Take some time off from the thriving special economic zone with a weekend trip to an island getaway only 2 hours from Shenzhen. Enjoy fishing, swimming and various beach activities at Xunliao Bay.
7:30-8:00am Meet up with your friends and take the air conditioned long-distance bus to Xunliao Bay巽寮湾, located in the Huidong area. There are regular buses heading to Xunliao Island from the Huidong Bus Station every 20 minutes from 7:30am-6:00pm and the trip takes around two hours.
10:00am-12:00pm Take a fishing boat and try your hand at fishing. Experience the fisherman's life and eat what you catch for lunch!
12:00pm-1:00pm Enjoy a seafood lunch.
1:00-4:00pm Take an exciting ten minute speed boat ride to the Triangle Islands. First check out Longfeng Island, climb to the top of the mountain and you can see everything for miles. Go to Qianfeng Island and climb up to the Observation Tower for an even better view of "China's Maldives." You can enjoy the white pavilions, pure beaches, coconut trees and fishing boats stretching as far as the eye can see. Finally, go to Ziran (Natural) Island, which is connected to the main island by rocks. This island lies low to the ground and is full of rocks resembling sea turtles, hawks, sheep and even Egyptian gods. There is also and Yang (masculine) Rock and a Yin (feminine) Cave to rival those at Shaoguan. You can also see the beautiful sunrise over the ocean, stroll along the beach and feel the warmth of the summer sunset.
4:00-5:00pm There are several games you can play on the beach, including kangaroo jumping, beach volleyball, beach soccer and tennis.
6:00-6:30pm Take a speed boat back to the shore and you can buy local specialties at the Haiyuanxinjin Store near where you pick up the bus back to Shenzhen.
-- Bring your own swimming trunks, bathing suits, sandals, two changes of clothes, sunscreen, band-aids, sea sickness medicine, etc. Also bring a valid ID.
-- If you bring your own alcohol, be sure to pay the proper fees. Also, be careful with fireworks and other flammable items as they could be a risk to the local environment.
Bus to Huidong: 15 RMB
Fishing boat: 25 RMB/person for 40 minutes
Entrance to the Triangle Islands: 100 RMB, children 1.1-1.2 meters are half price, children under 1.1 meters get in for free
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