Tiger Beach (Laohutan) Ocean Park
Situated in the central part of the southern seashore of Dalian City, the Tiger Beach Ocean Park (Laohutan Ocean Park) is the biggest modern lido in China. Many attractive natural sceneries and magnificent man-made sights abound in this park, especially the Tiger’s Sculpture Square and Tiger Beach’s Polar Region Marine Animals World. A modern ocean park, Tiger Beach Ocean Park specializes in tourism, recreation, shopping and is regarded as the Dalian people’s favorite park.
Bangchuidao Scenic Area
This area consists of the Bangchuidao Islet, a natural lido and Bangchuidao Hotel. It is a famous seashore resort combining marvelous scenery of hills, sea, islet and beach. The hills here are densely planted with flourishing pine trees and cypresses. To the southern part of Bangchuidao is an open maritime area featuring smooth sand beach and the adjacent lido is regarded as one of the best in Dalian City. Away from the seashore is the Bangchuidao Islet whose name derives from its shape – it’s shaped like a Bangchui (a wooden club) used by some Chinese people as a washing tool.
Jinshitan Scenic Area (Golden Pebble Beach National Resort)
Jinshitan Scenic Area, also known as the Golden Pebble Beach National Resort, is situated in the Liaodong Peninsula and facing the Huanghai River. It is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) away from the northeast of Dalian City. The most splendid view is focused on the eastern peninsula, where geological wonders that formed 300,000 to 600,000 years ago extend along the coast line.
The vast structure came into shape as early as the Sinian and Cambrian Periods. One can see hundreds of interestingly shaped rocks in various “postures”. Some resemble rocks spreading their wings or monkeys watching the sea. Others resemble camels, turtles, dinosaurs, tigers – no wonder it’s called the solidified animal world. The Longevous Rock found here is the biggest sediment rock with the clearest structure in the world, formed 600,000 years ago.
Also called “Nicholas Square” it was originally built in the Russian colonial period. This round square is typical of the blending of western styles of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance with a variety of old European style buildings surrounding an elegant marble circle terrace. Today, government financial institutions are housed in the old buildings and the square has become a weekend hangout spot for locals. At night the square is colorfully illuminated.
Xinghai Park is located on the southwestern side of Dalian City and borders Xinghai Bay from which it gets its name. The small park has luxuriant trees and flowers on the landward side while the coastal side comprises a beach of golden sands.
The park attracts many visitors as it is a haven of tranquility as well as offers excellent facilities for swimming and bathing at a safe beach where the water is neither too deep nor subject to other than moderate waves. Visitors will also be drawn to the architectural delights of the Qile Pavilion, Wanghai Pavilion and Yingchao Pavilion that are connected by cobblestone-lined footpaths.
Another feature in the park is the Sun Asia Ocean World where one can observe many of the often bizarre creatures that call the sea home. This aquarium is the first in China to have an underwater tunnel from which visitors can see the marine life at close quarters, take in the world’s first underwater pyramid, city, and flying saucer.
Also 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, has many towering, vertical rock formations with limpid rivers running through it. While the Jinshitan Scenic Area, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of the city is a popular national park.
Festival & Celebration
Dalian International Fashion Festival
This annual festival is undoubtedly the biggest event of the city and has been happening for the past 19 years. The festival not only showcases Dalian people’s love of life and beauty, it expresses their desire to open up to the rest of the world. The event brings together designers, commercial arena models, fashion agents and fabric manufacturers from all over the world. The schedule usually includes a series of collections by some of the world’s top designers, fashion forums, and cultural seminars. It also features a carnival where singers, dancers, musicians head for town and display their talents for guests in China and abroad.
Dalian Chinese Scholartree Blossom Affairs
Dalian is well known as the “oriental acacia city” because its flourishing acacia trees can be seen alongside streets, in parks, or in courtyards of the commons. In addition to the appearance of their lantern-like beauty, every May, when acacias are in full bloom, even the air is filled with their fragrance.
The Beach Cultural Festival
A vibrant international cultural festival in Dalian for everyone. It highlights 14 activities, including beach games, beach soccer, volleyball game, body mechanics show, Asian hip-hop game, Sandburg game, and more. On the Gold Coast of Golden Pebble Beach, there are automobile camps, sandburg exhibition areas and sea activity areas.
Dalian Spring Fireworks Festival
Ice carving exhibitions, fireworks displays, acrobatic shows, folk art performances including ballad singing, story-telling and locally-flavored snacks are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed at the Dalian. This is a festive event that attracts both domestic and international tourists.