Not advisable in winter when it gets dark very quickly. The route curls uphill for quite a distance so unless you get to an early start, you may find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere in the dark cold night.
Notwithstanding, it is a beautiful walk where you can enjoy the sea breeze and beautiful scenery. Excellent for a romantic day out.
In the suburbs of Dalian, visit the place if you want to find out more about its significance as a port city during the last dynasty of China. The museum in Lushun has some interesting artifacts although you would most probably be disappointed if you've been to the better museums in China. Still the narrow streets around the museum are photogenic and the nearby port with high security reminds you of the importance of the area.
The skate park is a good area to catch the sunset over the sea. There are many interesting statues and sculptures in the park that gives the area a vibrant feel. It is extremely spacious so you are feeling claustrophobic after visiting numerous crowded Chinese cities, this is a nice spot to chill out.
Dalian's most popular shopping mall is Vitory Shopping plaza, Shengli Guangchang in Chinese, it located in the front of Dalian Station, there are 3 underground floors.
There is a mobile telephone shop and a household appliances store in the second floor,and a dining hall in the third floor and a 24 hour bowling center in the third floor. You can also find fine quality replica watches and handbags from here, it also says this is the place where you can see all the beautiful and fashionable girls from Dalian, this is a shopping spot for Dalian young people.
The area is very huge and even the locals can get lost inside of it. Actually, I myself always have trouble of finding out the right exit to get out.
the blocks near Dalian University of Foreign Languages have been japanese community 60 years ago. now, many nice small houses remain on the quiet street and new japanese come back again. many japanese bars, resturants, foot massage gathered here.
it has been the headquarter building of south manchuria railway company during 1905 to 1945 by japanese. after russo-japanese war, japanese replaced russian to hold the right to build railway in manchuria, or northeast china. the company was not only a business entity but also a intellacture institute for gathering information in china. now, the building belongs to chinese railway company.
we are lucky that meet the first snow in 2008. it's the second day we arrived this beautiful city, in the morning, i opened the curtain and found white snow covered the roofs. the natives said it seldom snow here. however, we met it. we will be lucky in 2008, the olympic year of china.
all these white cover melt afternoon because the temperature here is above 0.
Running along the southern edge of the Dalian peninsula Binhai Road is a pretty, winding coastal road similar to the corniche of the French Riviera. The road is split into three main sections:
(1) Binhai West Road from Xinghai Square to Fujiazhuang
(2) Binhai Middle Road from Fujiazhuang to Tiger Beach
(3) Binhai South Road and Binhai North Road from Tiger Beach to Donghai Beach
It's possible to walk along the entire 35 km (22 mi) stretch in a day, but for those feeling less adventurous the Fujiazuang-Tiger Beach and Tiger Beach-Donghai Beach stretches also make for a rewarding walk. A taxi ride offers a less taxing means of seeing the road but it is still a great experience... when the temperature is so low out there... :)
Zhongshan Square is the oldest square in Dalian. You will notice that a lot of very historic buildings surround this square, and their architectural styles are non-Chinese looking. There is definitely a lot of Russian or European influence in these buildings. The size of the square is nothing compared to Xinghai Square, but it is definitely more historic. I was also impressed by the number of streets that radiate out from this circular-shaped square -- 10 of them! -- must be pretty confusing for drivers.
Friendship Square is one of many squares in Dalian. It is located a couple of blocks west of Zhongshan Square. At the center of the square sits something that looks very similar to the Spaceship Earth structure at the Epcot Center in Walt Disney World, although smaller. It looks like a golf ball. A great photo opportunity here.
The coral hall at the Laohutan Ocean Park is another attraction featuring lots of marine creatures on display. There are some really strange fish here. There is also a diving performance given here. I recommend this attraction in addition to the pole aquarium. Admission is 35 yuan (+ 15 yuan to first enter the park).
The aquarium in Dalian is a major attraction. The aquarium showcases marine animals and fish from mainly the polar regions of the world. Among them are the beautiful white whales which are also featured in the aquarium performances. Of course you will also see polar bears and penguins. You can really see these animals at very close distance. Seeing the sturgeon and other large, strange ocean fish was amazing as well. The dolphin and white whale performances included in the admission were excellent. But there are specific performance times you will need to take note of, so you don't miss any performances. The admission price is 100 yuan (+ 15 yuan to first enter the park).
A magnificent and impressive castle can be seen on the hill from Xinghai Square. It no doubt offers lots of excellent photo opportunities. As for actually going into the castle, you will actually find yourselves visiting the Shell Museum, where lots of seashells are exhibited. I personally am not very interested in shells. So I would suggest just enjoying the castle from the outside.
On the south end of Xinghai Square, you will find a long strip of footprints. This is the Dalian Centenary Sculpture, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the city of Dalian. The bronze sculpture is 80 meters long and has 1000 footprints, all from the people of Dalian. Dalian has gone through a complicated 100 years (during the 20th century), with both Russian and Japanese influence and occupation. Be sure to stop by this sculpture.
Dalian's Xinghai Square is the largest square in Asia, and it is indeed very huge. You will get tired from walking from one end of the square to the other. At the center of the square, which is actually oval-shaped, you will find an ornamental marble column which is taller than the one in Beijing. On the ground around it you will find markings of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals. All this was built in 1997 to celebrate and commemorate Hong Kong's return to China. There are bicycle rentals (for 1, 2, or 3 persons) available all around the square. The beach recreation area is adjacent to the square.