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Dameisha Beach Park
One of the most popular summer resorts in Shenzhen, Dameisha promises golden-sand beaches and clear seawater. Free to the public, it draws more than 10,000 swimmers on weekends and public holidays during summer and autumn. Several giant sculptures in the shape of winged people will strike visitors as avantgarde, and Wish Tower at the center of the beaches is a romantic place to go with that special someone. An elevator carries riders to a sightseeing platform 62 meters above the sand where no one can miss the vast sea and blue sky. Dameisha is the venue for the international sand sculpture festival and draws brave young people seeking the excitement of watersports and bungee jumping. Swimwear, snacks and souvenirs made of sand are sold at the central plaza near Wish Tower. Barbecue is available on the beaches, and fast-food outlets, such as McDonald’s and KFC, are nearby. Many people also come to taste the roast pigeon, a local specialty sold for 25 yuan a bird. A variety of lodging is available, from the five-star Sheraton Dameisha Resort and fourstar Airland Hotel to the more economical Pattaya Hotel.
Tel: 0755-25062323
Add: 94 Dameisha, Yantian District ( 盐田区大梅沙94 号)
Buses: 103b, 239, 364, J1, E12 (Da Mei Sha stop 大梅沙站)

Xiaomeisha Beach Resort
Farther northeast from Dameisha lies Xiaomeisha beach. With only a 20-yuan admission fee, it’s an ideal summer seaside resort. With a history of more than 10 years, Xiaomeisha is among the oldest resorts in Shenzhen. Locals love the 1,000-meter-long beach, where they enjoy sailing, jet skiing, sea kayaking and diving. Southwest of the beach, there is a small, serene rocky island where you can idle the hours away sea fishing. A marine show near the shore features animals like sea lions and dolphins. Barbecue and an outdoor gala attract young people, who sometimes pitch tents on the beach for the night. Villas and cottages are also nearby. Rooms often come with free beach access.
Tel: 0755-25035968, 25035999
Hours: Beach open around the clock; marine world open 9:30 a.m.-8:20 p.m. Add: Xiaomeisha, Yantian District ( 盐田区小梅沙)
Buses: 103b, 103, 360, 364, 380, 387, M207, M362 (Xiao Mei Sha stop 小梅沙站)

Nan’ao Village
Nan’ao Subdistrict used to be a fi shing village on the southern tip of Dapeng Peninsula. Back then locals went to sea each day, except on only very special occasions. Today, many residents depend on tourists for their daily bread. Road tunnels built through Wutong Mountain have shortened the trip from Luohu to Nan’ao to less than an hour, with plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way. Fresh abalone, urchin, scallops, lobster, crab and seaweed — sold at much higher prices downtown — are regular fixtures on the tables of Nan’ao locals. Visitors can buy their own fresh seafood from kiosks on fishing boats. Another place to fi nd seafood is Shuitou Seafood Street, which is lined with restaurants and fresh markets. A market selling dried seafood is nearby.
Add: Shuitousha, Nan’ao Subdistrict, Longgang District ( 龙岗区南澳街道水头沙)
Bus: E11, (Nan Ao Zong stop 南澳总站) ; M231, M232, M274, M321, 833 (Nan Ao Shui Chan Shi Chang 南澳水产市场)

Xichong
A zigzagging road leads from Nan’ao Township to Xichong. Along the route are ancient buildings and weirdly shaped hills. As more tourists have arrived in Xichong, locals have been doing their best to accommodate them. Seafood canteens have opened for hungry hikers, and speedboat operators take tourists to small islands nearby. Opposite Xichong beach is Sanmen Island, a hiking and camping favorite. Speedboat operators normally charge 400 to 700 yuan for a round trip to the island, depending on the season and how long you expect them to wait. With a longer stretch of sand beach than Dongchong, Xichong is a good place for swimming, surfi ng and diving. With an abundance of tropical plants like cacti and gladiolas, it also draws many shutterbugs and the occasional painter. For the hearty, the four-hour hike from Xichong to Dongchong is a difficult one but highly rewarding because of the picturesque landscapes.
Add: Xichong, Nan’ao Subdistrict, Longgang District ( 龙岗区南澳街道西冲)
Buses: 989 from Dapeng to Xichong

Dongchong
Dongchong is located on the eastern tip of Dapeng Peninsula, and its wilderness appeals to explorers who use their feet to measure Shenzhen’s coastline. The clean seawater and fine beach sand have drawn many swimmers and campers in recent years. Haichaijiao of Dongchong is the city’s farthest point east. On Jan. 1, 2000, many people waited there all night to see the first rays of sun in the new millennium. A paradise for campers, Dongchong locals have erected makeshift bathrooms where swimmers can shower for five yuan per person.
Add: Dongchong, Nan’ao Subdistrict,
Longgang District ( 龙岗区南澳街道东冲村)
Buses: 989 from Dapeng to Dongchong

Judiaosha
Hidden behind woods along the east coast of Nan’ao Township is Judiaosha, a patch of beach virtually untouched until several years ago. It’s a wonderland for campers, with a thicket of some 700 trees on the fine sand. Swimming, fishing and barbecuing are popular pastimes at the beach, where the water is clean and the whole place feels like a secluded Eden. Local villagers have built some basic facilities and charge a 15-yuan admission fee. Tents and barbeque equipments are available for rent.
Add: Judiaosha, Nan’ao Township, Longgang District ( 龙岗区南澳街道桔钓沙)
Bus: M274 from Dapeng Bus Station to Judiaosha

Yangmeikeng
Yangmeikeng lies 3 kilometers from Judiaosha via a narrow road. Yangmeikeng is another patch of beautiful sand beach hidden behind bulrushes. Stretching only 100 meters, the beach is reputed for its fine sand and clear seawater. Set against clear creeks flowing down Qiniang Mountain, it’s a popular place for newlyweds to take wedding photos. Nearby is a yacht club where the wealthy keep their yachts and sailing boats. Beautiful coral reefs lie off the coast of Yangmeikeng, and speedboats are for hire to Sanmen Island and Dajia Island.
Add: Near Daya Bay, Dakeng Village, Dapeng Subdistrict, Longgang District ( 龙岗区大鹏街道大坑村麻角山大亚湾畔)
Buses: M274 from Dapeng Bus Station to Yangmeikeng

Haishang Shijie, Shekou
Sea World was the pride of Shenzheners some time ago. Ancerville, a French ocean liner inaugurated in 1962 by General de Gaulle, was sold to China in 1973 and renamed the Minghua. Six years later, the ship took a Chinese delegation led by General Liao Chengzhi to Japan to help improve relations between the two nations. The ship was dubbed a “vessel of Sino-Japanese friendship.” In 1983, it became permanently moored at Shekou and was transformed into a fl oating hotel, retail outlet and leisure center. It was China’s first entertainment complex on the sea, and the hotel could accommodate more than 600 guests at a time. Tourists flocked in, and the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping named it “Sea World.” Today, the area is better known as a hangout for expats because of Western restaurants and bars in front of the ship. It’s become a bustling nightlife spot where expats and young whitecollar types drink and play.
Add: Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District ( 南山区蛇口海上世界)
Tel: 0755-26839388
Web site: www.szseaworld.com
Buses: K204, 204, 355 (Hai Shang Shi Jie stop 海上世界站) in the day, and N4 at night)
Metro: Exit D, Sea World Station, Shekou Line