Wednesday 17 June 2015

Trip to Dong'ao Island

Third weekend in China and this time we were visiting a small island off the coast of Zhuhai. Only two hours boat ride from the mainland - this island resort is a popular attraction for Chinese and international tourists alike. Personally I had never heard of this island, or the numerous others which lie shattered outside of the Zhuhai coastline. Because of this, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Fishing village
The boat arrived at a small fishing village and we quickly found a taxi that would take us to our campsite. Getting there we found out that we weren't allowed to swim as there wasn't a lifeguard present. So we began walking around the island looking for a nice beach - after a few minutes walk next to a Clubmed hotel we found the perfect one. The water and the beaches here were a lot nicer than on the mainland and we spent most of the day there. After a long day of walking and swimming we started to get hungry so we headed back to the fishing village. There we managed to find a small seafood restaurant. Even though I'm usually not a fan of fish or other seafood this was some of the best food I've had here so far. It was surprisingly cheap for a holiday resort as well, and prices were only a bit higher than on the mainland.

Pagoda on top of the hill
After dinner we went back to our campsite to get some sleep. At first we tried to sleep in the tents, but quickly realized that it was way too warm so we decided to move our sleeping mats outside to the beach. This turned out to be a mistake as we were all woken up by rain about half an hour later. After moving back to the tents and finally getting to sleep, we were woken up once again at 5 in the morning by a thunderstorm that poured down on us so much that the tents were flooded. Not left with much choice we decided to pack up all our stuff and set off on a hike up to a nearby hill. After an hour walk, we reached the top where we found a pagoda which offered an amazing view of the sunrise. We spent a few hours there before going back to the boat which picked us up at 11am. Overall this was a good experience of a different side of China. We got to see some nice beaches, interesting wildlife, and try some amazing food.

Sunrise over the island

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