Apple opens new store in Dalian

Apple Inc opened its first store in the Northeastern coastal city of Dalian on Saturday, bringing the total for Greater China to 25 stores.

The Apple Store Parkland Dalian is located at the heart of the city's commercial area, surrounded by architecture that tells the history of Dalian, and just a few kilometers from one of the world's busiest ports - Dalian Port.

Before the store was open at 9:30 am, hundreds of Apple fans were queuing in front of the door.

Some of them came from other domestic cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Dongguan, and Harbin.

"Every time Apple opens store in a new city, it attracts fans from around the country. It is like a party for fans," Bing Bo, 29, told China Daily, "I love the enthusiastic phenomenon. Besides, every store has something special."

This is the ninth store Apple opened in China this year alone.

Richard Hames, Apple North Market Director, said China is an incredibly important region for Apple.

"The Nanjing East store in Shanghai is the busiest in the world, welcoming an amazing 25,000 people every day," he said.

With a team of 111 highly trained employees from China, Scotland, Italy, Australia and Japan, the Apple Store Parkland Dalian can offer service in five languages as well as local dialect, Hames said.

On the iconic oak tables, the store displays 121 iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and iPods ready for customers to experience hands-on, all connected to the internet. In addition, a huge selection of accessories is offering for the customers to get the most out of Apple products.

"Dalian, with its sandy beaches and rolling hills around the beautiful bays, has to be one of the most beautiful cities in China. We are thrilled to be part of the continued growth and development here," he said.