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Dalian is the second largest city of Liaoning Province which is located in north east China. The city is a port city which is located at the tip of the Liaodong Peninsula.
Dalian is an important center for trade and commerce in Northern China so much so it is often referred to as' the Hong Kong of North China'.
The name Dalian was given to the settlement on the Liaodong Peninsula by an official in the late nineteen century. During this time the city was in a growth stage and it had achieved much importance due to its strategic location which enabled it to function effectively as a center of trade and commerce.
Unlike other cities in Chinese cities of Beijing, Xian or Nanjing, Dalian is a relatively ‘young’ city whose history dates back to a few hundred years. Historical records state that it was founded in 1898, though small settlements had already existed in the area that is encompassed by the city for several centuries. Dalian’s history also includes a colonial past as the city was once under Russian rule and still portrays much evidence of this era.
After the Opium wars in the mid-19th century both the Japanese and the Russians turned their sights on the Chinese mainland. The Japanese invaded the Liaodong Peninsula in 1894 and they were soon followed by the Russians who occupied Lushun Port or Port Arthur in 1897. The Russians then forced the Qing government to cede Lushun as a colony. Lushun soon became the southern tip of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the main port of the eastern Russian empire.
When the Russians lost the Russo- Japanese War in 1904-1905, Lushun came to be ruled by the Japanese. During this time it came to be known as Darien. The Japanese and Russian rule continued in Dalian until 1955 when the Chinese government managed to get it back. Even after it came back under Chinese rule Dalian stagnated for awhile until 1984 when the government opened up the city to foreign direct investment and growth exploded in this port city. The city further experienced much development under the stewardship of its mayor, Bo Xilai in the early 1990’s. Bo Xilai served as the mayor of Dalian for seventeen years during which he transformed the city by completely revamping its infrastructure and creating many green spaces and gardens as he changed the focus of the city. Today Dalian is a modern metropolis which is renowned for its cleanliness; in fact the city received the United Nations Habitat Award in 1999 and the United Nation's Environmental Program's "Global 500 Award" in 2001. In September 2009, the city also hosted several world leaders at the third World Economic Forum "Annual Meeting of the New Champions" which is often referred to as Summer Davos.
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Dalian International Beer Festival
One of the most important events in the Dalian events calendar is its international beer festival which is usually celebrated over 15 days in the month of July. The Dalian Beer Festival originated in 2002 and it is held on the city’s Xinghai Square every year. The festival kicks off with a colorful parade and features several other events like beer drinking contests, photography contests , art competitions all of which have the central theme of beer. The festival is used as a launching pad for new products by many international and domestic beer companies.
Dalian Fireworks and Lanterns Festival
The city of Dalian is often referred to as the festival city of China as it hosts several festivals all year long some of these festivals are Dalian Fireworks and Lanterns festival which is held in January –February every year in honor of the Spring festival which is a festival that is celebrated all over China. The festival features events like ice-carving exhibitions, fireworks displays, acrobatic shows and many traditional dance and drama extravaganzas.
The Dalian International Marathon Competition
The Dalian International Marathon Competition which is held in April and is today an event that is recognized by international sports governing bodies like the International Association of Athletics Federations. The city also hosts the Dalian International walking festival every year in May and The Dalian International Fashion Festival in September every year. This event attracts both tourists and locals who converge on Dalian to take in the various fashion shows, concerts, young fashion designers’ event and
holidays - How to Get There
Airlines like Korean Air, Air China, Asiana, Qantas, China Eastern and , China Southern offer air links to Dalian from the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne. However the flight times of these journeys can range from more than 15 hours to more than 25 hours depending on the route you choose and the stops that you are compelled to make.
Australia does not have a diplomatic mission in Dalian but the country has its embassy in Beijing and has consulates in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.