With its 6.9 million inhabitants Dalian is the province's second largest city. It is located on Korea Bay north of the Yellow Sea and roughly in the middle of the Liaodong peninsula at its narrowest neck or isthmus. The city administers 7 districts, 2 county-level cities, and 1 county.
In 2016, Dalian ranks 31st in the Global Financial Centers Index published by the Z/Yen Group and Qatar Financial Centre Authority, the other Chinese cities on the list being Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing and Qingdao. Dalian, just like the rest of China is located in the CST time zone (GMT+8).
Dalian is a popular destination among domestic tourists and foreign visitors. Its mild climate and multiple beaches as well as its importance in the modern history of China have attracted tourists. Some of the most famous beaches are Jīnshítān Golden Coast (金石滩黄金海岸) beach, Fùjiāzhuāng (付家庄) beach, Bàngchuídǎo (棒棰岛) beach, Xīnghǎi Park (星海公园) beach, Xīnghǎi Bay (星海湾) beach, and Xiàjiāhézi (夏家河子) beach.
Dalian was selected as the most liveable city in China according to China Daily. Besides Mandarin also Dalian has own dialect used by native speakers. Sports play a big role in the local culture. Dalian's former association football club, Dalian Shide (formerly known as Dalian Wanda as the club was originally sponsored by the Dalian Wanda Group), achieved a total of eight titles from China's top-tier football league, the Chinese Jia-A League and the later rebranded Chinese Super League, and was widely considered one of the most successful clubs in Chinese football history.
With its train stations, the international airport, comprehensive bus system and an efficient metro system and taxis, the mobility within and from Dalian is extremely well provided. The Dalian Tram system is the second oldest in China and Its use is still preserved to date in limited area in the city.
The medical treatment in China does not take place in medical practices but in hospitals. In Chinese hospitals there are the so called “foreign departments” with English speaking staff. In Dalian there is also a international private clinics, namely, Vitup Healthcare clinics, it provides medical services according to western standards. The Vitup clinic is just about 20 minutes by car from our plant.
There were 23 general institutions of higher education (and another 7 privately run colleges), 108 secondary vocational schools, 80 ordinary middle high schools, 1,049 schools for nine-year compulsory education and 1,432 kindergartens in Dalian. Dalian is in no short supply of international kindergartens and schools. In Dalian there are international schools, which provide International Baccalaureate (IB) certification.