Dalian, a prominent city in the northeastern China province of Liaoning, is a city that has been controlled by at least three different nations since it was settled in 1899. Russia, Japan, and China have all occupied Dalian at different times with China gaining sovereignty in 1955. One reason Dalian has been such a coveted piece of land is because of it's value as one of Asia's northernmost ice-free ports, and it is, in fact, China's northernmost ice-free port. Since China gained sovereignty of the city of Dalian, it has grown into a city of more than 6 million and is now known for more than just its port. Many Fortune 500 companies have chosen to invest in and conduct business in Dalian, greatly increasing the international presence in the city.
Dalian in the past has also been considered to be one of the most livable cities in all of China. Though Dalian may not be as beautiful as it once was, it is still a popular tourist destination for many Chinese travelers because of its beaches and annual fashion and beer festivals. Dalian is ever being built up, but there are still many scenic areas available along the coast as well as many public parks to be enjoyed by the public. As is common in many Chinese cities, there is a very good bus network making it quite easy to get from place to place Dalian using public transport. In addition to the busing system, the first two lines of Dalian's metro system are currently set to open mid to late 2014.
To find out more about Dalian, visit the Dalian Tourism English website.