Wai Lingding Island
Last updated by chinatravel at 2014/4/30
Wai ("Outer") Lingding Island, a small island of some 4½ square kilometers under the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, is part of the Wanshan ("Ten Thousand Hills") Archipelago. Wai Lingding Island is situated about 7 nautical miles south of Hong Kong in the South China Sea, and about 30 nautical miles east of Macao, which, in turn, is just off the coast of mainland China south of Zuhai. The developed islands of the archipelago are serviced by ferries, of which some are high-speed catamarans.
Most of the islands of Wanshan Archipelago that are developed have been developed only in the recent past. The Chinese government undertook to offer the rights to these islands to certain individuals and entities who were deemed capable of developing the islands of the Wanshan Archipelago in a sustainable manner that would contribute to the welfare both of the islands and the islanders. Wai Lingding Island enjoys a reputation as a pearl among these developed islands, a place of unique beauty where time seems to stand still, so tranquil is the atmosphere on the island.
The island is renowned for its natural beauty, its fresh sea air and its mild climate. Situated where the mouth of the Pearl River meets the South China Sea, Wai Lingding Island is the perfect island hideaway for the tourist in search of peace, harmony, and beauty. It is also the venue for a number of conferences and retreats, both large and small. And because of the island's location in the food-rich, tranquil waters of the mouth of the Pearl River, the tourist may be rewarded with the sight of the highly sociable Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis chinensis), which feeds and breeds here.
Wai Lingding Island is beautiful in every respect: it is small and gracefully shaped with ample bays, its shoreline is defined by exquisite beaches in some places and peppered with exotic stones in others, its waters are crystal-clear, and – perhaps best of all – the island is not too touristy. The most prominent beaches are found at Lingding Bay, Tower Bay and Dadong Bay. They are ideal places not only for sun-bathing and swimming, but also for surfing and fishing. The island's sightseeing highlights include Wai Lingding Peak, the scenic area of Stone Park, the stone carvings on Mo Rock, the mirage on the Xiang River, and the morning bell of North Emperor Mountain. There is also an amusement park near the beach at Dadong Bay. There are excellent tourist facilities on the island, such as those offered by Lingding Sea Hotel and by Russian Mountain Resort.
Luxuriant flowers and vibrant trees grow in abundance on Wai Lingding Island year around. The island's highest peak, Lingding Apex, is some 310 meters above sea level. From the island's higher vantage points one can see numerous islands dotting the blue waters of the surrounding sea. On a clear day, the blue of the sea around Wai Lingding Island merges with the blue of the sky, creating one of the most radiantly blue backdrops that the tourist is likely ever to experience, causing sand, grass, trees and rocks – not to speak of boats of all sizes and shapes – to stand out sharply.
At sea on a day with scattered, low-lying clouds, the curtain of watery mists can suddenly lift before your eyes, magically revealing a brief glimpse of a quintessentially Chinese shore scene before the mists close again and the ephemeral experience seems like a mirage or a fantasy. At dusk on a cloudy or misty day, the rays of the setting sun catch the clouds and mists in a short-lived display of color that begins vibrant and fiery and ends in muted hues, and whose image is reflected onto the shiny surface of the sea, only broken here and there by the occasional profile of a sailboat or a fishing boat in the distance. Wai Lingding Island is truly an enchanted, unspoiled south-sea-island escape.
Solo Adventure Tips:
How to Get There?
You can take a ferry from the waterway passenger station on the North bank of Xiangzhou, Zhuhai. There are two catamarans every day. Departure times from the pier at Xiangzhou are 8:20AM and 2:30 PM. Departure times from Wai Lingding Island are 10:10 AM and 4:20 PM. The trip takes about 1½ hours each direction, and the fare is 72½ yuan.
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More Tips: Important phone numbers: The ferry at the pier on the north bank of Xiangzhou is 0756-2119925 or 0756-2119915. The ferry at the pier on Wai Lingding Island is 0756-8855317.
Accommodations: The Marine Products Hotel: double room, 130 yuan; triple room, 150 yuan. In the non-peak season you can expect a 10%–20% discount.
Food & Drink: The three seafood treasures of Wai Lingding Island are the sea urchin, the barnacle, and the general cap (a kind of abalone) – a visit to Wai Lingding Island without tasting these exotic delicacies would be like visiting Italy without eating pasta!
Important phone numbers: The ferry at the pier on the north bank of Xiangzhou is 0756-2119925 or 0756-2119915. The ferry at the pier on Wai Lingding Island is 0756-8855317.
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