Port of Dalian is the largest passenger port in China. Every year there are more than 5 million people moving through the port. Relying on its superior geographical advantages, the Port has engaged in promoting passenger/vehicle Ro/Ro transportation. With 10 dedicated berths, the Port has 6 domestic services to Shanghai, Weihai, Yantai, Penglai, Tianjin and Changhai Islands as well as one international service to Incheon of South Korea, over 40 arrivals and sailings every day.
The port is within walking distance of town. A rather long and not so easy walk, taxis available. A free shuttle is usually provided to Zhongshan Square.
Line 2 metro just opened with a stop near the cruise pier and stations at Zhongshan Square and Qingniwan near Victory Square.
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The impression Dalian gives to the world is of a city of lawns, squares, fountains and gardens. This is all thanks to the former mayor of the city, Bo Xilai, who initiated a 'Green Storm' - a widespread environmental campaign which brought numerous green squares, forest parks and seaside scenic spots to the city. Of Dalian, people say it is 'A City Built in Gardens'.
There are two things that have earned the city a great reputation. One is Football and the other is Fashion. Given the name of 'Oriental Brazil', it hosts many Chinese football matches and has the most successful football teams in China. The enthusiastic fans in the football club of the four-star Wanda International Hotel tell everyone how much the Chinese like this game.
Another carnival event in the city is Dalian International Fashion Festival, during which thousands of dazzling celebrities, designers, pop stars and clothing merchants from both home and abroad get together to present an In-Fashion feast to the world. Consequently, Dalian stirs shopping lovers' blood with all sorts of skyscraper shopping malls and markets. If you are lucky enough to come to the city around September, a sea of world-class fashion brands will delight you.
Of particular interest to tourists is a bus traveling Binhai Lu for ¥10 (08:00-16:00). It starts from near the railway station and covers the Conference & Exhibition Center, Dalian Seashell Museum, Forest Zoo, FuJiazhuang beach, Yan Woling, Birdsong Forest, Tiger Beach Paradise, Harbour Square and Zhongshan Square. There is a bus every 40 mins and throughout the day, you can travel in this bus, or just stay aboard for a 90-min ride.
To get around in the cities, one best uses a taxi : They are (very) cheap and plentiful. The best way to avoid running into any issues is to aim for the taxis which have a blue or white light on top of the car.
You might want to give the driver the following list of highlights: Russian Street, Bin Hai Road, Zhongshan Square, Xinghai Square in Liaodong Province (a must see... a whole new modern area.), Tiger Beach and Beida Bridge. Make sure you talk to the driver beforehand, to check his language skills.
Important: If you buy a guide book for the town you are about to visit,
make sure it is the latest edition available. This as the pace of
construction is enormous: what is here today, might not be there tomorrow!
Make sure the maps in your guide book have "english" as well as "chinese" characters, so you and the cabdriver can communicate by pointing at the map. Cabdrivers only speak Chinese.
Every large tourist town has at least one or more shopping malls for westerners. Often the only place one can buy larger clothing sizes. Although these malls are fun, please be aware that almost everything is fake and that the bargaining is hard. The quickest way often is to show with bills in your hand, how much you are willing to pay and then walk on. If they than gesture you back finalize the deal. Always stay courteous.
Restaurants are often found in clusters in certain parts of the city, recognizable by very colorful decorations to attract customers. Stroll by and look for restaurants that are patronized by Chinese families themselves. Most menus have pictures of the items served. Seafood, in general, is kept alive in large tanks. Eating out in China is a feast, with very little etiquette, and in general rather noisy. Enjoy the fun! Only drink bottled water even use that if you have to brush your teeth. Use common precautions when eating out.
The Yuan (or Renminbi RMB).
Occasionally you will be given a counterfeit bill, mostly in a small denomination. Nothing you can do about it, just keep it as a souvenir.
Wifi is available in coffee shops like Amici and Starbucks scattered throughout the city. Also, Friendship Shopping Center has free WiFi.
Emergency number China: 110
Hong Kong and Macao: 999
There seem not set opening hours for stores, it seems as long as there are customers they stay open.
Chinese New Year (about two weeks long) is the time when all the Chinese are traveling and transportation can be very hectic.
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