Shangchuan Island (上川岛) is an island on the southern coast of China, southwest of Taishan, Guangdong Province. Its name is originated ... more »from São João - Saint John in Portuguese. Located 14 km from the mainland, it has a sister island Xiachuan Island (下川岛）.
Shangchuan Island is 157 square kilometers with local population about 16,320. It has 12 beautiful and wonderful beaches. Jinsha beach (金沙滩）, Feisha beach （飞沙滩）, and Yinsha beach （银沙滩）are the most popular vacation sites with relaxing scenery such as palm trees, calm beaches, sea front hostels, and local fishermen's market.
In the daytime, you can enjoy different kinds of aquatic sports such as swimming, water-skiing, aquatic motorcycle, fishing and so on. Diving is possible, though not officially approved (dive on your own risk) You can play soccer and volleyball or even ride a horse.
At night, you won’t feel bored. You can play with fireworks on the beach ( no restrictions). You can hold a bonfire party with your friends on the beach, and you can also rent a tent to sleep on the beach and look at the stars. You can also drink in the beach front bars.
You may want to look around Shangchuang Island for more special scenic sites: Lechuan Big Buddha (乐川大佛）, Shati Fishing Port （渔人码头）, Shalouwan Primitive secondary Forest, Qipan Mount, and Red Tree Forest and Bamboo Cedar Forest.
Shangchuan and Xiachuan Islands are great vacation resorts. They are called the Hawaii of the east. less «