Dalian is the southernmost city of northeast China and from Seoul is about an hour flight slightly northwest across the yellow sea to the Liaoning peninsula. It was a nice city and is considered one of the most livable places in China and a top tourist destination due to it's beaches and shopping. When Bob and I arrived on Monday, September 2, we went for a walk and discovered Friendship Square with it's iconic ball sculpture, along with Zhongshan Square surrounded by Russian style financial buildings.
The five-star Intercontinental Hotel where we stayed was much nicer than many places we've been. Yes, the perks of business travel! You've gotta love the Lamborghini out front. I think it fits Bob well, don't you?
For dinner that night we dined on seafood in typical Chinese style. Seafood was selected from tanks and then cooked and served to the group. We were grateful that most of the options did not make it onto our table!
The following day, while Bob was in meetings, I walked around the city and came upon a beautiful large park. Asia is known for developing huge parks where the crowds can go to enjoy some "green space" and time in nature. Labor park featured not only water features, trees and trails, but a big amusement park, a cable car to a tower on top of a mountain, and a sled ride down the hill. Of course, the cable car and sled couldn't be ignored. I had to chuckle at the artificial flowers "planted" around the park, as well as the locals picking "weeds" to take to their restaurants as additions to their green salads. We still have not become accustomed to those bitter leaves they seem to love in Asia.
The view from the top of the tower provided some fabulous views of Dalian including the coast and shipyard. The green rolling hills look just like those in Korea.
Mongolian fare was the selected cuisine for dinner our second evening in Dalian. The cute restaurant featured lots of traditional wood work, and our dining room was no exception. The presentation of their famous Mongolian beef was quite a sight, and the flavor of the tender cuts were equally impressive!
(To be continued . . .)