Beihai Travel Guide

Situated in the north of Guangxi, Beihai is 206 km away from Nanning in the northwest, 198 km from Zhanjiang in the east and 147 km from Haikou in the southeast. The downtown is embraced by the sea in its south, north and west sides. It has two coastal islands, namely, Weizhou Island (24.74 square kilometers) and Xieyang Island (1.8 square kilometers). Weizhou Island is about 20.2 sea miles from the city center.

Beihai used to be the starting harbor of Maritime Silk Road in ancient China. Through the history, it has been the distribution center for the Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, Guangxi, Hunan and Hubei in their foreign trade. Thus, it enjoys an important geographic position. Southern Pearl, referring to the pearl of Beihai, is famed around the world for its fantastic appearance, dazzling sparkle, lasting luster. Pearl then becomes the most distinctive tourist product of Beihai.

Located in the subtropics, the weather is moderate and moist with fresh air, and no wonder Beihai is considered to be one of the cities that are suitable for habitation in China. The natural environment is preserved well. It has quite a lot of marvelous beaches, which are of clear water and soft sand. The shore zone with Silver Beach as its representative is the combination of sea water, sunshine and beach, being an ideal place for leisure.


Located on the edge of Beibu Gulf, one of the top four fisheries in China, Beihai City is abundant in all kinds of sea food; there are living more than 600 fishes and 10 shrimps and prawns, which, no wonder, have promoted the development and booming of sea food markets in Beihai. A great number of large wholesale markets dealing with local sea food and seawater pearls have been founded along Yunnan North Road. Among all the sea food, a special kind of sea plant, Stichopus variegatus Semper, produced in Weizhou Island has been regarded as one of China’s top eight sea foods.

Beihai City has got its fame for pearls, especially southern pearls, and a nickname, Zhuxiang (the hometown of pearls). Southern pearls, likewise, have many varieties, among which Lian pearls produced in Hepu County is well-known as the superb type. Visitors can always find Lian pearls available to buy in eight tourism designated shops. Beside pearls, other two local products, cowfish and Dongyuan wine, are of equal popularity.

In addition, Beihai has been producing subtropical fruits, vegetables and flowers, which are of good quality and enjoy popularity, as well as shell carving, horn carving, bamboo crafts produced here. You will never fail to find your favorite one in shops along Zhongshan Road and Jiefang Road.

Beihai business center is situated in the middle section of Beibuwan Road. There are four large shopping centers, namely, Hualian commercial center, Qidong shopping mall, Xinli shopping plaza and Guotong shopping center.

Food and Restaurants

Visitors are able to enjoy different kinds of food in Beihai, ranging from western food to special local food, and sea food is a must for every newcomer to have a taste.

There are some famous local dishes, like chicken rice, tiger-fish soup, spicy fried shrimp, steamed fresh fish, scalded sand worm, ginger-spotted crab, scalded prawn, steamed sea oyster and steamed fish with plums. Among them, the dish, scalded sand worm, enjoys a highest fame in Beihai. Sand worms, also known as Shachangchong (沙肠虫), is a special kind of sea food, dwelling in the sand of the sea bank.

Besides, two local snacks are very popular for local residents, beef vermicelli and pork feet vermicelli. It is a local custom that people will have every breakfast with beef vermicelli or pork feet vermicelli plus a cup of tea.

Recommended gourmet streets

Beihai Waisha Island

  • Location: the island is at the north of Sichuan Road.
  • Brief introduction: Beihai Waisha Island, a man-made island, is the largest commercial center for sea food and sea food dining area in Guangxi Province. Here run over 70 restaurants and seafood sidewalk snack booths. It has become the most famous and popular seafood island.

The street of barbecue

  • Location: Changqing Road.
  • Brief Introduction: Among all the restaurants along the street, Nature Restaurant is one of the best, where people can taste different kinds of games and seafood, exquisite and extraordinary. Every evening around 8 o’clock sees a great many barbecue stalls welcoming visitors from afar.

The street of Sichuan, Hunan, Guizhou food

  • Location: Wuzai Village (just walk along the Nanzhu Avenue from Nanzhu Plaza, about 4 km away)
  • Brief introduction: along the street run a great many restaurants of Sichuan, Hunan and Guizhou styles. Visitors can taste many famous dishes like Jiangbei fish and Braised frogs in brown sauce Sichuan style, stir-fried beef with vegetables and braised string bean with minced meat Guizhou style.


The weather belongs to the semitropic oceanic monsoon climate. Thus it has no freezing in winter and no heat in summer with abundant sunshine and rainfall. The average temperate there is 22.9 °C with the highest temperate 37.1 °C and the lowest 2 °C. Mean annual precipitation is 1670mm, and sunshine amounts to 2009 hours.

The best time to visit Beihai is from April to November. It is sunny in most of the days during these periods. The breeze touches faces tenderly, fresh and cool. Umbrella is a necessity in spring and summer. In autumn, it does not rain a lot and the weather is pleasant. When winter comes, it rains even less, and then comes the coldest and the driest season of Beihai. It is cold sometimes, and more coats are required.

Questions and Answers About Beihai Travel Guide

michael 2013-10-08
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If I am planing a trip from louisville,Kentucky.U.S.A.Landing in Hong Kong do I need any kind of visa.I will not be staying at a hotel.But my Wife to be lives in Beihai,GUangxi,china..Iwas tokd I would not need one if I am in or around hong kong.Maybe it was said my and my future wife and I could pick one up in hong kong I plan on staying from nov,6,2013-1-7-2014.I know I should ask her but her and her mom and dad are working on wedding.Please help

You can visit Hong kong for visa free ( 30 days) since you are American citizen) ,  but you do need to apply the China visa if you visit Beihai city. Congratulations!

Lily Guo replied on 2013-10-09
Anderson Motta 2013-05-14
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I''m from Brazil and my wife is Chinese. I would like to travel by motorcycles between Guangzhou and the south coast (Beihai and Sanya). How are the roads between these cities? Could you point me to a company that rents motorcycles (BMW Preference)?
Dear Anderson, I regret that we don't provide this service at present and can't give you more information about this thing. I suggest you ask other travel agency. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-05-15
Steve Kuzma 2013-01-18
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I am a diabetic and wear an insulin pump. will this present any problems. I will bring back supplies as well. I will be traveling frm US to Beihai

Hi Steve, it will cause some inconvenience, but won't be a problem.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-19
Zaba 2012-12-14
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Is the ferry service between Beihai and Hai Phong, Vietnam still operating? How much would it cost?

Hello Zaba, yes, there is still Cruise from Beihai   to Hai Phong. It last 5 days 4 nights. They don't sell the cruise ticket only, you will need to book a whole package with you. We don't offer this kind of service so far, you may search and contact the Cruise company.

Simon Huang replied on 2012-12-14
Andy Lee 2012-07-15
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I have the intention to cost Beihai but have no idea as to when it is the appropriate time. I understand that it rains very often during this month based on the report from the internet. May you advise me when is the best time to visit the place? Also please let me know when will be summer as it is now in spring season. Thank you and looking forward for your reply.
Hi! The best time to visit Beihai is from April to November. The summer of Beihai is from June to September. Now it is summer not spring. Peter replied on 2012-07-19
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