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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.
  • Recommended hotel:Horizon Resort & Spa has 9 kilometer-long beach for its customers. It is near Yalong Bay Center Square and Yalong Bay International Golf Club.

From Beijing to Yalong Bay: 5 hours and 40 minutes

Beijing Capital Airport – Sanya Phoenix AirportBy plane5 hours
Sanya Phoenix Airport – Yalong BayBy taxi40 minutes

From Guangzhou to Yalong Bay: 2 hours 20 minutes

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport – Sanya Phoenix AirportBy plane1 hour 40 minutes
Sanya Phoenix Airport – Yalong BayBy taxi40 minutes

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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.
  • Recommended hotel: Wuzhizhou Island Resort Sanya is right on Wuzhizhou Island. Every day before the tourists arrive on the island and after they leave, you can have the island to yourself (with other Resort customers) to have fun on the beach.

FromBeijingto Wuzhizhou Island: 6 hours

Beijing Capital Airport – Sanya Phoenix AirportBy plane5 hours
Sanya Phoenix Airport – Wuzhizhou IslandBy taxi1 hour

From Guangzhou to Wuzhizhou Island: 2 hours 40 minutes

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport – Sanya Phoenix AirportBy plane1 hour 40 minutes
Sanya Phoenix Airport – Wuzhizhou IslandBy taxi1 hour

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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.

Beidaihe

  • Location: It is located south of Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province, 300 kilometers (180 miles) east of Beijing.
  • Features: Beidaihe Scenic Area stretches for 13 km (8 mi) with bathing places in Bohai Bay. The beach is covered with fine yellow sand stretching some 100 meters to the sea.
  • Recommended hotel: Beidaihe Building 36 Haijing Hotel is a hotel that stands on the beach. It has the best views. The beach is right in front of the hotel.

FromBeijingto Beidaihe Scenic Area: 2 hours 35 minutes

Beijing Railway Station – Beidaihe Railway StationBy bullet train2 hours 10 minutes
Beidaihe Railway Station – Beidaihe Scenic AreaBy taxi25 minutes

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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.

Gulangyu

  • 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.
  • Recommended hotel:Gulang Villa Hotel is near the pier and is very convenient for tourists. It has a great environment and it is very close to the beach.

From Xiamen City to Gulangyu Beach: 20 minutes

Xiamen City – Xiamen Ferry TerminalBy taxi10 minutes
Xiamen Ferry Terminal – Gulangyu IslandBy ferry5 minutes
Gulangyu Island Ferry Terminal – Gulangyu BeachBy taxi5 minutes

From Xiamen Railway Station to Gulangyu Beach: 33 minutes

Xiamen Railway Station – Xiamen Ferry TerminalBy taxi23 minutes
Xiamen Ferry Terminal – Gulangyu IslandBy ferry5 minutes
Gulangyu Island Ferry Terminal – Gulangyu BeachBy taxi5 minutes

From Xiamen Gaoqi Airport to Gulangyu Beach: 45 minutes

Xiamen Gaoqi Airport – Xiamen Ferry TerminalBy taxi35 minutes
Xiamen Ferry Terminal – Gulangyu IslandBy ferry5 minutes
Gulangyu Island Ferry Terminal – Gulangyu BeachBy taxi5 minutes

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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.

Tianyahaijiao

  • 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).
  • Recommended hotel: Narada Resort & Spa Sanya owns its private beach. The hotel and beach are one. Customers can avoid the crowds and relax here.

FromBeijing to Tianya Haijiao: 5 hours 20 minutes

Beijing Capital Airport – Sanya Phoenix AirportBy plane5 hours
Sanya Phoenix Airport – Tianya HaijiaoBy taxi20 minutes

FromGuangzhou to Tianya Haijiao: 2 hours

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport – Sanya Phoenix AirportBy plane1 hour 40 minutes
Sanya Phoenix Airport – Tianya HaijiaoBy taxi20 minutes

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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.
  • Recommended hotel: Beihai Luhai Hotelowns a 380-meter-long Silver Beach shore line, and 20,000 square meters of bathing beach. You can avoid the crowds and enjoy the hotel’s private beach.

FromGuilin to Silver Beach (555 km): 5 hours

Guilin Railway Station – Beihai Railway StationBy bullet train4 hours 40 minutes
Beihai Railway Station – Silver BeachBy taxi20 minutes

FromNanning to Silver Beach (230 km): 1 hour 50 minutes

Nanning Railway Station – Beihai Railway StationBy bullet train1 hour 30 minutes
Beihai Railway Station – Silver BeachBy taxi20 minutes

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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.
  • Recommended hotel: Landison Hotel Zhoushan is a five-star hotel on Putuoshan Island. It is located near Thousand Steps Beach and Fayu Temple. The hotel offers a free hotel shuttle bus for customers.

From Hangzhou to Putuoshan Island: 3 hours 30 minutes

Hangzhou East Railway Station – Ningbo Railway StationBy bullet train1 hour 20 minutes
Ningbo Railway Station – Yuzheng PierBy taxi2 hours
Yuzheng Pier – Putuoshan IslandBy speedboat10 minutes

From Shanghaito Putuoshan Island by train: 4 hours10 minutes

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station – Ningbo Railway StationBy bullet train2 hours
Ningbo Railway Station – Yuzheng PierBy taxi2 hours
Yuzheng Pier – Putuoshan IslandBy speedboat10 minutes

From Shanghai to Putuoshan Island by plane: 1 hour 10 minutes

Shanghai Pudong Airport – Zhoushan Putuoshan AirportBy plane50 minutes
Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport – Wusongzhi PierBy taxi10 minutes
Wusongzhi Pier – Putuoshan IslandBy speedboat10 minutes

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