Although not the most exciting stop on my trip around China, I managed to squeeze in a quick walk around some of the sights of Dalian; a city in North East China, close to Russia and North Korea. It was absolutely freezing (-15c), when we were there, but apparently there is a nice seaside in the Summer (although swimming is not advised, owing to a recent oil spill)..
Being so far north, Dalian was actually once occupied by Russia and there are a lot of Russians still living there - I saw plenty of Russian signs and took a walk along Russian Street, which had a whole load of colourful Russian buildings..
The only interesting thing I managed to see was the Dalian Central Market, a pretty huge department store selling all kinds of weird and wonderful Chinese food and drink.
My talk at Dalian Polytechnic University was pretty well-received, and the local TV station even came down and filmed an interview:
We stayed at Hotel Nikko Dalian, which was very plush and warm and had a nice view over a frozen city.