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Breathtaking islands of Guangdong (Part I)
2014-July-17 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Dong'ao Island in Zhuhai

Known as "The Kingdom of Plants," Dong'ao Island in Zhuhai is a historical naval fortress with a history of more than 270 years. It is home to Nansha Bay, Dazhu Bay and Xiaozhu Bay. Nansha Bay is known as the  "Diamond Beach" with a unique Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) structure.

The island served as a frontier garrison beginning in 1729 and the remains are well preserved. Rusted cannons still sit at the top of the city wall, facing a rocky coast and the vast South China Sea.

The coast was where the British unloaded smuggled opium in the 1800s.

The island is also famous for its Guanyin (bodhisattva) sculpture reputed to bring fertility to those who pray there.

Visitors to the beach can enjoy fishing, surfing, scuba diving, and sailing in the cool, blue water.

Transport: Take a bus to Zhuhai at Futian or Qiaoshe bus station. The journey takes about two-and-a-half hours. Or take a ferry to Zhuhai from Shekou Port, which takes one hour.

Accommodation: Stay in the resort or club on the island. There are also camp sites for rent.

Cuisine: There is a wide selection of seafood available. Visitors can also rent a barbecue pit at reasonable prices.


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