The word ‘beach’ typically conjures up images of sand, seashells, and rolling waves. But while the Panjin Red Beach, located just outside the Shuangtaizi River estuary of Panjin City, China, doesn’t have many seashells or rolling waves, or even sand for that matter, it deserves a spot on your Asia travel bucket list for other reasons. Dubbed the ‘red carpet beach’ by the locals, come autumn, this beach’s unique seaweed will have you seeing red in the best possible way.
Along the banks of the Shuangtaizi River, a seaweed species called seuda grows in the marshes in April and May. The seaweed has a lavish, green color during the summer, but once autumn arrives, the seaweed matures and transforms into a crimson red color across the entire marsh. The best time to visit the marshes is from mid-September to mid-October, where the red color is at its brightest before turning purple.
Aside from its gorgeous fall hue, Panjin Red Beach deserves a visit in your Asia travels because it is the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the entire world. Shalow seas and tidelands attract thousands of migrating birds traveling from Austrailia to Asia, and the marsh is home to more than 260 types of birds and 399 species of wildlife. It is also known as the “home of the cranes”, where Black Beaked Gulls and the endangered Red-crowned crane can be seen. The crane is seen as a symbol of longevity, fidelity, and luck. In 1988, the marsh became a protected part of Panjin wetlands, declaring it as a “National Nature Reserve.”
An awe-inspiring natural wonder, with one of the most unique habitats in the world, the beauty of Panjin Red Beach is a must visit for your Asia travel experience.