Bei Hei, China
Beihai is a prefecture-level city of Guangxi, China. Between the years 2006 and 2020, Beihai is predicted to be the world's fastest growing city. It governs the small islands of Weizhou and Xieyang, and is north of Hainan Island.
Beihai boasts a large number of natural scenic spots and cultural relics, such as Beihai Silver Beach. This beach has grey-white quartz sand which reflects the moonlight on clear nights. Old Street is famous for its old colonial buildings. Beihai’s Oceanorama is a must see, featuring over a thousand kinds of coral and shell fish.
Weizhou Island is a tiny volcanic island accessible by boat from Baihai. It features volcanic parks, beautiful beaches, a French neogothic church and a coral reef.
Things to See & Do
* Silver Beach
* Old Street
* Underwater World
* Night Markets
* Weizhou Island
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Chinese yuan (CNY)
Language – Mandarin
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Population – 1,350,000 approx
Land Area – 3,337 km²
Time - GMT plus hours eight hours
International Country Telephone Code – +86
Travel Links – Beihai Fucheng Airport is rather small with only 5 gates and a few connections to major cities in China. There are scheduled flights connecting to Shanghai Pudong, Guilin, Guiyang, Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing and Kunming. There is also a scheduled direct flight from Shanghai every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
There are overnight buses from Guilin and from Liuzhou going via Nanning. Shenzhen - as a gateway to Hong Kong - is also connected to Beihai by coach services.
Important Visa Information
Australian and New Zealand passport holders staying on board or going ashore to visit any Chinese ports are required to obtain a single-entry Chinese visa (3 month validity) prior to travel. We recommend you include a copy of your itinerary with your application and confirm the expiration of the visa at the time of issue to ensure that it is valid for your stay in China. Visas cannot be issued upon the ship’s arrival. Please note that any passengers not in possession of a Chinese visa may be denied boarding or incur a fine.