Komina Tatiana, city blogger
First time I came to Dalian in 2012 was for work. I came and I fell in love with this city. Since then, I steadily came here every season, but never had time to enjoy the city. I was working all the time. In fact, I am grateful to my work in the past, which has taught me a lot and showed me the world. I worked in a company which organized education and cultural events for children and adults around the world. My week never started and finished at the same place. I could start in Paris and finish my week in Bangkok. My life was a big journey.
But in 2014, I realized that I wanted changes. And decided to move to China. The choice fell on the Dalian because it is similar to my hometown and its 2 hours by flight from it.
I’ve been here 3 years already and during this time I learned the language and worked for a magazine in the position of author, designer and SMM manager. I worked as a photographer and has organized events in a team for expats in the city.
I really like the city and its energy, I love to walk around and open new streets, spots and restaurants. Because, as it turned out, not many people pay attention to what is around them. They only note crowds of people, traffic and high prices.
Therefore, in the summer of 2017 I decided to turn my Instagram account into a personal blog about the city and my life there.
For 5 months later, the page gained almost 4000 followers and the number is growing every day. In my posts, I show exactly my vision of the city, and many people write to me that they never pictured China the way I show it in my photos. My blog is not a reference book with addresses, it's more of a photo gallery with stories. I write in Russian because most of my followers are Russian, but I’m thinking of writing in English too. Some people started contacting me with questions about how to help them find accommodation, give advice on tourists attractions, beautiful places and delicious food. I see people are interested in what I’m doing. So, it gives me more inspiration every day.
From now and future ahead, I already have some projects about expats life in Dalian and I hope that soon you will see or hear about it all.
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So here it is, the new QR Code to the local information hub of Dalian!