Beaches in China – Silver Beach 银滩
Silver Beach (银滩) is Beihai’s headline beach and with good reason (the pictures sell the beach themselves)
Beihai Silver Beach in China
Silver Beach is situated roughly 8km/5 miles from the centre of Beihai. The beach in itself spreads a huge 24kms from the east to west.
Beihai’s Silver Beach is a wonderful location to kick back and relax. The locals generally don’t like to sunbathe meaning that, if you play your cards right with timing, you can have huge areas to the beach all to yourself. Something not so easy to do in China generally!
The name Silver Beach comes from the fact that when the sunlight shines on the quartz sand, the beach shines a beautiful silver colour.
Despite China’s huge size, beaches are not common or show stopping in general. Silver Beach in Beihai is an exception to that rule. Its sand is soft, the waves are gentle and the seawater shines bright under the sun.
A quite wonderful setting whether you are just coming to relax, swim or even study Chinese after class!
Silver Beach China 银滩中国 – What to do?
Beach Sports – 沙滩运动
If you don’t just fancy cooking yourself in the sun then why not pick up a motorboat? They are available on Silver Beach, along with the adrenaline rush that is parasailing.
Beach Volleyball is commonly seen along the Silver Beach as is Beach Football/Soccer.
Taking a walk across the beach means you will likely come across various go-karts and bumper boats. Get behind the wheel and pay in ten minute intervals.
Take a dip – 去游泳
Luckily for you the weather in Beihai is pretty much spot on all year round. Clean air, pure shores and the beaming hot Sun. Perfect recipe.
TIP – That said despite the great weather in Beihai the water during the Winter months will be cold so if taking a dip and a swim is really your thing, book around this.
Likewise if you want to avoid the busy months, take care of the searing hot months of July and August. Perhaps April would be more suitable? Warm water, yes, full of busy locals, not so much!
Study Chinese – 学习汉语
Come on, we are a Mandarin School, we had to say it!
In fact, it’s actually a wonderful place to do some light revision because the setting is so beautiful and the noise is so… well, there isn’t any! Just the relaxing sounds of the waves back and forth.
Entry to the beach is free so there are no extra costs there. Just rock up and enjoy one of the most enjoyable places to study Chinese you could imagine.
How to get to Silver Beach? – 怎么去银滩
Silver Beach Beihai is located on the Southern part of the peninsula and spans well over 20km meaning there’s plenty of beach to stroll down and pick your spot.
Walking from the centre of Beihai to the beach is not advisable considering the distance is over 10km and the weather will probably be very warm! A walk would take about 2 hours so it’s best advised you take a bus or a taxi.
Both bus and taxi in Beihai are incredibly cheap and will take about half an hour if you are based in the central area of Beihai.
Generally the northern part of the peninsula is livelier at night, but Silver Beach on the southern part is probably the most picturesque spot during daytime.
Beihai Bus: Use Bus #3 or #17 which is found at Beibu Bay Square Station.
Taxi: From the centre of the city to Silver beach will only set you back 20CNY (3USD, 2.50EUR)