Beihai is a rather densely populated city on China's southwest coast that offers lovely, clean beaches and excellent, cheap food, which you can sample by heading to the various day or night markets and to the local “Seafood Island”. The city is not a tourist trap where most locals speak English, so some cursory Chinese language skills or translation guides are necessary to fully enjoy some of the cuisine, especially if you are not ordering seafood. Make sure you are clear about the meat you order, as the “beef” may not come from a bovine source. ... Read more »
- Silver Beach
- Old Street of Beihai
- Underwater World
- Stay up late to shop at Beihai's night markets
- Watch films at the Beibuwan Square cinemas
- Enjoy delicious, cheap seafood in the Donghai market
The precipitation in Beihai from June through August is massive, with upwards of 390 mm monthly, and the 31°C temperatures make the summer incredibly uncomfortable. The months of December through February are markedly drier with highs of 18-21°C and lows around 11-13°C.
Getting There & Around
You can ride the ferry from Haikou to the city's harbour or fly into Beihai Fucheng Airport. Nanning, Guilin and Liuzhou have coach bus lines to the city as well.
Cheap local transportation includes buses, taxis and motorcycle or tricycle taxis. You should haggle for a reasonable fare as its customary, and the drivers are known to overcharge tourists.« Hide