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Top 8 Coasts in China with Google Earth Links (II)

Aug 25, 2009

This post continues a previous post “Top 8 Coasts in China with Google Earth Links (Part I)

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The coast is defined as where the land meets the sea. — wikipedia

According to the geomorphological characteristics of the coast, the coast of China can be divided into the following categories: 1. sand & gravel coast 2. bedrock coast 3. mangrove coast 4. mud coast 5. coral reefs coast.

From a tourist’s point of view, the first type is best for beach activities, the 2nd and the 3rd has scenic values, the 4th and 5th is not that popular, although coral reefs might be good sites for underwater activities.

Here are the rest four of top 8 coasts in China. You can view all these part II (another 4 of 8 ) of top coasts in Google Earth here (KMZ file).

5. Changli Golden Beach 昌黎黄金海岸 – Kiss between desert and sea
Google Earth | Wiki | location: Changli, Hebei

Located 15km south of the famous Bei-Dai-He resort, Changli beach was not discovered for tourism development until early 1980s, when a geographer from Chinese Academy of Science found this 52.1km long beach and called it China’s “Golden Beach”, comparing it to the Queensland one.

It is unique because of its dunes and sand skiing. Due to the forces of tide, wind, sea current and rivers, there is a 4km wide, 30km long sand belt. The dunes are about 20-40 meters high in average, which is very good for sand skiing. You can ski towards either the valley or the sea. Importantly, the dunes are fairly stable. The sands fell off from the top due to skiing in the summer will be carried back to the top by wind in the winter. So just enjoy yourself~


6. Victoria Harbor 维多利亚海湾 – At the heart of “Pearl of the East”
Google Earth | Wiki | location: Hong Kong

Known as “World’s Top 3 Night View” (with Hakodate and Naples), The Victoria Harbour is world-famous for its stunning panoramic night view and skyline, particularly in the direction towards Hong Kong Island where the skyline of skyscrapers is superimposed over the ridges behind.

As the natural centre of the territory, the harbour has played host to many major public shows, including the annual fireworks displays on the second night of the Lunar New Year. These shows are popular with tourists and locals alike, and the show is usually telecast on local television. To add to the popularity of the harbour as a sightseeing location, the government introduced a show dubbed A Symphony of Lights, using use audio, lights and pyrotechnics to introduce the city to its viewers every evening.

7. Chongwu Coast 崇武海岸 – Where Hui’an women lookout to the sea
Google Earth | Wiki | location: Quanzhou, Fujian

Besides the fine beaches, Chongwu Coast has many unique cultural places of interests.


1. Hui’An Women: Yellow hats, colorful scarf, silver belt, short jacket, wide pants: this is a typical image of the diligent Hui’An women, who are well-known for their beauty and diligence.

2. Chongwu Ancient Town: Chongwu is a very important fortress since 14 century. It is the base for famous anti-pirates General Qi Ji-Guang. A complete ancient military system is well preserved here.

3. Rocks and Rock Carvings: Along the beaches of Chongwu, there are many strange but beautiful rocks. And the local people are born to be rock carving artists.

8. Dapeng Peninsula Coast 大鹏半岛海滩 – A piece of wilderness next to the cities
Google Earth | Wiki | location: Shenzhen, Guangdong

scattered sun light

Located in the most urbanized Pearl River Delta metropolitan region, Dapeng Peninsula of Shenzhen is still maintained by the government as a virgin territory for tourism development, an untouched coastline ecosystem. Although the government aims to develop it into ecotourism heaven, actual construction is still on hold for a perfect plan.

Dapeng Peninsula has 133km long well-preserved coastline and a dozen of fine beaches. Its granite hills and valleys also provide great views to South China Sea and Hong Kong cities. At the south point of this Peninsula, there are two remote villages, where you can enjoy a original rural life style.

[Scenic Splendor of China Series]
This is one post of the Scenic Splendor of China Series. In 2005.10, Chinese National Geography (CNG) selected 114 “most beautiful places” covering 17 different types of scenic patterns. The complete list is here. In Chinese. These scenic places will be covered individually in future.

[Chinese Keywords]
中国最美的地方 海岸

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  1. August 25th, 2009 at 22:44 | #1

    Hong Kong harbor is a wonderful view. I loved it! So many islands to visit too… I think I swam in most of them.

    I didn’t like the coast by Beijing though.

  2. August 26th, 2009 at 00:33 | #2

    I heard the Bohai Sea (near Beijing) is too polluted and dirty. 🙁

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