DALIAN, which has been promoting its facilities as a gateway to northern China, has attracted a large number of investors, including many from Hongkong. Although the port has attracted this level of interest, partly because of its strategic access to South Korea and Japan, deals have yet been concluded. One of the biggest property deals concluded at a recent fair in the territory involved Hongkong property giant Wharf (Holdings) which signed a one billion yuan (about HK$1.34 billion at official rates) to build a multi-purpose complex in the city. Wharf has been reported to have shown interest in also investing in Dalian's port related projects. The city has plans to build 20 berths by 2000, to become a comprehensive port with four handling districts for container, iron and steel, general cargo and bulk cargo.