Star Island Lake (Xing Dao Hu)

Star Island Lake (Xing Dao Hu), Beihai: Hours, Address, Star Island Lake (Xing Dao Hu) Reviews: 4/5

Star Island Lake (Xing Dao Hu)

Star Island Lake (Xing Dao Hu)
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
It is a dammed lake north of Hepu in Guangxi and a popular summer weekend destination for people from Guangxi.
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David K
Hamburg, Germany80 contributions
Only if you're toooooo bored in Beihai
I spent one hor march day here. My first impression was dissapointment and, unfortunatey, that did ot change much during my ca 5 hour stay. Neither is the lake itself anything more than a reservoir, nor are the islands particularly nice a sight.
to get here from Beihai first take one of the many (about every 20min) buses to Hepu, for 6RMB, 30min. From Hepu's main bus station take a motorbike or motor ricksha to the departure point of the regional bus no 10. Just tell the driver you want to take the bus to the lake (I want a bus to Xinga dao hu in chinese is: wo yao zuo gong che qu XingDaoHu; 我要坐公车去星岛湖). The yelowbus no 10 has XingDaoHu written on the fron. Just get in and put the 4RMB for the ride into the payment box next to the door. After about an one hour ride the bus will drop you of about 200m from the entrance to the lake. Follow the road (and everyone who will get off with you) continuing until you reach the entrance.
I think the entrance fee was aout 15RMB and it gets you access to the tourist facilities. There are some places to eat and a jetty for boat tours and paddle boats. Toiletts are fairly clean. Anyways the whole plays was practically deserted at the time of my visit and since all possible activities are announced in Chinese I had no real idea of what to do. You can take a paddle boat to one of the nearer islands or a tour boat to further places, including a castle like building complex in the far distance.
Since I couldn't figure out when boats left and also didn't want to spend too much money by goinig on one alone, I decided to hike to the castle. Bad idea. The jagged soreline doesn't allow for a quick hike and the surrounding isn't very appealing. most of the once seemingly rich pine forest has been converted to Eucalypthus fields for paper production, sometimes broken by large dry field areas. You also practicall never get a god view of the lake itself, to to speak of any possibilities for swimming. You will come by some duck farms and farmers herding their buffalos acros the fields. I gave up the hike after about 2 hours, recognizing that the way would continue for an undefinable lenght of time, and went back the way I came.
The last (and obviously only) bus back to Hepu leaves at 4pm, which left me some time to kill. Fortunately, I could borrow a Basketball fro free at one of the baverage shops.
Concluding, I guess the bets part of thet trip was the bus ride through the country side between Hepu and the lake.
Written May 1, 2010
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