Beihai, beach resort town in Guangxi 北海旅游景点 (天下第一滩 - 银滩,就在此)

BEIHAI (CHINA) 北海市 (中国 广西省)

Beihai is a coastal city located in the southern tip of Guangxi Province, north east of Gulf of Tonkin and about 119 nautical miles (220 km) north east of Hainan Province.  In 1984 when China decided to open her doors to the outside world, Beihai was one of the 14 coastal cities that took advantage of this policy.  In 2010 it was listed as one of the historical and cultural cities in China. It has a population of about 1.5 million (2010) and is one of the 10 biggest fishing ports in China. 

Beihai is the hub of transportation: there is an international passenger port; a railway line connecting Nanning, the capital of Guangxi; a domestic airport connecting Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Haikou and long distance coaches that ply between Nanning, Dong Xing and other cross province cities like Guangzhou (广州), Chengdu (成都), Chongqing (重庆).  The bus route also extends to Haian (海安), the town where you will take a ship to ferry you across the Straits of Qiongzhou to Haikou, the capital of Hainan Province.  Alternatively you can take a ship that will bring you direct to Haikou from Bei Hai International Passenger Port.

Beihai has its historical importance as a port of international trade not only for Guangxi but also other provinces in western China.  It has a large shipyard.   Beihai is predicted to be one of the world fastest growing cities by 2020.

(Left) The main bus terminal in Beihai.  Turn left after exiting the terminal building, walks towards the main road and take bus route number 15 (fare 1.50 Yuan) which will bring you to the city centre; the journey takes about 10 minutes; go down at the Bei Bu Wan Square (北部湾广场) near the junction of Xi Chuan Road (四川路) and Bei Bu Wan East Road (北部湾东路); there are a few hotels within sight.
(Centre) Every bus station has this route sign; check your destination, where the bus stops, the first and last trip for the day to enjoy your ride.  The fare is usually between one to three Yuans, depending on the distance.
(Right) The Xi Chuan Road (四川路) runs from the Bei Bu Wan Square (北部湾广场) towards the Silver Beach direction.


Night marketFishing fleetBus terminalView on ship to Hainan


(Left) The Beihai International Passenger Port (北海国际客运港) is located along the bus route to Silver Beach (银滩) and about 15 minutes bus ride from Bei Bu Wan Square. `
(Right) 北部湾一号 the ship (white colour) that takes you from Beihai to Haikou. The ship leaves Beihai at 6:00 pm and arrives in Haikou at 5:00 am the following day. Fare per person is 280 Yuan (2 persons/cabin), 200 Yuan (4 persons/cabin) and 180 Yuan (8 persons/cabin). Another ship also leaves at the same time from Haikou for Beihai. There is only one trip daily.


Guang An Hotel
Tel: 0779-308 0008 / 307 7088
Fax: 0779-308 0009

Overseas Chinese Hotel, Beihai
Tel: 0779-308 1588 / 308 1589 Fax: 0779-308 1600
(Left) The entrance to the Beihai Silver Beach at night; there are indication of tide and wind condition for public information. 
(Right) the crowd at night, the most attractive night spot in Beihai