Beihai is a Chinese beach destination located close to Vietnam and gives an idea of Southeast Asian style beach culture in the country. There are beautiful resort hotels on the banks of the vast sea, beach islands, lakes, besides forests and hills. Along with natural spots, there are historical monuments and pagodas in the town located near the Gulf of Beibu and attract Southeast Asian beach inspired tourists.
Read on to find out about the top things to do in Beihai, China.
1. Beibu Gulf Square
In the center of the city of Beibu, the bay in the Gulf characterizes the whole city, modern but preserving some traditional facets. There is a symbolic sculpture of Nanzhuhun, meaning Pearl of the South, which stands on the square. The body of the sculpture has a stainless steel balloon representing the city of the Pearl, Beihai. Besides, there are traditional houses at this location and folk-custom activities typical of the South China area.
Beibu Gulf Square
Address: near Beihai
Website: Beibu Gulf Square
2. Silver Beach
This is the prominent beach of the city with soft white sand and mild waves and hence a natural place to swim in the southern sea waters. It is also regarded as a heavenly beach. The beach can be easily reached from Beibu Bay by bus or taxi and there are beach sports activities like beach volleyball, karting, bungee jumping into the ocean and deep sea diving for the adventure enthusiast.
Address: 4th Road, Beihai, Guangxi
Website: Silver Beach
3. Submarine World
This is an underwater marine park in Beihai and a great museum for underwater creatures and lifestyle. There is an aquatic products museum, as well as a submarine sightseeing area with varieties of coral fishes typical of the underwater world. There are also performances by divers dancing with sharks along with mythical history specimens like the Ancient City of the Incas, the ancient Silk Route items and the remnants of ships from the second World War.
Website: Submarine World
4. Wenchang Pagoda
This is a Chinese religious structure supposedly built in the Ming dynasty located in the southern area of Hepu County in the city. It is considered one of the finest pagodas in the southern region of Guangxi province and provides religious interest to the hectic beach activity.
Address: 536100 Hepu County
Website: Wenchang Pagoda
5. Dongpo Park
This is a popular hangout spot in the city with greens and art inspiration as there is a pavilion named after the famous Chinese poet Su Dongpo. There is culture, art, and natural parks to make this an authentic respite from beach humdrum.
Address: Gongyuan Road 9, Beihai, Guangxi
Website: Dongpo Park
6. Xingdao Lake
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This is a starry lake in the city with blue waters and lot of islands like stars in the water. Even the name of the lake means star island lake. The climate and breezes are fascinating and the landscape with green hills is alluring. There is also a special scenic area where the Chinese classical masterpiece film “The Outlaws of the Marsh” was shot. Visit this lake for a relaxing afternoon!
Website: Xingdao Lake
7. Weizhou Island
Located in the Gulf region of Beibu in the southern part of the city center, the Weizhou Island is actually an extinct volcano but the scenery on the island is charming and sweet with a particularly unusual landscape of volcanic lava and a big crater, which is a rare sighting. There are mountain ridges and shoals formed from marine erosion and diving underwater one cans see forms of underwater life like corals, trumpets, jellyfish, and starfish. The island also has churches and temples for religious inspiration, as well as sun gazing and aquatic inspiration.
Address: west of Leizhou Peninsula, south of Beihai
Website: Weizhou Island
8. Xieyang Island
This is another small island near Weizhou Island with large vegetation and natural structures from marine erosion. Sun sighting is a popular pastime on the island along with farming and the people of the island live a Chinese style rural life in the midst of nature.
Address: Weizhouzhen, Beihai, Guangxi
Website: Xieyang Island
9. Mangrove Natural Reserve
The Mangrove Natural Reserve adds green to the ocean waters. It is also a protected area as a reserve forest and the scenic area adds charm and beauty to the landscape.
Mangrove Natural Reserve
Address: Shankou Town Hepu County
Website: Mangrove Natural Reserve
10. South Pearl Palace
Beihai is the pearl of the south in China and the South Pearl Palace reminds people of just that. The South Pearl Palace also teaches visitors about the history of the region and the various facets of its local and traditional culture.
South Pearl Palace
Website: South Pearl Palace
11. World Exhibition Centre
Beihai is after all a marine ecosystem area and the World Exhibition Centre has been set up to display the large gathering of shellfish and coral reefs in the area and provides ample aquatic culture and inspiration.
World Exhibition Centre
Website: World Exhibition Centre
Beihai is a beach destination near Vietnam with a Chinese twist
There are not just beaches, islands, aquatic museums and underwater sightings but also people-oriented activities like swimming, beach sports, and nightclubs. There are spas and special baths in the hotels for additional comfort and Chinese style nightclubs for feet tapping and alcohol. There are also beach sports like volleyball and football as well as bicycling in the island and modern shopping complexes and markets selling everything from pearls to dry seafood. Beihai is definitely ranked as the pearl of South China.
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