Qinhuangdao Travel Guide
The most well-known spots in Qinhuangdao are Beidaihe and Shanhaiguan.
The seaside resort town of Beidaihe is famous for its beaches, while in neighbouring Shanhaiguan you'll find relics of the past in this ancient military stronghold.
While children build imperial sand castles on the beach, parents lounge around in their swimsuits and buy ice cream from one of the many street vendors. Along the beach, streets are lined with outdoor seafood restaurants, shell shops and hawkers selling their wares.
In the summer months, the seaside resort town of Beidaihe, about 280km from Beijing, comes alive with wealthy Chinese families taking a break from city life. Most people come here for the beach, the sunshine and the fresh air. But there's a lot more to Beidaihe than sun and sand & away from the beach, you'll find ancient temples and mountain parks.
While the best beaches are in Beidaihe, the best historical sites are in neighboring Shanhaiguan, a small, sleepy town with a bloody past. Situated between the Bohai Sea and the Yanshan Mountains, Shanhaiguan was a military stronghold during the Ming dynasty and served as a major pass in the eastern section of the Great Wall. It was considered a key location for the defence of the ancient capitals of Beijing and Xi'an from northern invaders.
Qinhuangdao Memorable Experiences
Watching the sunrise at Yingjiao Pavilion on the northwest beach; one of China's nine famous sunrise-watching spots.
Eating at one of Shanhaiguan's hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Riding a bicycle-built-for-two around Beidaihe's quiet, tree-lined streets, checking out the bizarre and tacky resort villas with their shady gardens.
Sitting on a deserted stretch of beach late at night, watching the stars and listening to the waves.