3 Hour Activities


XINMADAO (信馬道)
4/F, Block D 4-1, Shiwuku, Dalian Port, Zhongshan District

LOTUS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT (荷恬心語)
3/F, 5-2, Shiwuku Block C
+0411-8262-5622

GO ON A MINI HEALTH KICK

  • Boost your immune system with antioxidant tea
  • Shop for ceramic housewares as souvenirs
  • Feast on contemporary vegetarian dishes

Even the most dedicated coffee drinkers should explore China’s tea culture. In Dalian, that means a visit to nearby Xinmadao where Mr. Yin specializes in antioxidant-boosting pu’er tea. If the master is in his ocean-facing teahouse, he’ll likely explain how long to steep the leaves, the importance of swishing them, and just why his pu’er blend (made from fermented leaves) is so unique. Afterwards, browse Mr. Yin’s thoughtful selection of ceramic housewares from Taiwan, Japan, and Korea that are for sale. Continue your healthy trend at Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, cooking up a contemporary take on Chinese vegetarian food. Don’t pass on the corn and enoki mushroom dumplings or five-spice black pepper fish. Top table tip: have the hotel call ahead and book you a seat with straight-shot sea views.
Cross Renmin Road East and walk towards the pier. You’ll find Xinmadao and Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant inside of Shiwuku, a former warehouse converted into a space for cafes and restaurants.

XINMADAO (信馬道)
4/F, Block D 4-1, Shiwuku, Dalian Port, Zhongshan District

LOTUS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT (荷恬心語)
3/F, 5-2, Shiwuku Block C
+0411-8262-5622

FUHONGJI (福鸿记)
B1, Dalian Pavilion , 9-6 Dagong Street, Zhongshan District
+0411-8668-6868

JADE WAY SPACE (简汇空间)
4/F, West Wing, Pavilion, Dagong Street, Zhongshan District
+0411-8368-9109

DISCOVER DALIAN PAST AND PRESENT AT THE MALL

  • Warm up with a traditional clam noodle soup
  • Shop contemporary clothing, furniture, and books

Dalian has four distinct seasons—one of which is a blustery winter. Long ago, street vendors created a warm-you-right-up clam noodle soup to help cope when the cold north winds. The best of the many versions ladled out around town is found at the venerable Fuhongji, located in the luxury mall Pavilion Dalian (an odd address for humble fare—but worthy of it’s place). Here, they serve up steaming bowls of chewy handmade wheat noodles swimming in a sweet, slightly viscous clam broth. Order the set with a roujiamo, pork cooked with spices and sandwiched in oven-baked northern Chinese flatbread. After lunch, make your way to the fourth floor lifestyle store and café Jade Way Space. This bright clean-lined concept store carries bespoke furniture and accessories from Korea, forward-leaning fashion by Chinese designers, a huge selection of books, and artisanal coffee.
Dalian Pavilion is on Dagong Street and Zhongshan Road, near the People’s Square, and a 20-minute taxi ride from the hotel.

FUHONGJI (福鸿记)
B1, Dalian Pavilion , 9-6 Dagong Street, Zhongshan District
+0411-8668-6868

JADE WAY SPACE (简汇空间)
4/F, West Wing, Pavilion, Dagong Street, Zhongshan District
+0411-8368-9109

YUANYUAN HUIGUAN (源缘会馆)
3-1 Fenglin Street
+0411-8885-8889
cby_999@sina.com

MEETU
21 Fenglin Street
+0411-8281-5858

TAKE A COFFEE OR TEA BREAK BY WAY OF JAPAN

  • Snap photos of Meiji-era architecture
  • Indulge in a formal Chinese tea ceremony in a private club
  • Sip a strong cup of Indonesian java

Japanese occupation of Dalian in the early 20th century left a lasting cultural mark. A prime example is Nanshan Japanese Street, a buzzing enclave with a cluster of Meiji-era houses, Japanese shops, and restaurants dotting a pedestrian walkway. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom come May, but the distinct architecture makes for a worthwhile stroll no matter the season. Tea connoisseurs should make a reservation for the elaborate Chinese tea ceremony at Yuanyuan Huiguan. Slip inside this Japanese general’s former mansion, now a private club, and choose from over 1,000 types of tea. Settle into one of the traditionally decorated rooms and watch the tea pageantry unfold. Not your cup of, er, tea? Make your way to MEETU, an Indonesian coffee house and restaurant that takes its java very seriously (they import the beans from the eponymous Indonesian island. Sip strong varieties from across Indonesia (including the infamous Kopi Luwak—harvested and digested by civet cats) in an airy room with lofted ceilings, dark furniture, and sleek gingko wood floors.
Nanshan Japanese Street is a 12-minute drive from the hotel; have the taxi drop you at Fenglin Street in the Nanshan Area.

YUANYUAN HUIGUAN (源缘会馆)
3-1 Fenglin Street
+0411-8885-8889
cby_999@sina.com

MEETU
21 Fenglin Street
+0411-8281-5858

LABOR PARK
Lushan Lane and Jiefang Road, Zhongshan District

RONG SHENG MARKET
12 Wuhui Road, Zhongshan District
+0086-411-82819377

DUCK UNDERGROUND TO A WET MARKET

  • Shop for dried seafood souvenirs
  • Discover the difference a first-rate soy sauce makes

Just as you can’t leave Morocco without turmeric from the souk, don’t depart Dalian without dried seafood from the wet market. Take a taxi to Labor Park, where you’ll often catch an impromptu erhu (Chinese violin) concerto and amateur Chinese opera singers. Then, duck underground to Rong Sheng Market, a subterranean temple to all things from the depths of the Bohai and Yellow Seas. Connoisseurs of Chinese fine dining shop here for the exceptional dried abalone. Pick up a packet of dried scallop or shrimp—just a pinch will add a salty kick to porridge, soups, and sauces. From here, walk five minutes up Youhao Street to the Qingniwan area to the Dashang New Mart. Familiar Western brands such as Guess and Paul Frank make an appearance at this sleek mall, but locals come for the food on the first floor. Splurge on a pricey soy sauce (jiang you) to take back home; it’s miles better than the Kikkoman or Wei Chuan varieties found at Asian supermarkets stateside.
Take a taxi for the 15-munute ride to Labor Park.

LABOR PARK
Lushan Lane and Jiefang Road, Zhongshan District

RONG SHENG MARKET
12 Wuhui Road, Zhongshan District
+0086-411-82819377

DALIAN WEST FOREST PARK (西郊国家森林公园)
Liushu Village, Hongqi Town, Ganjingzi District

ESCAPE THE CITY FOR A WALK IN THE WOODS

  • Put some distance between you and the city crowds
  • Wander through a natural scene straight out of a Dutch painting

It’s hard to resist the siren call of Dalian’s seaside with its oceanfront cafes and picturesque pier walks, but the cityscape is also dappled with the deep greens of interior parks. The most dense and least crowded is Dalian West Forest Park, considered the “natural oxygen bar” by locals. A 20-minute ride west of the city and you’ll be surrounded by verdant hills. Inside the park, follow the well-manicured trail over a raised wooden boardwalk as it winds its way around a reservoir past babbling rivers, ponds with a polka-dot pattern of lily pads, and trickling waterfalls. European-style buildings, sculptures, and windmills turning with the breeze more closely resemble a scene from the Dutch countryside, but signs marked with Chinese characters lead the way.​
Take a taxi ride 20 minutes west via Shugang Road to Hongqi Road.

DALIAN WEST FOREST PARK (西郊国家森林公园)
Liushu Village, Hongqi Town, Ganjingzi District

DALIAN PEKING OPERA THEATER
1 Qilin West Alley, Zhongshan District
+0411-8230-5411
dlbeijingoperacompany.com
Shows daily from 3pm
$30-150 for seats

GET DRAMATIC

  • Marvel at a performance by one of the world’s leading opera troupes
  • Admire the Ming Dynasty-style theater building

With its mix of martial arts, acrobatics, over-the-top makeup, and peacock-bright costumes, Chinese opera defies what some consider a nap-inducing genre—particularly in Dalian. China Beijing Opera disciple master Yuan Shihai founded the award-winning, globally recognized Dalian Peking Opera Troupe more than a half century ago. The highly dramatic tales of love, loss, and betrayal remain relevant even thousands of years after they were scripted. The Ming Dynasty-style theater built by the Japanese in 1915 is worth the price of admission alone. Have the concierge reserve tickets for you in advance (splurge on balcony seats).
Hire a taxi for the 15-minute ride towards the Nanshan area on Shengi Road. The address says Qilin West Alley, but the entrance is on Shengli Road East.

DALIAN PEKING OPERA THEATER
1 Qilin West Alley, Zhongshan District
+0411-8230-5411
dlbeijingoperacompany.com
Shows daily from 3pm
$30-150 for seats