Zhuhai (珠海; Zhūhǎi) is a coastal city in Guangdong Province, China. The name 'Zhuhai' means Pearl Sea coming from Zhuhai's location where the Pearl River (珠江; Zhūjiāng) flows into the South Sea (南海 Nánhǎi). In 1980 Zhuahi was approved as one of China's 1st five Special Economic Zones due in Zhuhai's case to its location adjacent to capitalist Macau. Zhuhai promptly became a boom town expanding from 100 000 inhabitants to become a modern city with a 2018 population of 1.9 million people.
Zhuhai is a very popular tourist destination known as the Chinese Riviera. It's nicknames are the city for lovers and The Hundred Island City (217 according the city's official website with 147 of them over 500 square metres). It is one of China's prettiest, cleanest, greenest cities with a beautiful coastline and wavy palm trees. As well as being voted China's most liveable city Zhuhai has been awarded, “Best Garden City in China”, “The Happiest City in China” and “China’s Excellent Tourism City”. People enjoy its many open spaces that help give it a low population density. Despite a small population of 1.9 million relative to the other eight cities in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, Zhuhai had 3.18 million overnight foreign tourist numbers in 2017. That places Zhuhai 3rd for that metric after Guangzhou and Shenzhen among the PRD cities. Zhuhai plans to extend a tourism industry that focuses on leisure and sight-seeing, and to develop Hengqin into a tourist island targeting leisure travellers from across the globe. Local authorities promote Zhuhai as an ecotourism destination despite various environmentally destructive projects in the area. Zhuhai is unique in mainland China as a pulsating nightlife holiday destination, of the kind that similarly attracts people to visit such locations in other countries.
Zhuhai written in Chinese.
Guangdong province, China; Green star is Zhuhai
The Zhuhai area has been inhabited for 4 000 to 5 000 years since the neolithic age. The locality increased in importance during the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties when its island ports became stopovers on the 'Maritime Silk Road'.
After the Song Dynasty, Xiangshan Town was formed in Shanchang Village where the salt industry was blossoming. Qianshan Fortress was built during the late Ming dynasty, acting as a military department managing affairs with Macao.
The area was a base for imperial forces during the Opium Wars but basically remained a collection of coastal villages with a population of around 100,000. In the Chinese Civil War the bank areas of the Pearl River Estuary were reclaimed from Komintang forces on 30 October 1949. The outer islands followed on 3 August 1950. Administrative changes led to the area in 1953 being renamed Zhuhai.
The Zhuhai Special Economic Zone was designated in 1979 and approved in August 1980. Zhuhai's selection as a SEZ was largely due to its location immediately adjacent to capitalist Macau (similar to Shenzhen's selection being for its position adjacent to Hong Kong). Zhuhai boomed to include nearby areas and is now a modern city with a population of 1.9 million as at 2018.
Zhuhai has important bio-pharmaceuticals, electrical appliances, manufacturing machinery, software, electronic information and ocean-based industries. Zhuhai transportation is being transformed further enhancing Zhuhai's economic opportunities. Despite a small population of 1.9 million relative to the other eight cities in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, Zhuhai's 3.18 million overnight foreign tourist numbers in 2017 places Zhuhai 3rd for that statistic after Guangzhou and Shenzhen among the PRD cities. The important tourism sector is targeted for further expansion focusing on leisure, sight-seeing and to develop Hengqin into a tourist island targeting leisure travellers from across the globe. There are dubious claims of making Zhuhai a destination for ecotourists. The Zhuhai Wanshan Marine Development Experimental Zone is intended to exploit the aquatic ecosystem around the Wanshan archipelago. Hengqin's location separated from Cotai in Macau only by the few hundred metres wide Shisanmen Waterway makes Hengqin of great importance within Zhuhai. Hengqin and Cotai are connected island to island via The Lotus Bridge. The whole of Hengqin is designated a special economic district, as Hengqin New Area, similar to Binhai New Area in Tianjin and Pudong New Area in Shanghai.
Located in the Pearl River Delta, Zhuhai borders Jiangmen to the northwest, Zhongshan to the north, and former Portuguese colony Macau to the south. By sea, former British colony Hong Kong and Shenzhen are just across the bay to the east. The provincial capital Guangzhou is about 150 km to the north.
Zhuhai city inland portions of the terrain from the northwest to Southeast tilt, and diverse topography, with plain (25.5%), hills (58.68%), which has low mountain, tidal flat. Flat terrain, the hills of Linhai, sea area is vast, the hundred islands crouch, have qifengyidan beautiful bay, and the beach. Inland from Lantau Peak, General Hill's two major mountain ranges and coastal hills, plains. Sanzao island is the largest island, an area of about 78 square kilometers. Mountain land, hills, plains, terraces, is arranged in a crisscross pattern water network division. Coastal alluvial plain from the Xijiang and Beijiang together into alluvial deposits.
The Pearl River Estuary coastal territory, the underwater beach coast to slow gradient. Coastline, island 690 km long coastline. Highest inland Lantau Peak,437 meters above sea level, sea island in100 meters above the sea level. The main mineral resources of the crystal, iron, tungsten, tin, manganese, potassium feldspar, quartz sand. Natural soil red soil, rocky soil, coastal sand, salt swamp soil. The main rivers are Modaomen, Venus doors, Nai bay door, gate, Hutiaomen, before Hill, Wan Chai River Macao waterway, Nanshui Lek, a total length of 135 km.
Climate and environment
The weather in Zhuhai is sub-tropical. Temperature varies between 10C/50F degrees in winter (Dec to Feb) to a hot and humid 35C/95F degrees in summer (Jun to Sep). Typhoons are also a possibility in summer. The best times to visit are during spring and fall.
Zhuhai is one of China's cleanest and prettiest cities. In 1998, it was awarded the International Award for Best Practices in Improving Living Environment by the United Nations Center for Human Settlements. The eco-friendly claims can be viewed as questionable and as green-washing given the environmental destruction caused by much of the economic developments in progress. An obvious example of that is the euphemistically named Zhuhai Wanshan Marine Development Experimental Zone intended to exploit aquatic ecosystem around the Wanshan archipelago. This is all the more so given Perna viridis, a species of green mussel, was found to be contaminated by HCHs, DDTs, and PCBs. This is even before considering the enormous carbon footprint of the swarms of flights who bring tourists to Zhuhai; numbers of flight-brought tourists that the Zhuhai authorities plan to increase significantly.
Zhuhai is argued by some to be one of the best cities in China to retire in. With a low population density compared to other larger cities in China, Zhuhai is unsurprisingly greener. Parks and open spaces dot the cityscape, and waving palm trees line the extensive coastline and many of the major streets.
A secluded spot on Dong'ao Island
One of Zhuhai's nicknames is the Hundred island City (217 to be exact with 147 of greater than 500 square metres). Many of the islands are estuarial within the delta of prevalent criss-crossing waterways. Those in the delta and near the coast have been bridged. Wanshan Islands out in the South China Sea are accessible by boat.
Different islands have different character. Some have decent beaches, and some are eerily quiet fishing islands. Many are a noticeable escape from the hustle and bustle of living in Chinese cities and arguably comparable to leaving the country. Xiangzhou Northern Wharf (香洲北堤码头; Xiāngzhōu Běidīmǎtóu), has ferries to the Wanshan Islands (万山群岛; Wànshānqúndǎo):
- Dangan Island 13.2 square km in area and the largest of the Wanshan Islands and with mountainous terrain similar to Hong Kong. Dangan Village is here
- Dawanshan (Greater Wanshan) The Cargo and Passenger Port at Wanshan Harbour is a Grade A port of the nation. It is considered important in the Wanshan Ocean Development Zone in processing and warehousing for the industrialised fish/seafood industry. However, Perna viridis, a species of green mussel, was found to be contaminated by HCHs, DDTs, and PCBs. Tourist attractions are A-Ma Temple and Floating Cobbles Bay
- Dong'ao Island 4.62 square km with diving facilities, clear waters, and a nice beach. Club Med opened a resort here in 2014. Blundbuss Tower and Son-Soliciting Springs are on the island
- Guishan Island A PLA base from the 1950s. Guishan Town (桂山镇) is on the island as are the monument to the Martyrs of Guishan Warship and Wen Tianxiang Park
- Wailingding Island is also a nice getaway with clear waters and nice beaches
Also accessible via ferry:
- Hebao (Hope Island) has 8 bays and 12 beaches including 4 000 metre long Da'nan Bay. 126 species of butterfly (Butterfly Valley) and year round floral bloom. Ferry to Hebao from Gaolan Island. Stay at the campsite and take your own food to cook. Nice hiking
Islands accessible by road include:
- Gaolan Island 34.39 square km with coastline of 34.9 km. The island is known for its beaches and Late Neolithic period rock paintings. Take bus 706 from Zhuhai Port
- Hengqin Island adjacent to Cotai in Macau and economically very important (See "Economy" section above). Not an 'island getaway' location
- Qi'ao Island The Qi'ao Cun Event in October 1833 before the 1st Opium war is important nationally in China. British fleets invaded Qi'ao Island intending to sell opium. However, the villagers in Qi'ao organised a successful resistance movement. Qi'ao today is 90% forest with 1 900 residents. It was identified as an ecological tourist zone of Zhuhai in 2000. It is accessible by bus over the 320 metre Qi'ao Bridge
Take plenty of cash on these island excursions as some islands do not have ATMs.
The city of Zhuhai itself is composed of Gongbei, Jida and Xiangzhou. The other areas mentioned are districts within the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone. Zhuhai's northern districts of Jinding and Tangjia, as well as the western district of Doumen, are less developed factory-driven areas that retain a deeper working-man, salt-of-the-earth quality.
North to South along the coast, the main districts are:
- Jinding (金鼎; Jīndǐng) – Zhuhai's northernmost district is a factory town whose main attraction is a very large and lively nighttime outdoor BBQ; see the Eat Section for details. Jinding definitely has a working class edge, and is worth visiting for the BBQ alone, but wandering around may give you a different perspective to the ones you have previously experienced elsewhere in Guangdong Province. Visit Jinding to experience the real China before heading back to your more affluent Guangdong stomping grounds. Jinding can be reached via bus 3 or 10, or via sightseeing bus 2.
- Tangjiawan (唐家湾; Tángjiāwān) – Tangjia is moderate sized town located between Jinding and Xiangzhou. Like Jinding, Tangjia's salt-of-the-earth qualities are more evident than its southern neighbors. Best known for the large Dragon Union Opera House which, as the name suggests, puts on live variety shows semi-regularly, its primary function is serving as a gigantic karaoke house that mixes karaoke with all-inclusive adult entertainment.
Xiangzhou skyline seen from Jinshan Park
- Xiangzhou (香洲; Xiāngzhōu) – Government offices, big department stores (including Jusco), and some bars and restaurants are scattered throughout this district. This is the area where the locals mainly go shopping.
Jida, with Mao's personal jet
- Jida (吉大; Jídà) is along the coast between Xiangzhou and Gongbei. This district has a lot of offices, high-end hotels and shopping complexes. This is not a particularly useful district to mention for directions, except for the fact that a Jida location assures you that the location is fairly near to the water and that a taxi driver will likely take the road right along the coast until you get there.
Gongbei shopping on Lotus Road
- Gongbei (拱北; Gǒngběi) is the location of the busiest of the 4 Macau border crossings. Gongbei had 134 000 000 border crossings in 2018 rivalling the Singapore Johor Causeway as the busiest land border crossing on earth. Gongbei is Zhuhai's main tourist area with a wide variety of inexpensive hotels, clothing, electronics, souvenirs, food, drink, and colourful entertainment a short walk from the border crossing. Lianhua Lu (Lotus Road; 莲花路; Liánhuālù; sometimes called Walking Street; 步行街; Bùxíngjiē) Here you can see passers-by on the crowded pedestrian-only street that is filled with shops and street-food vendors (see the Drink Section for more details). There is also Bar Street (酒吧街; Jiǔbājiē), a modern strip of higher end bars with indoor and outdoor seating, some featuring live music (many blasting loud music inside). At the southern edge of Gongbei is a underground shopping center and the Gongbei Macau border crossing (see Buy Section for more details).
Going West from Gongbei are other districts:
- Doumen (斗门; Dǒumén) is in the Southwest. It is a bit out of the way, in that most of Zhuhai spreads north along the coast. Zhuhai airport is here. The very scenic Jintai Buddhist Temple, built at the end of the Song Dynasty is over 1,000 years old and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Get the full treatment at the Imperial (Yu Wenquan) Hot Springs Resort in Doumen, the first Japanese outdoor garden-style hot springs resort in China, with over 20 kinds of hot springs. Doumen has the Zhaozhen Museum, named after U.S. Army Colonel, John C. Young whose father was born near there.
In most cases, a visa should be obtained from a Chinese embassy or consulate before arriving anywhere in China. There are certain exceptions including visa free transit visits to China. See the China visas page for more information. Zhuhai has international entry/exit ports:
- Gongbei (land crossing with peninsular Macau. Open 06:00 – 01:00)
- Hengqin (island to island crossing to Cotai in Macau via the Lotus Bridge over the Shisanmen Waterway. Open 24 hours since December 2014)
- Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge (Open: 08:00 – 22:00 Macau–Zhuhai crossing)
- Jiuzhou (port serving ferries to/from Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Open to passengers as per ferry timings)
- Macau-Zhuhai Industrial Cross-border Park only open to Industrial Park card holders (24 hours) and Macau residents and mainland Chinese with permits to work in Macau (0.00 - 07.00)
Zhuhai airport is not an international airport meaning many international visitors often fly into nearby airports such as Macau and Hong Kong which have direct transport to Zhuhai without the need to go through Macau / Hong Kong immigration/customs. Many nationalities arriving at Zhuhai can obtain a single-entry, three-day tourism visa on arrival (VOA) from Hong Kong or Macau. The 3 days start at 00.00 midnight the day after arrival. Zhuhai VOA offices are only at Gongbei, Hengqin and Jiuzhou entry points.
This visa is strictly only valid in Zhuhai. The Zhuhai VOA can neither be extended nor converted meaning holders must leave China before visa expiry. Payment is by RMB or credit card (Union Pay, Visa and MasterCard). Some credit cards do not process, try to have RMB or back up credit card. For most nationalities the Zhuhai VOA fee is the same as a regular visa fee (168 RMB). This though various for countries with a reciprocal visa fee (e.g. the fee is 304 RMB for UK passport holders). National eligibility for Zhuahi VOA changes so the following should be taken only as a rough guide to be checked elsewhere:
- Most European and developed countries are eligible for the five-day VOA, including US, UK, Canada, French, Australia, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
- Indonesian and Filipino passport holders can get it only if they have been granted a Chinese visa previously
- Citizens from the following countries are ineligible: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cameroon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, and Yemen
Citizens of countries not mentioned should contact the relevant Chinese embassy or port to ask if they can apply for the Zhuhai visa on arrival.
If crossing into the Gongbei immigration building, after passing all the duty free shops, the visa office is behind a green door on the right hand side of the hall. Follow the stairs and you will find the office on the left. You need to complete a small white form, have your photograph taken and pay the fee. The visa is then processed within minutes. Currency can be converted at the China Tourist Services office back downstairs in the main immigration hall, but usually at an awful rate. Once the visa has been issued, proceed to the immigration hall to complete the immigration process. Crossing into Zhuhai, China through the Gongbei port takes about 20-30 minutes.
When you exit the Gongbei immigration building, you have reached the Zhuhai border. If you need to purchase a pre-paid cellphone card, please proceed to exit the immigration building, then walk downstair to the underground mall. There are many telephone services stalls here. You may purchase a pre-paid sim-card here for ¥100. It comes with a loaded value of ¥50. You will need a GSM phone to get it to work. Always keep your belongings zipped inside your pocket here as pick-pocketing is very common at the border check point.
Zhuhai Airport (IATA: ZUH) . This is located 50 kilometres (31 mi) (road distance) southwest of the Zhuhai city centre in Sanzao Town, Jinwan District. It is a modern airport of 11 million passengers in 2018 directly connecting the area with many Chinese cities, but no direct international destinations. To reach Zhuhai from outside China, one would usually fly to Macau, Hong Kong, Shenzhen or Guangzhou. All are within an hour or two of Zhuhai with Macau and Hong Kong airports offering transport services direct to Zhuhai that do not require passing through Macau / Hong Kong passport control / customs control. See below for fuller details of each of these.
Airport Express buses operate between Zhuhai airport and Xiangzhen and Gongbei districts for ¥30 (November 2010) per passenger, and follows the schedule of arriving/departing flights. A taxi from the airport to Gongbei or Jiuzhou in downtown Zhuhai is around ¥130 (airport surcharge of 5 RMB and 6 RMB per item of luggage (October 2011) when traffic is free flowing taking 15 mins to Gongbei Border Control. Taxis accept RMB, MOP and HKD for payment. Public bus number 207 goes right to the Gongbei border crossing for ¥6. However the journey time is between 1 hour 45 mins and 2 hours. Note that this bus does not have a luggage storage area on board.
Macau International Airport (IATA: MFM)  The best way from Macau airport to Zhuhai is via the Express Link  service, skipping the Macau immigration and customs. Once you de-board the plane, instead of going through immigration, look for the Express Link (China) sign and follow it. This will lead you past a transit security scan station where you must pick up an Express Link card, and upstairs into the departure hall. Go to the ticket counter at Gate 8, present your card and buy a ticket for the coach that goes to the Gongbei border (past Macau, before Zhuhai). The coach fare is ¥52 and the ride takes only 15 minutes. Coach departure times are 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 12:30PM, 1PM, 2:45PM, 5PM, 5:30PM, 6PM and 6PM. If you need to check in any bags for your flight, remember to have them blue tagged during your flight check-in procedure for this Express Link service. The blue tag is not a necessity, merely a convenience. Present your luggage tags at the above-mentioned coach ticket counter and pick up your bags at the bus bay later.
The option to skip the Macau immigration is not available on the return. Allow at least three hours to get from Gongbei to the Macau airport. Immigration formalities can be very time-consuming, particularly on the Chinese side during the weekends. Once out of the Chinese customs (before entering Macau), there is a little ticket booth to the left where you can get a shuttle bus ticket to the airport for ¥35. The buses will be waiting on the left once you leave the Macau immigration hall. They run at 10 minutes intervals.
Should you decide to go through the Macau immigration at the airport and take a taxi to Zhuhai, the ride takes only about 15 minutes. It costs about ¥60-80 for the short ride. But it is reasonable priced for those (>2 persons) who wish to share the taxi cab fees. The charges are inclusive of surcharge of ¥5 at the airport, ¥5 per piece of luggage. Taxi payment can be in Macau, HongKong or Chinese currencies. They are all treated equally in value. (ie. dollar for dollar, even though Macau dollar has the lowest value of the three currencies). Taxi cabs queue at the curve outside of the airport. Beware of fake note at this point. You may switch on your China mobile phone once you reaches the mid span of the Friendship bridge. The reception is rather good from this point onward.
Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG)  has numerous routes to Zhuhai:
- HKIA Skypier has a ferry to the Jiuzhou Port in Zhuhai bypassing Hong Kong immigration and customs. The ferry leaves HKIA at 12:15, 14:15, 17:00 and 20:10. Immigration and custom procedures can be skipped at the Hong Kong end. The one from Zhuhai to HKIA leaves at 9:30AM, 12:40PM, 3:30PM and 18:30PM. The trip takes approximately 50 minutes.
- HKIA Skypier has a ferry to Macau from where travellers can cross into adjacent Zhuhai via the Gongbei border gate. Immigration and custom procedures can be skipped at the Hong Kong end. The ferry journey takes about 50 minutes and runs hourly (usually).
- HK Airport Express train to Kowloon Station (cost of HKD 90), then take the free Airport Express transit bus K2 to the China-Hong Kong Ferry Terminal in Kowloon (中港城码头; Zhōnggǎngchéngmǎtóu) to take a ferry to Zhuhai. See "By boat" below.
- Long-distance buses that go overland to Gongbei. The journey takes 3.5 hours and costs HK$200. Departure times are 7AM, 8AM, 4PM, 5PM and 7PM.
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (IATA: CAN)  with 70 million passengers per year is the 3rd busiest airport in China:
- A frequent express bus service that goes to Zhuhai is available. It costs ¥80 and takes approximately 2.5 hours with one stop in the northern part of Zhuhai before going on to the Gongbei border gate to Macau. There is a check in for Guangzhou airport at Gongbei bus station in Zhuhai.
- Guangzhou Airport is on the Guangzhou metro system. The airport is North of Guangzhou with trains run to/from Zhuhai running from Guanzghou South rail station. The metro journey across Guangzhou takes 90 mins with a connection at Jiahewanggang metro station. This though may be useful for those travelling to destinations near stations on the Guangzhou - Zhuhai express rail route. See "By train" below.
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (IATA: SZX)  with 50 million passengers per year is the fifth busiest airport in China. Transport options to Zhuhai:
- See "By boat" section below
- Long distance bus service is available for Zhuhai/Macau from the Airport Traffic Centre from 08:20 until 21:05 for a price of ¥95 with a journey time of 2 hours. Service from Zhuhai to the airport leaves from Gongbei bus station between the same hours. Road times will be reduced when the 51 km, 8 lane, Shenzhen - Zhongshan Bridge opens planned to be in 2024.
Doumen has a once per day return service from Kowloon in Hong Kong operated by Chu Kong.
JiuZhou Port passenger terminal
Jiuzhou Port (九洲港; Jiǔzhōugǎng) is located at 599, South Qinglu Road, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai. Ferry services run between Juizhou Port and:
- Hong Kong International Airport: 4 round trips per day operated by Chu Kong  who charge HK$260/¥280 one-way to/from Zhuhai.
- Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal (港澳码头; Gǎngàomǎtóu), Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island: 14 round trips per day operated by Chu Kong 
- Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal (中港城码头; Zhōng Gǎngchéngmǎ tóu) Kowloon): 14 round trips per day operated by Chu Kong 
- Fuyong Terminal at Shenzhen Airport: 8 round-trips per day operated by Jiuzhou Holdings Group started 26 April 2019
- Shekou Ferry Terminal (蛇口港; Shékǒugǎng) in Southwest Shenzhen: 26 round-trips per day
Local buses no. 3, 3A, 4, 12, 22, 23, 25, 26 and 99 and sightseeing Bus 02 can take passengers to/from Jiuzhou Port. Bus stops and a taxi rank are directly outside. You can take a free bus ride to GongBei by showing your ferry ticket. Getting to Zhuhai Airport from the Jiuzhou Ferry port that connects Zhuhai with Hong Kong, an Airport bus can be taken for about ¥30 and the last bus departs at 8PM. The journey takes about 2 hours.
Wailingding Island has a daily return service to/from Shekou that varies slightly in daily timing.
Guangzhou–Zhuhai intercity railway map. New Guangzhou shown on the map is more commonly known as Guangzhoul South station.
Train from Guangzhou South in Zhuhai.
Guangzhou–Zhuhai intercity railway (Chinese: 广州-珠海城际快速轨道; abbreviated as 广珠城轨) is a dedicated, grade-separated regional railway linking Guangzhou South railway station and Zhuhai. It is the first line completed in the currently under construction Pearl River Delta Rapid Transit network. The section between Zhuhai North and Zhuhai stations is also known as Line R1. The service stops at 5 stations within Zhuhai:
- Zhuhai North (Zhuhaibei) 珠海北
- Tangjiawan 唐家湾
- Mingzhu 明珠
- Qianshan 前山
- Zhuhai 珠海
Zhuhai Railway Station is located at the western end of Gongbei Port of Entry and Portas do Cerco at the border of Zhuhai and Macau (the world's busiest land border crossing). There are frequent High Speed Rail (HSR) trains to Guangzhou and then beyond to/from Guilin, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and other main cities in China.
Zhuhai–Zhuhai Airport intercity railway, also known as the Zhuji intercity railway, is a regional rail in Zhuhai. It is part of Pearl River Delta Metropolitan Region intercity railway system. Formerly, the railway was an extension of the Guangzhou–Zhuhai intercity railway. The railways construction is split into two stages:
- Phase 1 from Zhuhai to Hengqin Changlong connects 7 stations with 16.8 km of trackage. Zhuhai station expansion work was completed in May 2019. Phase 1 is expected to enter service in November 2019.
- Phase 2 from Hengqin Chimelong to Zhuhai Airport will connect 3 further stations when open in 2023
It will take only 30 minutes to commute from urban district to the airport using the completed line.
Bus routes 3A (to Jiuzhou ferry port) and 65 (to Zhulinpu in Tangjiawan) connect the station to the rest of Zhuhai, while there is also a minivan service to Beijing Normal University. Reaching downtown Zhuhai from Zhuhai North station takes around 40-50 minutes by bus. There is also a taxi queue immediately outside the station.
If your interesting in making your way straight to the Macau border, you can take the k1 bus directly from the station (珠海北站) to the Gongbei (拱北) border crossing. The cost is 3 yuan, and it takes about 30 minutes.
Until the rail line extension comes into play, the direct downtown-to-downtown busses are likely to be faster and more convenient.
Entrance to Zhuhai from the Macau border
Zhuhai-Macau border; the red building is the Port of Entry (customs and immigration)
You can walk across the border from Macau at Gongbei. It typically takes 20 minutes of walking time, but be prepared for long queues, which can easily add over an hour to your total border crossing time. For Zhuhai to Macau, if you are already late for your connecting flight, go to the express line (no queuing required) and show them your air ticket for immediate attention. The whole border crossing process takes about 20-25 minutes, excluding waiting time in the long queues.
Always keep your belongings zipped inside your pocket here as pickpockets are very common at the border check point.
Main bus station in Gongbei
Visitor border crossing by shuttle bus is possible island to island via the Lotus Bridge. The Lotus Bridge connects Macau's Cotai with Zhuhai's Hengqin across the few hundred metres of the Shisanmen Waterway. The fare is ¥3 with no change given so carry the exact cash. From the Hengqin side of the border take bus number 14 to Xiangzhou, or catch one of the Kee Kwan air-conditioned minibuses to Wanzai or Gongbei (¥5).
Guangzhou has hundreds of buses every day to Zhuhai usually via the Jingzhu (Beijing-Zhuhai) Highway (京珠高速; Jīngzhūgāosù). You can catch one at:
- China (Marriott) Hotel (中国大酒店)
- Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (广州白云机场) just inside the Arrival Hall
- Garden Hotel (花园酒店)
- Provincial bus station (省汽车站)
- Tianhe Dasha bus station (天河大厦车站)
- Liuhua bus station (流花车站) directly opposite the provincial train station
From any of these locations, the trip will cost ¥70-75 and take about 2.5 hours. Buses leave every half hour and go to Gongbei. Along the way, they usually make a stop at Xiangzhou (香洲; Xiāngzhōu) and Suidaonan (隧道南; Suìdàonán).
Zhuhai has several bus stations:
- One is underground, accessed from the lower level of the underground shopping center at the Gongbei border crossing (the Macau border).
- The main Gongbei bus station is within a few hundred meters from the Gongbei border crossing. It's off to your right as you leave the underground shopping centre by the Northeast Exit.
- Xiangzhou also has a large intercity bus station. Take #2 or #10 city bus to reach it from Gongbei.
A bridge from Shenzhen Airport to Zhongshan is planned to open in 2024.
It is possible to drive across the border from Macau. Unlike Macau, China drives on the right. Only vehicles with dual plates are allowed to drive across the border.
Zhuhai is quite spread out. The terrain is coastal plain broken up by mountains or, seen from the sea, a series of bays and headlands. There are many clumps of development separated by hills, often parkland.
For all information about the city you can pick up Delta Bridges City Guide at almost every bar, hotel or better restaurant. All information is freshly updated, or visit their website link title
See "Get in, By train" section above; The Zhuhai - Guangzhou intercity railway stops at many different locations within Zhuhai's boundaries.
Zhuhai Metro (珠海地铁) is in the planning stage. Construction is expected to start in 2019, with an estimated time of completion in 2024.
- Line 1: Jiuzhou Port to Jinwan Station (36.8 km trackage)
- Line 2: Jinding Industrial Area to Gongbei Port (30.5 km trackage)
A three-line Zhuhai tram network (珠海有轨电车) is under construction. In 2017, the 14 station first section of Line 1 began service to the public running from Haitian Gardens to Shangchong. When complete, Line 1 will connect central Zhuhai to Zhuhai Railway Station and the Gongbei Port of Entry to Macau.
Inside of an older Zhuhai local bus
- To move between districts, use buses. These are ¥1-3, depending how far they go and whether they are air-conditioned. Most buses run to only 9:30 or 10 pm.
- Bus 10 will cross all of the Zhuhai SEZ north to south or south to north. By taking bus 10 it is possible to conveniently move between Gongbei, Xiangzhou, Tangjia, and Jinding. Bus 10 terminates in the south near the Macau border in Gongbei and terminates in the north on the mainstreet of Jinding.
- Bus 3 will allow you to reach Jiuzhou ferry port for trips to Hong Kong or Shenzhen.
- The double decker sightseeing bus bus goes to most areas between Gongbei and Jinding for ¥3. Padded seats and good air conditioning make it a lot more comfortable than city buses for long trips. The last sightseeing bus is at about 7PM.
- To get from Gongbei to Xiangzhou Bus Station to catch bus to Guangzhou, take Bus #10or 10a... 3 yuen.
- To get from Xiangzhou Bus Station to Gongbei take bus #2(2 yuen) to go via the coastline or #10 or 10a (3 yuen)for more direct route.
- To get from Gongbei to the nice beach across from the Dehan Hotel take bus #99...2 yuen.. watch for hotel with a dome that looks like the white house.
Within any district you can take a taxi from ¥10. Get a card from the hotel where you are staying and keep it with you so that if you get lost you can give it to a taxi driver and he will know where to take you.
Cantonese is the indigenous language of Zhuhai, it being a part of the Pearl River Delta. Nevertheless, due to the massive influx of immigrants from other parts of China over the last two decades, Mandarin is now the lingua franca. English is not widely used, but some people speak it.
Fisher Girl Statue, symbol of Zhuhai
- Fisher Girl statue, Lovers' Road () (Bus 9 or 99 or the sightseeing bus). Legend has it that an angel descended to earth one day and fell in love with the beauty of the land. Reluctant to return, she turned herself into a fisher girl, weaving nets and searching for precious pearls to earn a living. In addition, she unselfishly used her knowledge and powers to heal villagers who were ill, and so was well loved by one and all. Soon she met a young fisherman named Hai Peng and they fell in love. Not long after, however, Hai Peng heard and believed malicious accusations, and demanded the fisher girl to give him her magical bracelets as proof of her affection. The fisher girl tearfully explained the origin of the bracelets. While she was still the daughter of the South Sea Dragon King, the eight bracelets were given to her by the eight palace mistresses, to guard her against the thought of abandoning immortality. She would die if she even removed one. Tragically, Hai Peng did not believe her story and turned to leave. The fisher girl, to prove her love for Hai Peng, removed her bracelets and died in his arms instantly. Hai Peng was filled with remorse and grief. His great sorrow moved the Jiu Zhou Huan Elder, who taught him the way to bring the fisher girl back to life. For this he had to travel to the Jiu Zhou Island to find the Resurrection Grass, which must then be fed with man's blood. After much difficulty, Hai Peng found the grass and grew it with his own blood. Days turned to years, and the grass was finally ready and used to revive the fisher girl. Henceforth, the fisher girl became a true mortal. On the day of their wedding, all the girls together found a gigantic, magical pearl at the seashore. In gratitude, the fisher girl presented this to the reverent Elder. edit
- Jintai Buddhist Temple (金台寺; Jīntáisì), (In Doumen; take bus K4 or 609 from the Xiangzhou Bus Station, then a rickshaw to the temple entrance). Scenic temple built at the end of the Song Dynasty, over 1,000 years old and well worth a visit if you are in this area. edit
- Lovers' Road (情侣路; Qínglǚlù). * Take a walk along the coastline. It offers a majestic view of the Macau skyline across the border, but the sea tends to be brown and muddy. edit
- New Yuanming Palace (圆明新园; Yuánmíngxīnyuán), (At the foot of Big Shilin Mountain of Jiuzhou Road, to the northwest of Zhuhai City, take bus 1, 25, 30, or 60, it is a 15 minute bus ride from Gongbei Road). Closes at 11PM. Immitation of the Yuanming Palace in Beijing and covers an area of 1.39 square km. Inside the park there is also 80,000 square meters of lake. Along the lake are many places to hire motor boats and pedelos. The park has many attractions from ancient emperors' artifacts and clothes to floating restaurants and traditional Chinese architecture. It offers amazing photo opportunities with the mountains as a backdrop and there are many little pagodas to distract yourself with. In the evening, at the Northern side of the park, there are impressive stage shows depicting traditional Chinese dances and stories in a Broadway style musical presentation. This is a must-see. Also, in the Northern most part of the park there is a sea-battle re-enactment using real boats, explosions and also a troop of cavalry to add to the realism. These shows are included in the entrance fee although premium tickets for good seats can be purchased for ¥5. When you leave, you also have the opportunity to dress in the Emperor's clothes and have your picture taken for ¥40, which is quite expensive. You are allowed to take the pictures with your own camera. Entrance to the park is ¥120 before 6:30PM and ¥60 thereafter. edit
- Zhuhai's many islands. One of Zhuhai's nicknames is the city of a hundred islands (217 islands with 147 of them over 500 square metres in area), and it has a number of islands that are accessible from ports by ferry boat (see the Islands Section for more information). edit
Zhuhai Racetrack during the Asian Festival of Speed
- Golf. There are several golf courses in the area. These are popular with Hong Kong players who come on weekends as they are cheaper and less crowded than those in Hong Kong. For more details see Golf in China. There is also a driving range in Jida. This is accessible via the #4 bus. Golf equipment is readily available and cheap in Zhuhai, but all branded clubs are knock-offs of varying qualities. There are several small golf shops in the underground shopping complex at the Macau border, several on Lianhua Lu (Lotus Road) in Gongbei, and two larger ones across the road from the driving range in Jida. edit
- Hengqin International Tennis Center. The 1st stage of the facility was completed after Zhuhai won the right to host the WTA Elite Trophy from 2015. Venus Williams won the tournament that year. As at 2019 it hosts 3 international competitions: the WTA Elite Trophy, the Zhuhai Open and the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Playoff for the Australian Open. It has 6 match courts with centre court capacity for 5 000 spectators. There are 12 practice courts. Between August and December 2018, the Hengqin Tennis Centre offered the use of its training facilities for free to all residents of Zhuhai, Macau and Hong Kong. edit
- Imperial Yuwenquan Hot Springs, (In Doumen District, take bus 609), ☎ +86 756 5797128. The first Japanese-style open air hot spring in China. There are over 20 kinds of hot springs, massage rooms and sauna rooms. This is considered to be one of the best spa resorts in China. From Gongbei it takes about two hours to get to there by bus, or an hour and ~¥130 one-way by taxi. edit
- Swim, sunbathe or go diving. At a number of islands which are approximately 50 minutes away by ferry (see Zhuhai Islands Section for more details). edit
- Zhuhai International Circuit (珠海国际赛车场; Zhūhǎi Guójìsàichēchǎng), . Constructed in 1996 this was the 1st motor racing circuit in China. Here you can watch and enjoy the atmosphere of international auto and motorcycle racing, including the FIA GT Championship, A1GP (World Cup of Motorsports), Asian Formula 3 Series, Asian Festival of Speed and ZIC's very own Pan Delta Super Racing Festival. It is also possible to take the ride of a lifetime by buckling up on board Asia's one-and-only 2-seater formula car and being driven by an ART Motorsports professional racing driver. Receive expert instruction and spend a half hour on the actual race course in a formula car for HK$1500. Enjoy the ride yourself, or with a group of friends in a full 30-minute session doing 2 to 3 laps each. You can also rent go karts and motorcycles for use on a separate track. edit
Two universities are located along the main coastal road North of central Zhuhai, between Xiangzhou and Tangjia, accessible by bus 3, 10, 69 or the sightseeing bus:
- Zhongshan University (中山大学; Zhōngshān Dàxué; also known as Sun Yat-Sen Dàxué). edit
- Harbin Institute of Technology. edit
Several more are further North, on a side road just before Jinding. Take bus 69 from town, bus 70 from Jinding, or bus 10A from Gongbei. The Zhuhai North train station is also in this area.
- Beijing Normal University (北京师范大学 (北师大); Běijīng Shīfàn Dàxué (Běishīdà)). edit
- Beijing Institute of Technology. edit
- Bryant University, (On the BIT campus), . A U.S. business university that has a cooperative agreement with the Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai, to collaboratively educate students on Bryant’s campus in Smithfield, Rhode Island and in Zhuhai, China. Classes are taught entirely in English. edit
- United International College, (On the BNU campus). A liberal arts university co-funded by Hong Kong Baptist University and Beijing Normal University. Classes are taught entirely in English. edit
- Other universities, (Further west, towards Doumen District). Several universities are found here. edit
Always inspect the product before paying for it and leaving the shop. Also, note down where you bought the item. You will never get a refund, but Gongbei shop owners are surprisingly diligent about protecting their reputation, so they will more than likely exchange defective merchandise.
Gongbei underground shopping mall
- Underground shopping complex (拱北地下广场; Gǒngběi Dìxiàguǎngchǎng), (Right below the [[Macau]] border crossing in Gongbei, take the escalator or walk down the stairs). Huge complex. The entire open concrete area in front of the border crossing has two floors of shops under it. Find several hundred shops, many with goods targeted at tourists, such as clothing and shoes, jade and other jewelery, handicraft e.g. Tibetan accessories, and consumer electronics. There are also many CDs and DVDs for sale at cheap prices, although they are unlicensed copies. Also available in abundance are imitation watches with incredible resemblance to the real ones (Rolex, Breitling, Patek Philippe, Movado, and Omega, just to name a few). Even among these knock-offs, differences in grade can be seen for the same model in different shops. Whatever you buy here, always bargain and bargain hard. edit
Ying Bin Shopping Plaza in Gongbei
- Yingbin Road (迎宾路; Yíngbīnlù), (The main street that goes straight north from the border, number one and two north exits from the underground complex lead to opposite sides of Yingbin Road). It has several large shopping complexes with everything from cheap Chinese goods to trendy pricey international brands. On the left, there is Wanjia Department Store (万佳百货; Wànjiābǎihuò), which is the most recognizable landmark in Gongbei. Any local or taxi driver will know where it is. Slightly further up, there is also the Yingbin Plaza (迎宾广场; Yíngbīnguǎngchǎng) on the right which has a McDonald's on the ground floor and a KFC right above it. Most of the shops here sell clothing. edit
Lotus Road shopping at night in Gongbei
- Lianhua Road (莲花路; Liánhuālù; lit. Lotus Road; also known as Walking Street (步行街; Bùxíngjiē)), (Parallel to Yingbin Road and a block east of it, at the south end it starts on the west side of the bus station opposite the northeast exit from the underground complex at the Macau border). Pedestrians only street. The merchandise available here is similar to what you find in the underground shopping mall, primarily clothing and electronics. There is also a Bank Of China branch here with ATMs for foreign cards. edit
Hita Shopping Plaza in Jida
The main drag in Jida is Jingshan Road (景山路; Jǐngshānlù) and it has two blocks of nice department stores:
- Zhuhai Shopping Mall (珠海百货; Zhūhǎi Bǎihuò), (From Gongbei, take bus 2). edit
- Duty Free Shopping Mall (免税商场; Miǎnshuìshāngchǎng), (From Gongbei, take bus 2). edit
- Your Family Store (又一家; Yòuyījiā), (From Gongbei, take bus 2). edit
- Tongluowan Shopping Mall (铜锣湾; Tóngluówān), (From Gongbei, take bus 2). edit
Jusco department store in Xiangzhou
- Xiangzhou, (From the border, take bus 2 or the sightseeing bus). Has plenty of shops, and is generally less touristy than Jida or Gongbei. Many locals shop here to buy their Chinese brand name clothing. The main street has the Japanese department (and grocery) store Jusco. There are also a number of other shops and several fairly large shopping complexes along the street north of Jusco. edit
- Computers and electronics, (On the second corner south of Jusco (Wanzaisha Bus Stop)). Two large buildings full of computer and electronics shops. This is the place to go in Zhuhai for anything computer or electronics related. edit
To shop for imported groceries, including items such as cheese, chocolate, and milk, try
- AEON (now called AEON), (On the main street in Xiangzhou). The place many Zhuhai expats go to buy groceries. Even though they seem to specialise in Japanese food. You can also find some decent western items at fair prices. More expensive than other supermarkets but much wider range of products edit
- Carrefour, (Near the end of bus lines 7 and 9). there are now two carrefour supermarkets.. the new one in Jida has western food available . old one has not edit
Casual street dining in Gongbei
Cantonese cuisine is common place, but street food stalls and restaurants featuring food from all over China are also easily found. Seafood is a increasingly sourced from aquaculture farms.
'Seafood Street' in Wanzai
- Gongbei Seafood, (If you are standing at the border facing North, follow the street running West parallel to the border around 100 meters past the border area and several of the hotels, and then take any side street North and wind your way into a large outdoor eating area with scores of low key outdoor restaurants). There is a multitude of outdoor eating establishments with seafood in Gongbei near the Macau border. Only a 5 minute walk from the border, many types of sea creatures can be had here (fish, crab, oysters, prawns) as well as other non-seafood dishes that are just as good. They are cheaper than the more pricey restaurants. Keep an eye out for the people cleaning large stacks of oysters. edit
- Lotus Road. Other tasty local grub in Gongbei can be found on any of the side streets off of Lianhua Lu (Lotus Road). edit
For a cheap and filling snack, look for the tiny noodle places run by Muslims.
- Muslim Restaurant, (next to Wanzaisha Bus Station in Xiangzhou). One good one. edit
- Shishen Seafood City (食神海鲜城; Shíshén Hǎixiān Chéng). edit
- Gangwan Avenue, Xiangzhou District (香洲区港湾大道; Xiāngzhōuqū Gǎngwāndàdào) (A bit north of town on the coastal road, take bus 3 or 10 or the sightseeing bus), ☎ +86 756 3611726. In an interesting old building
- 108 Gaosha Middle Street, Xiangzhou District (香洲区高沙中街108号; Xiāngzhōuqū Gāoshāzhōngjiē) (Near the border, a short distance along the road by the clock tower), ☎ +86 756 8132108.
- May Flower Restaurant (皇朝五月花大酒楼; Huángcháo Wǔyuèhuā Dàjiǔlóu), 3F, Ridong Square, 49 Qinglü Middle Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区情侣中路49号日东广场3楼; Xiāngzhōuqū Qínglǚzhōnglù Rìdōngguǎngchǎng), ☎ +86 756 3230000. As in many places in this area, the customer chooses the fish in the tank to be killed and cooked. You may also pick your own vegetables and specify the cooking methods. This is not the kind of place to come if you like to pick things off a menu, but if you are willing to select your food while it is still swimming, it is a great choice. There is a large airplane attached to the front of the building. edit
- Jenny's Cafe, Xiangzhou (Bus 69 one stop past Jusco, it is on the left side of the road, just past the Cinema/Great Hall of Zhuai.). A neat, cozy, jazz infused cafe serving mostly Chinese food but with an extensive and reasonably priced drinks menu that includes coffee, tea and some alcoholic drinks. [ 03-23-10;No longer there. Now occupied by Panda restaurant. Exhaustive investigation with nearby merchants indicates they are simply out of business. ][It's moved. It's now on the opposite side of the road, past the cinema/Great Hall building where the road bends away to the left. It's tucked back from the road, but easily seen due to the large signage around the door. average. edit
Food from other regions of China is also available. Hunan and Sichuan food is common. Within walking distance north of Jusco on the main street, there are many restaurants:
- Turn right at the first corner (KFC) for a big seafood restaurant and a good Sichuan restaurant.
- Turn left at the seafood restaurant, and 20 meters along the side street will be an alley on your right with an assorted row of cheap local restaurants.
- At the end of the alley, turn left again for more of the same, including some good Muslim noodles place about half a block along on your right.
- Back on the main street, turn left at the first pedestrian overpass for good Northeast China (Dongbei) food.
- There is a Xinjiang restaurant on bus 4 route, one stop north of the Jida ferry port. That is part of a cluster of mid-range restaurants in a newly developed area.
Around the border shopping area, there are a number of good and reasonably priced Thai restaurants.
There are several good pizza places, popular with the local expatriate community:
- Mr Pizza, Jinding (Bus 3 or 10 or the sightseeing bus, alight at the first bus stop after you turn into Jinding, then cross the street). Imported wine is available here. The restaurant also has a small deli where you can buy cheese and other goodies. The first owner was an Englishman named Ken, but Mr. Pizza is now under new management. Pizza is ¥40-80. Happy Hour 5:30PM-7PM with beer at half price. edit
- Uncle Mike's Pizza and Chicken, Tangjia (Under the Old Chinese Junk), ☎ 13672771745. 11am-11pm. Great pizza and chicken is now accompanied by a partner Italian Restaurant 'Tratoria Verde' and the 'Down Under Pub' (open later on weekends)beers from ¥10. Try Friday night for great Fish and Chips. edit
- Portofino Italian Restaurant, 香洲人民西路仁恒星园商业街105 - 107号商铺 波托菲诺意大利餐厅 (Shop 105 - 107, Business Mansion of Ren Heng Star Garden, Ren Min Xi Lu, Xiangzhou), ☎ +867562602602 ([email protected]). Chinese owner 'Luigi' is a fully-trained Italian chef, using fine ingredients to delight his guests. Located on the second row of shops, behind Pizza Hut (not the one next to Hita Plaza (below), the other one in New Xiangzhou). edit
- Pizza Hut, Jida (Next to Hita Plaza). Approximately half the cheese used in US Pizza huts. edit
- The Factory (工厂酒吧), 珠海市华发世纪城新世纪广场 (Next to 'The Garden' Cafe & Restaurant on the riverside). 17:00 - late. Cheese and garlic, italian meats and rocket and their signature spicy Mexican pizza puts 'The Factory 工厂酒吧' as one of the top spots for fresh thin-crust pizza in Zhuhai. edit
- London Lounge Bar & Restaurant (伦敦廊英式餐吧; Lúndūn bā), GF Bld 2, LETS Cultural District, 70 Daishan Road, Qianshan 珠海市前山贷山路70号乐士文化区2栋（原岱山工业区） (Walk inside LETS Cultural Park and it's ground floor of the 2nd white building on your left.), ☎ 0756-8659052（中）| 18688180377 (EN) ([email protected]), . 11:00 - 01:00. Their thin crust pizzas are made in a 500 degree stone-baked pizza oven to give an authentic fresh taste. All the toppings and flour are imported. $$. (22.241313,113.517335) edit
Pizza can also be found in other local restaurants, including a local chain called Pizza Coffee, but the pizza is not very appealing to Western tastes.
An upscale ship-shaped
- Deyuefang Seafood Restaurant (得月肪海鮮酒樓; Déyuèfáng Hǎixiān Jiǔlóu), Inside Mingting Park, Yeli Island, Xiangzhou District (香洲区野狸岛名亭公园内; Xiāngzhōuqū Yělídǎo Míngtínggōngyuánnèi) (From Gongbei, take bus 9 or the sightseeing bus along Qinglu Road (Lovers' Road) until you see the ship and bridge on your right, just as the bus turns left, get off the bus and walk across the bridge; from Jusco, walk south along the main street to the first corner and turn left, the bridge is one block ahead), ☎ +86 756 2251188. Large, expensive seafood place on a boat in Xiangzhou harbour. edit
- The Old Chinese Junk (古船西餐厅; Gǔchuán Xīcāntīng), 5-401 Tangrenshangye Street, 3399 Tangqi Road, Tangjiawan District (唐家湾唐淇路3399号唐人商业街5栋401号; Tángjiāwān Tángqílù Tángrénshāngyèjiē (4th floor of the shopping-center-like-complex, near the Dragon Opera house, the bar is connected to the Longmen Hotel and can reached using their elevator), ☎ +86 756 3319668. The Old Chinese Junk in Tangjia is a rooftop restaurant and pub run by an Englishman named Mike. The "Old Junk" was opened in Zhuhai in 2007. It has an extensive food menu (90 dishes) from all over the world and is widely acknowledged to have the best Fish and Chips in Zhuhai. The drinks menu is also equally extensive. With a total floor area of over 350m2 this is also quite a large establishment and it also has live music twice a week. Satellite TV and free WiFi is also available edit
- The London Lounge (伦敦廊英式餐吧; Lúndūn bā), GF Bld 2, LETS Cultural District, 70 Daishan Road, Qianshan 珠海市前山贷山路70号乐士文化区2栋（原岱山工业区） (Walk inside LETS Cultural Park and it's ground floor of the 2nd white building on your left), ☎ 0756-8659052（中）| 18688180377 (EN) ([email protected]), . Authentic British Pub food and drinks, large selection of imported craft beers on draft and a cold room to store them. Food includes Fish and Chips, Stone-baked Pizzas, US Beef Burgers, Texan Slow Cooked Ribs and more all using imported ingredients. Other amenities include multiple projectors and large screens for live sport, live music Wednesday through Sunday, free WIFI and free parking. $$. edit
- Indian Kitchen (印度小厨), 26-28 Shihua East Street, Huajing Garden, Dongyuan, Jida District (吉大石花东路华景花园东苑26-28铺; Jídà Shíhuādōnglù Huàjǐnghuāyuán Dōngyuàn; also known as Sek Fat Tong Road) (Bus 4, two stops south of the port), ☎ +86 756 3345784 ([email protected]), . Fairly decent Indian food (Southern Tamil) with sometimes bizarre entertainment including dancing girls and a chef that dances like Michael Jackson used to. Expect at least ¥60 per person. edit
- Jewel of India (马赫那佳印度餐厅; Mǎhènàjiā Yìndùcāntīng), 珠海市华发世纪城新世纪广场 (Riverside), ☎ +86 13192221216; +86 756 3321770. 11AM-2:30PM, 5PM-11PM. Serves authentic Northern Indian food and is famous for its Tandoori Chicken. They also deliver food anywhere in Zhuhai. Recently reopened in the super-stylish Huafa Century City with a luxurious environment and even more treats on the menu. Friendly owner Gope is always on-hand to help recommend dishes that compliment each other. Also the outdoor seating makes this a great spot for an afternoon riverside beer. Expect about ¥70 per person. edit
There are several notable Japanese restaurants in Zhuhai:
- (Along Lovers' Road (Qinglülu)) in Gongbei, a block from Bar Street). Large upscale Japanese restaurant.
- Takumi Ken, (On bus 4 route, one stop south of the port). edit
There is one German restaurant/bar in Nanping District, serving authentic German cuisine:
* St. Pauli Kommune
Let the taxi driver take you to 濂泉路. You will see a parking lot with a smaller street going away from the parking lot. Walk past the Chinese places and up the smaller street. You find the restaurant on the left-hand side.
For more info, visit their homepage: http://www.stprestaurant.com/
- Holiday Inn, (In Jida). Excellent breakfast buffet with Western, Japanese and Chinese dishes. ¥60 if you are not a hotel guest. edit
- Indian Restaurant, (In Gongbei, a couple of blocks north of McDonalds on the main street (Yingbin Lu) running north from the border). The name refers to the Native American Indian decor of the restaurant, not curries and nan bread. The specialty is high priced steak that is no more than tolerable. However, you might consider going for the decor, which is American Plains Indian with a few pieces of Northwestern coastal art. The waitresses there wear fringed skirts with feathers in their hair. edit
Zhuhai is well known as a nightlife destination across China and beyond. Whether it's enjoying Chinese street life, mixing it up with all walks of life on Walking Street, sipping cocktails on Bar Street, or hitting pulsating electronic discos, Zhuhai's nightlife is thriving. There are many bars and pubs scattered in the the city and lanes of the city, especially in Jida, Gongbei and along the Qinglu Road.
For a truly unique experience, have a beer or coffee at one of the couple dozen open-air bar booths along Linhua Road (莲花路; Liánhuālù; lit. Lotus Road; also known as Walking Street (步行街; Bùxíngjiē)). Hanging out here is by far one of the most interesting things to do in Zhuhai. It is parallel to Yingbin Road and a block east of it, starting on the western side of Gongbei Bus Station, opposite the northeast exit from the underground shopping complex at the Macau border. By day, it is a busy shopping street with numerous shops. It transforms into a spectacular must-see atmosphere at night. This area is filled with individual proprietary outdoor stalls for drinking and playing dice with the bar girls. Bar girls earn commission on the drinks so their goal is to get you to buy as much as possible. There are two groups of outdoor bars with the one further south nearer the border emphasising food (nothing special) and the one a little further north emphasising drinks. There is a stretch of shops in between the two areas. Drinks are cheap (¥18 for a bottle of beer, fresh fruit juice or cup of coffee), and you get to meet all sorts of locals, expats, travellers and tourists. Retain some sensibility exploring Zhuhai nightlife especially late at night as things can get pretty wild. Most stalls are open till 3 am, a few stay open later for enthusiastic customers.
Shuiwan Bar Street usually just known as Bar Street (酒吧街; Jiǔbājiē) is at the Shuiwan Road of Gongbei. At around 300 metres long, is a well-established, modern strip of more expensive bars, some featuring live music. With the support of the city's municipal government, this bar street is set up to promote tourism supporting the local economy. The construction of the street is of a European style combined with Chinese modern garden sights as well as the local features. Various bars, pubs, cafes and nightclubs along both sides of the street have their respective characteristics, showing different scenes and themes. It is usually the first place newcomers to Zhuhai go to experience the energy and liveliness of life in Zhuhai after dark. This strip is pricier than Walking Street. It is one block in-land and a 20 minute walk from the Gongbei border. Follow the street with the clock tower until it becomes Bar Street.
- 18 Bar (18 Ba), next to construction bank on Bar Street. Not technically part of the Bar Street strip, but one block away before you reach Bar Street. Relatively new, near the outdoor eating tables on Bar Street. Most of the girls inside work for the bar to book tables. edit
- 88 (Ba Ba), First Bar on Bar Street (At the Corner). It's on the corner and the first bar you see when you approach bar street. It's ¥380 for a dozen beers or 500 for a bottle of whiskey like Jack Daniel's or Chivas Regal. Beware of the bottle service though, you might get counterfeit alcohol and feel like crap afterwards. The best thing about this place is that most of the females that show up are customers themselves, as opposed to the other bars on bar street where most of the females work for the bar. open till 5am 50. edit
- Azur Restaurant, 珠海市南屏海鲜街坪岚路65号香槟小镇D6区6号铺 中蓝海西餐厅 (南屏海鲜街) (look for the beautiful terrace with big tree in the center of Nanping Seafood Street), ☎ 8813197 ([email protected]). mon-sat late night, sunday closed. The only place in Zhuhai with professional IBA trained foreign bartender. edit
- Yes Bar. Next to 88. edit
- Cohiba (Xi Yang Hui). Older crowd with quiet outdoor seating and fireplace outside. Indoor seating with live singers and dancers. A nice break once in a while from the hardcore partying elsewhere. ¥20-30 for beer, more for cocktails. edit
- Seven Club (Qi Hao Hui Guan). outdoor seating, broad menu with full dinner items and snacks, lots of table-booker girls, good selection of music from live DJs. edit
- Come By Club (NOT a typo, NOT called 'Comedy' Club), 中国广东省珠海市水湾路酒吧街. small place and usually only one or two tables. One has to wonder how they stay in business. edit
- Soho (SOHO), 珠海市水湾路酒吧街. quiet place where you can sip red wine and have some fine dining. They have a private room in the back. edit
- Casa Pepe. quiet place where you can sip red wine and have some fine dining. They have a private room in the back. edit
- Caribbean (UFO Bar), 珠海市水弯路215－217号 (On Bar Street), ☎ 0756-8889666. Use to be named UFO before renovations. The facilities look similar to 88, but larger space. A lot of the girls in here work for the bar as promoters. edit
- Back Street. outdoor seating, with ktv rooms inside. edit
- Hill Cocktail. the only bar of it's kind in zhuhai where the bartenders actually mix cocktails according to specifications. For example a Long Island Ice Tea actually has 5 different kind of alcohols in it. If you order this in other bars it's just a mix of lemon iced tea and vodka. Located in the basement of a hotel up the ramp from back street. It's a quiet setting - good for romancing a date you just met at the other clubs. edit
- 1520 Bar. one block down from 88 towards the ocean. Most of the pretty girls here are promoters for the bar. Karaoke upstairs. edit
- Rude Bar (活力吧), 珠海市连按路1号 （中国银行旁） (One block down from 88 towards the ocean, next to the Bank of China.). Huge place to dine and wine. They don't normally play loud music so it's more of a quiet place for chatting. Can be quite cold inside during winter because they don't turn on the heat. They have a private room in the back. Also a counter bar in the back, but nobody ever sits there. edit
- La Bohemia (桂缘), 珠海市水湾路酒吧街 (The first bar / restaurant on Bar Street when coming from the North East), ☎ +8613902532944. Aside from the hugely popular Friday night Latin dance parties, La Bohemia offers excellent Portuguese food, Mediterranean food and Asian dishes, as well as a large selection of fine wines and cocktails. edit
Your best bet is to hit your bar of choice first and then inquire and explore. The discos tend to be large, intense, and heavy into generic Chinese imitation euro-trance music, and popular with the young and rebellious. Cover charges may or may not apply, drinks are expensive by Chinese standards (generally ¥30 or more). Be careful with your possessions as these places are notorious for pickpockets.
There are numerous discos in Zhuhai that will allow you to continue your night into the morning. There are several in Gongbei within a short cab ride of either Bar Street or Walking Street:
- (On Walking Street near the food stands closer to the Macau border, look for the escalator going down from the street). Open until 6AM. Disco with lots of action.
There are several slightly smaller, dance type clubs located right on Bar Street.
The Xiangzhou and Jida areas also have popular discos.
For singing/drinking in private rooms with your friends, the following places charge per hour for the room and drinks are bought separately in the mini-supermarket within the facilities.
- Lan Gui Fang. edit
- Hai Ge Huang Qiao (海歌黄桥). edit
- Sea & Sand (海沙吧), 夏湾华平路3号E16号铺, ☎ 0756-8110111. small karaoke lounge with private rooms on 2nd floor. 15 a beer. edit
There are a handful of karaoke establishments across the street from the McDonald's as well.
There are many KTVs in Xiangzhou.
Come to Jinding Barbeque for a unique dining experience and beers aplenty (see Eat Section) and then go to Jinding Karaoke Bar Street, an off-the-beaten-path strip of about 10 truly hole-in-the-wall karaoke bars located northeast of the main street in Jinding. Come here if you want to experience where real salt-of-the-earth working class Chinese people go to get their drinks and howl at high decibel levels into a microphone. It is not easily reached by walking if you do not know where you are going, but it is easy to flag down any of the locals and get a ride on their motorcycle (takes about 3 minutes and costs ¥5) or take any of the taxi vans parked all around the middle of the main street. Just motion that you want to drink and sing and point in a eastward direction from the center of the main street to convey the message. You will be popular here and may be encouraged to join someone's table and drink gratis as most locals will be surprised a foreigner would come here. Drink plenty of beer or bring earplugs or both to dull the volume of the howling.
The Blarney Stone in the Holiday Inn has quite a number of beers on tap. It is located in Jida. It features live western music performed by Filipino groups, among others, on some nights (usually weekends). The German beers on tap are rather expensive at Y58 (+15%) but Y23 (+15%) for a pint of draught Filipino San Miguel is rather a good deal, especially during happy hour (6-8pm everyday) when it is buy one get one free. Although the Irish decor is pretty average, it is a large and comfortable venue for those who are looking for a tamer night out. One of the cheaper hotel bars that I have been in and enjoys a reasonable mix of clientèle for a bar in a western hotel.
Dragon Union Opera House, also in Tangjia, is a large entertainment venue, occasionally featuring live, perhaps tacky, variety shows with acrobats, jugglers, rope climbers and singers, etc. Beer is expensive during shows. There is also a floor dedicated to massages. There are quite a few karaoke rooms available, complete with furniture, beds, food, drink, choice of girls, and optional adult entertainment options to fulfill your every need no matter how unusual. Known even in Hong Kong as a destination for those seeking an 'all inclusive' karaoke experience, it can be as tame or as involved as you want it to be.
- Cat & Tea House (喵之茶屋), "珠海市湾仔沙珠海大会堂右侧芝辰商都2楼206号"喵之茶屋"" (From Gongbei, take bus 9 or the sightseeing bus along Qinglu Road (Lovers' Road) until you see the ship and bridge on your right, just as the bus turns left, get off the bus and walk across the bridge; from Jusco, walk south along the main street and reach to the Great Hall of Zhuhai.), ☎ +86 756 2180022. The Cat and Tea House is the FIRST CAT THEMED TEA HOUSE featuring German Fruit Tea in Guangdong Province. The Cat and Tea House was officially opened on 19th June 2015, located at Suite 206, Zhichen Mall, The Great Hall of Zhuhai, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai. Almost 30 different varieties of cats can be found at the tea house, including Exotics, Folds and Munchkins, where most of them have the lineage identifications certified by the Cat Fanciers’ Association of the USA. edit
Hotels in Zhuhai are reasonably priced. Travelers on tight budgets can opt for budget or midrange hotels. Most people choose to stay in Gongbei due to its proximity to attractions, nightlife, the Macau border, and its variety of conveniently located and reasonable hotels. Jida has primarily upscale hotels that business travelers sometimes opt for, which are usually conveniently located. Some are further away and require taking taxis or the bus. Further out, Xiangzhou also has a variety of options at different price ranges. The Northern districts of Tangjia and Jinding are further removed from the action of Zhuhai and offer very cheap hotels.
- Dehan Hotel Zhuhai (珠海德翰大酒店), International Conference Centre(hotel），No.2 Jida Road,Zhuhai, . Zhuhai Dehan Hotel (Zhuhai Dehan Dajiudian) is located at the intersection of Lover's Road and Haijing Road, facing the South China Sea.The hotel owns eight restaurants and bars which serve you with delicious Chinese cuisine and western food. edit
- Zhuhai Guotai Hotel (珠海国泰酒店), 37 Qiaoguang Road Zhuhai, Guangdong, ☎ +86 7568883599, . checkin: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM; checkout: Until 12:00 PM. Zhuhai Guotai Hotel is situated in the Zhuhai Gongbei district in Zhuhai, 700 metres from Sun Yat Sen Park and 400 metres from Zhuhai Port Plaza. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. ¥400-500. edit
Most budget travelers opt for low end hotels, and there are a number of legitimate cheaper hotels in Gongbei with low prices between ¥160 and ¥230. Talking your way into Chinese only hotels may land you prices in the ¥120 to ¥150 range. Some hotels in Xiangzhou can be had for as little as ¥100 to ¥120, and in the Northern districts of Tangjia or Jinding hotels can be had for as low as ¥80 if you look around. However, for those who truly want rock bottom prices somewhere other than a hotel, there is budget lodging in the form of hostels, and private rooms offered by individuals or families.
On the Walking Street in Gongbei there are at least three massage parlours. If you arrive after 9pm you may pay ¥60 to ¥88 (depending on the room type) for two hours traditional Chinese massage and they will let you sleep until mid-day without additional payment. In one establishment you may have the room to yourself. It has television and air-conditioning. In the others you share a room with four other guests.
Touts outside the Xiangzhou bus station offer accommodation, often in private apartments with the family on bunk beds in the living room so the bedrooms can earn money. ¥50 a night is usual. These are usually clean and have a TV in every room, but up several flights of stairs and with a squat toilet.
- Zhuhai Youth Hostel, 9 Shihua East Road, Jida (On bus route 4, inside Zhuhai Holiday Resort), ☎ +86 756 3332038; +86 756 3333838 (fax: +86 756 3333311), . Dorms ¥60, breakfast ¥5. edit
- My Residence, 吉大景山路188号, ☎ 388-0388. edit
- Sunferia Inn, 15F Cuiweixizhu Building, Qianshan (前山翠微西珠大廈15層; Qiánshān Cuìwēixīzhūdàshà), ☎ +86 756 8534821. Doubles ¥150. edit
There are at least a dozen hotels within short walking distance of the Gongbei border, mostly either cheap or mid-range (¥150-400) ones. You can bargain the prices down and normally they have special prices, around half the listed price. On the other hand, it is not uncommon to see a low price on the sign, but find when you go in that only more expensive rooms are available, sometimes this is true, sometimes it is an effort to coax you into a more expensive room. Adventurous single male travelers can scout around for rock bottom prices, and may be able to find a room for as little as ¥120-130 if they can talk these Chinese only hotels into accepting them, which is not always possible. Single female travelers, those with young families, or those fearing excessive street noise or noise from other guests should have no trouble landing a room for ¥175-275 (with an elevator, bellhop, restaurant etc), whic anyone would feel more than comfortable staying in. Most of the hotels located around the border fall into this category. The available options are plentiful so looking around for a hotel that suits you may be the best plan.
- Dahai Hotel, (In the middle of the Walking Street bar area). Clean rooms, television and air-conditioning. Some rooms even have bathtubs, which is unusual in China. This is a great place to stay, provided you do not mind a few flights of stairs, the music from nearby bars which is audible until the wee hours, or the fact that some rooms are rented by the hour. ¥130. edit
- Gangdu Hotel (珠海港都酒店; Zhūhǎi Gǎngdū Jiǔdiàn), 138 Yuehua Road, Gongbei (拱北粤华路138号; Gǒngběi Yuèhuálù). Listed rates for doubles from ¥199, discounted from ¥140. edit
- Friendship Hotel (友谊酒店; Yǒuyì Jiǔdiàn), 2 Youyi Road, Gongbei (拱北友谊路2号; Yǒuyìlù) (Just opposite the Gongbei border, if you are at the border, facing town, it is just to the left of the bus station, it is almost directly across the street as you emerge from the Macau border crossing), ☎ 86 756 8886683. The hotel is at a convenient location for accessing the Macau border crossing, or Walking Street for commencing the night's activities. It is nothing amazing, but it is clean and safe, having typical hotel services. Price for a basic room is around ¥180-200 on weekdays and ¥230 on weekends; a room upgrade for another ¥30 is worth the price. edit
- Jiuzhou Hotel (九洲酒店; Jiǔzhōujiǔdiàn), 19 Shuiwan Road, Gongbei (拱北水湾路19号; Gǒngběi Shuǐwānlù) (Find the road which goes north along the east side of the bus station, the hotel is about half a block along it on the right), ☎ +86 756 8886851. The sign in the window says ¥120 edit
- Kapok Hotel (珠海木棉花酒店; Zhūhǎi Mùmiánhuā Jiǔdiàn), Inside Bianjian Courtyard, 2 Qiaoguang Road, Gongbei (拱北侨光路2号边检大院内; Gǒngběi Qiáoguānglù Biānjiǎndàyuànnèi), ☎ +86 756 8804000 (fax: +86 756 8804005). Three star hotel with small rooms and free internet. The cheapest rooms are very small and have no windows or internet. Business center, beauty salon, ticket office, karaoke, massage and sauna available. Coffee shop but no restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥288, discounted from ¥128, no breakfast available. edit
- Jin Sha Gong Guan (金莎公馆), 20th floor of the building where COCO is located (upstairs COCO club). The entire building has been converted to studio apartments, but the 20th floor is still available for rent on a nightly basis. They have Korean and Japanese style rooms. 198. edit
- Home Inn (Zhuhai Jida) (如家快捷酒店 (珠海吉大店); Rújiākuàijiéjiǔdiàn (Zhūhǎi Jídàdiàn)), 58-26 Shihua East Road, Jida (吉大石花東路58号26棟; Jídà Shíhuādōnglù), ☎ +86 756 3375111 (fax: +86 756 3375000). Listed rates for doubles from ¥189, discounted from ¥159, breakfast ¥12. edit
- Home Inn (Zhuhai Xiangzhou) (如家快捷酒店 (珠海香洲店); Rújiākuàijiéjiǔdiàn (Zhūhǎi Xiāngzhōudiàn)), 158 Shishan Road, Xiangzhou (香洲狮山路158号; Xiāngzhōu Shīshānlù). Listed rates for doubles from ¥179, discounted from ¥139, breakfast ¥12. edit
- Jiahe Business Hotel (珠海嘉禾苑商务酒店; Zhūhǎi Jiāhéyuàn Shāngwùjiǔdiàn), Cuizhu Industrial Zone, Qianshan, Xiangzhou (香洲前山翠珠工业区; Xiāngzhōu Qiánshān Cuìzhūgōngyèqū), ☎ +86 756 3897788 (fax: +86 756 3893999). Large rooms with internet access against surcharge. Chinese restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥295, discounted from ¥148, no breakfast available. edit
- Zhuhai State Grid Energy Hotel (珠海国能酒店; Zhūhǎi Guónéng Jiǔdiàn), 12 Jianye Third Road, Jida (吉大建业三路12号; Jídà Jiànyèsānlù), ☎ +86 7563363978 (fax: +86 756 3360612). Rooms with internet access against surcharge. Business center, gift shop, ticket office, karaoke, billiard, fitness and outdoor swimming pool available. Chinese restaurant, bar and room service. Listed rates for doubles from ¥238, discounted from ¥158, breakfast ¥10. edit
- The Greenery Hotel (珠海君悦来酒店; Zhūhǎi Jūnyuèlái Jiǔdiàn), 45 Haibin South Road, Jida (吉大海滨南路45号; Jídà Hǎibīnnánlù), ☎ +86 756 3333968 ([email protected], fax: +86 756 3333497), . Four star hotel with rooms with free internet. Business center, currency exchange, gift shop, ticket office, karaoke, night club, table tennis, massage and sauna available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as coffee shop. Listed rates for doubles from ¥734, discounted from ¥248. edit
- Jumbo Zhuhai Hotel (珠海华骏大酒店; Zhūhǎi Huàjùn Dàjiǔdiàn), 328 Xiawanqiaoguang West Road, Gongbei (拱北夏湾侨光西路328号; Gǒngběi Xiàwānqiáoguāngxīlù), ☎ +86 756 8118999 ([email protected], fax: +86 7568119618), . Three star hotel with rooms with internet access against surcharge. Business center, currency exchange, beauty salon, ticket office, disco, karaoke, billiard, table tennis, tennis, massage and sauna available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as room service. Discounted from ¥320, breakfast ¥32 which is included for some rooms. edit
- Junlin Hotel (珠海君临大酒店; Zhūhǎi Jūnlín Dàjiǔdiàn), 68 Cuiwei East Road, Xiangzhou (香洲翠微东路68号; Xiāngzhōu Cuìwēidōnglù), ☎ +86 756 2882222 (fax: +86 756 2318666). Three star hotel with rooms with free internet. Business center, currency exchange, gift shop, beauty salon, ticket office, karaoke, massage and sauna available. Chinese restaurant, coffee shop and bar. Listed rates for doubles from ¥470, discounted ¥218, breakfast ¥15. edit
- Your Style Hotel (珠海优派酒店; Zhūhǎi Yōupài Jiǔdiàn), 163 Hongshan Road, Xiangzhou (香洲红山路163号; Xiāngzhōu Hóngshānlù), ☎ +86 7562666555 (fax: +86 756 2656565). Three star hotel with rooms with free internet. Business center, currency exchange, ticket office, fitness and virtual golf available. Chinese restaurant, coffee shop, bar and room service. Listed rates for doubles from ¥468, discounted from ¥228, breakfast ¥22. edit
- Zhong Tian Hotel (珠海中天酒店; Zhūhǎi Zhōngtiān Jiǔdiàn), 62 Jingshan Road, Jida (吉大景山路62号; Jídà Jǐngshānlù), ☎ +86 756 3366888 (fax: +86 7563366877), . Three star hotel with rooms with free internet. Business center, gift shop, beauty salon, disco, karaoke and sauna available. Chinese restaurant, bar and tea house. Listed rates for doubles from ¥552, discounted from ¥270, including breakfast. edit
Most higher end hotels are located in Jida or Gongbei. Gongbei situated hotels are more convenient for accessing the Macau border crossing, colorful nightlife and walking around and exploring. Jida locations vary, depending on the address of the hotel as some are essentially in Gongbei, while others are well north of that and are a taxi ride from the heart of the action.
- Zhuhai Dehan Hotel (珠海德翰大酒店; Zhūhǎi Déhàn Dàjiǔdiàn), 2 Jida Road, Qinglü Middle Road, Jida (吉大情侣中路吉大路2号; Jídà Qínglǚzhōnglù Jídàlù), ☎ +86 756 3329988 ([email protected], fax: +86 756 3221966), . This large five star hotel is very recognizable due to its unique quasi-romanesque dome and its location near the beach in Jida. Listed rates for doubles ¥1,012-4,462. edit
- Grand Bay View Hotel (珠海海湾大酒店; Zhūhǎi Hǎiwān Dàjiǔdiàn), Shuiwan Road, Gongbei (拱北水湾路; Gǒngběi Shuǐwānlù), ☎ +86 756 8877998 ([email protected], fax: +86 756 8878998), . Nice views of Macau overlooking the sea. Listed rates for doubles ¥1,000-2,944. edit
- Harbour View Hotel Zhuhai (珠海怡景湾大酒店; Zhūhǎi Yíjǐngwān Dàjiǔdiàn), 47 Qinglü Middle Road, Jida (吉大情侣中路47号; Jídà Qínglǚzhōnglù) (40 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal), ☎ +86 756 3322888, . Five star hotel with fully furnished rooms with air-con, private bath with shower and tub, mini-bar, cable TV, and refrigerator. It has a good restaurant and is next to the only decent downtown beach. Listed rates for doubles ¥1,012-2,162″. edit
- Holiday Inn (假日酒店; Jiàrì Jiǔdiàn), 188 Jingshan Road, Jida (吉大景山路188号; Jídà Jǐngshānlù) (Within walking distance to the shopping belt), ☎ +86 756 3228888 ([email protected], fax: +86 756 3228899), . This hotel is western managed and has clean rooms. For American travelers, this is a high-end Holiday Inn, not the budget chain that is found in the U.S. Expect hefty prices for nicer accommodations. The rooms are large, if somewhat worn. On the executive floors you will find laundry, internet, local calling and breakfast are complimentary, making it quite attractive for business travelers. Nightly live music is available in the Irish bar downstairs. Floors two and three are owned by a separate Macanese company and offer massage, a large bar, karaoke and other entertainment. Not within walking distance of Gongbei nightlife, but if you are staying here you can afford the taxi fare. Listed rates for doubles ¥1,610-4,200. edit
- Zhuhai Holiday Resort Hotel (珠海度假村酒店; Zhūhǎi Dùjiàcūn Jiǔdiàn), 9 Shihua East Road, Gongbei (拱北石花东路9号; Gǒngběi Shíhuādōnglù) (5 minutes from the ferry terminal), ☎ +86 756 3333838 ([email protected], fax: +86 756 3333311), . Considered a 5-star hotel, but by Western standards closer to 3 or 4. Listed rates for doubles ¥988-2,622. edit
- Lexington Plaza (Formerly known as Zhuhai Zobon Art Hotel (珠海中邦艺术酒店; Zhūhǎi Zhōngbāngyìshù Jiǔ diàn)), 33 Qinglü Middle Road, Jida (吉大情侣中路33号; Jídà Qínglǚzhōnglù) (100m from Harbour View), ☎ +86 756 3220333 (fax: +86 756 3265926). Listed rates for doubles ¥1,198-2,980. edit
- Nanyang Seascape Hotel (珠海南洋海景酒店; Zhūhǎi Nányánghǎijǐng Jiǔdiàn), 108 Gaosha Middle Street, Gongbei (拱北高沙中街108号; Gǒngběi Gāoshāzhōngjiē), ☎ +86 756 8132222 ([email protected], fax: +86 756 8132682), . Not well kept, with uncomfortable beds and smelly lobby and lifts. The location, however, is very good. ¥920-1,472. edit
- Yindu Hotel (珠海银都酒店; Zhūhǎi Yíndū Jiǔdiàn), 1150 Yuehai East Road, Gongbei (拱北粤海东路1150号; Gǒngběi Yuèhǎidōnglù), ☎ +86 756 8883388 (fax: +86 756 8883311), . Was the first 5-star hotel in Zhuhai but it has gotten old. Feels more like a 3.5-star now. Listed rates for doubles ¥860-1,890. edit
The area code for Zhuhai is 0756. When calling from overseas, dial +86 756 XXXX-XXXX
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In general, Zhuhai is a safe and friendly city. People who are sensible are unlikely to have trouble. Those though who engage with certain people significantly increase the likelihood of getting in trouble. Anyone ignoring the information below, you have been warned.
- Beware of pickpockets, especially in the crowded shopping areas and on busses. Their use of a razor to get a wallet out of a hip pocket on a bus is a favourite tactic.
- Like in many places, prostitution can be spotted and seem tolerated in Zhuhai. However Zhuhai is not Thailand. In China prostitution is illegal with potentially dire consequences for anyone caught in the act. A Zhuhai case in 2003 that involved a large group of an Osaka construction company businessmen in a prostitute orgy on the 18 September anniversary of Japan's 1931 invasion of China, caused outrage attracting international attention after a complainant reported it to the media. 14 Chinese defendants were charged with prostitution, soliciting, conspiracy and other offences. Both of the hotel manager and the prostitute at the centre of organising the event were each given life imprisonment. The 12 others were given jail sentences of up to 15 years. Chinese authorities issued arrest warrants for 3 Japanese nationals accused of arranging the sex party and asked Japan to help detain them. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Kong Quan described the case as "extremely odious" and asked the Japanese Government to "strengthen education of its citizens in this regard". Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi said she regretted "the kind of act that would damage women's dignity". Prostitution is run by organised crime gangs with many of the prostitutes trafficed into forced service. Possession of condoms is used by police in China to incriminate prostitutes. This unsurprisingly discourages prostitutes from carrying condoms. Prostitution is the primary vector for increasing spread of HIV/AIDS in China.
- As in anywhere else in China, do not drink the tap water, avoid undercooked meats, watch out for counterfeit bills (especially 50s), and be very cautious about traffic.
- As anywhere, tour guides will take you to shops that pay them commission. Those shops are usually overpriced, and the usual advice is to never let any local except a trusted friend take you to any tourist shop. One Zhuhai variant involves outrageously priced herbs from a Chinese medicine company called Bai Chao Tang (百草堂).
- Being a coastal area there is a large seafood industry. Produce in the area has been found contaminated HCHs, DDTs, and PCBs
- Unlicensed taxis often have unscrupulous drivers and are best avoided
- The bus to Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, costs ¥60 to ¥65, runs every half hour and takes 2.5 hours from Gongbei or 1 hour 45 minutes from Tangjia. Allow an extra hour for the inevitable Guangzhou traffic jam. You can board one at the underground station in Gongbei to reach Garden Hotel in Guangzhou (花园酒店), or one from near the Gongbei border to get to the Provincial bus station (省汽车站) or Tianhe Dasha bus station (天河大厦). Additionally, it is possible to take the bus from Tangjia in northern Zhuhai to get to the Guangzhou airport, or Guangzhou proper.
- Peninsular Macau can be reached through the Gongbei border crossing and Cotai in Macau can be reached island to island by bus from Hengqin.
- Hong Kong can be reached by a 1-hour ferry boat trip from Jiuzhou Port (九洲港). Bus #3 will take you to the ferry terminal. Ferries run regularly all day, with the last boat to Hong Kong leaving at 9:30pm.
- Shenzhen's Shekou and Shenzhen Airport's ferry terminals can be reached in 1 hour from Jiuzhou Port (九洲港).
- The Xiangzhou and Gongbei bus stations have overnight buses to Guilin or Yangshuo. These are fairly uncomfortable. Unlike most overnight buses, they have no on-board toilets, but they do make several stops during the 12-hour trip.
- Flying can either be accomplished by using the Zhuhai airport in the western Doumen district of the city, or taking the bus to the Guangzhou airport. Times vary for transportation depending on how far south in Zhuhai you are departing from. If leaving from Xiangzhou, Tangjia, or Jinding it is nearly as fast, and more perhaps more convenient, to get to the Guangzhou airport. If leaving from Gongbei or Jida the Zhuhai airport would be nearer.
- There are remote check-ins for nearby airports in Zhuhai. For Guangzhou airport, the check-in is at Gongbei bus station, near the KFC. For Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports, you can check in at the ferry terminal, Jiuzhou Port.
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