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Introduction
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Beihai is located at the southern end of Guangxi and the northeastern bank of the Beibu Gulf. Together with Hepu County, Haicheng district, Yinhai District and Tieshan Port District it administers, it covers a total area of 3,337 sq.kilometers of which urban area is 957 sq .kilometers. Its population is 1.36 million, among them, the urban population is of 500,000.

As early as 2000 years ago, Beihai was active in China's foreign economy and port trade. Even from the Han and Tang times, it was one of the famous starting ports of the marine silk route, establishing its stutus as an important port city in southern China in modern and contemporary history.I n April 1984, Beihai was approved by the State Council as one of the fourteen coastal cities further opened to outside world.

Beihai has a good geographical surrounding. Backed by the great southwest region of China, it faces the Southeast Asia, with Guangdong Province, Hainan Island, Hong Kong, Macao and Vietnam closed by.

Beihai is one of the nearest ports from China mainland to the port cities in Southeast Asia, West Asia, Africa and Europe and thus is the most convenient gateway to sea for Beihai's southwest region and part of the areas in southern and central China.

Today, Beihai's geographical advantages are becoming more and more important in the economic development of China's southwest region, and Asia Pacific region as well.

Beihai is rich in natural resources such as sea ports, fresh water, land, tourism, marine products, mincrals, oil and natural gas, especially in those of comprehensive subtropical resources. Beihai has a coastal line of 500 kilometers, with several gulfs and port areas of excellent natural cnditions. Along the coast, over 200 berths can be built for 10.000 to 50.000 ton ships, and another 24 for 100.000 to 200.000 tonnage.

The land in Beihai, about 70% of the city proper being smooth and plain, has a very high geological bearing reserve. It is good for large scale land development and industrial projects. Beihai is affluent in fresh water reserves.

Statistics show that the total reserve of the fresh water resource of the whole city is 11.88 billion cubic meters with an annual usable reserve of 4.3 billion cubic meters, which is 5 times the present annual water supply in Hong Kong.

The Beibu Gulf on the border of Beihai is one of the four noted fishing grounds in China. The city benefits from the sea not only in fishery but also in pearls farming. It is the hometown of the world famous Southern Pearls.

For tourism industry, Beihai has beautiful beach, islands and mangrove forests. The Silver Beach is known as the "First Beach In China". Beihai Silver Beach has been approved by the State Council as one of 11 State Tourism and Holiday Zones.

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History

After the 1876 Sino-British Treaty of Yantai, eight Western nations (UK, US, Germany, Austria-Hungary, France, Italy, Portugal, and Belgium) set up embassies, hospitals, churches, schools, and maritime customs. Today, 15 of these western buildings remain in Beihai. It officially became an international tourist spot in 1982.

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Weather & Climate


You can enjoy your trip to Beihai at any time of the year. Located in the southern subtropical zone and surrounded by sea at three sides, Beihai has a sub-tropical maritime monsoon climate with typhoon as the main meteorological disaster

Average annual temperature: 22.4C with the highest of 37C and the lowest of 2C.
Annual rainfall: 1,659 mm.
Yearly sunshine: 2,186 Hours.
Best time to visit: All year round.
Best time to swim: Spring, summer and autumn.

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Food & Drink
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Restaurants and bars are numerous in Beihai. Food of Yue, Cuan, Xiang, Lu, Zhe provinces etc. and Muslim, western-style food are all available. In Beihai, you can enjoy western-style food of pure flavor and also can taste traditional snack of peculiar flavor.

Fresh seafood of Beihai is plump and living, especially in the fresh seafood stalls close to the beach and sea. Customers can choose varieties of fishes, shrimps, shellfishes and crabs bred in the ponds. Eating at the seaside is a real pleasure especially when you are holding wineglass in the breeze, listening to the waves, enjoying seafood, watching sea surface and bathing in the sea breeze.

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Attractions
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Beihai Silver Beach

Beihai Silver Beach lies in the south of Beihai City, 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) away from city center. The beach stretches 24 kilometers (about 15 miles) from west to east with a width between 3 and 3,000 meters (3-3,281 yards). It is reputed to be the best beach in China for its advantages of even length, fine and white sand, clean and warm water and gentle waves, as well as being safe and free from sharks in swimming area. When the sun shines on the river, the water is just like silver glistening on the surface which creates a dreamlike view.

The natural advantages of the beach gives it the reputation of the 'Eastern Hawaii' and is regarded as the most ideal resort for beach bathing and sports in the southern region of China. In addition, it is a preferred choice for sanatoriums in view of its clean and fresh air.
There are three sections of the resort, Beihai Silver Beach Park, Beihai Beach Park and Hengli Ocean Sports and Entertainment Center, as well as the villas off shore and restaurants.

In the Beihai Silver Beach Park, you can find houses related to musical instruments, chess, books and pictures in the east part. In the middle part is on-sea ports and beach zone while in the west is a marine biology museum,a children's swimming pool and an open air dance floor. There are flourishing flowers and trees growing on the square and over 30 pavilions of various styles around the square. In addition, tourists can appreciate the excellent performances of rare foreign birds, folk customs, Russian customs, etc, and take part in the activities of parachute jumps over the sea or to just lie on the beach and enjoy the clear sky and pure white clouds.

Note: It will take you about 15 minutes from downtown of Beihai City to the Beihai Silver Beach by taxi, and bus No. 3 can also bring you to the beach.

Dongpo Pavilion

Situated on the campus of Hepu Normal School in Beihai City, Dongpo Pavilion was built in memory of Su Dongpo, a famous poet of the Song Dynasty (960-1127). Although Su Dongpo had lived here for just a short time, he still wrote several articles and poems to describe the life of the local people and his mood at the time. The pavilion, with its historical relics and beautiful scenery, has become a key tourist attraction.

The pavilion is a brick and wooden structure. The name Dong Po Ting (Dongpo Pavilion) is inscribed on a wooden panel hanging on the door lintel of the building. Entering the pavilion, visitors will immediately see Su Dongpo's stone portrait set in the front wall. Each of the ten poems he created is displayed to the left of the portrait. East of the pavilion is a well whose water is crystal clear and sweet. It is said that the well was dug by Su Dongpo himself and that the water had special powers. Legend has it that people who drank from the well were able to successfully pass government examinations.

In the east of the pavilion lies Dongpo Park. When you arrive here, you are greeted by a wonderful view of the park's surrounding lake. The surface of the lake sparkles in the sunlight and the weeping willows swing gently with the breeze.

Troubles like earthquakes and wars hailed down on Dongpo Pavilion, while it was still rebuilt and stands erect. It is really a miracle. Thus it is necessary to visit Dongpo Pavilion and taste Su Dongpo and his poems when traveling Beihai City.

Aquatic Products Museum

The Aquatic Products Museum is located in the Seashore Park of Beihai City, to the north of the urban areas. Opened to the public in 1978, it is regarded as the largest aquatic products museum together with Qingdao Aquatic Products Museum in China. Beihai Aquatic Products Museum mainly exhibits sea animals and plants in the South China Sea, which includes both specimens and live sea animals. The 2,800 sea fauna and over 670 specimens are arranged according to the evolutionary order of living beings in the museum.

The museum is divided into seven exhibit halls, one turtle pool and one seal pool. Besides these exhibits, which are common in any kind of aquatic products museum, this museum also gives visitors an opportunity to see some special ones. A Dugong, colloquially called mermaid, about 2 meters (about 6.6 feet) long, is on display in the Sea Animal Hall. The mammal of Dugong is quite rare on earth now. Some sea animals are protected by the Chinese government, such as the Chinese White Dolphin and the cowfish, which are on exhibition in the same hall. One old turtle will surprise visitors, because it is 600 years old and weighs 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds).

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Shopping
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The commercial center of the city is in the middle part of Beibu Gulf Road. There are not only Hualian mansion, Qidong mansion, Xingli shopping square, Guotong shopping center etc. but also South Pearl Palace, Hengtong Jewelry, East Asia Jewelry, Wenbang Jewelry shops etc..

Beihai aquatic products market is a large-scale wholesale commercial market which mainly sells native products like marine pearl, seafood etc.. Besides, there are njmerous orinate stores on Zhongshang Road, Liberation Road. Rambling around the old street, choosing articles along the stores, you will have a special mood.

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Entertainment

Tourism recreation of Beihai is multifarious and colorful. In night clubs, karaoke, disco ball, performances of famous singers and models are extraordinary splendor. Body building, bowling, table tennis etc., you can choose whatever you like.

Beach sports, sea sports, water skiing of high ladder are very interesting. Tourists from home and abroad always can experience such fresh, vigorous and exciting recreations both in body and in mind.

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Transportation

As a growing tourist city in Guangxi Province as well as a transit port to Vietnam and Hainan Island, Beihai's transport facilities are being upgraded rapidly.

By plane
The Beihai Fucheng Airport is one of the three major civil airports in Guangxi, operating flights to more than a dozen cities. The airport lies 24 kilometres north of the city center with an airport shuttle bus service to and from the Air Plaza (Minhang Dasha). Buses leave 2 hours before flights at a price of RMB10 per person. A taxi ride to or from the city center will take half an hour and cost around RMB40.

By train
There is a daily train between Nanning and Beihai which takes approximately 3.5 hours and coasts around 40RMB. The N819 travels from Nanning to Beihai, departing at 14:45 and arriving in Beihai at 18:10. The N820 return train from Beihai to Nanning departs at 9:17 in the morning, and arrives in Nanning at 12:30pm.
Once you reach Nanning, you can then get trains to other major cities in China including Chengdu, Guiyang and Chongqing.

By bus
There are long distance buses to cities in Guangxi, such as Nanning (2hrs), Liuzhou (5hrs) and Guilin (7hrs). There are several long-distance bus stations in Beihai, but the major one is the Long-distance Bus Station (Chengdu qiche zongzhan) on Beibuwan Lu.

By boat
Beihai serves as a transit port for tourists heading for Hainan Island. The ferry port is 2km west along the seafront on Haijiao Lu. There are ferries which leave daily for Haikou (11hrs) at about 18:00 from the sea transport terminal (Haiyun zonggongsi matou). Also a daily ferry to Weizhou Island leaves at this terminal around 8:00 daily and arrives at 10:30 (15:00/17:30 for the return trip).

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Map of Beihai


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