Dalian is situated in the North East of China in the southernmost tip of the province of Liaoning. It is a major city with over 6 million people living in the city and the metropolitan area. It is an important financial centre for NE China.

The city is surrounded by the Yellow and Bohai Seas. The bays and beaches attract many domestic tourists and other Asian tourists from countries such as South Korea and Japan.

The main language is Mandarin although many Dalianese also speak a local dialect. English is also spoken here but mainly at tourist attractions and hotels.
The currency is the Chinese Yuan, also known as RMB.

The weather in Dalian is influenced by monsoon season in Summer so expect most of the annual rainfall in these months. Winter is generally very cold but dry. Average temperatures range from -2°C to -7°C in January and February and 12°C to 22°C in July and August. Expect higher rainfall.

Student life
Student can join societies at the Students’ Union of their chosen university to meet other like-minded students. There is also a social and cultural programme for international students at universities that offer English-taught degree programmes so students can see the city and the region and meet new people.

Getting around
Dalian has a comprehensive bus network connecting the city and Dalian Development Area. There are also Metros, trams and taxis. The central district is not very large and it is possible to get round on foot. There are few bicycles around as the sale of bicycles is prohibited in Liaoning province.

Getting there
There are no direct flights to Dalian from the UK but flight connections are available via Beijing and other major Chinese cities. The airport is located about 10km from the city centre and there are buses that connect it to the main train station.

Universities in Dalian

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