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A trip to sunshine sanctuary in Beihai, China's Guangxi (2)

China Daily)  08:13, January 18, 2013  

Beihai's Old Street, built in the late 19th century, is flanked by buildings featuring both Chinese and Western architectural elements. (China Daily)

I head down to the beach immediately after dinner for some fresh sea air and decided to walk barefooted to feel the soft sand massaging the soles of my feet. After a tiring day, the experience rejuvenated me.

We spend the whole of the second day on Weizhou Island, where we not only feasted our eyes on the island's peculiar volcanic landscapes, but also enjoyed the land's fresh seafood and tropical fruits.

We also explore Xingdao Lake in Hepu county, a body of water with little islands spreading like stars across it.

The lake is in fact a huge reservoir. A film set built for Outlaws of the Marsh, one of China's four classic fictions, still stands on one of the islands.

Besides the panoramic views, we also have a chance to experience some history with a visit to a museum showcasing relics recently excavated from an ancient tomb group that dates back 2,000 years ago. The fine bronze ware and pottery are evidence of the city's past glory.

But nowadays, Beihai is known for two things - beaches and pearls.

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