Beachgoers at Beidaihe in 1985, the year the writer first visited the seaside town in northeast China best known as the summer retreat of Communist Party leaders. Photo: Martin WilliamsBeachgoers at Beidaihe in 1985, the year the writer first visited the seaside town in northeast China best known as the summer retreat of Communist Party leaders. Photo: Martin Williams
Beachgoers at Beidaihe in 1985, the year the writer first visited the seaside town in northeast China best known as the summer retreat of Communist Party leaders. Photo: Martin Williams

Beidaihe: Chinese leadership retreat like a genteel English seaside resort with armed sentries

  • A Gothic McDonald’s, onion domes, quaint 1920s villas – the seaside town known as the summer retreat of Communist Party leaders is a curious architectural mix
  • A magnet for migratory birds as well as people, and hence a haunt of birdwatchers, a visit can be combined with one to the eastern extremities of the Great Wall
Topic |   Asia travel
Beachgoers at Beidaihe in 1985, the year the writer first visited the seaside town in northeast China best known as the summer retreat of Communist Party leaders. Photo: Martin WilliamsBeachgoers at Beidaihe in 1985, the year the writer first visited the seaside town in northeast China best known as the summer retreat of Communist Party leaders. Photo: Martin Williams
Beachgoers at Beidaihe in 1985, the year the writer first visited the seaside town in northeast China best known as the summer retreat of Communist Party leaders. Photo: Martin Williams
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