Rest in the north
There are many secluded beaches around Dalian in the north-east, often between impressive rock formations. This is a lovely place to come and relax when visiting Qingdao, a metropolis on the other side of the water. The most beautiful beach in Dalian is Bangchuidao. Just the way there is well worth the journey as the surrounding hills are full of cypress and pine trees. When you arrive, you will see a remarkably clean beach which faces a deserted island, an easy swimming distance from the coast. The hotel of the same name, in the corner of the bay, is equally as romantic as its surroundings.
The rugged coast around Dalian
Hainan: China's Hawaii
Hainan Island is the southernmost part of China. It is at more or less the same latitude as the islands of Hawaii, which it bears a small resemblance to. Sanya, a city on the south side of the island, is known for having the only true tropical beaches in China and coconut trees grow in what is perhaps the whitest sand in the country. The bays of Dadonghai and Yalong are home to resorts so luxurious that some beach villas have their own pools. If you opt to explore the South China Sea with a snorkel, you’ll discover a wonderful undersea world of red coral, tropical fish, marvellous seashells and huge turtles.
Sanya, the paradise of China