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A trip to sunshine sanctuary in Beihai, China's Guangxi (3)

China Daily)  08:13, January 18, 2013  

Beihai is covered in lush greenery, even in winter days. (China Daily)

We visit the 24-km Silver Beach at the south of the Beihai Peninsula and the much touted beach does not disappoint. Covered with fine quartz sands, the beach glitters under the sunshine.

It was named as a national-level tourist site in 1992.

We take off our shoes and rush to join other tourists on the beach, playing with the gentle waves, watching powerboats speed by, and observing swimmers flirting with the waves.

After about an hour, we leave reluctantly and arrive at the famous Old Street of Beihai.

The 9-meter wide and 1.5-km long street was first built in the late 19th century. It is still flanked by old buildings, many of which combine traditional Chinese architectural elements with Western ones. They all bear witness to the city's past.

Now the street has turned into an ideal place for tourists to relax at night, with cafes and souvenir shops housed in the old buildings.

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