Saturday, January 27, 2007

Dalian, China: Out and About

I've been getting requests for photos of Dalian. Unfortunately, it is too cold to walk around, so here are some quick pics from our cab rides this weekend.

Hubs and I also stumbled across a great indoor market (in the old convention center). It is filled with dried teas, fruit, baked goods, raw goods, clothes, etc. I've heard it even has some Chinese furniture - although we didn't see any when we were there. It was a little crazy, so I only took a couple pictures.

Dalian, China: Russian Street

This weekend, we decided to venture out (in the freezing cold) to check out the Russian Street of Dalian.

The street is supposed to epitomize 19th century Russia. It was created to add an exotic touch to Dalian. The 430-meter-long street was pretty much empty, with the exception of a few brave, shivering street vendors.

I had heard there were a number of duty-free shops, supermarkets, antique stores and painting shops - but thanks to the time of year (I'm guessing) it was pretty quiet. The street is also supposedly packed with Russian, American, Italian, French and Portuguese restaurants and street performers - I didn't see any.

It is probably worth a trip back in the Summer. Maybe Chase will be awake to enjoy it; this time around she was fast asleep, tucked under my coat (lucky because it was so cold).