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The best beaches in China

With summer here, it's time to take a look at where you can find the best beaches in China. Undoubtedly, the most famous ones are located on the island province of Hainan, but did you know that there are also great beaches in northeastern China?

China has a coastline stretching over 18,000 km. Its shores are touched by the waters of the Bohai, the Huanghai, the East China and the South China seas.

Here's where to go, if you're looking to relax in the sun or catch some waves:

The Beidaihe Beach
The Beidaihe Beach Resort extends 10km east to west from the Yinjiao Pavillion to the end of the Daihe. Its is a natural bathing beach with its pristine blue waters, that facilitates a relaxing holiday on the swampy sands. The beach attracts millions of visitors from all over the world each summer.

Guangxi: In Beihai of southwest China's Guangxi province, you can find beaches that easily rival the more crowded ones in Hainan. In this 2000-year-old city you can enjoy the charm of old buildings and local architecture and frolic in the sand on the Silver Beach, located about ten kilometers from Beihai. The white sandy beach here stretches for nearly two kilometers. There is a 35 yuan admission fee.

Beihai Silver Beach
The beach gets its name from its soft and silvery sand glittering in the sun and moon rays, displaying its full splendor.
The Beach lies to the south of Beihai, extending 24 km west and varies in width from 30 to 300m. It is considered as one of the best beaches in China, maintaining its average seawater temperature of 23C through out the year. One of the most captivating sight for the sea enthusiast, the beach also offers a row of guesthouses and villas built in different styles near the sea coast, ideal for staying. Accessibility: Bus No.3 from Beibuwan Square runs up to the beach resort.
Cost: RMB15.
Admission Fee: RMB 35
Opening Timings: 08:00 to 17:50 Recommended

Liaoning: Dalian, the second largest city in the northwestern province of Liaoning provides the perfect blend of urban sights and beach relaxation. On Tiger Beach you can marvel at a massive marble tiger statue or visit the nearby amusement park or polar aquarium. The beach here is quite rocky, so if you're looking for more tranquil tides, go to Bangchuidao Jugqu, five kilometers from the city center. Here you can enjoy the privacy of a beach located on the grounds of the Bangcuidao Binguan hotel, which is a favorite among some of China's most influential people. Admission costs 20 yuan. In addition, there is also Fujiazhuang Beach, which offers the best in budget swimming, as admission is only 5 yuan. Another choice for great swimming is Golden Stone Beach, 60km north of Dalian. Here you can also try out your swing on a world-class golf course.

Hainan: The tropical island of Hainan is undeniably the beach capital of China. Here you can soak up the sun in paradise-like surroundings comparable to beach resorts in the Caribbean. The main beach zone, and thus most popular tourist destination, is located in Sanya in the south. This part of the tropical island boasts beautiful white sandy beaches, palm tree-lined boulevards and unmatched charm. Yalong Bay in the east is by far the most beautiful beach featuring seven kilometers of white sand. If you're looking to escape the crowds, go for Luhuitou Peninsula in the city's southwest. To the southeast lies Dadonghai Beach, which is also very popular and easy to reach, but also quite small.

Tianya Haijiao and Dadonghai
The region is famous for its tropical beach splendor. Tianya Haijiao and Dadonghai are the two well-known beaches of the province. Lying on the soft sand under beautiful sunshine or walking through the coconut plantation under the blue sky is just spell binding.
The climatic conditions also facilitates it as the most desired beach resort, the weather is not very hot in summer nor very cold in winters, adorned with lot of greenery and fresh air. Hainan Island has therefore become a place of interest for winter swimming and vacations.

Shandong: Shandong on China's eastern coast is home to Qingdao, a city renowned for its curious mixture of Chinese and Bavarian architecture as well as its coastal setting. The city hosted the sailing events of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Its beach resorts constitute a favorite among communist party members. Qingdao is particularly famous for its six beaches, which, nevertheless, may fall a little short of meeting the criteria for world-class surfing. The No 6 Bathing Beach is conveniently located just a few steps from the train station. For the cleanest and quietest beach-experience, we recommend the No 2 Bathing Beach in the eastern part of the city. If you want still more tranquility, you can catch a boat to Huang Dao or Yellow Island, where you can enjoy the very best swimming conditions in the entire city! To the north of Qingdao is located the city of Weihai, which also enjoys a golden coastline. Here, the International Beach is your best bet for a perfect day out in the sun.

 Huiquan Beach
Qingdao treasures some of the most beautiful beaches in China. There are 6 main beaches lying in the coastal region of Qingdao. They are -- Huiquan, Taipingwan, Zhanshan, Zhanqiao, Sifang and Cangkou respectively.

Among them, Huiquan Beach is considered as one of the most popular bathing beach among the tourists.

Opening Timings: The beach can be visited the entire day, right from sunrise to sunset.

Guangdong: Shenzhen in the southeastern province of Guangdong also boasts some of the best beaches in China. Its most popular beaches include the Dameisha and Xiaomeisha. Xichong Beach near the Da Peng Bay is the longest one in the province. From there, you can take a boat to Lovers' Island, a popular honeymoon destination. In Guangdong, you can be sure to have all you need to indulge in all the pleasures of beach life and try out some great diving opportunities. All the mentioned beaches have small admission fees. A number of inviting beaches also await you across the bay in Zhuhai. The lush city, dubbed "the garden city," boasts a subtropical climate, beautiful beaches and a convenient transportation network. A group of small islands located just a short boat ride away from the coast provide the ideal setting for a more private getaway.

Shenzhen, Guangdong  Xichong beach
For the best fun beach experience in Shenzhen, head to Xichong. At 5km long, it’s by far the largest beach in Guangdong and consists of an arching stretch of sand with clean water set against the backdrop of Qiniang Mountain, the second highest peak of the city. As a result, it’s not easy to reach the bay, keeping the hordes to a minimum. Visibility can get so clear that it can feel like you’re in the tropics on some days, and in August the surf’s up as the waves start breaking (boards can be hired for a snip at the old 720 shop.) Other activities include boat trips, four-wheeler rentals, parachuting, scuba diving, rock climbing, sailing, wind surfing and hiking, as well as abundant BBQ pits, bonfires, beers, beach parties and fireworks by night. When it comes to city beaches, Xichong may lay claim to be the best in the country, outside Hong Kong.

Fujian: And of course, you cannot list China's best beaches without mentioning Xiamen Beach in Fujian. Its coastline stretches for miles on end, offering endless sunbathing and swimming opportunities. And what's best, here you can enjoy the sight of palm trees swaying in the breeze and bury your toes in the white sand at no cost. The unique feature of this sunbathing paradise is a wooden boardwalk that passes on top of the water on the rocky side of the beach.

Hong Kong  Shek O beach
Great facilities, sensational scenery and a laid-back party atmosphere make this one of Hong Kong’s top-rated beaches. Expect to see an eclectic mix of surf dudes, families, FILTH sunbathers, hippies and expat wives in relaxation mode. The small seaside village of Shek O is a great place to wander or grab a bite to eat when you’ve finished sunning. We also hear this beach is a favorite spot for filming music videos, so keep your eyes pe
eled for gyrating Canto-pop beauties lip-synching their next big KTV hit.

Dalian, Liaoning Xinghai beach
Located inside Xinghai Park, Xinghai beach is 800m of pure golden sand. It’s not only a top spot for soaking up the sun and taking a dip in the drink, but also a place of genuine fun: there is a full-on funfair at one end of it! It’s also making a name for itself through outdoor rave-style parties that combine bangin’ tunes, cold(ish) beer and the “natural CO2 machine” that is Dalian sea-fog.