Located in Northeast China in at the tip of the peninsula in Liaoning Province, Dalian has served as the major seaport in China as it faces Bohai and Yellow sea. From a historical standpoint Dalian has gone under the occupation of the British, Japanese, and Russians. With the surrender of Japan in 1945, Dalian was passed to the Soviets which they eventually returned the land back to China in the year 1950. Since then, Dalian has seen much changes and has become one of Asia's largest shipping center. Dalian has a unique feel unlike most other cities in China as the hills within the city reminds me of San Francisco and you rarely see anyone on a bike or bicycle. The numerous number of squares and natural parks along with Russian and Japanese architecture makes Dalian a destination definitely worth visiting. This photo essay is an attempt to capture Dalian as it is today.
Breakfast time in Dalian by the main railway station. The area around the train station was crowded with people at this time.
Russian Street is the first avenue ever built-in Dalian. Now under slight construction, as you can see in the image, this road is mainly a tourist attraction with shops along the sides.
You can see that the architecture in this city doesn't resemble China and has a much more European feel to it than anything.
Gorgeous dogs. With some cities in China being limited to have only one dog per house hold and larger dogs being limited nowadays, this person seems to have it all.
Unused fountain at the end of Russian street
Out of the many squares in Dalian, People's Square is the largest and is the most popular. The green grass caught my attention right away with government buildings surrounding this entire area.
Flowers at Peoples Square
A female police officer navigates traffic around Peoples Square. The TV tower is in the background.
Policewomen on horseback is much more of an attraction than anything of practical use.
Street shops line up on the staircases. People are busy doing their weekend shopping while vendors kill time playing cards. I mostly saw antiques sold here.
Ruso-European style architecture. Again, no bikes or bicycles on the streets.
Dalian Olympic Square: the first ever Chinese athlete to compete in the Olympics was from Dalian.
Soccer seems to be really popular in Dalian.
Mother and son take a walk in the park.
Almost everywhere you go, you can't get away from this blue fence in Dalian. Dalian Subway is under construction like many other cities in China.
The streets of Liaoning Normal University
A little boy rides his 'horse' at Xinghai Square: a popular destination for younger people and families to spend their afternoons in the sun.
People enjoy all sorts of activities and hobbies here.
The amusement park was packed with visitors on a Sunday afternoon.
The weather conditions in Dalian is supposed to be one of the best in China and attracts visitors from all over China.
Seagulls flying around the port makes for a perfect photo opportunity.
Playing with bubbles.
At Xinghai Square. One of the most luxurious apartments in Dalian stand in this area.
A man observes families and friends searching for shells and seaweed on the dock.
The seaside was full of people and couples enjoying the afternoon.
Luxurious housing on the seaside on Xinghai Square.
More luxurious house in the seaside that are being constructed.
There were hundreds of newly built residential towers like this one in the city being constructed.
Sunset reflection on the bay by Xinghai Park
A ferris wheel at Xinghai Park.
Let the dancing begin.
Chinese dance groups shows their talent at Lushun under the cherry blossoms.
Cherry Blossoms just make everyone happy here in Lushun.
Before I start talking about this group of photos I chose to post, the air in Beijing today was amazing the AQI dropped from high 400s to about double digits today which was really nice. The rain came from no where yesterday. I enjoyed some really good steak yesterday for a monthly Charity event(I will be posting more about this later).
But for today’s post I wanted to post some street pics from Shanghai. During the Expo, or should I say after 2 years since I left Shanghai, this city has changed a lot. Compared to Beijing most roads are nicely built and it was very comfortable to live. One can easily feel that Shanghai was the doors to the west during the Expo. All the street food vendors were gone and my beloved Nanjingxilu Street Food Street was also taken down. Some of the largest pirated DVD shop streets were gone as well. To top it all, the air quality in Shanghai was really good. Most people tell me that this is due to the fact that Shanghai has been burning Australian high quality coal instead of the ones from Shangxi province, which makes a large difference in a city this big. Ill be putting up Expo photos, tomorrow.
Picture #1: I wanted to focus on the design of the tiles for this shot. It was taken in Times Square in Shanghai by People's Square. This is where are the big spenders come to shop and so you can see a lot of fashionable people. This was a cloudy day but I think I got my message through this shot.
Picture #2: Walking west from Times Square towards Xintiandi area you'll see Shanghai's newest Apple store. It's hard to believe that there's only a handful of Apple Stores in China. i also wanted my attention to go towards the Police officer navigating the busy intersection as cars pass by.
Picture #3: Taken at the Expo Village in Pudong. The workers and student ambassadors from all over the world were given nice housing during the Expo. I think shanghai Architecture and the designs inputed into the modern apartments are really interesting. This was a photo that I had to take.
Picture #4: Is much lively as it was taken at People's Park. During national holiday, there was a lot of people in the park just chilling, playing games, or even parents looking to match up their sons and daughters with potential candidates. It was interesting to see elders ride the swings as well.
Go Katayama – Photojournalist in Beijing by Go Katayama is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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