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            --A pearl on the Shore of  Beibu Gulf
    Editor:Shelton Lu      Organization:Nanning Overseas Travel Service-Shelton China Travel Online   Edited Date:2004-10-24 20:41:36  

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         The very mention of the name Beihai evoked images of shiny, silvery pearls, beautiful beaches, idyllic fishing villages and perhaps even the legendary 'mermaid'...
      Records show that this city perched at the southern tip of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and on the northeastern shore of Beibu Gulf is no ordinary city. It was one of China's earliest trading ports and the terminus of the maritime Silk Route, dating back more than 2,000 years. Presently, it is one of the 14 major open cities along the coast and the only city in the national minority autonomous regions that has direct access to the sea. Furthermore, Beihai is famed for its beaches and ideal as a seaside resort. That's why, although a latecomer as far as modern tourism goes, it has been listed among the country's 49 top tourist cities and is attracting large numbers of visitors from far and wide.
    As Spic-and Span As a New City
      Beibu Gulf Avenue that cuts right through the city proper, east to west, is as broad boulevard lined with modern buildings, randomly interrupted by high-rises of unique styles and designs.  Stuck by its modern planning, you might think that this was a new city.
      Located on a peninsula, Beihai occupies a total kilometers of urban area and Hepu County which is also under its jurisdiction. With a population of 1.3 million, it is "rich" in per capital land area as compared with other cities in China.
    In the very center of the city stands Beibu Gulf Square, dominated by a towering group of sculpturesSoul of the Southern Pearl. Three huge pearl shells, 15 meters tall, with a huge pearl 1.4 meters in diameter in the center, emerge from the center of this group of sculptures. Surrounding the shells is a fountain designed to symbolize the sea, decorated with three vivid bronze statues of figures taken from local folk talesthe Immortal, Qiu Ran (or Dragon Whiskers) riding on a sea horse; the Son of the Sea striding a divine turtle and blowing on a conch, and the Pearl Goddess lying on the back of a strange fish with a pearl in her palm. Like the pearl itself, these figures are a symbol of Beihai City.
      Surrounding the square are stores of every description. This is Beihai's shopping center, perhaps the busiest and most frequented part of town. It's here you'll find the city's famous night market.
      Apart from roaming the night markets and enjoying theatrical performances, a major attraction of the city, especially for first-time visitors to Beihai, is the Beach Park, which boasts Asia's largest steel-structured music fountain. It consists of an enormous 23-metre high sphere carved with various designs depicting tidal waves, hence its name "Tide". Attached to the outside of the sphere there are statues of seven nude maidens, implying seven goddesses guarding a silvery pearl? When night falls, illuminated by state of  the art lighting facilities, the 3,700 fountains seem to dance to the accompanying music.





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        As a matter of fact, Beihai City is a new city with a history only 26 years old! In the last decade of Chinese economic reformation, it emerged  as an important sea port for the South-Western part of China. And with its unique silver white long beach, it is now a famous summer holiday resort. Most of inhabitants here are from all over China, namely Sichuan, Heilongjiang etc.

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