Panjin, located in southwest Liaoning Province, is a city thriving on both oil and agriculture. Home to China's third largest oil field, the Liaohe Oilfield, Panjin is also famous for its rice and hairy crabs from the Paddy Fields.

This region harbors the world's largest reed wetland. In autumn, endless undulating reeds paint a spectacular scene. But the most stunning sight is the "red carpet" phenomenon. A type of alkali grass growing on the riverbanks turns crimson in fall, blanketing the shores in red and resembling a carpet from afar.

Visitors can tour the oilfield that fueled China's industrialization, savor the freshest rice and seafood, photograph the sensational red landscape, and admire traditional Liao and Jin architecture. With wetlands designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Panjin promises visitors natural beauty, cultural heritage, and mouthwatering local flavors.

China Panjin International Wetland Tourism Festival

Experience the Panjin International Wetlands Tourism Festival

The Panjin International Wetlands Tourism Festival is hosted by the Liaoning Provincial Tourism Bureau and Panjin Municipal Government, and organized by the Panjin Tourism Bureau. It is an international tourism festival held annually from July to September in Panjin. Over the years, the "Wetlands Tourism Festival" has held diverse and colorful activities to showcase the beauty of the "Capital of Wetlands" with its green reeds and red shores to domestic and overseas visitors. 

Time: July to September annually

Wander endless green reed fields lined with crimson sands at the edge of the Bohai Sea. Photograph egrets in flight and lotuses in bloom. Savor freshly caught seafood and observe traditional reed weaving. Explore wetlands by boat, bike and on foot. As drums beat and dancers sway, celebrate the ecological wonders protected here. Spanning over 580 square miles, Panjin's protected wetlands offer a magical mix of nature, culture and adventure.

Best Travel Time

Watching the red beach, bird watching, and eating river crabs are the most distinctive scenery and delicacies in Panjin. If you want to experience all three, the best month is October. Watching Red Beach: September to mid October is the best season to watch Red Beach, and the grass color begins to turn purple after mid October. Bird watching: Local people say that the best season for bird watching is when birds come and go. Every March to April, birds migrate from the south to the north, and then back to the south in mid October to November. In March and October, the scenery of Panjin is more beautiful during these two time periods, and at the same time, you can see the scene of birds flocking together. Eating crabs: After the Mid Autumn Festival, the famous Chinese mitten crab in the area begins to grow fat and oil, and it is the best season to eat crabs until December. At the farmers' market in the seaside village, there are crabs that were just retrieved that day, and the price varies depending on the size of the male and female. The larger female crabs with crab roe are generally around 40 yuan/jin. At the moment of travel, I fell in love with you and mentioned that the most beautiful season on Red Beach is around ten days before the 11th of each year, when the red color is at its peak. In my personal opinion, it is best to go there and there are relatively few people. You can bring a small amount of water and food.

Dressing Guidelines

Panjin's normal October weather is quite comfortable - neither too hot nor cold for getting by with T-shirts and jeans. However, early mornings and nights can be chilly with large diurnal temperature swings, so pack a long-sleeve jacket for warmth and cold prevention. In mid-to-late October, be ready with sweaters and down jackets as winds off the sea can make things feel much cooler. Checking forecasts and packing versatile layers that can be added or removed is key for comfort amid Panjin's fluctuating fall temperatures and winds. A light jacket suits the days while a warm coat takes the evening chill off.

Self driving

Panjin Red Beach is located 550 km from Beijing, 155 km from Shenyang, 260 km from Dalian, 102 km from Jinzhou, 98 km from Anshan, and 45 km from Yingkou, with expressway connections. From Beijing, take the Jingha Expressway directly onto the Danxi Expressway (Panhaiying Expressway). Exit at Dawu and travel 8 km west to the Red Beach Scenic Area Visitor Center, following signs. There is a large parking lot at the scenic area.

From the Beijing-Harbin Expressway toll gate, it is 658 km to Shenyang according to road signs. The first stop is Panjin. Tolls are ¥30 at Xianghe, ¥25 at Baodi, ¥60 at Shanhaiguan, and ¥85 total. The expressways are in good condition with light traffic.

Once in Panjin, take the Danxi Expressway and exit at Dawu, following signs south around 35 km for the Red Beach Scenic Area and Shuangtai River Estuary Nature Reserve. The first stop is Red Beach Resort, then Reed Sea Crane Observation, Yueya Bay Wetland Park, and finally Red Beach Pier.

For access, you can exit the expressway at Panjin North, South or West - Panjin South is most convenient and closest to the scenic area. With mostly expressway driving, Red Beach makes for an easy self-drive day or weekend trip from surrounding cities.

Medical treatment

Here is a suggested paragraph about safety tips in Changhua, Taiwan for an English travel website:Staying Safe in Changhua, TaiwanChanghua is generally very safe, but you should take some basic precautions. Keep valuables secured and be alert in public areas to prevent petty theft. A special note for Southern Taiwan including Kaohsiung, Tainan, and Kenting - avoid discussing politics as tensions can run high in this region. However, southerners are usually still very warm and friendly, even towards mainland Chinese tourists.Use common sense, take care of belongings, and avoid political conversations in the south. Following basic safety measures will allow you to fully enjoy your travels in Changhua and the rest of Taiwan.

Emergency call

Here is a suggested paragraph about safety tips in Changhua, Taiwan for an English travel website:Staying Safe in Changhua, TaiwanChanghua is generally very safe, but you should take some basic precautions. Keep valuables secured and be alert in public areas to prevent petty theft. A special note for Southern Taiwan including Kaohsiung, Tainan, and Kenting - avoid discussing politics as tensions can run high in this region. However, southerners are usually still very warm and friendly, even towards mainland Chinese tourists.Use common sense, take care of belongings, and avoid political conversations in the south. Following basic safety measures will allow you to fully enjoy your travels in Changhua and the rest of Taiwan.

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