April 25, 2007

Dalian goes BOOM!

Filed under: China,Dalian — Kim @ 4:58 am

Since I arrived in Dalian 3 months ago they’ve struck oil just off the coast, confirmed a $2.5 billion investment from Intel, and now I read in the online Dalian News: Dalian expected to be world’s top tourist destination So…Paris, London, New York, be on your way. Dalian is here!

Actually, the headline was a little misleading. The city fathers of Dalian are “hoping” not “expected”, to win a global tourism award. But what the hell, Dalian is going to fill up come summer with mainland sun and sea seekers plus a whole bunch of Russians, apparently. Not exactly the Cote D’Azure then, but it fills up the city coffers.

There’s no denying this place has a buzz to it. There are new malls and swanky apartment complexes going up left, right, and centre. Intel is coming. The Koreans and the Japanese are already here in quite large numbers and have brought their wonderful food with them. This is a prosperous, attractive, and almost cosmopolitan city.

It’s also, debatably, China’s third largest port, and they’re expanding it. The Dalian New Shipyard is the largest modernized ship assembler in China. Not that I really care…for me the important thing is that the seafood here is plentiful, cheap, and good.

Looking out from my apartment block I can see the sea on one side and mountains on the other. Spring is here. My baby girl upstairs is 2 weeks old and because of the income gap between city and country in China we can easily afford a maid to help us look after her and clean and cook for a few months.

All in all, not a bad place to be.

6 Comments

  1. Who knew Dalian would shape up to be the Chinese Riviera. While I am stuck in Guangzhou. The Chinese home of SARS.

    Comment by John — April 26, 2007 @ 9:14 am

  2. I’d like to unbosom myself. Your “Dalian goes badonkadonk” rubbish reminded me of the laughable press I used to read when I lived in Korea. Every single day the newspapers would be claiming that “100 out of every 5 people can’t stop loving Pusan” or “Most foreigners in the world want to screw kimchi because it tastes so good.” Pish posh. People will only go to Dalian for vacations if the rest of the world becomes a radioactive wasteland with mutants and all that. (Actually, it would be cool to see mutants.) People will only go to Korea for vacations if they are threatened with murder for not going. Even then, 16 out of every 21 people will accept murder.

    Comment by Sean — April 26, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

  3. Hey, that Sean guy is funny and seems pretty cool. Let’s have more posts from him and less from the EastWestHaitian.

    Comment by Someone who is not Sean — April 26, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

  4. Yeah, more Sean! He is cool and funny. 100 out of 5 people think so!

    Comment by Someone else who is not Sean — April 26, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

  5. Hi! do you remember me? I am Aki! I was in your english class at Kanda. I saw your blogg on internet. I like bloggs. But yours is not so interesting.

    Thank you for your teaching me! I remember sean too. He was good teacher. and funny. Please try funny things like sean.

    Sometimes your arm was stinking. How can i say? but I like you too.

    Thank you. I will write again.

    FROM AKI

    Comment by Aki — April 26, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

  6. @Kim: You’ll definitely be seeing the Russians pluggin’ up Victory Sq. with their modelesque woman and gaudy-gold wearing men…

    The one thing Dalian needs to sort out is a proper beach. It advertises that it has so much wonderful beach… but finding sandy shores is a right pain in the ass. A beach is not, I repeat: NOT, for sitting in a tent on.. it’s for frisbee and volleyball… beach towels (hence the name) and floaties.

    Sedimentary budget be damned… get some damn sand Dalian!

    Comment by The Humanaughtsean too — April 27, 2007 @ 11:22 am

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