An Overview of Dalian

Dalian sits at the southern tip of Liaodong Peninsula, China, facing the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea. It serves as a bridge between northeastern China and Inner Mongolia as well as the gate to Beijing and Tianjin, making it a very important economic city. For instance, Dalian has established trade and navigation relationships with more than 140 countries and regions around the world (source).

Dalian enjoys five-star status as one of China’s premiere cities. The “Hong Kong of the North,” became one of China’s few “open door cities” in 1984, allowing foreign investment long before other areas of China were accessible. As a result, Dalian has become a cosmopolitan center.

As China’s lone northern ice-free harbor, Dalian has been a perpetual source of foreign government envy. From 1895 to 1955, Russia and Japan alternated as Dalian’s landlord four separate times. During this flux, both nations used it as a major shipping port to other parts of the world. Consequently, by the time China finally reclaimed it back into the fold, the city, much like Hong Kong, was infused with Russian, Japanese, and European influences.

Religion in Dalian

As for the religion in Dalian, people practice Buddhism, Taoism, Christianism, Islamism, and Catholicism. Taoism and Buddhism have thousands of years of history, but Catholicism and Christianism were Imported during the Chin Dynasty. Before liberation, Dalian had all together over 400 temples and churches, and in the initial period of liberation, there were still more than 230 temples and churches left. After the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was founded, Dalian implemented the religion policy which respects the freedom of religious belief and allows legal forms of religions. Many temples and churches were pulled down during the period of “cultural revolution”. Yet after the 11th meeting of the CCP, the freedom of religious belief was reaffirmed and proper religious activities would be protected. All the cases in which religionists were unjustly sentenced were overturned. Buddhist associations and Islamic associations were established which aroused the religionists’ enthusiasm of the construction of the socialist material and spiritual civilization. By 1997, there were 72 religious, active sites, 6 municipal, patriotic, religious groups and 550,000 religious adherents as well as 110 religion undertaking personnel in Dalian (source).

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