Dalian's green spaces and clean air are conducive to a number of festivals, as well as popular tourist-orientated activities including zoos, aquariums and water parks.
No matter what when you visit something is bound to be happening in Dalian. Fireworks displays take place on Chinese New Year, May 1 and October 1. The Lotus Flower Festival, Walking Festival and International Marathon all take place in June, with the Dalian International Beer Festival bridging July and August. August also sees the Dalian International Auto Show, with the Dalian International Fashion Week brightening up September.
Bars and Clubs
Dalian's nightlife is still a bit sleepy compared to that of Beijing or Shanghai, but there's plenty to keep one entertained well into the evening, especially in the vicinity of Friendship Square, Qiqi Jie and Yan'an Lu, where are a number of clubs, cafes and bars.
South of People's Square, Noah's Ark is a good place to hear local bands.