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Qinhuangdao is a coastal city northeast of Beijing. It is best known for having the section of the Great Wall on the sea and a historic fort where the Manchus invaded the Qing Empire in 1664. But the scenic areas and beaches makes the city a great destination for avoiding summer heat in Beijing.
Here are our suggestions about the best Things to Do in Qinhuangdao.
Shanhai Pass is part of the the easternmost part of the Great Wall of China, only about 15 km (10 miles) from Qinhuangdao. The Laolongtou Great Wall ends at Laolongtou Point on the shore about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from the pass.
The Shanghai Pass section of the Great Wall has a big fortress. You can climb the 12-meter-high (40-foot-high) Great Wall in the mountains as well, and it is quite good exercise. Shanghaiguan is the most popular tourist area in Qinhuangdao Prefecture.
You'll enjoy a walk on the wall and seeing the rugged scenery at the Jiumenkou Great Wall (九门口 Jiǔménkǒu /jyoh-mnn-koh/ 'Nine Openings'). It is only 15 km further away from the Shanhaiguan Great Wall.
The scenery is beautiful, and a visit here might be more enjoyable than the more famous sections since there are fewer tourists and the natural scenery is as beautiful as the other sections.
Another less visited area of the Great Wall is the Jiaoshan Great Wall. It is about 3 kilometers from Shanhaiguan. The approximately 1.5 kilometer-long wall (1 mile) is well restored and paved for walking.
The Beidaihe Scenic Area is primarily a shoreline and beach area along the coast of Qinhuangdao that is relatively quick to get to from Beijing by vehicle in three hours or by D or G class bullet train and taxi in about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Once a Communist Party resort, now it is mainly enjoyed by locals and Russian tourists. There are a lot of seafood restaurants. It is considered one of the Best Beaches in China.
The Nandaihe Scenic Area is another coastal area of Qinhuangdao that is a few kilometers southwest of Beidaihe. The beach isn't as popular or as good as the one in Beidaihe. It too has seafood restaurants.
Nandaihe is about 2 hours and 10 minutes from Beijing by bullet train and taxi or a three hour drive away. You can walk to Nandaihe from the Beidaihe Scenic Area over a bridge over the small Nandai River.
For local souvenirs, you can buy pearl, coral, and seashell jewelry and artwork. The commercial district has several malls for tourist shopping. See more on Qinhuangdao Shopping.
Qinhuangdao is known for its many seafood restaurants. The variety of edible sea things served in the restaurants is much greater than in most countries. You can try some surprising dishes you won't find elsewhere such as sea slugs.
For something different if that isn't for you, there are vegetarian and Muslim restaurants.
Our Beijing tours can be customized/extended to include Qinhuangdao, and our private drivers can drive you to the sites you chose together with our tour guides. They can help take you to the places and restaurants that you will most like and take you for Great Wall sightseeing.