Close to the mountain and the sea, Dalian is a beautiful seaside touristcity. Green mountain, blue sea, blue sky, islands, reefs, and beaches, allformed into one, with the mountain set off by the water, and beautifullandscapes in fine weather. The city enjoys different architectural styles, andis dotted with gardens and squares. As a famous seaside tourist and summerresort, it possesses not only the cultural and historical tourism resourcesbearing a reputation of "Natural Museum of half of China Modern HistoryMuseum", but many natural tourism resources of spectacular landscapes. In1998, Dalian was among the first to be awarded the title of China's outstandingtourist cities. In the Eastern and southern coastal tourist areas of the city,beside the mountains and the sea, a jade-belt like road connects several scenicspots including Haizhiyun Square, Bangchuidao Seaside, Tiger Beach Amusement Park,Fujiazhuang Seaside, Xinghai Park, Xinghai Square and others in a line, withthe Polar Ocean Park, Sun Asia Ocean World, Birds’ Woods, Forest Zoo dottedwithin. In the southwest are the city landscape of the famous Port Arthur,Taiyang Valley, White Jade Mountain, and the ecological landscape of SnakeIsland, Sea Cat Island, with a magical charm. North of downtown is the GoldenPebble Beach National Resort District, with the superb reef spectacles and therare geomorphologiclandscape "crackingstones." Bingyu scenic spot, which is located in the northern mountainousarea of Zhuanghe City, has beautiful mountain and sea sceneries.The southern coastal scene, Port Arthur, Golden Pebble Beach and Bingyu Valleyare the top four scenic spots in Dalian.