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Top 5 things to do in Dalian China - Plan the ultimate trip to Dalian

Located in the north of China, Dalian is a modern city full of attractions and experiences that can be enjoyed with the whole family. If you're planning a trip to Dalian, read on to find some useful tips on places to visit for a holiday that you won't forget.


Bask in the sun

Summer, between May to September, is generally the best time to visit. The heat is at its greatest during August, which makes it perfect for water sports and sunbathing. Tourists start to leave in late September, making it ideal if you want to enjoy a less crowded holiday. However, this is when the weather starts to get cold, and snow will begin to fall by November.


Stay cozy

As much you as roam the city of Dalian, you are going to be spending precious few hours to rest and wake up for the next adventure, thus, choosing the perfect hotel or even serviced apartments in Dalian is an important part of your holiday. Read up online and follow up on recommendations. First-time visitors should opt for accommodation choices that are centrally located like Citadines Gugeng Dalian for example, will help you get around the city faster.


City tour or solo adventures

The city is filled with beautiful attractions and stunning locations. Booking a city tour allows you to explore everything with a guide, thus you don't need to worry if you don't speak Mandarin or worry about getting lost. Most locals speak little to no English, so if you are planning to explore on your own, learn some basic Mandarin words to help you get around. Apart from that, read up on all the attractions so you can plan your route and make travelling around a little easier.


Local hotspots you shouldn't miss

Russian Street was constructed with the idea of creating a little piece of Europe in the port city. The street features elegant sculptures, colonial buildings, neat lawns and fountains that have become a popular tourist attraction. Aside from this, you should check out, Laohutan Scenic Park, Xinghai Square and of course, the beautiful beaches.


Experience the local cuisine

A majority of the locals are descendants of the people of Shandong, so the cuisine is fairly similar. The main ingredient here is seafood with celebrated dishes to try including grilled squid, steamed abalone, and salted fish cakes. Avoid eating seafood between July to August. During this period no fresh seafood is available and many "substitute" types of meat are used instead. If you're looking for a bowl of noodle, you'll be sorely disappointed here. Dalian cuisine staples are centered on dumplings, buns, and pancakes rather than rice or noodles. Budget eateries and street vendors can be found on every street corner and are well worth a try, however, you may have a queasy stomach after until you get used to the food. A pro tip is to eat garlic with every meal to avoid a bad stomach.