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Top 5 Beaches In China

China is not as well known for its beaches as it is for its incredible cuisine, history and incredible landmarks, but that does not mean that the country does not have beautiful beaches. If you’re looking to catch a tan, want to take a dip in either the East or South China Sea or just want to have an ocean side vacation, then here are the five top beaches in China to do so:

Yalong Bay


Source: Wikipedia

Located on the south side of Hainan Province, 28 kilometres from Sanya, is the gorgeous beaches of Yalong Bay, which is a seven and half kilometre stretch of coastline. The area is most commonly known for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. With temperatures averaging at 25 degrees, tourist can visit this area all year round.

With plenty of internationally renown hotels including St Regis Yalong Bay Resort, Sheraton Sanya Resort, Marriott Hotel, Ritz-Carlton Sanya Resort, Pullman Yalong Bay and MGM Grand Resorts, it is a perfect place for a beach vacation. There are also a variety of local, more affordable hotels in the area. Because of it is accessible via the Hainan Eastern Ring High-Speed Railway and there being so many hotels in the area, Yalongwan Beach is becoming one of the best vacation destinations for both locals and tourists.

Silver Beach

One of the best beaches to take a dip in the ocean is Silver Beach, also known as ‘Eastern Hawaii’. Located in Beihai, which is in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the beaches in this area of China are known for its fast, low tides and slow high tides, making it the perfect location to go swimming or snorkelling. The best time to visit this area is between March and November when the sun shines and the climate is warm.

Silver Beach is just 10 kilometres away from the city centre of Beihai and the beach stretches for 24 kilometres. Due to its enormous size, the beach can be extremely private. Silver Beach is also known for its white sandy beach and warm tropical waters. The area also has gentle waves and is shark-free making it ideal for a family day out.

Gulangyu Island


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As the third largest island off the coast of Xiamen, Gulangyu is a beautiful location for those who want to get away from the crowded cities of China. Located in the Fujian Province in southern China, the island is 2 km2 and is home to about 20 000 people. It is also a popular destination for tourist to visit as there are ferries that head to and from Xiamen daily and only takes 20 minutes. 

Renown for its beaches and beautiful architecture, the island is the perfect place for a beach day or an overnight stay. The sandy beaches and warm water are complimented by the privacy that the beaches on this island have to offer.

Tianya Haijiao

Translated into English Tianya Haijiao means ‘Heaven's Edge Sea's Corner’, and with its picturesque views, that’s exactly what it is. Located in Sanya on South China's Hainan Island, the beach is considered to be the southernmost tip of China. Because of its beauty, this beach is popular amongst both locals and tourist, and is often crowded all year round.

If you are in the area, be sure to check out the adjacent park that provides a shaded area from the average-year round temperatures of 25 degrees. There are also plenty of hotels in this area which makes it perfect for a romantic getaway.

Wuzhizhou Island — The first Commercial Diving Location in China


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If you’re looking an ocean adventure head for this Chinese island. Known for its amazing diving, Wuzhizhou Island is known as the Maldives of China. Scuba divers come to this island from all over the world to explore its underwater seascapes with extensive reef and marine life. With visibility up to 27 meters and warm water, no wonder scuba divers find this island a dream destination. 

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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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