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Beer in Dàlián

Dàlián International Beer Festival

For 12 days every July into August, Dàlián stages its International Beer Festival, resembling Munich’s Oktoberfest. Beer companies from across China and around the world set up tents at the vast Xīnghǎi Sq, near the…
Korean in Dàlián

Handu Restaurant

In the Sanba Sq area, this fabulous two-storey Korean restaurant decked out in luxe wood and granite fittings lets you barbecue your own meats at the table. There's also a selection of one-dish meals such as bibimba…
Beach in Dàlián

Jīnshí Tān

The coast around Jīnshí Tān, 50km northeast of the city, has been turned into a domestic tourism mecca with a number of theme parks and rock formations commanding inflated entrance fees. The long pebbly beach itself…
Historic Building in Dàlián

Zhongshan Square

This is Dàlián’s hub, a 223m-wide square with 10 lanes radiating out from a central roundabout designed by the Russians in 1889. With the exception of the Dalian Financial Building, all the other grand structures ha…
Square in Dàlián

Xīnghǎi Square

This square, which sports some gaudy architecture, is the site of Dàlián’s popular beer festival, and is a good place to people-watch, fly a kite, or just stroll about. Nearby is a small beach and amusement park.Fro…
Market in Dàlián

Tianjin Jie Night Market

Stretching several blocks along Tianjin Jie from the train station to a giant incense-bowl sculpture, this outdoor market, open during the evenings, offers outdoor venues to eat barbecued seafood and other snacks wi…
Village in Dàlián

Fisherman’s Wharf

This seaside community was built in the style of an American East Coast village from the early 20th century. It makes a great backdrop for photos, has a row of pleasant coffee and wine shops, and features a perfect …
Beach in Dàlián

Fùjiāzhuāng Beach

Fùjiāzhuāng is a popular beach set in a deep bay. Junks float just offshore, small broken islands dot the horizon, and loads of families come here for no other reason than to have fun. Bus 5 leaves from Jiefang Lu (…
Peking Duck in Dàlián

Locomotive Guild Roast Duck

We're not sure what locomotives have to do with duck, but the birds here are roasted in a wood-fired oven to delicate crispness before being deftly sliced and presented to your table. Live seafood is also available …
Seafood in Dàlián

Tiāntiān Yúgǎng

Choose your meal from the near museum-level variety of aquatic creatures at this upscale seafood restaurant. Most dishes are set out in refrigerated displays, making this a rare easy seafood-eating experience in Chi…