Japanese occupation of Dalian in the early 20th century left a lasting cultural mark. A prime example is Nanshan Japanese Street, a buzzing enclave with a cluster of Meiji-era houses, Japanese shops, and restaurants dotting a pedestrian walkway. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom come May, but the distinct architecture makes for a worthwhile stroll no matter the season. Tea connoisseurs should make a reservation for the elaborate Chinese tea ceremony at Yuanyuan Huiguan. Slip inside this Japanese general’s former mansion, now a private club, and choose from over 1,000 types of tea. Settle into one of the traditionally decorated rooms and watch the tea pageantry unfold. Not your cup of, er, tea? Make your way to MEETU, an Indonesian coffee house and restaurant that takes its java very seriously (they import the beans from the eponymous Indonesian island. Sip strong varieties from across Indonesia (including the infamous Kopi Luwak—harvested and digested by civet cats) in an airy room with lofted ceilings, dark furniture, and sleek gingko wood floors.