Your City Match: Dalian
Population: 6 million
Average Wage: $11,526/year
Air Quality Index: 112 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups)
Migrant Percentage: 22.1%
Dalian is a major port city located on the southern tip of China’s Liaodong peninsula. Since the central government designated Dalian a special economic zone in 1984, the city has attracted a number of high-profile foreign businesses. American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, for example, has maintained a plant in Dalian for over 20 years. Japanese companies such as Canon, Toshiba, and Mitsubishi also have set up factories in the city.
Dalian has a rich culture and history. The city had been under the various occupation of Great Britain, Russia, and Japan for nearly a century and was returned to China in 1949. Consequently, the city has preserved some of the Western architecture. For instance, Zhongshan Square in downtown Dalian was designed by a Russian architect and surrounded by Japanese-style buildings. Dalian has also attracted its share of expats, with over 10,000 foreigners living in the city today, many of whom are Korean and Japanese. The city has also expanded its subway system in recent years—it now has four lines in operation.