Dalian is a major seaport in Northwestern China. The city is huge and wraps around the coastline for miles with amazing modern architecture and hundreds of high rise residential buildings. The drive along part of the rugged coastline overlooking the ocean is well worth the time. Unlike Shenyang (a 4 hour drive away) which is an un-inspirational industrial city – Dalian has the influences that only a city can have by being an International seaport.
The city contains a number of fun parks, a huge aquarium and other architectural delights. What is also nice about Dalian is while much of the city is very new, there is an old part that features distinctive European architecture – some amazing residential neighborhoods with huge homes – as well as very old European looking business buildings. Influences in architecture and to a lesser extent food, can be traced to British, Russian and Japanese occupations.
Dalian’s tallest hotel is the Intercontinental. It is centrally located and from the upper floors affords one excellent views across the city. This hotel is first class – the rooms are spacious and appealing.