This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Beihai. To help you make friends with Beihai before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Beihai is a port city in China that once used to be a major stopping point along the ancient Silk Road (Marine). It is now a town that is known for its beaches, as well as its proximity to the adventure and tourism hotspots of Hainan Island and the country of Vietnam. You can reach both of these by boat from Beihai city.
The city itself features deserted white, sandy beaches, a huge range of seafood and local delicacies, streets lined with trees, architecture harkening back to the colonial era, and much more. It also has the advantage of having fewer crowds than most other towns in the region. Hostels are, therefore, cheaper because they are not in high demand. Getting a hostel in Beihai is easier than obtaining a hostel in most other places in China.
Beihai has a harbor that was once inhabited by the pirates of the South China Sea. Today, it is a major fishing hub, with all the fisherfolk bringing their wares into the port early in the morning. If you are not in the mood to wake up early and see this, you can stay up late and enjoy the nightlife in Beihai instead. There are great restaurants in the city, as well as clubs and other retreats for enjoyment.
A museum called Beihai Submarine World can be found in the city. The Aquatic Products Museum is found here and features pieces and artifacts related to ancient marine history. Another part of this destination has an actual submarine to walk through and explore, along with a collection of rare fish. At this place, you can watch undersea divers dance with the reef sharks.
If a beach is what you want, check out the Silver Beach. It is about ten kilometers from the center of town and features silvery quartz sand that gives it its unique name. The sea is mild, clear, and open for swimming. There are not many tourists around these areas either.
Written by local enthusiast for Beihai hostelsJakob Lombardi