Xinghai Square is the most recognizable landmark of Dalian City and has even become synonymous with the existence of the city.
Situated on the coast south west of the city center. The square covers a total area of 45,000 square meters and the name of the square means "the Sea of Stars" in Chinese. The name of the square resembles the shape and design of the center of the square, which looks like a star, with two white marble pillars and 9 big dings.
The square was built to honor Hong Kong's return to China in the year 1997 and represents the "New Spirit of Dalian." Xinghai Square also boasts of imprints of 1000 pairs of footprints of Dalian people, which bears testimony to the enterprising spirit of the denizens of Dalian.
Xinghai Square is surrounded by some of the major attractions of Dalian that include the Xinghai Convention and Exhibition Center, a bathing beach, a huge indoor tennis court, an indoor swimming pool, a wide spectrum of quality restaurants, a bungee tower and a large aquarium. Xinghai Square also acts as the venue for many popular and ceremonial events and activities like Spring Fireworks Festival, International Beer Festival and Dalian International Fashion Festival.