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The heart of Guangzhou's former European concession—France and England both set up shop on this sandy river island in 1859 toward the end of the Opium Wars—Shamian Island...


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Silver Beach is 10 km (6 mi) from the city centre and its soft, silvery quartz sand stretches 24 kilometers to west . Regarded as one of the best beaches in China, it attracts numerous sea-lovers with its average year round seawater temperature of 23°C.   The beach is lined by a loose row of guesthouses, villas and restaurants. Surprisingly, the beach is rather quiet and not overrun by tourists as you might expect. The best time to visit is August and September although the climate is pleasant year around. Try to..

Weizhou Island, the largest volcanic island in the country measuring in at 24 km², lies 36 nautical miles from Beihai city. The volcanic stones, solidified lava formations and the wide crater provide some unusual scenery.  Eighty-five percent of the island's 16,000 residents are Hakkas (Kejia), who make their living from fishing and tourism. The island is a peaceful place to stroll the narrow streets of  the villages and visit the old Roman Catholic Church, a scale model of Notre Dame in..

Beihai Submarine World (Beihai Haiyang zhi Chuang) is a large museum with two parts.  One area houses the former Aquatic Products Museum which, next to Qingdao, is the earliest and largest aquatic products museum in China.   The second area has a large submarine to explore and a collection of reef fish from both the Pacific and Indian Oceans. One of the highlights of a visit is watching divers "dance" with the sharks.   And like all other tourist destination, there are the obiligatory kitsch elements, such as..

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