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Dalian--The Pearl of Northern China
BY 2015-02-27 14:46:08
In the 19th century, it was only a small fishermen's village named Qingniwa. In 1889, people started to build port and city here. Since then the city proper has been constantly expanded. Today it has become an important city mainly engaged in port, manufacture, trade and tourism in Northern China. Its economic strength and people's living has been elevated year-on-year. Since 1992, its GDP has kept increasing at the annual rate of two-digit numbers every year and reached 140.6 billion yuan(RMB), and the per capita GDP reached 3,056 US Dollars in 2002. The city has 10 districts and counties and five introductory foreign investment zones under its administrative jurisdiction, covering a total area of 13,800 square kilometers with a population of 5.9 million. Including 3.74 million urban dwellers. 

Civilization started in Dalian and its surroundings at least 17,000 years ago. After suffering from the colonial rules of the Tsarist Russia and Japan imperialists for nearly half a century, Dalian was liberated in August 1945. On November 8th of the same year, the municipal government of Dalian approved Dalian as an open coastal city, and a city with budget privilege of a provincial level respectively. On the occasion of centennial celebration of the city in 1999, comerade Jiang Zemin, wrote an epigraph "going through the hardships in the past 100 years, the pearl of Northern China looks even brighter."

Located on the southern tip of the Eastern Liaoning Peninsula and at the starting point of the Circum-Bohai Sea Region, Dalian has a superb geographical location and serves as a gateway to Beijing and Tianjin; with the Yellow Sea on its east, the Bohai Sea on its west; Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, the three provinces of Northeastern Chinaand part of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on its north; and facing the Shandong Peninsula in the south across the sea; and neighboring Japan, Korea and the far eastern part of Russia.
(Editor:Grace) (From:dalian-gov.net)

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