Live, Intern and Study Abroad in Dalian

The ‘Hong Kong’ of the north…

Dalian is a seaport city in Liaoning Province in China’s northeastern region. It is the second largest city in the province and is now renowned as one of the most important and busiest financial, shipping and logistics hubs for Northeast Asia.

Dalian is a city with quite a remarkable history; it survived the early occupation by the British, Russian and Japanese forces, and today, some of the old Soviet-style architecture remains. Nowadays Dalian has transformed into a city with a strong economy; it ranks as the eighth economically strongest city in China.

Besides being a port city, its other important industries include machine manufacture, petrochemical, electronics and oil refining. Recently, Dalian has attracted a steady flow of investment and has a considerable influx of scientific and technological human resource. These factors make it an excellent location for our Chinese internship programs.

With an abundance of educational institutes and a steady tourism sector, Dalian provides an excellent opportunity for anyone pursuing Mandarin Chinese study; it is a dynamic city that attracts plenty of foreign individuals who come to learn and better understand Chinese, some come on study tours and others on an intensive Chinese language program. Local businesses can flourish due to the influx of both national and international tourists.

Go Abroad China has many opportunities available for you to come and learn Chinese or to take part in an exciting internship in Dalian (or both!)


Go Abroad China Programs in Dalian

Go Abroad China (GAC) offers a variety of programs in Dalian, allowing you to come and experience the exciting history of Dalian while you complete an internship, learn Chinese, Volunteer and more.

Go Abroad China’s different programs run from a couple of weeks through to a full year. We can arrange anything for you right here in Nanjing, whether you plan to come and study or take an internship (or both).

Internship in Dalian

If you are looking for professional career options, come and take part in our exciting internship program in Dalian, in northeastern China. GAC provides participants with invaluable and inspiring experiences through a China internship program. Choose from any of our many industry sectors to develop your professional skills.

Our team will get to know you and will match your skills, educational background and interests with a company that will allow you to learn and grow through your internship working experience, giving you the opportunity to work in a modern company, with bilingual staff so you can get the most out of your time here.

Learn Chinese in Dalian



Dalian offers a seaport environment in which to learn Chinese and practice your pronunciations so that you can sound more like a native speaker. There is a lot to see and do around the city as you explore and experience the history of Dalian.

Go Abroad China’s unique learn Chinese in China Program is facilitated in partnership with some of China’s top universities and language schools, with the support of professional language teachers.

If you are interested in studying Chinese, we offer a range of options from university programshigh school programs, and small group programs to personalized one-on-one tutoring. We offer three accommodation options for you while you are studying here, however, for maximum culture exposure and accelerated Chinese language learning, we encourage you to stay with a Chinese host family as this allows you to live the language as you learn it.

Feedback on our Intensive Chinese Courses has been that many of our participants have spent several years studying Chinese with little progress, and they found it very difficult to learn without a real Chinese environment. Once here, that changed! Why don’t you come to China to learn Chinese the easy way?

The HSK Test Center Preparation in Dalian


The HSK, known as “Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi” in Chinese, is the standard Chinese Language Proficiency Test for non-native Chinese speakers, such as foreigners and overseas Chinese. The primary objective of the HSK is to evaluate the level of standard Mandarin a person has learned. The modern HSK test begins at Level I and goes to Level VI. GAC has an HSK Preparation program to help you gain your HSK Certification.

Volunteer in Dalian


Our volunteer program allows you to make a difference in someone else’s life. For many of our volunteering opportunities, we place you in a rural area in China. You might be working with special needs children, orphans or even migrant workers’ children. In this program, you can still further your Chinese learning; improve your cultural understanding, all the while doing something good for someone in need.

Life in Dalian

Here are some hints and tips for living, working and studying in Dalian:

Nightlife and Entertainment
Places to Visit
Dalian cuisine is an extension of Shandong cuisine, marked by plenty of seafood with intense flavors. Popular cooking methods include frying, steaming, and braising. Some popular dishes include colorful snowflake scallops, salted fish with corn cake, dumplings and many more. Given its history of foreign occupation and the continuing influx of internationals, Dalian is not short of other Asian and Western food choices.
Sanba Square and Wuwu Road offer a range of pubs, clubs and dining opportunities for those out and about In Dalian at night. There’s something for everyone, from traditional to modern Chinese entertainment; from great party spots to a KTV club for the kids and opportunities to simply have a relaxing evening, Dalian has it all. Should you find yourself working in an internship in Dalian, there is much to get out and explore what Dalian has to offer socially.
Getting about in Dalian is relatively easy. Unlike many other cities in China, Dalian has strict laws about the use of motorcycles; bicycles are also not very common as most roads are quite hilly. The city’s bus and tram systems are efficient and widely used by most people in Dalian. The metro is also a convenient way to get around and is currently undergoing expansion. Dalian operates an airport that has direct flights to most large cities in China, as well as a few cities in Japan, South Korea, and Russia. The railway system in Dalian is extensive and has links to other major cities in the country. A passenger ship service operates, taking people to adjacent coastal towns both in China and also to South Korea.
Dalian’s climate is influenced by the Asian monsoons; it has a humid continental climate characterized by humid summers, but freezing, windy and dry winters, partly affected by the Siberian anticyclone. Except for winter, the city has a one-month seasonal delay because of its position in the Liaodong Peninsula.
As a coastal city, Dalian has an abundance of beaches such as the Jinshitan Golden Coast beach, Xinghai Park beach and plenty more. For those who love nature, the Jinshitan Coastal National Geopark has enthralling cliff and rock formations shaped by coastal erosion. Zhongshan Square still retains classical buildings first built during the early 20th century; Xinghai square has been declared as the largest city square in the world and is definitely worth a visit. While there you can enjoy the view, food, drinks and other options that the city has to offer. In addition to these spots, one can also enjoy a short trip to some of the city parks, museums, hot spring hotels and ski resorts. Dalian has a lot to offer everyone coming to visit and is a must-see destination!

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