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The Best Beach In China

A good beach in China?

Over the past twelve years I’ve been up and down the coastline of China. I know the country’s beaches. They are usually massive mudflats, industrial spewage sites, land reclamation areas, luxury condo lots, or face-kini clad, garbage strewn, bride laden recreational zones. In all scenarios they are not really places that you want to be. 

The Chinese are bad at beaches — real bad. 

So I was not expecting much in regards to beaches when I came to Kinmen island for the first time in 2012. While not administered by Beijing it’s basically the same culture. 

I walked around a few of the beaches on the sides of the island that faced towards mainland China and I was not surprised to find then chock full of garbage. 

No worries. Beaches were not what I came here for. 

But then when off walking on the other side of Greater Kinmen — the side that faces away from China — I came upon something truly special: a massive, wide, beautiful, and empty beach. It stretched for miles and miles uninterrupted. There were only a few fishermen raking clams. It was a site that’s becoming so rarer and rarer. 

The beach was not only not ruined by people but had all the perfect natural conditions: roughly 300 meters wide or so, depending on the tide, with the soft sand extending far out into more or less clean(ish) blue water. 

I go back to this beach whenever I come back to Kinmen. Now that I’m staying here for a while I come with my wife and kids regularly. 

There are now some temporary vendor tents, and a nice size crowd comes down just before evening to go for a stroll in the surf after the sun ceases being so hot. It’s a nightly local hangout in the summertime. Kids run around everywhere. There are benches and picnic tables set up where you can sit back, crack open a cold beer, and watch the ships pass by on the rolling waves in the distance. 

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 83 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3212 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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