Monday, 18 October 2010

Highlights of MU2340Z + MU545

PhotobucketMU5626 Dalian to Shanghai-Pudong

Flight cancelled due to heavy fog

Date: Thursday, 01 Jul 10
Aircraft: A321
Seat: --
Departure Gate: --

Scheduled Departure Time: 1830 LT
Scheduled Arrival Time: 1955 LT

9 days. 7 cities. Over 2,000km travelled. We had been blessed with great weather throughout most of our trip, and encountered a freak heatwave which saw temperatures soaring to 38 degrees Celsius in a region where summer temperatures rarely exceed 30 degrees Celsius. It was thus perhaps a mixed blessing that it was overcast and cool when we arrived at our final destination at the port city of Dalian.

Unfortunately, the light mist soon turned into a heavy fog overnight and visibility plunged to just over 100m on our day of depature.

Airport Chaos at Dalian Zhoushuizi Airport

Upon arrival at the airport, it was apparent that the airport was closed due to the limited visibility caused by the heavy fog. Dalian Zhoushuizi airport only has 1 runway that is certified for CAT I operations. This means that the minimum required visibility is approximately 800m, and is far greater than the 200m visibility recorded on the day.
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Interesting traffic sign at the departure concourse. A literal translation from the original message in Chinese which requested drivers to leave immediately after dropping off their passengers!
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Dalian domestic check-in concourse. The departures board was still showing the morning flights which were also unable to depart due to the weather.
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Check-in was suspended for China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines flights by the ground handling agent. At this point in time, some carriers such as Air China and China Southern had cancelled all flights from Dalian and were in the process of organising accommodation for the stranded passengers. China Eastern, however, was unable to confirm that our flight would be cancelled and kept requesting us to check back at 1800hrs as they would had received news from their headquarters in Shanghai by then.
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We were given an option to either wait for further updates for our flight or to accept a rebooking to the same flight on the next day. We decided to try our luck and wait. At about 5.30pm, we were told that our flight was formally cancelled by the airline and we were rebooked to a supplementary flight MU562X at noon on the next day. It was to be a first come first serve basis and we were informed that we should be at the check-in desk by 10am to maximise our chances of getting on the flight. It was also worthy to note that although China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines codeshare on all of their respective Dalian-Shanghai flights, it was not possible to rebook on a Shanghai Airlines flight.

Following which, we returned to the city and retired to a hotel at our own expense for the night. We settled for a simple diinner at one of the local restaurants near our hotel. A huge serving of noodles cost just RMB4 (S$0.81/RM1.90)!
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Photobucket MU2340Z Dalian to Shanghai-Hongqiao via Linyi

Date: Friday, 02 Jul 10
Sector: Dalian Zhoushuizi (DLC)-> Shanghai-Hongqiao (SHA) via Linyi (LIY)
Aircraft: B-2681, B737-79P
Seat: 12F
Departure Gate: 12

Dalian Zhoushuizi to Linyi


Scheduled Departure Time: 1020 LT
Actual Departure Time: 1050 LT

Scheduled Arrival Time: 1120 LT
Actual Arrival Time: 1202 LT

Return to Dalian Zhoushuizi Airport

Everyone were in good spirits as we checked out of the hotel and noticed that the fog had significantly cleared and visibility had improved. Moreover, the METAR from the weatherunderground website showed that the visibility was about 1km, which was sufficient for flight operations using the airport's single CAT I certified runway.

Being 'kiasu' (which means being scared to lose out to others) Singaporeans, we elected to arrive at the airport a full hour before the stipulated time of 10am. The traffic on the expressway to the airport was smooth as we were travelling against the peak flow direction during the morning rush hour, and we arrived at the departure concourse at 9am. Led by our youthful tour guide who rushed to the check-in desk with a stack of our e-ticket printouts, we quickly emptied out of the tour coach with our baggage.

Chinese airlines are infamous for being susceptible to last minute changes, and thus it was no surprise to us to discover that the airline had cancelled the supplementary flight. However, it proved that our 'kiasu-ism' saved the day as we were in time to catch an earlier departure to Shanghai-Hongqiao via Linyi. This meant that the journey time would take an additional 75 minutes due to the additional stop, and we would also be required to transfer to an airport shuttle in order to connect to our flight back to Singapore from Shanghai-Pudong. Although it was a tight connection, we decided to stick with this option as opposed to having to face the very real possibility of being stranded in the city for another day.

The queue at the check-in counters were very long and the unfortunately, the ugly side of a number of mainland Chinese passengers showed as well as queue jumping was rampant. After a torturous 25 minutes wait, we were finally attended to and it was comforting to note that the check-in staff were handling the check-in process as fast as they possibly could. The station manager for China Eastern Airlines was also on hand at the check-in counters to make spontaneous rerouting decisions and assisted the check-in staff to tag the baggage and verify travel documents.

Boarding Passes, Flight Cancellation/Delay slip, hotel receipt and bus tickets for the transfer between Hongqiao and Pudong.
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The restricted area employed an airy, common waiting zone. The full height windows allowed natural sunlight to stream into the building and provided a good view of the runway and apron action. However, it would be a challenge to obtain good photos of the movements as there were two layers of glass. My heart sank when I saw a China Eastern A320 turned into Gate 6, and dreaded another flight on a unremarkable A320. I was initially looking forward to fly the A321 had my original flight not been cancelled due to the fog.
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Dalian to Linyi


With just barely 10 minutes to go before the departure time, we were informed through the PA system that our flight would be boarding from Gate 12 which was located at the far end of the terminal instead. Still recovering from the initial adrenaline rush and excitement earlier, many of the older members in the tour group gasped and panted heavily as we quickly made our way to the new gate for our flight. Boarding soon commenced after we reached the gate, and we were diected to board a bus which would bring us to our aircraft which was parked at a remote stand.
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One of the the main highlights on the 'ramp tour' on the apron bus. SAT (Sakhalinskie Aviatrassy) B737-500 RA-73013 awaits its next load of passengers for its return to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport (UUC). This Russian carrier only flies to a handful of international destinations such as Harbin, Sapparo and Seoul-Incheon.
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We pulled up alongside B-2681 and was very pleased to discover that I would be flying on a B737-700. It was also to be my first flight on this variant of the B737 family. The weather delay suddenly did not seem to be such a bad thing afterall!
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Boarding was quickly completed as the aircraft was only half full to pick up the rest of the passengers at Linyi airport. However, the captain soon came on the PA system to inform passengers that we were unable to receive clearance from the ATC for departure due to a string of arrivals inbound to the single runway.

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After waiting for approximately 25 minutes, the CFM56-7B engines were spooled up and we satrted to taxi. As the flight was already 30 minutes behind schedule, the crew made an extremely fast taxi towards the threshold of runway 28 for departure.

Hainan Airlines B737-800 B-5406. The construction work to further expand Northeast China's largest international gateway could be seen in the background.
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Shenzhen Airlines A320 B-6351.
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Spring Airlines A320 B-6646 with the control tower and the old terminal building in the background. Dalian Zhoushuizi airport was initially constructed as a military airfield which was later converted for both civilian and military aviation usage.
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Grand China Express ERJ-145 B-3083.
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The aircraft quickly turned onto the runway and the crew wasted no time rocketing into the sky after a short takeoff roll. This was immediately followed by a steep 270 degree right hand turn after we lifted clear of the thick fog layer to align the aircraft to the south towards the Qingdao peninsula and our destination in Shandong province.
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A small bottle of mineral water and a piping hot hotdog bun were served to the passengers shortly after takeoff.
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Linyi Airport


The bumpy approach into Linyi airport was through heavy clouds in limited visibility, and we soon made a firm touchdown onto runway 01 at 1158hrs. A new modern terminal which comes with aerobridge equipped gate was being built besides the old terminal.
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There were very few passengers who alighted at Linyi airport and passengers continuing towards Shanghai-Hongqiao were requested to remain onboard the aircraft with their seatbelts unfastened. This was to facilitate evacuation in the unlikely event of a fire during the refuelling process.

Passengers streaming towards our aircraft from the terminal building. The city's economic development had been chiefly driven by its active wholesale market which is also the third largest of its kind in China. In addition, the city boasts a history of over 2,400 years, and the original Sun Tze Art of War documents were also unearthed in Linyi in the early 1970s.
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Linyi to Shanghai-Hongqiao


Linyi to Shanghai-Hongqiao
Scheduled Departure Time: 1200 LT
Actual Departure Time: 1236 LT

Scheduled Arrival Time: 1300 LT
Actual Arrival Time: 1338 LT

Soon after the boarding of passengers were completed, the aircraft turned back towards the runway and backtracked towards runway 19 for departure. Although this incurred a slight tailwind penalty (we had landed on the opposite direction earlier), it would help to save valuable time as the aircraft would be pointing south towards Shanghai right after takeoff.

A snack box with a bottle of mineral water was swiftly served. The snack box consists of a two pieces of cake and a pack of Wang Wang rice crackers. In addition, a packet of preserved vegetables was also strangely included in the box.
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It was also a pleasant surprise that Airshow was available on both sectors during the flight. This allowed passengers to follow the progress of the flight, as well as providing much needed entertainment for a select group of passengers such as aviation enthusiasts. The cabin was also clean and well maintained.
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Before long, the aircraft commenced its descent into Shanghai-Hongqiao airport and overflew swathes of light industrial estates shortly before touchdown.
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China Eastern A330-343X B-6127 has a special Expo 2010 livery to recognise the contributions by the thousands of volunteers for the event.
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We taxiied towards the new Terminal 2 which was opened on 16 March 2010. This modern and expansive terminal handles the bulk of the traffic at the airport, as the old Terminal 1 building is now exclusively used for international flights and flights operated by Spring Air.
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We came to a stop at a remote stand and disembarked onto waiting apron buses to ferry us to the main terminal. B-2681 was delivered to the airline on 10/9/2002 and originally had the eyebrow windows at cockpit area. However, the eyebrow windows had since been removed and replaced by an aluminum panel.
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China Southern Airlines B777-200ER B-2053
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China Eastern Airlines A330-300 B-6096 taxiing out for departure
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Baggage Reclaim Area. The baggage reclaim was extremely fast and the first bags appeared on the belt barely ten minutes after the aircraft had came to a complete stop at the stand! It was also a nice gesture that our bags were among the first to appear on the belt as we had a tight connection to our next flight at Shanghai-Pudong.
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Mascot for the Shanghai Expo 2010.
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Following which, we followed the signs to the ground transportation terminal to board the transfer to Pudong airport. Although the directions to the shuttle bus berth were very well signposted, it was not easy to locate the China Eastern desk in the Ground Transportation Centre to collect the complimentary bus tickets for the inter-airport transfer! We made the 1415hrs trip just in time and stumbled onboard to settle in for the hour long ride to Shanghai-Pudong, which lies over 60km away to the southeast.

Photobucket MU545 Shanghai-Pudong to Singapore

Date: Friday, 02 Jul 10
Sector: Shanghai-Pudong (PVG) to Singapore Changi (SIN)
Aircraft: B-2330, A300-605R
Seat: 48K
Departure Gate: 29

Scheduled Departure Time: 1615 LT
Actual Departure Time: 1653 LT

Scheduled Arrival Time: 2050 LT
Actual Arrival Time: 2202 LT

The airport transfer bus dropped us off in front of Terminal 1 at Shanghai-Pudong airport where we headed for the common check-in counters for China Eastern flights. The desks were deserted and we had an initial problem as the check-in staff could not find any record of us being rebooked to MU545 although we had been told that it was done by the airline's staff in Dalian. However, the check-in staff quickly took care of it and the shift supervisor authorised the change in bookings. When we had finally gotten our boarding passes for our flight, it was exactly 45mins before the departure time for our flight.

Boarding gate for our flight. However, it turned out that the flight would be delayed due to late arrival of the aircraft.
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Interesting vehicle with an inclined receptacle to aid aircraft cleaners in clearing the trash in the cabin after a flight.
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Tianjin Airlines Embraer ERJ-190 B-3162. The ERJ-190 was a very welcome distraction from the scores of A320 and B737 which throng Shanghai-Pudong airport.
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Dragonair A333 B-HWF departing back to Hong Kong. Both Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary Dragonair serves Shanghai-Pudong.
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China Eastern B737-800 B-5473 equipped with blended winglets.
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Shanghai Airlines new livery B737-800 B-5370.
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The Flight

The flight was soon called for boarding and I was disappointed to note that B-2330 would be operating my flight back to Singapore again. Thankfully, the airconditioning problem seemed have been fixed and it was significantly less stuffy and warm as compared to my outbound flight. As most schools in China were having their summer vacation, there were a sizeable number of teenagers who decided to take the opportunity to experience what Singapore has to offer.

While the emergency exit row is favoured by many for its extremely generous legroom, I personally dislike the row as it often results in an awkward situation of one staring right into the face of the stewardess seated across the emergency exit. Owing to the design of the uniform which ends adruptly above the kneecap when seated, the stewardesses were seen fidgeting in their seat as they tried to protect their modesty by crossing their legs - only to realise that it is too tight to do so!

In addition, the emergency exit row is also served last by the cabin crew as the meal service starts from either end of the cabin and ends at the emergency exit row. Thus, it was not surprising that I was only presented with the sole option of seafood pasta when the meal cart had finally reached my row. Although I was famished as we did not have a proper lunch due to the tight flight connections earlier, the seafood pasta was edible but was slightly burnt, which suggests that the meal might be over heated on the oven as the hot dish was scalding hot when I had received it. The appetiser was a cold dish which consisted of several slices of smoked bacon, cucumber, pickles and topped by a cherry tomato. Dessert was a simple affair of cut melon slices.
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This was followed by another arduous wait as the cabin crew returned to offer warmed buns to the passengers. The cabin crew were also more interested in talking to each other when serving passengers than to focus their attention on the passengers instead. Both pairs of cabin crew along my aisle also missed out on the drink service for me and my seat neighbour; the attendant call bell went unanswered for 10 minutes and I decided to settle for a nap instead after the meal and cancelled the call.

The inflight entertainment choices on this flight was limited to the inflight magazines as the audio channels were not functioning as well. It was dusk when I awoke from my nap and spent some time to admire the sunset. Even through the severely scratched window pane, I could never resist marvelling at the beauty of the transition between day and night at an altitude of 36,000ft.
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One of the benefits of being seated in an emergency exit row is the access which one has to the small pressurisation check window located on the emergency exit, as it is perhaps the one of the very few windows in the cabin which are free from scratches. It was also interesting to note that the signs on the emergency were in traditional Chinese instead of simplified Chinese which China had adopted.
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Dusk view over the South China Sea with the short & stubby wing which is characteristic of the Airbus A300.
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We finally made an uneventful landing onto runway 02L, and the flight was about an hour late by the time the aircraft taxiied into its usual gate at Terminal 3.


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Saturday, 2 October 2010

Dalian

Dalian 大连市

Dalian is the southernmost city of the Northeast region and is situated on the narrowest part of the Liaodong peninsula. The city, which was recognised as one of the 3 best Chinese cities for tourism, is sandwiched between the Yellow Sea 黄海 to the east and Bohai Sea 渤海 to the west which allows it to enjoy a significantly milder climate as compared to the rest of the Northeast region.

The city could trace its roots back to 1858 when the British occupied the settlement and named the nearby port Port Arthur after one of Queen Victoria's son. The port is known as Lüshunkou 旅顺口 today and is primarily used as a naval base by the Chinese Navy. This port has immense strategic value as it does not freeze over in winter and it is sheltered by the numerous steep hills in the peninsula.

Following brief periods of occupation by the Chinese and Japanese, the city came under formal Russian rule in 1898 and was officially named as Dalny. The city was ceded to the Japanese after the Russo-Japanese war in 1932 and became part of Manchukuo as the city of Dairen. The city was finally returned to the Chinese government in 1955 after a period of postwar development and governance by the Russian and Chinese government.

Dalian is linked to the rest of the Northeast region by the excellent Shenda Expressway 沈大高速. Widely touted as one of the better highways in the country, the 4 lane carriageway features proper rest stations at regular intervals for drivers and passengers to take a break on the 4 hour drive between Shenyang and Dalian. A high speed railway is currently being constructed between the major Northeastern cities and will halve the current travelling time.
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Map of Dalian and location of places featured in this post (courtesy of Google Maps)
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Xinghai Square 星海广场

Located on the southern coast of the city, Xinghai Square features over 45,000 square metre of open space and overlooks the Xinghai Bay which empties out to the Yellow Sea.

The focus of the square is an ornate white marble pillar which was erected to commemorate the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. It is 19.97m tall and has a diameter of 1.997m.
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Another monument is located near the southern edge of the square and resembles an open book to symbolise the beginning of another chapter for the coastal city. The 'spine' is creatively adorned with an artwork which features the footprints from the city's residents.
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Numerous metal mesh sculptures depicting various popular sea sposts are also placed around the park.
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Pigeon feeding is a popular recreational activity among the visitors to the park.
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Xinghai beach. Despite the 23 degrees Celsius temperature and gusting winds, many continue to brave the chill to stretch out and relax. The Northeastern provinces are totally landlocked with the exception of the Liaodong peninsula where Dalian is located at.
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Horse drawn carriages are available for visitors who wish to experience a different method of exploring the square.
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Binhai Road 滨海路

Binhai Road is a coastal road which follows the southern coast of the city from Xinghai Square to Donghai Park in the east. This road is very popular among couples as the relative isolation and the seaside scenery creates a romantic ambience for a leisurely walk.
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Dalian Forest Zoo 大连森林动物园.
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The Sunshine School 阳光学校 is one of the most exclusive schools in Dalian, and school fees can reach up to a few thousand yuan for just a single month!
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North Bridge 北大桥. This suspension bridge was built in 1987 to commemorate the establishment of friendship ties with the Japanese city of Kitakyushu 北九州市. There is a local tradition for newly wed grooms to carry their wives across this bridge as part of their wedding celebrations.
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Tiger Beach Sculpture 老虎滩

The unusual name of this beach is due to the shape of a steep seaside rock cliff which resembles that of a sleeping tiger. However, as with many other such rock formations in China, vivid imagination is often required to relate the shape to its namesake.

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A huge lifelike sculpture of 6 running tigers is situated at a recreational square which was built in front of the cliff. With strong seaside winds gusting in from the south, kite flying is a popular activity here.
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Assembled out of 5,000 individual pieces of carved granite, the 35.5m long artwork was commissioned by Han Mei Lin 韩美林 and is the largest of its kind in the country.
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Singing Birds Woods 鸟语林 is located across the square and features a gigantic cage which houses thousands of birds. This attraction is also linked to other attractions in the Tiger Beach area with a cable car system.
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Russia Cultural Street 俄罗斯风情街

Much effort was put in by the mayor of Dalian City, Bo Xilai 薄熙来, to preserve the unique Russian and Japanese heritage of the city amidst the rapid pace of development in the past few decades. The old Russian settlement which is located north of the main railway station had been preserved and the buildings now house various souvenir shops and boutique hotels.

The light fog and cool evening air allowed visitors to feel that they are in a mountainside town instead of being in a coastal city.
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A chance meeting of 2 dogs.
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Numerous streetside bazaars along the street hawk every imaginable kind of Soviet memorabilia and souvenirs. However, the 'Russian' souvenirs sold here often tend to be made in China instead!
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Dalian Nautical School 大连船舵技术学校
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Victory Square 胜利广场

Victory Square is the main shopping district in the city and is located across the busy Dalian Railway Station. In addition to mega shopping centres which carry well known international labels and brands, shoppers can also take their pick from the many street bazaars and a mazelike underground shopping centre which is located below the square.
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There were not many shoppers on a cold, wet and foggy Friday afternoon, which allowed for a leisurely shopping experience. As with many other Chinese cities, international branded goods and electronics are often cheaper back in Singapore.
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Dalian is renowned for its fresh and succulent coldwater seafood which is served at many of the restaurants in the city.
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A Transport Enthusiast Haven - Dalian's Trams, Trolleybuses, BRT and Buses

Dalian has much to offer for the transport enthusiast as almost every conceivable form of public transportation can be found in the city. This ranges from modern airconditioned articulated buses to old trams, as well as the odd horsedrawn carriages which can be found at Xinghai Square. In addition, Dalian also has a LRT system which links the city centre to the northern suburbs but it is not covered in this post due to the very limited free time which I had during my brief visit.

The fares are also very affordable at a flat fare of only RMB1-2 (S$0.21-$0.42) for most services on a reliable and professionally run public transportation system.

Transport enthusiasts would also find the road network in this coastal city to be very well organised and easy to navigate. There is also a minimal chance of bicycles and motorcycles obstructing photos of buses and trams as the local government had banned the new regisration of motorcycles due to safety reasons. Moreover, the hilly terrain is also not suitable for commuting on bicycles.

Tram 有轨电车

The tram network in Dalian is one of the only 3 continuously operating tram lines in China, with the other 2 being in Changchun and Hong Kong. The electric tram system started operations in 1909 by the South Manchuria Railway which was governed by the Japanese. There are currently only 2 remaining tram routes in the city, which are service 201 and service 202.

Service 201 is the more interesting service of the two for transport enthusiasts as the old Witt type DL3000 trams are exclusively deployed on this route. This route runs on a east to west routing between Melody of the Sea Park 海之韵公园 and Xinggong Street 兴工街. The route details can be found from the link below from Mapbar:-
http://bus.mapbar.com/dalian/xianlu/201lu/

At busier stops such as at Dalian Railway Station, a segregated plaform is used for crowd control. The tram stops at an alighting platform to disembark passengers before moving forward to allow passengers to board.
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A Witt Type DL3000 tram at Market Street 市场街 stop. The centre double width door is exclusively used for alighting, while the other 2 doors at either end of the tram are used for boarding. There is a tram conductor/operator stationed at either end of the tram to manually operate the doors and ensure that passengers pay their fare.
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An older Witt Type DL3000 stock is photographed together with a newer DL6WA stock behind. The older Witt Type stock has a single step after the entrance, while the newer DL6WA stock are low floor.
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A combined bus and tram stop at Market Street. The bus and tram stops provide basic information about the route and the operating hours.
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7-2275 approaches the end of its trip at Xinggong Street terminal. The tram journey is reasonably fast although service 201 runs on non reserved tracks and are subject to traffic and traffic lights.
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Interior of a Witt Type DL3000 tram. The trams running today were rebuilt by the Dalian Public Transport Company in 2007, but the operator undertook great pains ensure that the interior remained as authentic as possible. This included the wood panelled sidewalls, brass grab poles and ornate lighting fixtures. The ride quality was also preserved when the trams were rebuilt as they groan, creak and rattle along the route - just like how they would had in the past.
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'Dashboard' of the Witt Type stock trams with the old fashioned mechanical regulator and speed controller.
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The newer DL6WA bi-articulated trams also service route 201. The tram operators, timekeepers and route managers are exclusively female.
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The tram terminus at Xinggong Street for service 202 is located a short distance away from the terminus for service 201. Service 202 runs on a north-south route between Xinggong Street 兴工街 and Xiaoping Island 小平岛. The route details can be found in the link below from Mapbar:-
http://bus.mapbar.com/dalian/xianlu/202lu/
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The DL6WA stock has a full width LED display which scrolls to indicate the route details. However, as service 201 and 202 do not have a common stop along the route, the LED display is rather redundant as a result.
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Interior of a DL6WA stock tram which has a maximum capacity of 240 passengers. There is a conductor posted at every entrance to ensure that fare is collected from each passengers. Thus, a typical DL6WA tram is operated by 1 tram operator and 2 conductors.
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Modern fully automatic electronic dashboard of a DL6WA stock. It is a far cry from the mechanical controls used on the Witt Type stock!
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Trolleybuses 电车

Service 101 is the only remaining trolleybus service in the city, and runs between Dalian Railway Station 大连火车站 and Malan Square 马栏广场. The route details could be found in the link below from MapBar:-
http://bus.mapbar.com/dalian/xianlu/101lu/

B08739 approaching Dalian Railway Station on a wet and foggy morning, and has an advertisement to promote Fotile brand kitchen appliances which was endorsed by Liu Qian, a popular Taiwanese magician. Articulated trolleybuses alternate with rigid trolleybuses on this route.
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B08177, a Yangzijiang 杨子江 rigid trolleybus, was photographed disembarking passengers at the Dalian Railway Station.
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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)快速公交

Dalian has a very limited Bus Rapid Transit system that comprises of a single line that runs between Xinggong Street 兴工街 and Meilin Garden 美林公园 in the northern suburbs using a fleet of license built MAN 猛狮 low floor citybuses which are assembled by Huanghai 黄海. The buses run on a reserved carriageway in the middle of the road.

BA5209 is a 18m long Huanghai DD6187S09 articulated bus which is based on the MAN Lion City. As such, it sports the German bus manufacturer's badge and distinctive front mask.
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BA5608 is a 12m rigid Huanghai DD6127S01 which has a green livery to differentiate it from the articulated buses which has a maroon livery intsead.
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Public Buses 公交车

Service 16 comprises of a full fleet of Nanjing Jinling 南京金陵 JLY6120SCK non airconditioned double decks, and it is also the only service with double deck buses in Dalian. BB2658 is photographed awaiting for departure outside the Dalian Xinghai Convention and Exhibition Centre 大连星海会展中心.
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The bulk of the public buses in Dalian are manufactured by Huanghai 黄海 and FAW 一汽 as the assembly plants are also located in Liaoning province. BA4118 is a Huanghai DD6128S28 which was spotted laying over at Hutan Residential Estate 虎滩新区 bus terminal.
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B08398 is a front engined FAW CA6105SQ1, and was seen working service 403 near the Russian Cultural Street.
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BA6258, a Yaxing 亚星 operated by Dalian Public Transport 大连公交集团, was photographed running the TESCO free shuttle bus service from Hutan Residential Estate.
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B95995 is a Huanghai DD6121HS front engined bus and was photographed on service 4 along Jiefang Road 解放路 on a fog shrouded morning.
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BB5331 is a converted Sunlong 申龙 bus which functions as mobile studio for a company specialising wedding photography.
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AC8387 is a license built Shenwo 申沃 Volvo 沃尔沃 B10M MkIV operating as an express bus plying between Shenyang North and Dalian bus station.
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Kinghall Hotel 金海酒店

Kinghall Hotel is a new development which is located along Jiefang Road in the southern suburbs of the city. The hotel had been built to 5 stars specifications and primarily relies on tour groups and conference participants due to its obscure location.
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