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7 Reasons To Add Zhuhai To Your Chinese Bucket List

Even though Zhuhai is often overlooked by tourists for bigger cities like Shanghai and Beijing, it is a definite must-add to your Chinese bucket list. Whether you’re a golfer, foodie or love shopping, this city on the border of Macau has something for everyone and has  become a hub of activity.

If it is not already on your bucket list, here are seven reasons why you should immediately do so:

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1. Shoppers’ Paradise

Not only does Zhuhai have plenty of duty free shopping, it is also a special economic zone you most locals find good value for money. Many tourists come from Hong Kong and Macau to Zhuhai specifically to shop and find amazing bargains. With duty-free malls like Zhuhai Duty Free Shopping Mall, T Galleria By DFS and Zhuhai Jingjitequ State-Owned Waibi Duty Free Shopping Mall, the city is a haven for those looking for great products for a fraction of the price.

2. Explore Tangjia Bay

If you want to know the history and culture of Zhuhai then head to Tangjia Bay. The area is known for its memorials and museums as well as its delicious and affordable foods. This area is also a filled with students as it is a university and scientific research zone. If you’re on a budget, then you’ll also find incredibly cheap accommodation, cuisine and things to do.

3. Stunning Beaches

If you’re looking for a beach vacation, Zhuhai is the perfect destination. With miles of coastline and white sandy beaches with palm trees shading them and warm water, this area of China is because of the lack of tourism and the gorgeous islands and beaches in the area, it is ideal for romantic getaways and honeymoons. The beaches of Zhuhai are popular amongst wealthy travellers from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

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4. Try The Great Value For Money Food

Because Zhuhai is known for it student culture and affordability, the city caters to people of all budgets when it comes to food too. Whether you’re craving a classic Chinese dish or something specifically from the region, you’ll find hearty, tasty and freshly made meals at affordable prices in the city. A few must-try dishes are Tangjia Fold Stone Oyster Sauce, Nazhou Oyster Sauce, Yongfeng Yam Bean, Shangzha Broccolis and the Guantang Cassavas.

5. A Golfers Paradise

If you’re an avid golfer, head to Zhuhai. With over five golf courses in the city, you’ll have plenty of hole-in-ones to hit and courses to play during your stay in the city. From Zhuhai Golden Gulf Golf Club and Zhuhai Orient Golf Club  to Zhuhai Master Golf Zhuxiandong Club and Zhuhai Pine Valley Sports & Country Club Golf Course, these greens were all designed and are maintained so you have the best golfing experience.

6. Spend A Day On Wailingding Island

Take the one and a half hour ferry to one of Zhuhai’s most popular island called Wailingding Island. With beautiful beaches, plenty of restaurants and a few markets, you could easily spend hours wandering around this island. It also has hotels so if you like, you could spend a few days here. Make sure to grab some freshly caught seafood at the markets and go hiking up to the temple on the mountain. 

7. Visit Na Tcha Temple  

For a true part of Chinese history, head to Na Tcha Temple. Built in 1888, this is a Chinese folk religion temple was erected as a homage to the god of war. The building is absolutely beautiful and a true example of Chinese architecture. Located behind the Ruins of St. Paul’s - the remains of a cathedral - the temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Ji Guo is a former professional travel writer. He's started several businesses in China and was born in Tianjin. Graduated from Yale University.


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