September 03, 2007

What's the best way from Beijing to Dalian, China?

OK, so I'm a bit of a doofus - I'm all set to go to the World Economic Forum event in Dalian China September 6-8, and I got my flight into and out of Beijing all set. I've got my hotel in Dailan set up as well. My only problem is that I don't have any arrangements set up to get from Beijing to Dalian and back. And this is my first time to mainland China. So I'm asking you, my dear blog readers, to help me out - what do you recommend? Are there lots of flights from Beijing Airport to Dalian Airport (PEK-DLC if I got the airport codes right)? Should I just wait until I get there and buy a commuter flight ticket? Are there good websites I can use while still here in the USA to buy a ticket before I leave? Are there trains or other easy land transport? Any airlines or transit routes to avoid? How realistic is this, given that I don't speak or read any Chinese?

Oh yeah, I'm leaving tomorrow morning, so I'm on a bit of a deadline. Like I said at the beginning of this post, I'm a bit of a doofus. ;-)

Thanks in advance! BTW if you want to meet up in Beijing or in Dailan, I'll be carrying a GSM Phone, +14154122342, drop me an SMS. I arrive in Beijing at around 2:30PM on September 5th, and I'm leaving the country at 4PM on September 8th.

(Updated to fix the typo - it's "Dalian, not Dailan!")

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Posted by dsifry at September 3, 2007 01:32 PM | View blog reactions

hey there!
Do you mean Dalian or Dailan (as a Chinese, never heard of this place..)
If it is Dalian you are heading for, I think you need not worry about anything. Since it's a big modern city, convenient enough to get in and out. Early in September is ok to book flights. You can do that once you arrived in the Mainland.
(There are definitely direct flights between BJ and Dalian. Speaking in English is all right, no worries.)

Have a good time in the Mainland.
I would love to meet you, but I am out of the country right now.

Posted by: walegna at September 3, 2007 07:13 PM

I'm a Chinese girl named lucia from Beijing, China.Welcome to Beijing. I've read your blog and the problem you worried. You can check this website: to ensure your flight.

Posted by: lucia at September 3, 2007 08:56 PM

Cool, thanks! Yes, it is Dalian, I need to keep my fingers typing the right keys when writing Chinese names ;-)

Now I just need to head to the consulate and get my visa...


Posted by: David Sifry at September 3, 2007 10:54 PM
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