Introduction to Xinghai Square (星海广场)
Located in Xinghai Business District of Dalian,Xinghai Square cover an area of 45,000 square meters.It’s the biggest municipal square in Asia and almost three times larger than Tiananmen Square.Xinghai Square was completed on June 30, 1997, built for celebrating the return of HongKong.
Its name literally means “the Sea of Stars”, and so the square centre looks like a star with two White Marble Cloud Pillars.There are 999 red marble bricks paved on the ground, surrounded by nine big ancient Chinese vessels.Between the vessels are five huge lanterns in the shape of the navigation light.
In the middle features the tall white marble column 19.97 meters high as the year of th return.The general idea of the square represents the “New Spirit of Dalian . The square was built to honor Hong Kong’s return to China in the year 1997.8 carved dragons at the base of the column imply that Chinese are descendants of the dragon.
The Exposition Center is five hundred meters away from Central Avenue of the square.Red bricks are on the ground of the central avenue, with fresh green grass on both of sides.To the south is the square of hundred-year city sculpting, five hundred meters away from the blue ocean.There are lots of stone lamp poles look like navigation light, distributed every Other 20 meters, which means China is oriented the ocean and internationally recognized.
There are nine dragons on the pedestal and column trunk of the marble pillar’s, which means all of people from nine states (in the ancient time, China is divided into nine states) of China are descendants of dragon. Each of the five white marble columns around the marble pillar lifts a palace lamp, with shinning effulgence.A 2.3 meters “Wangtianhou” sits on the top of marble pillar, shining with golden light.
The square hosts numerous events and parades, including the International Fashion Festival, the International Beer Festival and the Spring Festival Firework and Firecracker show.It is noted that Xinghai Square holds the annual International Beer Festival for 10 days in late July-early August.
By bus: take Route NO.23, 16, 406, 711, 801 to Xinghai Exhibition Center,
By Trambuhn: take the No. 202 and get off at Xinghai Exhibition Center.
1. Best time to visit: May to October
2. Recommended length of stay: 1 - 2 hours
3. Try to avoid visiting Xinghai Square during Golden Week and summer holidays where the crowds and number of visitors will be substantially higher than usual.
4. There are many famous activities and festivals held in Xinghai Square every year, such as Dalian International Fashion Festival and Dalian Fireworks and Firecrackers Festival.