The Great Wall, the terra cotta warriors, the tribal communities deep in the mountains of Yunnan…these are some of the things you go to China to see. It is a place with a rich history and a fascinating culture. But did you know that China also features some of the most spectacular beaches in the world? It’s true, so don’t forget to pack your swimsuit. China’s 18,000 kilometer coastline, bordered by the East China and South China Seas, features immense stretches of sand and calm water, remote and isolated destinations, and more fun than you could imagine.
Hawaii in Hainan
When you think of island paradise, what comes to mind? Thailand? The Caribbean? China has some of the most spectacular tropical islands that compare favorably with any other island paradise. Hainan Island, sometimes referred to as China’s own version of Hawaii, is perhaps the best known beach town in China. The weather is warm and tropical, the beaches are clean and sparkling. The small community of Sanya Bay features beautiful palm trees lining the narrow streets, and you can still enjoy the quaint small-town atmosphere of this small fishing village. As the most popular beach town in China, there can be crowds at times, but if you look around, you can still find respite, especially if you go further out towards the Luhuitou Peninsula.
Great Finds in Guangxi
Equally stunning beaches can be found in the Guangxi province in the city of Beihai, an ancient city with fascinating architecture and culture just a stone’s throw from Silver Beach. For family fun, if you’re in the province of Liaoning, drop by Tiger Beach in Dalian to visit the amusement park and aquarium and take a stroll along the rocky beach. And if you’re a golf enthusiast, Golden Stone Beach features wonderful swimming, as well as one of the finest golf courses in China.
Visiting South China? After your trip to bustling Hong Kong, come to the mainland to Shenzhen or Zhuhai in the Guangdong province for some of the best beaches around.
Beach Party for the People
Can you find a party on the beach in China? You sure can. Dadonghai is popular with tourists, and features water sports, as well as plenty of nearby bars, clubs, and restaurants. Each beach has its own character, and China is vast—so no matter where you go, you’ll likely find a beach to your liking, whether you’re looking for quiet meditation or a loud party. And don’t think that China skimps on beach resorts—there are plenty available. Many of the resorts in China’s beachfront communities offer unparalleled comfort, service and elegance. The spa resorts in the seaside communities offer excellent and relaxing treatments, and an experience you’ll never forget.