Qinhuangdao and Old Dragon's Head
(Lao long tou)
If comparing the Great Wall to a dragon then Qinhuangdao is located
at the head facing the sea. This wonderful summer resort is
laurelled as the back garden of Beijing and Tianjin, boasting a
beautiful coastline and perfect ecological environment.
Old Dragon's Head (Laolongtou),
the eastern-most starting point of the Great Wall is located at the
beach of Qinghuangdao.
Qinhuangdao is a time-honored city named after the first emperor in
Chinese History Qin Shi Huang who once made his east inspection tour
to Qinhuangdao and sent people to the sea to looking for the
immortals. It is also an important harbor city in North China with
the Port of Qinhuangdao having more than a hundred years of history.
However, most people talk about it as a fascinating summer resort.
Famous for the beautiful coast and attractions relevant to the Great
Wall, Qinhuangdao is a hot tourist city laden with history and
endowed with refreshing air. Tourist resources are paralleled in two
concentrated lines. In the coastal region, there are
Shanhaiguan Pass and several theme parks. While most spots related
to the Great wall scatters around the hilly area in central and
northern Qinhuangdao, such as the Longevity Hill,
Jiaoshan Hill (Hornberg
Hill) and Yansai Lake. The first-class summer resort Beidaihe is
also one of the four finest bird watching resorts in the world.
Located 15 kilometers southwest of Qinhuangdao city and 300
kilometers east of Beijing, Beidaihe is a seaside resort area on the
Bohai Gulf. During the 19th century, the craggy coastline and
beaches attracted Europeans living in nearby Tianjin , who built
villas and bungalows there, transforming the fishing village into a
pleasant seaside getaway.
With its soft, fine sand, gentle waves, and translucent waters,
Beidaihe is now a very famous scenic spot and summer resort known
for its mild climate and beautiful landscapes, and an ideal summer
resort for swimming and sun bathing. Rising about 400 meters above
sea level is the beautiful east and west Lianfeng Mountain located
by the seashore. Lush pine and cypresses, secluded paths and winding
bridges add to the area's beauty.
As an alluring coastal village with a small-town ambience, Beidaihe
provides a welcome break from city life. Its charm lies mostly in
its animated inhabitants, bustling night stalls and, of course, its
seaside views. Offering long stretches of pebbled sands to small
coves, it is a haven for travelers away from the city.
The Beidaihe Beach Resort stretches 10 kilometers east to west from
the Yinjiao Pavilion to the mouth of the Daihe. There are plans in
Changli, southwest of Beidaihe, to convert a local bathing beach
into another resort. This naturally pristine beach is expected to
attract millions of visitors from all over the world every summer.
The environment around Beidaihe is also very beautiful. Lianfeng
Mountain, which backs onto the beach, boasts two peaks covered by
abundant green pines and cypresses. Lush vegetation, exotic caves,
decorated pavilions, secluded pathways and winding bridges cover the
mountain, making it both unique and appealing. Looking down from
Wanghaiting (Seaside Pavilion) at the top of the hill is the misty
sea in all its carefree majesty. Beidaihe is also one of China's
nine famous spots for catching the sunrise . The Yinjiao Pavilion,
located on the northwest beach of Beidaihe, is the best place to
watch the sunrise.
At the eastern base of Lianfeng Mountain is a park called Lianhuashi
(Lotus Stone), which was named after several huge rocks standing
upright to form a lotus flower. The park also houses the quiet
Guanyin Temple in the north, which was beautifully restored in 1979,
and the splendid Zhujia grave in the east.
As a place for vendors, speedboats and school outings, the Tiger
Rocks are praised as the middle beach's most famed attraction. This
rock formation is composed of several huge rocks protruding from the
sea like crouching tigers. Standing on one of these rocks, one is
fascinated by the beating waves beneath and the vast sea in the
The Yinjiao Stone in the east is one of the most popular attractions
in Beidaihe. It is a separate rock with the unique shape of an eagle
perched on it. Since groups of wild doves once lived in the rock
caves there, it is also known as the "Dove Nest". From the Yinjiao
Pavilion peak, visitors can enjoy the powerful ocean.
Connected to Beidahe by a bridge over a river, Nandaihe is the newly
developed tourist and recuperation resort under Funing County of
Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province.
With its "basic elements for seaside tourism" -- the sea, beach,
sunshine and greenery -- Nandaihe is an ideal venue for taking a dip
in the sea and sunbathing. The region is also honored as "the First
Bathing Venue Under the Heaven".
Located in the north temperate belt, Nandaihe is characteristic of a
marine climate, which means it is neither too wet nor dry. All four
seasons are very distinct, although the winter days are never
severely cold nor the summer days intensely hot. The average
temperatures throughout the year remain at 10 degrees Celsius, with
the highest reaching 35 degrees Celisus in the summer for no more
than a week. Average temperatures in July and August, which are
known as the country's warmest months, are fixed at around 23
degrees Celsius. While midsummer in most places in China is
extremely hot, Nandaihe, however, is an exception: With its
gentle-blowing breezes, its climate is very beneficial to human
Beginning at the estuary of the Daihe River in the east and ending
in the west, the Nandaihe coast extends 17.5 km, with its sandy
beaches covering a width of 100-250 meters. Its sands are broad and
level, taking on a golden hue -- hence its name, Golden Sands. Every
summer, water flows from the estuaries of the Daihe and Laohe
rivers, which is in fact derived from the mountains or springs
above. The seawater is, therefore, very clean. It is said that
rolling around on the beach after a bath in the sea can help
dispense of fatigue within one minute.
The Nandaihe coast is a brand-new garden for tourism, vacationing
and entertainment -- just like a forest park. Here, each building
has a style of its own, consisting buildings of various styles and
genres from home and abroad.
The mornings, with their soothing sea breezes and gentle waves, are
best spent collecting seashells or catching crabs along the
seashore; alternately, one can also take a stroll in the forest.
Afternoons are perfect for swimming in the sea and sunbathing. In
the evenings, one can lie on the warm beach to absorb the
tranquility around them.
Go Green! - Visit North China's famous eco park in Nandaihe
In Nandaihe, we'll take you to one of China's famous eco park where
you can see how green food is planted and eat the green food grown
from this park. This is also a show place of China's ecological
technology in agriculture. You will see the world's biggest pumpkins
and the longest gourd recorded by Genies. You will also visit
north China's agricultural and farmer's museum. You will also have
fun with the recreation center where you can try a zip-line and
Try them out! 100% eco food that is healthy and nutritious!
The best time to visit Nandaihe is between June and October.