DALIAN, China, Aug 5 – “Have you noticed how Chinese love their culture and their country…” it wasn’t a question, it was a statement; by a Bulgarian journalist undergoing training in China.”Every space however small or big is used to promote the country and its beauty.”
We had just arrived at the sea city of Dalian on Tuesday morning after a first-class train ride.
At the station Zou, our tour guide, was ready to receive us.
“Welcome to Dalian…I am sure you will enjoy your stay here,” a smiling Zou would say.
Dalian, according to him is the ‘Love City’ of China.
“It is the most romantic city in China…only for couples,” he jokingly said as we headed to XingHai square.
The square is an open space where hundreds of locals and tourists from all over the world flock to enjoy the wonderful sceneries of the city.
Along the way, special trees have been planted.
“They are referred to as the naked trees of Dalian,” Zou explained. “I cannot however tell their genders,” he continued to joke.
Other than developing good infrastructure, the Government of China has jealously preserved the rich heritage and culture of the Chinese people.
Evidentiary, there is an Olympics square with a sculpture of the first Chinese person to participate in the 1932 Olympic Games, there is also the Dalian Forest Zoo and from another side you will see the People’s square among many other scenic attractions.
Being a sea side city there’s plenty of, “catch of the day,” signage. “We should be careful. There is a lot of snake and other sea food,” Zoe cautioned.
The Dalian Shell Museum building is also a wonder to behold.
Dalian is sandwiched between hills and to access every corner, there are cable carriers.
As you ride around you will see huge bill boards, in bus and train stations, marketing the historic sites.
“We have a great environment, our wildlife, the historic sites…I wish we’d also cherish them and at least make some money to develop our countries (in Africa),” Mohamed, a journalist from Zanzibar, echoed.