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Dalian and Economic Trends

Dalian is a major sub-provincial port city of Liaoning province in Northeast China. It is the province's second largest city and an important financial, shipping, and logistics center in the country's northeastern part. With a population of 7 million and an area of 13,743 square kilometers, it has jurisdiction over seven districts, two county-level cities, and one county.

The city's main industries include shipbuilding, machine manufacturing, petrochemicals and oil refining, and electronics. The Dalian Port plays an important role in international trade. Over 300 ports in 160 countries and regions of the world have established trading and shipping links with it. There are over 100 international and domestic container shipping routes.

In 2021, the GDP reached 780 billion RMB, up 8.2% compared to 2020, while the GDP per capita amounted to 110,000 RMB. The total value of Dalian’s international trade reached 424 billion RMB in 2021, with the exports amounting to 193 billion RMB and the total value of imports to 231 billion RMB.

The Chinese City Tier System consists of a system of tiers used by analysts to classify Chinese cities and rank them in a hierarchy. Cities in different tiers reflect differences in consumer behaviour, income level, population size, consumer sophistication, infrastructure, talent pool, and business opportunity.


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