Red Beach in Panjin, China

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Seeing red? Don’t worry, you’re not having some eyesight issues; it’s just the Red Beach in Panjin, China.Unlike the usual beaches, the Red Beach doesn’t have red sand, but only seaweeds that cover almost the entire Liaohe Delta. The seaweeds called Sueda grow during April or May and stay green until summer. When autumn comes, witness the landscape’s color turn from orange, to pink, and to flaming red that’ll please your eyes. Located in the Liao River Delta, Panjin, it is regarded as a famous state-level nature reserve, the Red Beach. More than 236 species of birds, like red-crowned crane, saunder’s cull, etc., settle down in the wetland of reeds with the coverage of over 20 square kilometers near Pohai.

It gets its reputation for the best preserved and the largest resource of wetland. With its rare Red Beach and the largest winding waves of reeds, it belongs to a pure ecotourism system as well as a perfect combination with natural scenery and human landscape.

The Red Beach has been invested more than RMB15 million and completed the initial developing projects, including the reception center and dock. Some facilities, such as hotel, restaurant, hot spring bathing, meeting house, multi-functional hall and so on, are available in the reception center, which reach the 3-star level. A unique ancient architecture of ecological woods is reflected into the 23ooo- square- meter of artificial lake and seven villas are dotted in the island of this lake, which inside decoration are 4-star level. It is totally to relax oneself if boating and fishing here as long as being in it.

The location of the Red Beach Dock lies in the estuary of Liao River Delta, 18km far from the reception center which is the only one in the China and even the world that a pure wooden tourism attraction is based on wooden structure of building group. The Nine-Zigzag Bridge on the dock is 680m long, supported by 519 wooden poles, spreading from the bank into the sea. The coverage of wooden platform reaches more than 2000 square meters. On the beach are 1998 wooden poles standing out and lying quietly on the waves. Restaurants, galleries and tea houses are dotted in it. As the tide rises and falls, the seldom stunning scenery of ocean comes to one’s sight. Special recreations on the sea offer tourists a totally impressive experience. There are five pleasure boats and yachts respectively, which can occupy over one hundred people at a time. When boating on the sea, visitors not only watch the splendid scene of uncountable birds flying through the sky, but appreciate the Red Beach, its color of red brightening the whole heaven. This grotesque scenery is bestowed by the powerful nature. The waves and sands are the premise of the Red Beach existing. The penetration of alkali and dipping of salt are two necessary conditions of leading to the bright color of the Red Beach. It is still unknown when the Red Beach come into being. Some experts concluded that it exists as the earth and the ocean being. Local people call it ‘Red Grass Beach’ when they depend on it for living. But it is named ‘Red Carpet’ when it is used for recreation.

No matter what name it is called, the Red Beach is still filled with hot and red, which stand for its passion and hope. The Red Beach is comprised of thousands of saline seepweeds, a kind of grass surviving in the saline and alkaline land. It springs up in April every year, pink firstly and then gradually grows deeper. In October, it turns into purple. There is no need to be seeded and cultivated. But year after year, it grows well. In 60s, a lot of people depended on it to survive. Local people made full use of its seeds, leaves and roots to be food. To pursue the Red Beach is to be in pursuit of enthusiasm and hope of life.Sand is probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about beach. However, this is not the case with the Panjin Red Beach in China, which is, actually, red, and not covered in sand at all. Such phenomena is caused by a type of sea weed Sueda. It starts growing during April and May, then stays green during the summer, but starts turning vividly red in autumn.

The Red Beach is located in the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world, and actually hosts the most completed ecosystem that can be found: the area has become home to more than 260 kinds of birds and 399 kinds of wild animals. You can find the endangered Crown Cranes and Black Beaked Gulls there, which is why the area is even called “home of the cranes”.Panjin is situated in the alluvial plain area. Its terrain slopes downward from the north to the south. The land of the city is flat. Paddy field makes up about eighty-five percent of the arable land. Enjoying a warm temperate continental monsoon climate, the city is characterized by four clear seasons, moderate temperature and abundant sunlight. The annual temperature averages around 10℃ (50℉). June, early and mid August are the rainy periods. The temperature here in spring and autumn is relatively higher. Especially, September is the best season to admire the breathtakingly beautiful Red Beach.The Red Beach refers to the top scenic area of the city in a 100 square kilometers (39 square miles) reed field of Dawa County. The red color comes from a kind of grass that can grow in saline and alkaline soil. Set in the Red Beach and broad reed field, is a wonderful scenic wetland tourist resort area. Furthermore, wooden buildings in archaic style bring more elegance to the scenic area. Panjin is 155 kilometers (96 miles) from Shenyang and 302 kilometers (188 miles) from the Port of Dalian. Panjin’s long distance bus station is seated in 145, Taishan Lu, Xinglongtai District, operating buses to main cities within the province and inter-provincial buses, including Beijing, Tianjin, and cities of Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Shandong and Henan provinces.

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