The Russian-built, centrally located Zhongshan Square is Dalian's best-known landmark. By day, it's popular at lunchtime with workers and officials based in the surrounding offices, but at night, it attracts people of all ages who come to dance and play sports and board games.
The city's colonial history has left a lot of European-style architecture around Dalian, and the buildings in and around Zhongshan Square are no exception: the area has a strong Russian feel to it. There are various sites around the area, including Shengli Bridge (Victory Bridge) and Russian Flavor Street. Both are located within a kilometer's walk to the north.