Dalian Attractions

What to See in Dalian

Dalian is the second largest city in the Liaoning Province and is China's northernmost seaport. As a port, Dalian has a long history, which has contributed significantly to the rich heritage of the city. 

Dalian has a lot to offer to its tourists in terms of ancient history and modern day attractions. The city has a number of forest parks, green squares, and scenic seaside spots. Dalian also has many beaches and various other monuments in and around the city that are must-visit. Regardless of whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or just looking forward to a nice relaxed vacation with beaches and restaurants around, Dalian has something for you. Either way, just remember to carry your camera if you want to capture the beauty of this place.

In case you're on the fence about choosing Dalian vs some other tourist city in China, here is some detailed information about Dalian attractions that may help you make up your mind one way or another: 

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Bangchuidao Scenic Area

Located at a distance of just 9 km from Dalian Downtown is the Bangchuidao scenic area. This area takes its name from an islet nearby that resembles a wooden club, known as Bangchui. This is a perfect place to witness the scenic beauty of China. The spot encompasses the lush green cypress and pine topped mountains, the Bangchuidao islet, and a smooth sandy beach offering you exquisite scenic beauty and a great place to unwind. 

  • Opening Hours: Open all day long
  • Location: 9 kilometers from downtown Dalian, East of Binhai Road, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
  • Price Range: CNY 20
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Bingyu Valley Scenic Area

Spread across 110 square kilometers this area is dubbed as the ‘Oriental Miniature Switzerland’ due to its spectacular landscapes. Rugged cliffs and clear rivers flowing through lush green virgin forests make it a fascinating area and a must visit if you are someone who admires nature. 

  • Opening Hours: Open all day long
  • Location: Northern Zhuanghe City, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
  • Price Range: CNY 100

Dalian Shell Museum

The shell museum in Dalian displays close to 7,000 odd specimens of rare shellfish from all around the world and is one of the largest shell museums in Asia. Keep an eye out for the largest shell on display named the Private King, which is 3.4 meters long and 0.8 meters wide.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
  • Address: No.600, West Binhai Road, Shahekou, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
  • Price Range: CNY 30
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Golden Pebble Beach National Resort

The Golden Pebble Beach is also known as the Jinshitan scenic area. What attract most of the tourists to this beach on the coast of Yellow sea are the unusual and marvelous rock formations, the splendid inlets, and the sandy beach. Sunbathing, swimming, fishing, and boating are the favorite activities that locals and tourists indulge in at this spot. This resort also includes an international yacht club, a superb golf course, villas, hotels, and even hunting grounds.

  • Opening Hours: Open all day long
  • Location: Liaodong Peninsula, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
  • Price Range: CNY 66 for an all inclusive ticket
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Port Arthur

Also known as Lushun, which is a wish for safe sailing and a favorable voyage, Port Arthur is a historical and scenic spot surrounded on three sides by the sea. Once you are in Port Arthur, make sure you visit the Garden of Lions and Tigers, Island of Snakes, Bird Station at the volcano Laotie Hill, Russo-Japanese war site, Lushun museum, White Jade hill, cemeteries and memorials or martyrs and loyalists, and the World Peace Park. Also ensure that you obtain special permission from the local police before you visit Port Arthur, as it is an important military port and not open to foreign tourists.

  • Opening Hours: Depending on the places you want to visit
  • Location: Xiangyang Road, South west of Dalian, Liaoning, China
  • Price Range: CNY 25 to CNY 120
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Russian Culture Street

This street is a remainder of Dalian’s past role as a Russian treaty port and is a must-visit for history lovers. On the main street, you will witness a number of restored European style buildings; and once you are off the main street, you can view some of these magnificent buildings in their original state. You can also visit the prestigious art gallery on this street, which has a great collection of paintings from all over the world. 

  • Opening Hours: The Street is open all day; the gallery is open from 09:00 - 16:00
  • Location: Russian Street, Dalian, Liaoning, China, CN
  • Price Range: Entry to the street is free of charge
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Tiger Beach Ocean Park

Situated close to the Tiger Beach, the Tiger Beach Ocean Park is one of the must-visit places in Dalian. Also known as Laohutan Ocean Park, this park has the largest polar aquarium in the world.

One of the other attractions in the park is the larger than life and elaborate sculpture of a group of six Chinese tigers. The Ocean Park also has the world’s largest coral exhibition hall. Tourists fond of water sports can also participate in a variety of water sports within the Ocean Park. Once you have finished taking a tour and enjoying the rides at the ocean park, you can visit the beach and spend some time swimming or just lounging at the shore.

  • Opening Hours: 07:30 - 17:30
  • Address: No.9, Binhai Middle Road, Zhongshan, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
  • Price Range: CNY 15 to CNY 190 depending on the type of rides, activities, shows or places you want to enjoy.
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Xiangshui Temple

Xiangshui -- meaning sound of spring water -- is a popular Taoist temple in Dalian and is also known as Yunshui temple. Built during the Tang Dynasty and later renovated once during the era of the Qing dynasty, this temple has a natural cave 40 meters deep, which is one of the main attractions here. Listen carefully and you can hear the echo of the sound of the spring water as it hits the stones in the cave, which is how the temple derived its name, Xinagshui. This temple is also known to host a number of vibrant religious celebrations.

A perfect place for someone looking to know more about the Chinese culture.

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 - 17:00
  • Location: East of Mount Dahei, Jinzhou, Dalian, 21 1160, Liaoning, China
  • Price Range: Free entry
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Xinghai Park

This seashore park is another place with an interesting and a long history. The park houses a garden and an arch shaped bathing beach. What attracts tourists to this park is the tranquil atmosphere which makes it a great place to enjoy the day relaxing with friends and family.

This park also houses the Sun Asia Ocean World, which is the first ever aquarium to have been built with an underwater tunnel in China. Walking through this tunnel, you can see some of the most unique and bizarre marine life around you up close.

  • Opening Hours: Open all day long
  • Location: Southwestern side of Dalian City
  • Price Range: Free of charge before 07:00 Aevery day. CNY 7 after 07:00 from November to March and CNY 10 from April to October
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Zhongshan Square

One of the best ways to see the splendor of Dalian is to visit its squares. Of the many squares in Dalian, the Zhongshan Square is the oldest and most popular due to ancient European style buildings around circling it. The square was designed and built in the 19th century by the Russians; and the old buildings on the square were built by the Japanese in the 20th century. Before it was renamed, the square was called Nicholas Square.

  • Opening Hours: Open all day long
  • Location: Zhongshan District, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
  • Price Range: Free of charge
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