5 Hour Activities


KERREN INTERNATIONAL SPA CLUB
8 Haibin Road, Dalian Development Zone
+0411-8733-2518
kerrenclub.com
Open 8 a.m. to midnight
A bath ticket is RMB99

JOIN THE HOT TUB CLUB

  • Bathe in natural spring-fed pools
  • Take a steam in an agate or crystal sauna
  • Relax with a snack in a tranquil tea garden

Along with traditional architecture and cooking techniques, the Japanese also introduced the love of the onsen (hot springs) to Dalian life. Join the club and spend a soothing day at Kerren International Spa Club. Head out in the morning (when crowds are thin) and steep in natural pools fed by waters from the mineral-rich Dagushan mountain range whose springs are famed for their healing properties. Soak au naturel in the ladies or gents-only hot springs spa (cover up if you venture into the fish therapy pool). Meet back up in the co-ed fire dragon spa and sweat in the cavernous saunas infused with healing crystals and minerals. A massage or acupuncture session should work out any remaining tensions. Splash around with the kids in the family pool or challenge them to ping pong in the game room. Finally, retire to the tea lounge for a snack as a musician plays the Chinese zither in the center of the tranquil garden.
Hire a taxi for the 30-minute ride (depending on traffic) north of downtown to the spa.

KERREN INTERNATIONAL SPA CLUB
8 Haibin Road, Dalian Development Zone
+0411-8733-2518
kerrenclub.com
Open 8 a.m. to midnight
A bath ticket is RMB99

BINHAI ROAD
The road starts from Haizhiyun Square in the east and ends at Heishijiao in the west

HIKE ALONG THE COAST

  • Escape the city for a nature break
  • Wander along China’s longest boardwalk
  • Recline on a golden sand beach

Originally carved out in the 1970s for military use, the Binhai Road trail will have all standing at attention. With full-bleed views of the shimmering Yellow Sea and the distant mountains, this 19-mile coastal boardwalk is the longest in China. It would be ambitious to explore the entire length in a day—instead, dip in for an abbreviated amble of the road’s highlights and linger at the observation platforms strewn along the way. Start at Binhai Road West, just up from Xinghai Park, the largest public square in Asia. Here, the road runs above the 25-mile golden stretch of Fujiazhuang Bathing Beach. Skip a stop at the depressing Forest Zoo, and saunter down to the beach to sunbathe. Or continue along the trail to Bird’s Nest Ridge (燕窝岭), named for the black swallows that once made their nests in the dramatic cliffs. Need to power up with a snack? Try menzi—jelly-like cubes of protein-rich sweet potato, pan-fried to a crisp and doused in a savory dressing of smashed garlic and sesame paste—sold by street vendors along the path.
Take a taxi 20-minutes to Binhai Road, either starting from Xinhai Park or Bird’s Nest Ridge. If at Tiger Beach Bay, make your way from Binhai Middle Road and heading east.

BINHAI ROAD
The road starts from Haizhiyun Square in the east and ends at Heishijiao in the west

VICTORY SQUARE
There are multiple entrances to this underground shopping mall in front of the Dalian Train Station, between Changjiang Road and Zhongshan Road.

TIANTIAN SEAFOODS
10 Renmin Road, Zhongshan District
+0411-82801118

WANDER THROUGH RUSSIA’S PAST TO CHINA’S PRESENT

  • Delve into Russian history with a self-guided architecture stroll
  • Go underground to a local shopping mall
  • Dine on fresh tank-to-table seafood

In the early 20th-century, Russia set out to make Dalian—connected by waterways and the Trans-Siberian Railway—the “Paris of the Far East.” Explore Russia’s legacy with a stroll through Zhongshan Square and the Russian-built Gothic, Renaissance, and Romanesque structures that surround it. Walk north through the Old Russian Street (skip past vendors hawking dried seafood and Soviet tchotchkes) and head underground to Victory Square. This subterranean, local’s-only shopping mall is a labyrinth loaded with shops selling electronics, fast fashion, designer knockoffs, as well as food stalls and restaurants. To emerge from the chaotic bargain-hunting crowds, look for the exits that connect to Dalian Train Station. Cap the day with a shellfish feast at TianTian Seafoods, a Dalian institution, where you choose just-snagged seafood from the waiting tanks. Where to start? Try raw sea urchin, steamed scallops with lima beans, stir-fried sweet clams, and whole grilled abalone. The abalone’s chewy center and crisp edges with a caramelized crunch are worth the pilgrimage.
It’s a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel to Zhongshan Square. Walk a half-mile north via the Shengli Bridge (Victory Bridge), then cross the train tracks to the Old Russian Street.

VICTORY SQUARE
There are multiple entrances to this underground shopping mall in front of the Dalian Train Station, between Changjiang Road and Zhongshan Road.

TIANTIAN SEAFOODS
10 Renmin Road, Zhongshan District
+0411-82801118

FISHERMAN’S WARF (渔人码头)
66 Binhai Road East, (Tiger Beach Bay)

NO. 78 CAFE
78-3 Binhai Road East
+8887-7878

ENJOY OCEAN (品海楼)
72 Binhai Road East
+0411-8273-8088
+0411-8273-9088

GO TO THE SOURCE FOR THE CATCH OF A DAY

  • Greet fishermen as they haul in the day’s catch
  • Toast to postcard-perfect views
  • Eat just-reeled-in delicacies

Make like the well-heeled locals and head to the vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf dotted with seafood restaurants, beer gardens, and casual barbecue spots (note: weekends are the busiest). A 20-minute taxi ride from the Conrad Dalian and you’ll arrive at Tiger Beach Bay. Here you can preview your next meal as you watch fisherman unload the daily catch from colorful boats, just a stone’s skip from a charming Victorian village with luxury apartments and boutiques that could be mistaken for Martha’s Vineyard. From the promenade, wander towards the lighthouse (a replica of Bremen Port lighthouse in Germany), and hunt for shells along the rocky shoreline. Ready for a cocktail? Take an ocean-gazing seat at No. 78 Café and have a glass of wine or imported beer with seascape views. Pick up a vintage postcard as a souvenir from this memorabilia-filled restaurant that illustrates Dalian’s cross-cultural history. Move along to dinner at Enjoy Ocean, an award-winning restaurant set in one of the New England-style buildings (look for the clock tower) and uniquely themed interiors (care to dine on a tram?). Nothing, however, will distract from the main event of just reeled in delicacies: stone pot abalone, steamed clams, seafood dumplings, or flash stir-fried whelks.
Hire a taxi for the 20-minute ride south along Zhongnan Road to Tiger Beach Bay and the entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf.

FISHERMAN’S WARF (渔人码头)
66 Binhai Road East, (Tiger Beach Bay)

NO. 78 CAFE
78-3 Binhai Road East
+8887-7878

ENJOY OCEAN (品海楼)
72 Binhai Road East
+0411-8273-8088
+0411-8273-9088