Dalian is one of the most prosperous and largest port cities in North East China. Apart from being a commercial hub, the city is also a popular tourist location and has a lot of activities apart from sightseeing that tourists can choose to indulge in when they visit Dalian.
At Dalian you can indulge in various water sports, go hiking, play golf, explore streets, travel to some of the scenic areas, go swimming, and the list goes on. There is something for every tourist here, whether you are completely an outdoor person or someone who simply likes to sit by the beach and enjoy the sun and the sand. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you plan all your activities in advance to avoid missing out any part of the fun while on vacation.
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Apart from sightseeing and outdoor fun, Dalian also offers various indoor recreational activities that tourists can enjoy. For example, Dalian has one of the most advanced Bowling centers where hundreds of locals and tourist enjoy playing. This center is named as Aibao Bowling, and it is a massive 32 lanes alley with a unique design, air conditioned facilities, and superb customer service.
This is a perfect place to hang out with friends or family. If you are new to bowling you can take tips and bowling lessons from coaches at this center for free. For children, the centre also offers special lightweight balls.
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:30
Location: No 49 Beiguan Zheng Jie
Address: 5 Jiefang Road, Dalian, Liaoning, China
Price Range: CNY 10
Binghai Road in Dalian is a 22 mile long and winding road running along the southern peninsula, and it is one of the few places that offer spectacular views of the Dalian coast, the mountains, and the ocean. This scenic view starts from starts from Xinghai Park and goes all the way to the Haizhiyun Square.
If you are more of an outdoors person, a hiking or a biking trip on this road should definitely be high on your list of activities. You also have the choice to either hike the entire distance at a stretch or stop en route at various attractions.
Along the route, you will pass by some of the popular attractions in Dalian such as the Tiger Park, the Bangchuidao Scenic Area, and Fujiazhuang Beach. You can choose to spend time at each of these spots and enjoy a swim at the beach if you love swimming.
Opening Hours: The road is open 24 hours. The other spots en route have different opening hours
Location: Binghai Road, Dalian, Liaoning, China
Price Range: Free entry to the road, but entry to various attractions is charged
Dalian has a number of world class golf courses where you can spend the entire day finding your inner Tiger Woods. One of the best golf courses is the Golden Pebble Beach Golf Course, which is located in the Golden Pebble Beach National Tourism and Holiday resort. This golf course has two separate 18 hole world class golf courses namely the Jinying Golf Course and the Divine Tortoise Golf Course. Both the golf courses are par 72 and offer a challenging game to beginners as well seasoned golfers.
The golf course is situated just forty minutes away from the city of Dalian. The club also has a great club house where you can sit and relax after a long day of golfing.
Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:00
Location: Dalian Jinshi Tan State Tourist and Vacation District, Dalian, Liaoning, China
Price Range: CNY 10
Situated at the foothills of the Lushan Mountain, the Labor Park is also known as Laodong Gongyua and is a large scale modern park that has a unique blend of amusement, cultural, and leisure activities combined with sightseeing. The park is spread across 1.02 million square kilometers and is popular for its seamless architecture that blends the modern style with traditional Chinese style. The park is dotted with cherry woods, pavilions, lotus ponds, sculptures, and terraces. The park is also home to a number of rare flowers.
You can spend the entire day at park and enjoy the peace and tranquility here making it a perfect place to unwind and relax. There are also a number of recreational activities to keep your kids engaged.
Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:00
Location: Cao-Tang Tourist & Vocational Zone, Hu County, Xian
Address: Shengli East Road, Zhongshan, Dalian, Lushan Lane, Dalian, Liaoning, China
Tel: 86 29 8495 1236
Price Range: Entry to the park is free. The rides and the activities are charged at different rates.
If you love nature, you should visit the Dalian Forest Zoo, which is home to more than 200 animals. The zoo is built on Bai Yun Mountain and it allows animals uninhibited walking areas rather than locking them up in cages.
Some of the rare species in the zoo worth mentioning are the majestic African lions, Siberian tigers and Malaysian bears. Your kids can even take photos with pet kangaroos and spotted deer in the walking section.
There are three ways in which you can choose to enjoy the great views of the zoo. You can travel around in the tour bus that stops at six main spots, you can choose to walk around the zoo following the walking path, or you can use the cable car for a bird’s eye view of the place.
Opening Hours: 07:30 - 17:00 during summers; 08:30 - 16:30 during winters
Address: 60 Yingchun Lu, Nanshi Dao, Xigang District, Dalian, Liaoning, China
Price Range: CNY120 for adults; CNY 60 for children
If you have always been interested in anthropology and archaeology, visit the Prehistoric Life Museum in Dalian. This museum houses some of the oldest prehistoric fossils from Chengjiang and Yunnan, and flora and fauna of the ancient world. The main attractions here are the fossils of dinosaurs, the Chinese dragon bird, and dinosaur eggs.
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
Address: West Binhai Road, Dalian, 21, Liaoning, China
Price Range: CNY 30