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“Love it, though...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hailing Island

Hailing Island
Zhaipo Town, Yangjiang 529500, China
0662-3892299
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Ranked #3 of 26 Attractions in Yangjiang
4.0 of 5 stars 34 Reviews
Type: Islands, Outdoors
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“Love it, though...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Driving down for about two and half hours from Zhongshan, Zuhai or Guangzhou, you come to Hailing Island. I love it! Nothing to do with horrible Hainan (Sanya), at least so as I experienced it. Unfortunately probably because of a lack of knowledge in tourism management Zhapo, the main coastal city is nothing but a dead place, especially at night. There's nothing but cheap shops all selling the same swim crap, some sea-food open restaurant that max. at 10pm they empty and eventually street food BBQ and coconuts. Nightlife equals to zero.

Fortunately though there's a fantastic, unique Restaurant named Italy Square where let me be honest you can eat the very best italian food in China. Absolutely highest quality. Besides pasta and sea food, I had a "Branzino in crosta di sale" that was even better than in Sicily.

Just walk the seaside pedestrian road and check for Italy Square: unforgettable food, loveliest people (Gigi & Wendy), typical atmosphere and environment as if you'd be in a Italian Trattoria.

Visited July 2014
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Dongguan, China
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“Decent pizza / western-breakfast restaurant in Zhapo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Astonishing! Zhapo is fairly 'Chinese' and doesn't really cater for western tourists, but we found a small cafe opposite the main square which serves decent pizza and a full-english breakfast (with decent coffee)

The fisherman's harbour is well worth a visit - it is massive, you can see and buy fresh fish as it comes off the boat, and (whilst not touristy) the whole area is relatively clean and safe. Recommended

Visited January 2014
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“Excellent unspoilt beaches, viable Zhapozen town centre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

In 10 years time this will be just like Sanya, but more convenient to reach. Like Sanya, it splits into 2 - the old/cheap bit (Zhapozhen) and the swanky exclusive new bit (next to the NanHai 1 museum). Both have fantastic beaches and views

Visited January 2014
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“South China Silk Road Maritime Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Took the motorcycle taxi from the bus station. This is a fairly new museum which houses the 900-year old shipwrecked Nanhai No.1 which was salvaged several years ago. We spent hours walking through this museum which focuses on the aspects of China's maritime history and advances in underwater archaeology. All exhibits were explained in Chinese and English. The salt water pool holding the ship was murky, so not much was visible, but the antique porcelains and other wares of the Song Dynasty were in amazing condition. Designs were classic and elegant. People were friendly and we even talked to a couple from France. Well worth our journey.

Visited November 2012
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“Silk Road Maritime Museum - Crystal Palace 10 mile beach Hailing Island”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Silk Road Maritime Museum is housed in the new architectural designed Crystal Palace Museum on the 10 mile beach Hailing Island. An entrance fee of RMB80 per adult or RMB40 per child gains entrance. The museum depicts the salvage of the Nanhai 1 and its relics of jade and other trade. An interesting exhibit for an hour before exiting onto the main beach.

The main beach is littered with rubbish. It is recommended to wear shows to prevent stepping on discarded rubbish.

Visited July 2013
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