The Top Beaches in China

While visiting China offers plenty of perks, hanging out on sunny beaches is usually not one of them. Between its world famous landmarks and distinct culture, China is known for a whole lot of things that don’t involve sun or sand. However, beach lovers living or visiting China can actually find some places to lounge by the sea. If you are in the country and want to experience the beach scene, here is where you should go.

Yalong Bay

Photo Source: Gary Taylor

Photo Source: Gary Taylor

It’s said to be the nicest beach in all of China. The beach is part of a resort and is located in Hainan. Part of what makes it so appealing is its proximity to the mountains and rainforest as well as it’s white sands.

Aside from the obvious natural beauty, the surrounding area has plenty of activities to keep you busy. Try sailing at the Sanya Yacht Club or seeing a film in the IMAX theater. There are also golf courses, shopping centers and plenty of restaurants nearby as well.

Wuzhizhou Island

Photo Source: English.sanya.gov.com

Photo Source: English.sanya.gov.com

Also located in Hainan, this island is home to more than 3 miles of coastline. While the island used to be utilized for defensive purposes, it became quite the holiday destination for Chinese people starting in the 90s. The weather here is pretty much perfect all year round, and there are more than 2,000 species of plants on the island to view as well. Aside from the white sand and crystal clear water, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors busy.

Try scuba diving and snorkeling, visit the Matsu Temple, Sunrise Rock, and Lover’s Bridge. If you want a bit more adventure, try surfing, sailing or canoeing as well. And, when you get tired of all the activity and sun, retreat to one of the many restaurants offering top-notch cuisine.

Beidaihe Scenic Area

Photo Source: China.org.cn

Photo Source: China.org.cn

Located in Hebei Province, this scenic area is full of wetlands, forests and migratory birds. The coastline here spans for 14 miles and offers plenty of beach space for visitors to soak in the sun. The beach itself is a little pebbly, so it’s not an ideal spot for laying on the sand. However, there are tons of attractions all around the area that offer an enjoyable time while the ocean and beach lay nearby. Take a ride on a speedboat or stuff yourself with fresh seafood from one of the local restaurants. Visitors also like to check out the Tiger Stone Park, Dove Nest Park, and Lianfeng Mountain. The sites from these natural areas are gorgeous as they look out over the expanding sea.

Gulangyu Beach

Photo Source: Beach Escapades

Photo Source: Beach Escapades

Located on the island of Gulangyu, this beach is just a short ferry ride away from the southern city of Xiamen. It’s a pedestrian-only island which helps visitors to get away from all of the hustle that goes on in the city. The life on this island is laid back, and there is plenty to do besides just lounging on the beaches. In fact, the area is well known for having one of the largest piano collections in the world which can be viewed at the Piano Museum. Walking around the island, guests will have plenty of opportunities to shop, view the colonial style houses and sample the snacks that are extremely prevalent along the roads.

Tianya Haijiao

Photo Source: Thetravelersblog.com

Photo Source: Thetravelersblog.com

Another destination located on Hainan, this beach is said to be one of the most romantic in China. In fact, there is an old saying that says, “I will follow you to Tianya Haijiao,” and couples who visit the beach will be likely to stay together forever. Because of its romantic setting, many couples actually come here to have their wedding ceremonies. Aside from just lounging around the beach with your partner, you can wander around to see the rock carvings, visit the Ethnic Village or do some shopping in the shopping center. If you happen to be visiting around autumn, you can catch the international wedding festival that is held here each year.

Putuoshan Island

Photo Source: Travel.cnn.com

Photo Source: Travel.cnn.com

Considered to be one of the purest lands in the world, this beach destination has been hugely popular for years. The two most romantic beaches on the island are Thousand Step Beach and Hundred Step Beach as they offer gorgeous sites of the ocean and mountains. The island has quite a religious culture, making the surrounding natural beauty a much more spiritual experience than other beach destinations.

 

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Shannon Ullman

Hey! I'm a published American travel blogger and teacher. My travel writing has been featured on Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Matador Network and Thought Catalog. I spent over a year living and traveling around China while I taught English there. I have also visited dozens of other countries around the world.