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3 Days on the Dongji Islands

By Minjun Xu

August 8

You can’t go much further east in China than the Dongji Islands, a little-known chain whose sparse, rocky landscapes are rarely visited.

You can’t go much further east in China than the Dongji Islands, a little-known chain whose sparse, rocky landscapes are rarely visited.

You can’t go much further east in China than the Dongji Islands, a little-known chain whose sparse, rocky landscapes are rarely visited. Their remoteness makes them a prime location for you to explore if you want to get away from the city.

Day 1 Miaozihu Island 庙子湖岛

Statue of CaiBogong [Image Credit: xinhuanet.com]
Statue of CaiBogong [Image Credit: xinhuanet.com]
1/4 Statue of Cai Bogong 财伯公雕像

Beside a winding mountain road on Miaozihu Island stands a statue of the legendary Cai Bogong, whose original name was Chen Caifu. It’s said Chen was a fisherman from Miaozihu Island who lit a great torch to light the sail home for people working at sea until night.

Dongxiang Pavilion [Photo: XuMinjun for China.org.cn]
Dongxiang Pavilion [Photo: XuMinjun for China.org.cn]
2/4 Dongxiang Pavilion 东翔亭

Dongxiang Pavilion, situated on Miaozihu Island’s heights, is the best place for a panorama of the ocean.

Catching Seafood [Image Credit: zjol.com.cn]
Catching Seafood [Image Credit: zjol.com.cn]
3/4 Go fishing

Don’t forget to try fishing at sea when you visit Miaozihu Island. You can fish from the dock or rent a boat.

Dock on Miaozihu Island [Photo: Xu Minjunfor China.org.cn]
Dock on Miaozihu Island [Photo: Xu Minjunfor China.org.cn]
4/4 Dockside Pub and Barbeque

Coming back with a bumper catch? Head to the dock and someone at one of the grill stands can roast your seafood for only a small charge. There is also a pub near the dock.

Transport: Take a boat at Shenjiamen Dock (沈家门码头) in Zhoushan, Zhejiang, and get off at Miaozihu Island.

Day2 Qingbang Island 青浜岛

Residence on Qingbang Island [Image Credit: zjol.com.cn]
Residence on Qingbang Island [Image Credit: zjol.com.cn]
1/2 “Potala Palace at Sea”

Before taking a trip to Potala Palace in Tibet, come and see the colorful seaside houses on Qingbang Island, which are known as the “Potala Palace at sea.”

2/2 Old Street in the fishing village

Stroll down the ancient, narrow street in the fishing village, and experience everyday life on the island.

Transport: Take a ship from Miaozihu Island and get off at Qingbang Island.

Day3 Dongfushan Island 东福山岛

Dongfushan Island [Photo: Xu Minjun for China.org.cn]
Dongfushan Island [Photo: Xu Minjun for China.org.cn]
Dongfushan, the easternmost of the Dongji Islands, is a small fishing village far away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. According to an ancient legend, Dongfushan Island was the place where Xu Fu (徐福) started his voyage towards Japan during the Qin Dynasty.

Dashuwan Stone Residence on Dongfushan Island [Photo: Xu Minjun for China.org.cn]
Dashuwan Stone Residence on Dongfushan Island [Photo: Xu Minjun for China.org.cn]
1/2 Dashuwan Stone Houses 大树湾石屋

A small cluster of stone houses, now deserted, were built on the hillside in the west part of Dongfushan Island.

Bomb Shelter on Dongfushan Island [Photo: Xu Minjun for China.org.cn]
Bomb Shelter on Dongfushan Island [Photo: Xu Minjun for China.org.cn]
2/2 Bomb Shelter 保岛山洞

Five deserted bomb shelters are lined up on a hillside near Dashuwan beach. These interconnected shelters make a great spot to photograph.

Roundabout on Dongfushan Island [Photo: Xu Minjun for China.org.cn]
Roundabout on Dongfushan Island [Photo: Xu Minjun for China.org.cn]
Transport: Take a boat from Qingbang Island to Dongfushan Island.

Best time to visit: May-Oct.

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