Dalian, China

When seen from afar, Dalian appears to be a city floating on the ocean. With a population of about 6 million, it is known as the City of Plazas as there are more than 80 plazas located in the city. Established as a city of commerce by the Russians in the 19th century, it was originally called Dalnyi which means remote in Russian. During the Russo-Japanese War from 1904-1905 the Japanese occupied the city changing the name to Dalian. Many of the buildings in use today were constructed under Japanese rule. In this episode we explore the city, meeting residents who love their traditions and culture.