Weizhou Island, the Hidden Beach Escape
Xinhua, June 23, 2011
Weizhou Island, located in Beihai city in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is China's largest albeit youngest volcanic island. The island faces Hainan Island to the north, but it is not as famous among tourists as its neighbor.
The island has a warm and humid climate all year round, with turquoise sea water and sandy beaches. Because it is less visited, the natural resources on Weizhou Island are very well preserved.
Local specialties on the island include tropical fruit such as bananas and pineapple as well as marine food products.
Tourism on the island is not fully developed. There are no umbrellas to be seen on the beaches and locals still make a living by fishing in small rusty boats.
Visitors to the island usually stay at the nearby city of Beihai where hotels and restaurants are prosperous. There are regular ferries departing from Beihai International Harbor to Weizhou Island. It's a 70-minute boat trip to reach the island. The price for a ferry ticket to Weizhou Island is 90 yuan per person.
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