Far out into the North Eastern provinces is the seaport city of Dalian, China, whose Russian derivative name literally means ‘faraway’. Renowned for splashes of greenery in parks and squares at its heart this up-and-coming city is not just a business centre for north China, but a budding tourist destination as well. Its beach and mild climate attracts an increasing number of visitors each year although many of them are locals.
Throughout history Dalian has been occupied by nearby Russia and Japan from time to time, and their influences have left an eclectic mix of old buildings. Among newer constructions is the Xinghai Square, the largest in Asia, Dalian Forrest Zoo, and the tourist park of Changxing. A local favourite is the Wax Museum, the city’s very own Madame Tussauds.
Packed with over a hundred statues of people whose names and deeds are famous locally and internationally, the museum stands on Jinshi Road, very conveniently located for all modes of transport. Bill Gates, Julia Roberts and Jackie Chan pose along with other celebrities. As Dalian is a town with a taste for a good game of soccer, local soccer legend Hao Haidong is also featured among the local heroes immortalised in wax. For an extra fee, you can take photographs with people you have always dreamt of meeting. In addition to famous people, several unforgettable scenes from blockbuster movies are depicted in wax figurines in the museum as well. Stand beside Kate and Jake or Romeo and Juliet in some of the most iconic moments in international film history.
Leaving lifeless wax aside, you can always take to the Yellow Sea, and although some beaches are overcrowded a quite spot can be found further away from popular zones. Binhai Road is reminiscent of the French Riviera with the roads winding along the sea. Walking the entire 35km stretch is also a fun activity for the more active souls. Theatres and shopping malls also await the visitors seeking other methods of entertainment. The ideal times to visit is during spring, when the cherry trees bloom, and autumn, when cherries are in season.
A serviced apartment Dalian offers a visitor an alternative to hotel accommodation. Located within walking distance to many attractions Somerset Harbour Court Dalian provides stylish yet comfortable accommodation for your stay. To these luxury serviced apartments Dalian opens up for your travels, be it business or pleasure.