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Dalian is located at the southernmost tip of the Liaodong Peninsula. It is surrounded by mountains and sea and boasts sunny beaches and great natural scenery. It is famous for its delicious seafood and the lively International Beer Festival. There are beautiful views of the mountains and sea, the geological wonders of Jinshitan, the historical sites of Lushunkou, and the marine parks that children will love.
Most of Dalian’s attractions are located in the urban area. Lushunkou District in the southwest of the city also has many attractions worth visiting. Jinzhou District in the northeast of the city has the famous Jinshatan resort area. In addition, there are counties and cities such as Changhai County and Wafangdian City, which are under the jurisdiction of the northeastern part of Dalian.
Dalian is the warmest place in the Northeast China. The average annual temperature is around 10°C. The hottest period is in August and the coldest in January. The precipitation is concentrated mainly in summer with heavy rains, most of which occur at night. Dalian is suitable for traveling all year round. The spring is a good season for strawberry picking and cherry blossom viewing. Summer and early autumn are the best time to visit Dalian, especially in July and August when you can go beach combing and fishing, etc. Although winter is Dalian’s off-peak season, ski resorts and hot springs are still quite popular with tourists.
There are plenty of hotels in Dalian and you can easily find a hotel in the downtown area. If you have many places to visit during your tour, consider staying in the hotels near the train station. This is the starting point for trains, light rail, city tour buses, and multiple bus routes. Dining and shopping is also very convenient. In addition, there are also many express hotels and boutique hotels around Zhongshan Square and Harbor Square.
Jinshitan is far away from the urban hustle and bustle. Here you’ll find popular attractions such as the Gold Coast, the Binhai National Geopark and the Discovery Kingdom theme park. There are also many resorts and hotels here but the prices are more expensive. You can also choose budget hotels and family apartments in the town.
Lushunkou is a region with a long history. There are cultural attractions such as the Lushun Army Harbour, the former sites of the Japanese-Russian prisons, the Lushun Museum, and natural attractions such as Baiyu Mountain and Laotie Mountain. It is only an hour's drive from downtown Dalian to Lushun and buses are also very convenient. There are many business hotels and cheap hostels and inns in Lushunkou.