Panjin Red Beach Scenic Area
Panjin's Red Beach is famous for its special wildlife. Many rare types of birds can be found in this area, living among the reed beds that front the shoreline. The mud flats are also major bird feeding areas. A special type of red seaweed is found here that gives the area a deep red colour, hence the name. Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote, section is open for tourists. To get there you must come by car or book on a tour bus group. There is no nearby public transportation. The nearest town is Dawa, some 22km away. Within the Red Beach tourist area, wooden walkways have been built out over the mud flats, allowing you to walk out to the sea front and view the scenery and wildlife. There are two other tourist sites nearby: The Crescent Moon Bay Park and the Weihai Guanhe (Sea Bird) Park.
The reserve area is huge and only a small part of it is open to the public. But even then, the public area is quite a considerable size. There are three main parts within the park: The Crescent Moon Bay, Red Beach Walkway, Reed and Canal Boat trip. All of these can be purchased in one ticket.
To get to the park, you can book with a local tourist agent who will take you there and back or else take the D16 Danxi Express way to Dawa town. From here follow the sign posts for about 25km. There is plenty car parking at the gate.
Once inside the gate, you transfer to free electric buses which take you the remaining 8.5km to the beach itself. The buses will also take you first to Crescent Moon Bay, then the Red Beach, then finally to the boat for the return journey through the reeds and canals.
At peak season, this park can be extremely busy, which kind of spoils the atmosphere. If you can, avoid the first week in May or first week in October. Try to visit on a week day. The beach doesn't maintain a strong red colour all year round. In winter it is more a reddish brown. Visiting on a sunny day in late spring or summer is best.