This morning we were up bright and early and to the train station to catch a train to Beidaihe.
It’s always fun to do a road trip. I mean an outing that we use our driver that is an overnighter not just a day trip. We do plenty of day trips and we did a few with our previous driver Mr Wan. This particular place our driver is familiar with because his wife is from here. So it would have been so easy to have him there, but after the trip to Dandong in our small car, we figured 5 plus hours each way would NOT be fun!! So at the last minute we decided to take the train. Now we will have to figure out taxis for everyplace we want to go.
Where are we headed? To the coast! Beidaihe, Qinhuangdao, Jiumenkou, and Shanhaiguan…about 5 hours away! We’ll stay overnight a couple nights in Beidaihe on the Bohai Sea and explore these places with the boys.
I always thought the nice China beaches in the North were close to Dalian. When we were here in 2011 we visited the beaches there with Tricia & Alan and weren’t really impressed with them. They were very crowded (I expected this, it’s China) but they were dirty and there was oil globs in places.
My Chinese friends vacation in Beidaihe, another beach area, and since Shanhaiguan and Jiumenkou was on our list and Beidaihe is only 50 minutes away, so close, we thought we’d see what was here. And besides the nicest places to spend the night are in Beidaihe. It is also one of the most famous places in all of China to watch the sunrise!
When I researched Beidaihe and it said it was very touristy I thought no problem however upon arriving we realized that it is touristy but for Chinese and Russian. NO ENGLISH!!! We also found out pretty quick that since we are on the coast it was hard to get a taxi from the train station to our hotel. No one wanted to take us. How are we gonna get around if that’s the case. We finally got a taxi, arrived at our hotel where they only spoke Chinese and Russian. Lots of fun little glitches this time…
We finally got to the beach! Well a couple beaches. NO swimming for us! Dirty beaches. Ok one was maybe ok and Jon and I got our feet wet but it was cold!!! This is definitely not Rio beaches. We were adventurous for supper. Sea cucumber a first for us and squid on a stick one of my favorites! We have a driver booked for the next two days so it should make things easier!! Well, I’m off to bed, it’s gonna be an early morning because we are gonna see some more Great Wall. Goodnight from Beidaihe.
The next evening after touring all day we tried more beach. This time it was a little better and James went in the water this time but there was no sunbathing and spending the whole day there. It really makes me miss our beaches in Nova Scotia and the beautiful Rio beaches! But this is China’s seaside…