Its pristine beaches, sleepy coastal town feel and great location make Qinhuangdao (Qínhuángdǎo, 秦皇岛) a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the nearby metropolises of Tianjin, Beijing and Chengde. It has long been a favorite getaway for government officials, factory bosses and bigwigs from neighboring cities. Among foreign tourists, it may be best known for being the spot where the Great Wall meets the sea.
Qinhuangdao is divided into three districts, Beidaihe, Haigang and Shanhaiguan.
Continuing past Shanhai Guan, the Great Wall ends (or begins) at the "Old Dragon's Head" (Lǎo Lóngtóu, 老龙头), where it plunges into the Bohai Sea. The..
Shanhaiguan (Shānhǎiguān, 山海关), literally "the pass between the mountains and the sea," is a town at the northern tip of the Bohai Gulf. Originally built as a fortress..