Under The Sea in Dalian

On July 2, 2012, in Adventure Trip, Beaches, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Transportation, by Jack Li

Many people from China and the west have heard of Dalian which is famous as the Hong Kong of Northern China. Being a coastal city it is obvious that Dalian has some sea wildlife in the ocean next to it but what is not known by many who do not study ocean biodiversity is how […]

Many people from China and the west have heard of Dalian which is famous as the Hong Kong of Northern China. Being a coastal city it is obvious that Dalian has some sea wildlife in the ocean next to it but what is not known by many who do not study ocean biodiversity is how amazingly diverse Dalian’s sea life is. It is also a City with many beautiful China hotels and beaches.  It is probably because of this diversity and the popularity of Dalian as a tourist destination, that they erected the first underwater tunnel aquarium and unique water park in China.  It also is unique in that it has the world’s fist underwater pyramid which is spectacular; in addition it is home to Chinas first subsea station. Dalian also has other parks for amusement that make it well worth the flight on China Eastern Airlines to visit this unique place. And if you have ever wanted to ride in a submarine you can do it at Dalian and see the diverse wildlife close up ad you go down 3000 meters. It is because of these attractions that the motto of the amusement park is “From the continent to the sea floor, from the sea floor to the surface of the sea”. No statement could fit this park better considering it really does bring ocean life together from the depths of the sea.  The park is filled with 7000 rare aquatic animals that are part of more than 200 species.

If you enjoy aquatic shows there is a terrific dolphin show similar to what you would see at marine world but of course with its own little twists. On some days they even have sealion shows. My favorite part about the Aquarium area of the park is that for a little extra money you can go swimming in the huge tank with the tunnel under it. This is both exiting and terrifying because they have some big sharks in the tank. Also I even saw a few people drinking soda from a bottle in the tank. I am not sure how this works but I want to find out. The uniqueness of this place makes it well worth the stop during your China travel. This Aquarium also has a rollercoaster section. I love rollercoaster especially ones that are water themed in the summer because it’s fun to get splashed with water.  I mostly like this because it a more exiting version of a slip and slide which I enjoyed so much as a child. However not all the rides are water rides some are regular coaters and there is even a large relaxing Ferris wheel you can take to get a good view of the whole park. This park is open year round and is next to many others so it is worth the trip any time of year.  “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut.

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Now That’s What I Call a Zoo

On June 19, 2012, in Accomodation, Beijing, China Attractions, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Living in America the thought never occurred to me that some of the animals I consider pest and insignificant people in China might considers foreign and exotic. So you can imagine how surprised I was when on my recent tour of the Beijing zoo I went to the American section expecting to see bears a […]

Living in America the thought never occurred to me that some of the animals I consider pest and insignificant people in China might considers foreign and exotic. So you can imagine how surprised I was when on my recent tour of the Beijing zoo I went to the American section expecting to see bears a deer or a cougar and before me lay a cage with raccoons in it. Next to this cage was one with skunks and there were also a few bird cages one of which had blue jays of all things. Needless to say this part of my Beijing tours was both hysterically funny as well as disappointing that they didn’t have any large American animals. But then again seeing a raccoon all plumped up and lazy was pretty fun. I also enjoyed the Australian section which had emus, koalas, Kangaroos and a few other animals I had never seen before. The biggest must see attractions are the Giant pandas, golden monkeys, milu deers and northeast tigers. Just these animals are well worth the travel to Beijing Zoo. And if you want a special treat there are a few elephants to see who have stray cats running around in there cage. Also there are about 15 elephant statues you can climb up onto for an excellent photo opportunity.
However, if you are more into aquarium the Beijing also hosts a gigantic aquarium. It is the largest aquarium in China. In addition it has shows with sea lions and dolphins that are a must see. And if you are looking to get certified for scuba diving you can do it with a dive instructor in their 300 meter tank. However, if you have a fear of sharks, like me, don’t do this or you will have quite a scare. If you are looking for a relaxing day you can also take a boat around the zoo or have an exotic dinner at one of the zoos restaurants which serve exotic dishes. And if you just want to stroll around the park it is filled with beautiful architecture and luxurious gardens. While I was there I watched a girl run out of the bushes with a baby duck she had caught. Don’t ask me how she did it because I remember trying as a child to do the same thing and failing miserably.  Later I saw her again walking around with it by an enormous ornate statue of a tiger and I couldn’t help but think, I still have so much to see and do, but I’m adding catching a duck with my bare hands to the list.   The zoo is just as big as all the other attractions at the zoo so make sure to bring your walking shoes. And if you want to make a two day trip out of it you can stay at one of the close by China hotels. If you do this you can see both the zoo and the 5 story market full anything you could want. It is a great destination for anyone who wants to practice their haggling “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

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