A major port city in Northeast China

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Population: 7,450,785 (2020)

Area: 12,574 square kilometers

Location: southern part of the Liaodong Peninsula and southeast of Liaoning province.

Administrative divisions:

Dalian administers Wafangdian and Zhuanghe county-level cities, Changhai county and seven districts — Zhongshan, Xigang, Shahekou, Ganjingzi, Lvshunkou, Jinzhou and Pulandian. The city also has three national-level pilot zones, which are Jinpu New Area, a bonded zone and a high-tech industrial park. It also boasts many industrial zones with different focused industries, including the Huayuankou economic zone and Changxing Island Economic and Technological Development Zone.


One of the nation's 14 first coastal cities to open up to the outside world, Dalian serves as an important port in the province of Liaoning. As an international center for airlines, logistics and regional finance in Northeast Asia, it is also northeast China's largest port. In 2018, Dalian recorded GDP of 782.5 billion yuan ($115.44 billion), a growth rate of 7.1 percent.

Dalian also has taken many measures to establish solid trade ties with other countries, the total number of newly approved overseas investment projects in the city reached 108 in 2016, which benefits each other and sees more extensive cooperation.

Sister Cites:  

International Sister Cities

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International Sister Cities

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International Sister Cities

Date Signed

Incheon, Korea

Apr 2, 1994

Kitakyushu, Japan

May 1, 1979

Dallas, the 

United States

Apr 29, 2008

Houston, theUnited States

Jun 6, 1994

Auckland, theUnited States

Feb 30, 1982

Surin, Thailand

May 25, 2008

Kwangyang, Korea

Sept 17, 1999

Maizuru, Japan

May 8, 1982

Pohang, Korea

Sept 29, 2008

Jeju-do, Korea

Mar 24, 2000

Bremen state, Germany

Apr 17, 1985

Tomsk, Russia

Sept 30, 2008

Pyeongtaek, Korea

Apr 17, 2000

Le Havre, France

Nov 23, 1985

Enschede, Netherlands

May 15, 2009

Adelaide, Australia

Jun 2, 2001

Glasgow, Britain

Oct 27, 1987

Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Oct 28, 2009

Ohrid, Macedonia

Apr 17, 2002

Rostock, Germany

May 16, 1988

Bergen, Norway

May 23, 2010

Genoa, Italy

Oct 23, 2002

Vladivostok, Russia

Sept 10, 1992

Wolfsburg, Germany

Jul 13, 2010

Cienfuegos, Cuba

Nov 22, 2002

Pointe-Noire, Congo

Jun 19, 2000



Feb 23, 2011

Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Oct 28, 2003

Rijeka, Croatia

Apr 27, 2006

Los Angeles, 

the United States

Aug 20, 2004

Suncheon, Korea

Dec 12, 2003

Imari, Japan

May 26, 2007

Milan, Italy

Sept 6, 2007

La Paz, Bolivia 

Aug 6, 2004



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