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8 most beautiful coasts in China

By Minjun Xu

August 4

The top eight most beautiful coasts in China, as ranked by Chinese National Geography magazine.

The top eight most beautiful coasts in China, as ranked by Chinese National Geography magazine.

Want to escape the scorching summer sun? Take a trip to the seaside, and cool off in the refreshing coastal breeze.

1. Yalong Bay 亚龙湾

Yalong Bay [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Liang Jiaxian]
Yalong Bay [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Liang Jiaxian]
Located southeast of Sanya City in Hainan Province, Yalong Bay is a crescent-shaped bay with a 7 kilometer beach. The crystal-clear water and abundant facilities make it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Best time to visit: All year

Entry: free

2. Yehliu Cape 野柳岬

Yehliu [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Li Xiaofeng]
Yehliu [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Li Xiaofeng]
Yehliu, also known as Yehliu Geopark, is a cape 15 kilometers northwest of Jilong in Taiwan, China. Stretching about 1,700 meters into the ocean and dotted by tall, thin rock spires called hoodoos, Yehliu is one of the most famous landscapes in China.

Best time to visit: Oct. to Nov.

Entry: 80 yuan/person

3. Chengshantou Cape 成山头

Chengshantou [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
Chengshantou [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
Chengshantou is a cape at the easternmost point of the Shandong Peninsula. The precipitous cliffs eroded by wind and waves make for a unique landscape that awaits your visit.

Best time to visit: April to Oct.

Entry: 150 yuan/person

4. Dongzhai Harbor 东寨港

Mangrove forest [Image Credit: chinadaily.com.cn]
Mangrove forest [Image Credit: chinadaily.com.cn]
Dongzhai Harbor in northeastern Hainan was formed naturally by an earthquake in 1605. It is China’s largest mangrove forest and first national mangrove nature reserve.

Best time to visit: Nov. to April

Entry: Free

5. Changli Gold Coast昌黎黄金海岸

Changli Gold Coast [Image Credit: banyuetan.org]
Changli Gold Coast [Image Credit: banyuetan.org]
Located along the Bohai Sea in North China, the Changli Gold Coast features impressive sand dunes and a national marine nature preserve called Feicuidao Island.

Best time to visit: July to Aug.

Entry: 75 yuan/person (July to Aug.); 55 yuan/person (Sept. to June)

6. Victoria Harbor 维多利亚港湾

Victoria Harbor [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
Victoria Harbor [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
Situated in southern China between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, Victoria Harbor’s skyline is dominated by modern skyscrapers on both its shores. The Symphony of Lights (幻彩咏香江), a nightly light and sound show, is a must-see during your trip.

Best time to visit: All year

Entry: Free

7. Chongwu Coast崇武海岸

Hui’an maidens [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Peng Huan]
Hui’an maidens [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Peng Huan]
The Chongwu Coast, 24 kilometers from Hui’an County in Fujian, is home to 12 charming beaches. The region’s Hui’an maidens (惠安女), women of a local community with their own unique folk customs, are famous for their distinct clothing and marriage customs.

Best time to visit: All year

Entry: Free

8. Dapeng Peninsula大鹏半岛

Dapeng Peninsula [Image Credit: sznews.com]
Dapeng Peninsula [Image Credit: sznews.com]
Just southeast of Shenzhen in Guangdong, the Dapeng Peninsula is a national geological park with Mesozoic volcanic rocks and unique natural scenery.

Best time to visit: Summer

Entry: Free

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