Known as the Pearl City because of all the cultured pearl farms, you can even buy pearl powder which claims to give you lovely white smooth skin.
We stayed in the Old Quarter, a moldering collection of colonnaded streets; it reminded us a bit of New Orleans.
Christianity was introduced here the end of the 19th century, and the small Beihai Christ Church continues to be active.
The city's beach landmark is this large metal sculpture.
We strolled along Silver Beach on the Gulf of Tonkin (China's Beibu Gulf).