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The first timer’s guide to Zhuhai

Tucked in the southwest corner of China, Zhuhai is one of Pearl River Delta's most refreshing destinations. It’s the ideal day trip from Guangzhou as it is easily accessible via bullet train within an hour. Similar to Shenzhen, Zhuhai was designated a Special Economic Zone in the 1980s and has been attracting millions of visitors annually –thanks to its low population density, lush greenery and abundant access to fresh seafood.

The port city’s subtropical weather makes for the ideal Chinese getaway, with an average annual temperature of 20 degrees. The air quality in Zhuhai is among China’s best -- accompanied by blue skies that are dotted with cotton-like clouds.

The prefecture-level city plays host to plenty of seaside glitz, alongside warm-hearted locals that make each stay such a pleasant one. Here, we’ve gathered everything for you to get started on your first trip to Zhuhai.

How to get here from Guangzhou

With the inter-city railway, getting to Zhuhai has never been easier. Bullet trains run from 6 am to 10.33 pm from Guangzhou, and travellers will arrive in Zhuhai in about an hour. Tickets range from S$22 to S$50, depending on the type of seats you choose.

Embrace nature’s call

Yeli Island

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Imagine this: The endless blue sky meeting the sea in a coherent shade of blue, the sway of the gentle ocean breeze and laughter as passersby stroll along. This may seem like a fantasy, but Yeli Island is as idyllic as it sounds. It is also home to the Zhuhai Opera House and a lush waterfront park. The scallop-shaped landmark is the first on-island theatre in the Chinese mainland where guests are able to enjoy a multitude of regular events and performances any time of the year.

Directions: Yeli Island is a short walk from Qinglv Middle Road and is connected by a bridge. It is open round the clock with free public access.
Address: Qinglv Road, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai

Lover’s Road

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Every city seems to have an area designed for romance. For Zhuhai, it’s Lover’s Road. It begins at the Gongbei Yuehua Garden, and spans 17 kilometres across the city. Located on the eastern coast of Zhuhai, it is not just a place for lovebirds to promenade along the seaside, but also where visitors can view Zhuhai’s attractions. Take, for instance, the Fisher Girl Statue – built in 1982, the statue is based on a mythological story about the Dragon Girl, who was so enamoured by Zhuhai’s scenery that she descended onto Earth disguised as a fisher girl. The eight-metre tall statue shows the fisher girl holding a glistening pearl up into the air with both hands, a symbol of Zhuhai’s simplistic beauty.

Directions: Lover’s road is a massive stretch along Zhuhai’s coast. To get to the Fisher Girl Statue, take bus route 9 or 99 from Zhuhai Gongbei Bus Station.
Address: QinglvRoad, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

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Holidaymakers looking for views of the ocean can visit the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. Over nine million visitors visit this place every year, and for good reason — it houses attractions that include amusements rides, animal shows, as well as the world's largest oceanarium. The theme park has also bagged several awards since its launch, including the prestigious Thea Award for its outstanding achievement in 2015.

Address: Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai
Opening hours: Daily from 10am – 10:30pm
Admission starts from 280 yuan for children to 395 yuan for adults
Website: Website here

What to eat

Jin Yue Xian – Gongbei Branch

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For some of the best dim sum in town, head over to Jin Yue Xian. This popular spot has been voted as the restaurant that locals love on Dazhong Dianping: a tried-and-tested review app where locals rate businesses and share their reviews. Be sure to order their ‘traditional grass-fed black mutton cooked with bamboo’. The mutton is tender and moist without a hint of gaminess, and the sauce is brimming with the umami flavour of mushrooms cooked in sesame oil and Chinese wine.

Address: Zone B, Hua Shangye Plaza, 265 Qinglv Nan Road, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai
Opening hours: Daily from 8am – 3pm and 5pm – 10pm
Website: Website here

Yan Ting

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Set on the 42nd floor of St Regis, Yan Ting is the ultimate destination for Cantonese fine dining in Zhuhai. Many come here for the food but stay for the stunning backdrop of the cityscape. This is without a doubt an opulent address for classic Cantonese fine dining, with Cantonese Flavour Master Chef Ken Lin serving up individually-crafted dishes. The classic roast goose is a signature here and well-loved for the perfect ratio of meat to fat under a shatteringly crisp layer of skin.

Address: 42F The St. Regis Zhuhai, 1663 Yinwan Road, Xiangzhou District Zhuhai
Opening hours: Daily 11am – 11:30pm
Website: Website here

Creation Wine & Restaurant

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Dim sum may be delicious, but there is definitely a limit to the number of dumplings one can devour. To savour something a little more international, treat yourself to some steak at Creation Wine & Restaurant. The quaint establishment hosts about 15 to 20 tables, ensuring excellent table service for all customers. We recommend the Steak with Salsa Verde with any of the reds on the list.

Address: Shop 108, Block Fuhuali Building, Zhuhai
Opening hours: Daily 10am – 11pm

Rest and Relax

Angsana Zhuhai Phoenix Bay

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Enjoy comfort and some seaside breeze at Angsana Zhuhai Phoenix Bay, a stunning destination where you can seek respite from the city. Each of its 202 luxurious rooms are fitted with views of the ocean, while its interiors are imbued with local Lingan design elements. The hotel is home to an outdoor heated pool that winds through the resort, bringing the waters directly to your doorstep. Although the resort is situated along the coastline, it is still a close seven kilometres from the city centre.

Address: 9 Quanxing Dong Road, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai
Website: Website here

Pullman Zhuhai

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Those looking to recharge in the convenience of the city centre will find Pullman Zhuhai an excellent choice. The contemporary establishment provides four-star accommodation and service while being a stone’s throw away from many of the tourist hotspots. Attractions in Macau can be accessed within a 10 to 15-minute drive as well. Fancy a little physical activity? Guests who want to keep up with their exercise regime can visit their fitness centre or the outdoor swimming pool.

Address: 2029 Jiuzhou Avenue, Gongbei District, Zhuhai
Website: Website here

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