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China's Best Beaches

China's continental coastline extends for about 18,000 kilometers (11,000 miles), and there are lots of beautiful beaches for holidays. The most popular beaches around China we recommend include those at Sanya, Xiamen, Putuo Island, Beidaihe and Beihai.

Best beaches in China

1. Yalong Bay — "The Oriental Hawaii"

Yalong Bay is the best beach in China. The sea is blue and the sand is soft. You are advised to go to the private beach of your hotel as the public beach is always crowded. Many international hotel groups have established top-end hotels in Yalong Bay.

Yalong Bay

  • Locations: Sanya on Hainan Island
  • Features:
    - 7-kilometer-long (4-mile-long), crescent-shaped white sandy beach.
    - World-class golf course perched in the most idyllic of settings.
    - Rolling green hills offering a cool, shady respite from the sunny beaches.
    - Many national and international hotels.
  • Weather: It is a perfect place to escape winter cold with an average temperature of 23 °C (73 °F) in January.
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2. Wuzhizhou Island — The first Commercial Diving Location in China

Wuzhizhou Island is the Maldives of China. The beautiful scenery all over the island includes 'Plants World' and the colorful 'Underwater World'. You can dive into the sea and discover the underwater world. But be warned: if you want to dive, you’d better get there early as there is always a long line.

Wuzhizhou Island

  • Location: Sanya on Hainan Island
  • Features: The sea below is excellent for surfing, and has an extensive reef. The areas to the north and to the west of the island are relatively flat, with sandy white beaches being the norm. The water along these shores is gin clear, with a visibility down to 27 m (90 ft). It is a real boon to scuba diving.
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3. Beidaihe Scenic Area — "the Government's Summer Palace"

Beidaihe Scenic Area is also known as “the Mecca of bird watching”. Influenced by a marine climate, Beidaihe Scenic Area has a cool summer and warm winter. It is a good place to avoid the summer heat in Beijing. Go enjoy the gold sand and sunshine.


4. Gulangyu Beach — "Garden on the Sea"

Gulangyu Island is an island of leisure. It is an island of pianos — there are 600 pianos on the island, and a world architecture expo of interesting, well-kept buildings. Gulangyu Beach can show you the easy life. Slow down and take your time to feel the beauty of life. You can also go and see the historical sites around.


  • Location: It is a tourist island off the southeast coast of Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian Province in Southeast China.
  • Features: It is renowned as "Piano Island" or "The Island of Music" because of its reputation for musical appreciation. It has many natural bathing beaches with fine sand and gentle waves.
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5. Tianya Haijiao — Picturesque Beach Scenery

Tianya Haijiao (Heaven's Edge Sea's Corner) in Sanya, on South China's Hainan Island, is one of the most romantic and picturesque beaches in China. It is considered to be the southernmost tip of China. It is a must-see attraction for new Chinese couples because of old Chinese literature saying: 'I will follow you to Tianya Haijiao', which means the couple will be together forever.

Be warned: this place may be very crowded all year round.


  • Location: Sanya on Hainan Island
  • Features: A park that is arranged along a fantastic beach that is dimpled with large stones, some in grotesque shapes. It is filled with mystery touch because of an old legend.
  • Weather: It has an average year-round temperature of 25 °C (78 °F).
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6. Silver Beach

This beach looks like silver in the sunshine, and it enjoys a fine title locally of “the world’s first beach”. The sand on the beach is very fine and white. This beach is ticket free, and from April to November it’s warm enough to swim there. 

Silver Beach in Beihai

  • Location: It is located in the southeast of Beihai City, Guangxi Province, South China.
  • Features:
    - Extensive beach with fine and white sand.
    - Clean and warm water and gentle waves, as well as being safe and free from sharks in the swimming area.
    - A two-hour cruise away from Weizhou Island, the biggest extinct volcanic island in China.
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7. Putuoshan Island

Putuoshan Island not only has a rich religious culture, but also romantic beaches. It is honored as 'the purest land in the world'. Walking on the beach and picking up a shell, you can find tranquility in the sound of the sea. Hundred Step Beach and Thousand Step Beach are the two most famous beaches on Putuoshan Island.

putuoshan island

  • Location: It is located about 150 km (100 mi) southeast of Shanghai, in the west of the island prefecture of Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province.
  • Features: It has many beaches among which Hundred Step Beach and Thousand Step Beach are the two major ones. Putuo Mountain is located on the island, one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism.
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