Fly To Dalian, China
Dalian was once named the most “liveable city in China” and spending time exploring the modern museums, strolling through the busy pedestrian areas and chilling out on the beaches; it’s really easy to see why.
Dalian borders the Yellow Sea, on the Liaodong Peninsula and is one of China’s most prosperous cities. The city achieves a perfect harmony of relaxation and liveliness and the stunning beaches that surround the city make it an attractive holiday destination.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Dalian, China. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in China is located at 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, 100600, Beijing. Phone: +86-10-65320171.
See and do
Dalian is known for its green areas and squares and there are a number of them throughout the city, each with unique character. Must-visits include Zhongshan Square where you will find the city’s financial centre, as well as old Japanese buildings; Renmin Square – seat of the government; Xinghai Square – the largest in Asia and home to plenty of tourist attractions.
Dalian is home to many colonial buildings, having been a former colony of Japan and Russia. This has made for an interesting mix of architecture. The Dalian Forest Zoo makes for a great family day out and there are a variety of attractions. The zoo is split into two sections on opposing sides of a mountain and there is also an indoor rainforest.
At Labor Park you can walk up or take a seat lift to the top of the mountain and then travel up the Reach Sightseeing Tower for incredible views and photo opportunities. Getting down is fun if you take the “First Land Sled” and in winter you can go ice skating and skiing in the park.
There are several beaches along the eastern and southern sides of the Peninsula and both are good for a relaxing day catching a tan.
As for entertainment, there’s plenty in Dalian. Choose from concert halls, theatres, bars with live music, cinemas, and exciting football matches during football season. The nightlife is good, but as per other Chinese cities, comes to an end around 10pm.
You can get around Dalian by taxi – they’re easy to flag down but make sure you have your destination written down in Chinese as most drivers don’t speak English. It’s also fairly easy to walk around the city but beware the dust and pollution is a major problem, particularly in the morning and traffic and general busyness is fairly intimidating. Buses are the main mode of transport and run frequently. There is also a light tram and a rail system. To get around outside downtown, you can hire a motor bike (remember to negotiate a price) or take the subway.
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport – DLC
Food and beverage: Various seafood, tea and wine emporiums are available at Dalian Airport.
Car Hire: Europcar, Dolla, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty, Budget.
Airport Hub: Dalian Airport (code DLC) is a hub for Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines.