Weizhou Island is located in Beibu Bay, 36 nautical miles from downtown Beihai in Guangxi province.
Beihai is a large port in the Guangxi region on China’s southwest coast. In the city center, Beibuwan Square has a fountain sculpture evoking the local pearl industry. Nearby, Old Street’s 19th-century buildings incorporate Western elements. On the city’s southern waterfront, the Silver Beach resort area (named for its light-gray sand) is home to a park with the giant Beihai Music Fountain.
Weizhou Dao (涠洲岛) is China’s youngest volcanic island. Its origin is probably from a mantle plume that rose 50–32 million years ago, as a result from the collision of the Indian and Eurasian plate. When the plume reached the asthenosphere, it helped to create the South China Sea by the plume’s lateral flow. An evidence that the plume still exists is that a lot of basalt has since the Pliocene erupted in the South China Sea and its adjacent areas, for example the Yandunling 烟墩岭) and Yantouling (烟头岭) volcanoes, Leiqiong (雷琼) volcano group, Weizhou Dao and Xieyang Dao.
Located in northeast of the island, the Great Church Tourism Zone is a Gothic complex consisting of churches, monasteries, hospitals, priests’ buildings and nursery rooms. The church was built from coral, rock and bamboo in 1853. It is well preserved despite a history of more than 100 years. The Catholic Church has recently become a popular site for couples to take their wedding pictures.
Along with smaller Xieyang Island, Weizhou island is a nature reserve named Beihai Weizhoudao Volcano National Geopark to preserve its volcanic features and protect rich local ecosystem engulfing 147 species of migratory and non-migratory birds, including threatened species such as black-faced spoonbills.
The most popular attraction on the island is Crocodile Crater Park, which is located in the south of the island. In this scenic area, you can view volcanic rocks of different shapes, the largest of which is a well-preserved black rock. You can enjoy the clear seawater, snow-white beach and the other scenery in the park.
Weizhou Island is now one of Guangxi’s most attractive tourist attractions and an important geological park of China.
From above, the island looks like a jade floating in the ocean. Weizhou Island has a perfect temperate climate for tourisms, summers rarely get too hot and the winter is mild, with the average temperature holding at twenty-three degrees Celsius, it is one the Guangxi’s most lush locations, experiencing very low average rain-fall. During the morning hours the island is shrouded in mist making it both mysterious and beautiful, the vegetation covering the island is typical of that for a volcanic island as well having an abundance of natural marine life, the rich, fertile volcanic matter surrounding the island has given birth to a brilliant and colorful plume of coral reefs that surround the island, and once reaching the reefs around the island the water becomes a crystal aquamarine and a kaleidoscope of color emerges.
Weizhou Island is rocky and mountainous are sharp in the north and flattens out in the south, the southern part of the island is where the port of Nanwan is located, a natural port that exists in the remains of an ancient crater. The Weizhou Island is embraced on three sides by green mountains in the east, north and west. The island is rich in marine and bird-life as well as surging waves that barrage in off the crest of the reef. The southwest tip of the island has become the most popular amongst tourists as it is the part of the island richest in sea-life and is classified as a scientific preserve.
There are several naturally formed rock formations across the island that dazzle and amaze visiting tourists, among them are: ‘the sea turtles cave’ which is a rock formation that seems to perfectly replicate the shape of a lying turtle, ‘the piglet range’ which is a small island when viewed from a distance appear to have the uncanny look of piglets. The island is also rich in hidden sea-caves and sheer sea-cliffs, the island is dotted with spectacular and bizarre rock formations to excite and delight.
The best time to visit
Weizhou Island enjoys temperate, spring-like climate all year-round which makes it perfect for traveling at almost any time; particularly in spring or autumn. The island is not only a great place to enjoy sea, sun and sand but also to enjoy the wonders of its aquatic life and naturally formed rock formations.
This island is rich in peanuts, bananas and silk; with peanut-oil produced on the island being particularly well regarded on the mainland and often is sold to major markets in Hong-Kong and South-east Asia. Abalone, eel and sea cucumber are available in abundance while the more gourmet delicacies of sea-horse, turtle and porpoise are also available for those with adventurous minds and stomachs.
Fresh fruit are also grown in large qualities with pineapple, jackfruit and bananas grown almost all year-around, tourists heading back to the mainland by boat can often be seen carrying bagfuls of fresh, mouthwatering fruit.