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Dalian is located on the tip of Liaodong peninsula, to the west is the Bohai Sea and to the east is the Korea Bay. It boasts a land area of 12,574 square kilometres and a population exceeding 6 million. Dalian is one of only six Chinese cities to be listed on the Global Financial Centres index and is also regularly listed as one of the best places to live in China. Due to its placement on the peninsula, Dalian has become a hub for all the traffic between Beijing, Tianjin, Korea, Japan and Russia
Climates: Dalian hosts humid summers and cold, dry winters. The city experiences a one-month seasonal lag, save for in the winter, due to its position on the Liaodong Peninsula. Dalian's rainfall can be rather intermittent, some years are quite heavy and others quite dry, but come the summer months one can expect heavy rains. Thanks in part to its windy weather the average yearly temperature is 10.90 °C (51.6 °F).
History: Dalian's history is not of noble bearing. It was originally referred to as 青泥洼桥 (the bridge over the swamp), however this tiny fishing village over the swamp has been fought over for millennia. It has belonged to Koreans, Chinese, Mongols, Russians, the British and the Japanese. Not bad for something that did not exist 30,000 years ago (it was completely submerged and only became a land mass after the sea level dropped 140 meters.)
Attractions: If history is why you came to China than Dalian is not for you. It relies heavily on its beaches and marine parks to attract tourists. It has several nice springs, such as Anbo, where one can enjoy the scenic nature that surrounds. For most however what is interesting is Dalian's colonial past and all of the distinct architecture and streets that have formed due to its constant changing of hands.
The number of Non-Chinese: more than 25,000
Cost of Living:
Fast food combo meal: 27 RMB
Litre of milk: 10 RMB
8 km taxi journey: 30 RMB
Rent: around 2200-5000 RMB
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport is located in Ganjingzi District, which is roughly10 km (6 mi) northwest of the city. Though this will change in 2018 with the introduction of Dalian Jinzhouwan International Airport.
Dalian subway has 4 lines (with 5 more in development) and 56 stations. Ticket prices are 2 RMB for <6 kilometres and then an increment of 1 RMB for every 6, 10, 20 KM depending on overall distance travelled. A 20% discount is available when using a pearl card.
There are 2 train stations in Dalian: Dalian Railway Station and Dalian North Railway Station prices vary.
Bus: There are 150 bus routes in Dalian.
The ticket price is usually 2 yuan. Please note that Dalian has tons of one way streets so return stops are usually in different places.