Afternoon Tea in Dalian

I had no idea what to expect of Dalian; turns out its a large, modern city, popular with Chinese tourists as there are good beaches nearby.  I had no plans, even considered another lazy day on board (its cool to hang out on a ship after everyone else has gone ashore).  However, Deborah, mentioned that she was catching a shuttle into the city for lunch & shopping with Amy & Lily, and who could resist joining them?

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It didn’t take long for us to find food:

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There is a huge array of food, beautifully presented, and all clearly fresh and clean. We relied on Amy who speaks Chinese to do the choosing – although I think we needed her decision-making skills more than her linguistic ones.

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So much to choose from, and much of it still swimming around:

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I like “before and after” photos.

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This is the coolest looking dish – but honestly, it did not look like something I should eat when I jiggled the spoon. Taste was fresh and slightly briny.

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This dish was scrumptious – the veggies in the middle tasted like a mild celery; I think they said it is a kind of cucumber. Everytime I polished off one of these dishes, the waitress surreptitiously stole the empty shells away…dangerous! (I have no idea how many I ate).

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Apparently, some of the buildings nearby were older….you wouldn’t know it, because they are “mainly” preserved:

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I can’t resist strange-looking signs. This one looks like they couldn’t make up their minds, is it dangerous or safe?

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We spotted this one in an underground shopping centre:

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Which is where we found this fascinating tea shop:

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…and were delighted by this hospitable lady

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She poured out cup after cup of different teas for us to try, with fast, fluid motions (I was mesmerized)

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Lily had to have one of the little guys that changes colour when doused with hot water. I bought the neatest tea set and we headed back up to the streets above.

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We didn’t have to stray far from the main street to see the older side of Dalian:

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Another good day :o)

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7 Responses to “Afternoon Tea in Dalian”

  1. SusanB-knits Says:

    Beautiful pictures! What a wonderful trip. And what interesting food!

  2. moonandmuttley Says:

    Wow, amazing pictures, looks like the trip of a lifetime!!

  3. Purpleworms Says:

    Your pictures are SO gorgeous!! I wish you weren’t ahead of me in posting so I didn’t have to see how beautiful your pictures are before I post mine!! I love the wonderful shots you got of Beijing! The great composition with the beams and the lovely shots of food! Wow!

    • chrisabbott Says:

      You’re too kind – but thanks, I’ll take that as a big compliment from you. I’m almost ready to post my last day (so sad) its been fund reliving our trip.

  4. Purpleworms Says:

    Came back for more! Why does your blog always make me SO hungry!!?

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