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Dalian (Liaoning) City Information

Major Economic Indicators (2015)
Land Area (km2)13,237
Population (million)5.94
GDP (RMB billion)773.2
GDP Per Capita (RMB)110,682
GDP Composition
     Primary Industry5.9%
     Secondary Industry43.3%
     Tertiary Industry50.8%
Retail Sales of Consumer Goods (RMB billion)308.4
Utilised FDI (USD billion)2.7
Exports (USD billion)25.77
Imports (USD billion)29.29

Source: Liaoning Statistical Yearbook 2016

General Introduction

Dalian, located at the southern tip of the Liaodong peninsular, is an important port city for trade, industry and tourism. It ranked as the 18th most competitive city in China in 2016, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Dalian is designated as a national hub in MOFCOM’s development plan (2015-2020) of distributive trade and logistics. In addition to lots of highways and railways intersecting in or running through the city, Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport also offers domestic and international flights to numerous destinations, including cities in Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asian countries.

Dalian port was the 7th largest in China terms of container throughput in 2015.

Dalian is the second largest industrial production base in Liaoning. Major industries include petrochemicals, equipment manufacturing, shipbuilding, electronics and information technology. Examples of leading enterprises in Dalian include PetroChina's Dalian Corp, Dalian Locomotive & Roll Stock Works, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corp, and Dalian Port Corp.

The services sector grew to account for 51% of the GDP in 2015. Apart from trade and logistics, financial services have also been growing in importance, with a number of foreign banks and insurance companies setting up businesses in Dalian. A number of Japanese investors have chosen Dalian to set up their headquarters for China.

Major Industrial Parks / Development zones

1. Dalian Economic and Technological Development Zone (state-level)

Target industries: Petrochemicals, electronics and communications equipment, electrical machinery, metallic products

Major investors: Intel, West Pacific, Toshiba, Canon, NIDEC, E-Roma, Angang, Pfizer, Sanyo, Haier, Mitsubishi, Panasonic

Website: www.dda.gov.cn

2. Dalian Free Trade Zone (state-level)

Target industries: Electronics, general equipment, plastic materials, household electrical appliances

Major investors: Jinbaozhi Electrics, Wanfang Electrical Appliances, OSK Pipes, Brilliance Automobiles, IMC, Prologis, CIMC, Toyota, PetroChina, NYK Line

Website: www.dlftz.gov.cn

3. Dalian High-tech Industrial Development Zone (state-level)

Target industries: Software and information services, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, new materials

Major investors: Genpact, IBM, HP, Accenture, Panasonic, Sony, Hitachi, NTT, NCR, Zhenao

Website: www.ddport.com


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