours.
Would love your suggestion on what to do to maximize the 8 hours, thanks!

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Answered by James from FINLAND | Apr. 02, 2018 21:09

Laohutan Beach and Xinghai Park are highly recommended!
Asked by deniz from DENMARK | Feb. 11, 2017 22:20Reply
dalian visit during february
which places are worth visit during this february month?how much it cost and how to go there by public transport?
please give me details about cheap trip so i can go there easily.
thank you so much
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Answered by Danny from NEW ZEALAND | Feb. 13, 2017 03:23

Hello, the Tiger Beach Ocean Park and Jinshitan Scenic Area are recommended. City bus no. 2, 4, 30 or 47 can take you to the ocean park and subway lne 3 leads to Jinshitan. Public transportation is a good choice for self-tour. But the attractions mentioned are a little far apart. You may choose one of them.
Asked by Suzanne Rita from UNITED STATES | Jun. 25, 2016 17:13Reply
Are there open forest areas around Dalian to visit?
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Answered by Jeremy from INDIA | Jun. 25, 2016 21:02

Oh, you can go to Xijiao National Forest Park, which is a very famous natural sight in the city, and you should go there for a visit.
Asked by Tania from CHINA | Apr. 02, 2016 07:03Reply
How far is Golden Stone Beach Tang Style hot spring from line 3 of Jinshitan station?
I would like to visit 2 hot springs in Dalian. How much is the cost for a day ticket to Chengyuan Hot spring, to visit on a Friday or Saturday? How far is Golden Stone Beach Tang Style hot spring from line 3 of Jinshitan subway station? Do you know how much it costs to visit this hot spring on the weekend or during the week, please?
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Answered by Mary from USA | Apr. 06, 2016 01:07

The Golden Stone Beach Tang Style Hot Spring is about 4 miles (6.5km) from Jinshitan Station. You may bus Jinshitan Line 4 to reach it. If by taxi, the fare is around CNY 20. It costs CNY 149 per person on weekdays and weekends.
The Chengyuan Hot Spring costs CNY 99 on weekdays, and CNY 119 on weekends.
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