There last weekend I had a great time at a beach in Lianyungang, China. A much needed holiday trip to get away from training for a bit and to relax. If you want to read more Lianyungang and get some practical information, head over here.
Otherwise back to the topic. Survival Tips for Chinese Beaches.
Why survival tips? Are they really that different here? Well maybe a bit 😉
Let’s get right started.
- Bring enough money, you maybe are going to get charged a entry fee. Not all beach areas have this, but more and more are becoming isolated areas, for which you will have to pay an entry fee and in which you can’t simply go and come as you like. This is partialy to control the amount of people on the beach, for cleaning and facilities as well as for security (no evening strolls at the beach). Well the same goes for old cities and mountains in China, seems to be just something they like to do. We paid about 25 Rmb entry for the one in Lianyungang.
- Always bring your own snacks and drinks with you. Prices around the beach area not seldom tripple, especially if it is a closed down area. Why pay 9 Rmb, for an otherwise 3 Rmb drink. It might not seem like much of a difference for you, but it will add up. Also the snacks offered are often quite limited, so better come prepared.
- Be prepared to get stared at. Maybe do not take your tiniest Bikini. Chinese bathing fashion is quite covered up and modest. Partially because they don’t want to tan, partially to avoid unwanted attention. Try to fit in or you will have to deal with older Chinese Guys starring openly at you and calling stuff behind you. Your choice.
- Be prepared to have your pictures taken. No not even when you are in a Bikini or relaxing on the beach you will be left alone. Luckily there are always some people who are polite enough to at least ask if they can take a picture, others will just snap away. You are different and they just seem to love to take loads of selfies and pictures of everything around them. Obviously you will be a target too. I gotta say that I am usually ok with it, but when I am coming to a beach I go there to relax and I really would appreciate a bit of privacy. Sometimes it just becomes a bit too much and really uncomfortable. Not an animal in a zoo!
- Learn swimming. At least if you want to go into the water. It can get horribly crowded at chinese beaches, but as soon as the water gets to deep to stand it gets very,very empty. Otherwise you also can rent swimming hops to keep you floating 😉
- Use sunscreen even if it is cloudy. China tends to be a bit smoggy at times. Well if it is smog or fog or simple not clear sky, who knows. But even if it doesn’t look sunny, the sun still reaches through. I just had to learn that lesson again. Had a lovely sunburn!
- Public toilets will be squatting and most likely a tad dirty. Take the handsanatizer with you. But then you always should be doing that in China anyways, here is one of my older posts on how to survive public toilets.
Anyway in general beaches are the same anywhere in the world, some may are more pretty, some maybe more empty, some more adventourus. But in the end it always is water, sand and people.
I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy it.
The sound of the water, of kids building castles and people laughing. The feeling of sand, weather all soft or a bit rougher and stony. The sun tickling on the face and the smell of salt and sunscreen.
I love it can’t help it 😉 Enjoy your beach holidays, wether in China or anywhere else in the world^^
And enjoy the rest of the pictures we took on our little trip to the beach last week =)
Have a great Day^^