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Getting to the Red Beach, Panjin, Liaoning , China

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The Red Beach in Panjin is a mission to get to but totally worth it. Hopefully this post will help others in getting to the Red Beach.

Panjin is located in the province of Liaoning which is in the north-east of China.

The best time of year is to go in Autumn when the colors are in full effect.

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Getting to the Red Beach, Panjin

The first thing you need to do in order to get to the Red Beach in Panjin is to get to Panjin. That in itself was a mission.

Getting From Zhanjiang (Guandong) to Panjin (Liaoning)

First I caught an overnight bus from Zhanjiang (where I work) to Guangzhou. 50rmb, a massive discount from the usual 180rmb. It was an ‘illegal’ bus for the students. Not the most comfortable ride but arrived in Guangzhou about 0600.

From Guangzhou my next step in getting to the Red Beach was to catch the bullet train to Beijing. It took 8 hours and cost just under 900rmb. I wanted the normal train (30 hours and 500 rmb) but it was sold out, even though I tried to book it about five days in advance. It is near the holiday season though.

I’ve been to Beijing before so pretty much just had a stopover there while waiting for my train in getting to the Red Beach, Panjin. I stayed at the Sunrise hostel which was pretty good.

Sunrise Hostel, Beijing. Located in a Hutong near pedestrian street.

Sunrise Hostel, Beijing. Located in a Hutong near pedestrian street.

Getting to Panjin (Liaoning) From Beijing

Beijing is the Capital City of China, so getting there from anywhere should be fairly easy.

From Beijing I caught the 1550 bullet train to Panjin. It took about 5hours and cost 175 rmb. Once in Panjin I took a taxi to the hotel. I had to approach 4 taxi drivers before finding one that could take me, even though I had the address written in a text message. It cost 25rmb, by the meter. The main train station is quite far from the town, but the northern station is closer.

I had booked the hotel on Ctrip.com for 139rmb. It was a massive room. Far too nice for me. Ctrip, in my opinion, is the best place to find accommodation in China.

Getting to the Red Beach, Panjin, Liaoning, China

Once you are finally in Panjin (took me 3 days to get there!) the easy bit is over.

My Chinese language skills are extremely limited so it was quite difficult.

Note: Make sure you read how I got back from the Red Beach in Panjin because it will save you some money. I had some help from locals along the way, but between how I got there and how I got back you should be able to figure it out without too much hassle.

I’m sure things could be much easier taking a tour from Benxi or Shenyang, or possibly even from Panjin itself, but I’m not one much for organised tours.

My previous internet research for getting to the Red Beach by public transport only granted me one good piece of advice. Catch the number 10 bus to Da Wa Xian 大华西安 (the Chinese characters might not be 100% what you see on the bus stop).

I’m pretty sure you can get the #10 from the main bus station in town, but I couldn’t find it. Somehow I kind of just stumbled upon it. I don’t know how much it was, about 2rmb I guess.

You’ll know 大华西安 because a few people will get off and there are the 3 wheeled motorcycles waiting to take you to the Red Beach. The ride on the motorcycle cost 40rmb, but you can probably get it for less if you bargain (I didn’t bargain at all) and it drops you at the resort center. Ignore the touts that want to charge you 300rmb for tours or whatever, and catch another rickshaw to get to the Panjin Red Beach (I paid 20rmb, but bargain for 10rmb).

On this 2nd rickshaw I met a lady with her grandmother, whom could speak a bit of English, which was extremely useful at the ticket window. It’s 50rmb for the entry ticket + 35rmb for the vehicle ticket to take you around, which you kind of need because it’s a pretty big area between scenic spots. You could walk around I guess.

Red Sea in Chinese

Red Sea in Chinese

Review Of Panjin Red Beach

The 1st scenic area was disappointing, and I thought that was it. I got on the vehicle to go back, but accidentally joined a tour group and got taken to the 2nd scenic area, which as breath-taking. Turns out everyone goes to this 2nd area anyway cause I met the lady and her grandmother again and teamed up with them to get all the way back to the train station.

Red Beach Panjin. Only good in Autumn. Preferable mid september.

Red Beach Panjin. Only good in Autumn. Preferable mid september.

Getting Back From the Red Beach, Panjin

So with Chinese help, here’s how I got back. This is how I advise in getting to the Red Beach, Panjin (in reverse obviously).

It cost 10 RMB to get back to the resort. 7rmb on a minibus all the way into town (included waiting for the driver to have a nap, picking up people from a village, and dropping off fruit to some lady on the street).

From town we took the #1 bus to the train station, 2rmb.

View from hotel of Panjin.

View from hotel of Panjin.

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