The Sea: Fresh Air and Seafood
Dalian boasts more than 1,900 kilometres of scenic coastline. With a mild climate and fresh air, it is an ideal place for seafood, sailing, fishing and enjoying the sea view. Dalian is famous for its aquatic products, and its output of abalone accounts for 60 percent of China's total. The seawater is clean, with a favourable temperature for producing salt. The proportion of salt in Dalian's sea, measured at 30 percent, creates an ideal environment for precious sea life to thrive, which translates to nutritious, fresh and tasty sea fare offerings.
5 kilometres east of Dalian is Bangchui Island, a scenic retreat of sweeping sandy beaches and emerald rolling hills.
The coast, rich with conches, sea crabs and a pure white surf, makes this a popular spot for landscape and wedding photography.
As you enter Dalian by plane and pass over the city, look down to find what looks like a dancing silk ribbon between the southern mountains and sea. What you're seeing is Binhai Road, otherwise known as the "Coastal Road," which offers a delightful sightseeing route and is one of the must-see attractions of Dalian. The coastline of Dalian features 10 major scenic spots along the Southern Seaside Scenic Area, as well as 10 major bathing beaches, all of which can be accessed by Binhai Road. In 1988, the area was designated as one of the China's Major Scenic Areas.
The road starts from Haizhiyun Square, at its eastern terminus, and ends at Heishijiao, to the west, spanning 42.5 kilometres in total. It is an ideal route for hiking and going for taking a scenic drive. On the mountain side, thriving trees and flourishing flowers abound. The coastal side offers rugged cliffs and a vast expanse of calm, blue, or misty, rolling waters. The air of the region is so fresh that tourists have nicknamed the area a "natural oxygen bar."