Top 10 most beautiful islands in China
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:34 pm
Top 1: Sanya, Hainan Province.
Located at South China's Hainan province, Sanya is considered the best place for families to enjoy a beach holiday in China. (Source: China.org.cn)
Top 2: Weizhou Island, Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Weizhou Island, located in Beihai city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is China's largest albeit youngest volcanic island. The island faces Hainan island to the north, but it is not as well known among tourists as its neighbor.The island has a warm and humid climate all year round, with turquoise sea water and sandy beaches. Because it is less visited, the natural resources on Weizhou Island are very well preserved.(Source: China.org.cn)
Top 3: Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, Fujian Province.
Located 500 meters off the coast of Xiamen in southeastern China's Fujian Province, Gulangyu island got its name from the reefs to the southwest of the island, which when pounded by waves, produce a sound like the beating of a drum. A sleepy and desolate island prior to the First Opium War (1840-1842) and a foreign enclave until the 1940s, Gulangyu island has evolved into a dream destination for travelers, with fresh air, a relaxing lifestyle and balmy and pleasant climate all year round. Gulangyu is known as an "Architecture Museum" as it boasts several buildings with an interesting combination of European and Chinese styles. Wandering through the winding streets is a treat, with exquisitely constructed grand villas, churches and consulates all waiting to be discovered. (Source: China.org.cn)
Top 4: Xiapu, Fujian Province.
The fishing village on the sea is referred as the "Offshore Venice" by tourists. Before houses were built along the beach, most fishermen lived on boats for generations by collecting marine products. Many of them still live on boats. Xiapu has the country's largest mudflat, rich in sea products and especially kelp, laver and oysters. (Source: China.org.cn)
Top 5: Pingtan, Fujian Province.
Tourists are attracted by this spectacular and magnificent reef, which is 10 minutes away by boat from Aocun village. The beach is not fully developed and is quiet and relaxing during the summer. The island gets cold and very windy in winter, and that's when the windsurfers and kite surfers arrive. (Source: China.org.cn)
Top 6: Changdao, Shandong Province.
The photo shows the beach of Long Island in Yantai, East China's Shandong province. Consisting of a cluster of 32 islands, the Long Island lies between the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea, and is known for its clean sandy beaches and limestone cliffs. For seafood lovers, the island is home to Chinese abalone, scallops and seaweed. (Source: China.org.cn)
Top 7: Qingdao, Shandong Province.
Surrounded by the sea on three sides, modern Qingdao is considered one of the most livable cities in China. The city also features exotic foreign architecture as a remnant of the colonial Germany and Japan influence. During summer weekends, the beaches can get very busy, especially in late August, when annual Qingdao International Beer Festival is held to celebrate the city's brewing history. (Source: China.org.cn)
Top 8: Dongtou, Zhejiang Province.
The seaside county is a blend of spectacular mountains and sea as well as a fishing village. The island has a pleasant climate with spring-like seasons all the year around. (Source: China.org.cn)
Top 9: Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province.
The seawater around the Zhoushan islands is clean and rich with sea mussels. Comprising 1,390 islands and 3,306 reefs, Zhoushan is the largest archipelago of China. The islands can be accessed through a small domestic airport built on the main island. (Source: China.org.cn/bbs.fengniao)
Top 10: Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.
Zhuhai is one of the five special economic zones in China, which faces Hong Kong in the east across the sea and joins Macau in the south. The garden-like city also boasts various choices of entertainment such as dining, shopping, hot springs and golf resorts. (Source: China.org.cn)