This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dalian.
Located at the tip of the Liaodong Peninsula, the city of Dalian is one of China’s primary trade and commercial centres. Thanks to the city’s mild climate and variety of beaches, Dalian has become a thriving tourist destination with a number of city-wide festivals and events each year.
Hot springs resorts are plentiful in Dalian, for visitors who are looking for an indulgent luxury spa experience during their stay in China. Hostels are also readily available in a number of the city’s districts, giving travelers the opportunity to check out this unique city while sticking to a budget. Beyond hostels and resorts, Dalian also boasts a wide selection of mid-range hotels, vacation rentals, and bed and breakfasts.
Visitors to Dalian can take advantage of a wide variety of sights to see and things to do. Zhongshan Square features a number of classical buildings designed by Russians in the 19th century; Xinghai Square, or “Square of the Sea of Stars,” is the world’s largest city square; and Dalian Sightseeing Tower are just some of the architectural attractions. Tourists can also check out Sunasia Ocean World, Dalian Forest Zoo, Bangchuidao Scenic Area, Hēishíjiāo Geological Park, and Dalian Natural History Museum.
Venturing into Dalian’s northern suburbs, travelers can explore the Discoveryland Theme Park and Jinshitan National Holiday Resort. In the southwestern part of city, several temples and parks offer opportunities for history buffs to learn more about Dalian’s past. Ski resorts have also become popular in Dalian – with four famous options to choose from.
The Dalian Zoushuizi International Airport provides shuttle services to bring visitors to their local hostels or hotels, but public transportation is also readily available in Dalian. Biking is difficult in Dalian, due to the hilly roads, but the city’s bus and metro systems are very reliable and convenient for locals and tourists alike.
Written by local enthusiast for Dalian hostelsJakob Lombardi