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No dilly Dalian

— Dalian


Offering an alternative lifestyle to Shanghai and Beijing, Dalian is a vibrant student city with an easier pace of life. You might not have heard of it but this is one of the world’s biggest outsourcing centres.

China, Cities, Dalian

The manicured lawns, wooded hillsides and turreted towers of the Neusoft Institute of ­Information are so reminiscent of a Disney film that it would not surprise you if Cinderella emerged from the round grey brick building in its centre.

Hundreds of young Chinese students swarm across the campus to move between classes in graphic design, computer science, Japanese or English. Everything looks so clean and well ­ordered that it’s hard to believe this is a university in China.

The private university is funded by computer technology company Neusoft,…


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