Dalian, the second largest city in Liaoning Province, is located at the southern tip of Liaoning Peninsula, the west of Yellow sea and east of Bohai Sea.
As a coastal city of Northeast China, Dalian is neither bitterly cold in winter nor extremely hot in summer. Dalian is also the shipping, logistics and regional financial center of Northeast Asia. It is known as the “Window of Northeast China”, “Pearl of North China”and “City of Romance”It only takes one hour from Beijing to Dalian by plane, four and a half hours by train.
In 2001, the United Nations Environmental Program awarded Global 500 Roll of Honor Roll for Environmental Achievement to Dalian, which is the first Chinese city to win this honor. In 2006, it was one of the three cities named as “The Best Cities to Visit in China”, along with Chengdu and Hangzhou.
Dalian is the host city of Annual Meeting of the New Championship, also known as Summer Davos. In 2010, Dalian was listed as the eighth most competitive cities in China.