Weizhou Island

Overview

Weizhou Island is the biggest extinct volcano island in China, with an area of 25 square kilometers (9.7 square miles). It is also called "Great Penglai" (Penglai is a legendary fairy island in the East China Sea.). Weizhou Island is the biggest and the youngest volcanic island of China and the biggest island of Guangxi Autonomous Region. It is formed from the piling up of lava from successive volcanic eruptions. Its coastal geology, landforms and lava can be seen nowhere else in China.

Location

Weizhou Island is located 67 kilometers (42 miles 36 nautical miles) from Beihai's Port, that is 1.5 to 3 hours by boat, or 40 kilometers (25 miles) off Silver Beach.

Features

Weizhou Island has a wealth of unspoiled natural scenery, such as volcanic lava and a magnificent crater, coral reefs and various species of unusual vegetation. Straight pines and huge cacti cover the cliffs, which stand tens of meters high. Sea birds can be seen perched on the reefs or hovering over the waves. The coastal landforms are also very special. The waves, currents and tides have eroded the coastal rocks into a wide array of forms: caves, trenches, cliffs and pillars.

The seawater around the Weizhou Island is green like jade. When looking into the distance, it gradually changes into blue, then dark blue until melts into the sky. The sea is so limpid that corals and other sea creatures are clearly visible.

The sand of the beaches here is pure yellow contrasting sharply with the jade green sea.

Weizhou Island's wildlife: seals, sea cows, whales, dolphins, crabs, squid, sea horses, snails, jellyfish, have won this island the label "Nature's Aquarium".

Nanwan (South Bay) is a natural bay formed after a major volcanic eruption, which opens to the south with cliffs on the other three sides. All sorts of fishing boats berth there.

The fishing village is very attractive. It boasts not only charming and rustic scenery, but also simple fishing folk, without pesky salesmen rushing to the tourists, which usually happen in many other scenic spots. Walking through the simple village, you will find a Catholic church constructed with a special kind of coral stones, earthen tiles and wood. It is a fascinating church, built by French Catholics in 1869, with a total area of 774 square meters (8330 square feet). It also has affiliated buildings such as a monastery, school, hospital and orphanage. Surprisingly, this western-styled church and the traditional Chinese fishing village form a harmonious whole. Sanpo Temple and Shengmu Temple, which combine both Western and Chinese styles are also located there.

You can not only appreciate the beauty of nature there, but also experience the fun of an island settlement. Adventure on the island, fishing, bathing, picking up shells as well as diving are all on offer to make your trip more fulfilling.

Popular Tourist Activities

1. Swimming
2. Diving
3. Walking on the sand
4. Exploring a volcanic island
5. Living amongst an island fishing community
6. Photography

Transportation

Take bus No. 3 to Beihai International Passenger Port. The boat departs at 08:30. (1.5 hours are needed for the fast boat and 3 hours are needed for the slow boat.) Tourists usually disembark at Nanwan Bay. You can leave the island by boat at 15:30.

 

Questions and Answers About Weizhou Island

Scott 2013-02-18
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when is the big reinvation going to be taking place there I understand there is going to be alot of investment of new hotels, golf coarese etc?

Hi Scott, sorry, we don't know.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-02-18
ShouJu Long 2013-01-07
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What will be the temperature on the island at beginning of March? Suitable for swimming? Are there any hostels/pensions/small hotels? Prices?

Hi ShouJu,  the average temperature in March is about 17 degrees at the beginning of March. I think it is still not suitable for swimming. For hotels please check here:  http://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/beihai-hotels/

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-08
denis 2012-12-23
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Hi! I''m planning to go to Weizhou Island in end of January. Woul''d it be easy to do snorkeling and diving there? There are facilities for that? And woulnd''t it be too cold?Thanks a lot!
Dear Sir or Madam, You could do snorkeling and diving at Weizhou Island and could rent the facilities there. During the end of January, the temperature will be around 15℃(59℉), you need to take thick coats and sweaters. It is not suitable for swimming. Lussie Lu replied on 2012-12-24
Koh 2012-12-03
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What is the weather like in December? For Beihai adn Weizhoi Island. How about the sea forecast?
Hi Koh. According to the latest information, in the early December, the average high temperature and low temperature are 13°C (55°F) and 20 °C (68 °F). I suggest you check the up to date information via this website: http://www.weather.com.cn/en/weather/101320101.shtml Annie Wu replied on 2012-12-04
Daniel 2012-02-06
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Planning a trip to Beihai and surrounds. What would be" top 5 must do"
Hello, please visit our website at http://www.chinahighlights.com/beihai/. You may have an idea about what do to in Beihai. Simon Huang replied on 2012-02-07
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