The City of Dalian is well known for its beautiful green squares. The town boasts about 70 squares full of blooming flowers and beautifully manicured grounds. The Port of Dalian's international colonial history has blessed it with fantastic architecture from the Russians who designed the city based on the Paris model and the Japanese who copied Tokyo as they developed the city. Visitors will find buildings reflecting Western Greek, Roman, and Renaissance styles. For more information on the many things to see and do in the Port of Dalian, visit the city's tourism website.
The Port of Dalian has a humid continental climate characterized by humid summers and dry cold windy winters. Temperatures range from an average low of -6 °C (21 °F) in January to an average high of 27 °C (81 °F) in July and August.
The Forest Zoo in the Xigang District of the Port of Dalian is one of the city's most popular attractions with international visitors. Set in the hills to the south of the city center, the zoo contains wide range of animals in relatively large modern enclosures (for China). Visitors especially enjoy seeing the great and red pandas.
The Port of Dalian Laodong Park rests atop Daheishan Mountain, and visitors can walk up or ride a seat-lift to reach its peak. On clear days, the mountaintop and the Reach Sightseeing Tower offer spectacular panoramic views of the city and the sea. The ride to the mountain's base is on the thrilling "First Land Sled." In the winter, Daheishan Mountain is a popular skiing and ice-skating site. Visitors should be aware that the local operators sometimes overcharge for services, and the local police can help.
The Port of Dalian is home to several beaches along the southern and eastern sides of the peninsula. The largest are Xinghai, Fjuiazhuang, and Bangchuidao Beaches. Xinghai Beach is almost always crowded, and Bangchuidao Beach (in a luxury resort) is expensive and hard to reach. Fujiazhuang Beach is probably the most desirable for people seeking a relaxing swim or seaside leisure.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Dalian by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.