You may wish to go white water rafting, visit one of the water parks or spend your time on the Gold Beach (金滩).
Take a high speed train (up to 208km/h) to Fangchenggangbei and bus or rental car from there to Dongxing. Train has a weight limit to luggage: 20kg for each ticket, but that rule doesn’t seem to be enforced. If you have more luggage you may decide to opt for the first class which has a bit more space for them. Children under 140(?) cm are free to travel but without a seat. Instead of getting three tickets from second class we opted for two in first class, which worked well for us but you should decide what works best for you.
Besides Fangchenggangbei, buses come from Nanning, Beihai and from Guangzhou as well. From Guangzhou it is best to take night bus, but take care of your belongings. Also night bus beds are about 180 cm, so they are very tiny for taller people.
- You may wish to test if crossing border works the same way from Vietnam to China as it does on the other direction. See instructions from Mong Cai. Note that the border guards at Mong Cai are sticklers for the rules: if, when you try to exit Vietnam, they find something wrong with your entry stamp or visa, they well may send you back to the port of entry where you originally entered the country. Don’t expect anyone to understand English, so you should have a phone or piece of paper telling your destination in Chinese.
- See also instructions on Ha Long Bay pages as well.
- Border stones (Near seashore after the river has widened up as sea. Look for an over 8 meter bluish statue and a military posting). Border stones were set up after French – China skirmishes were ended with a peace treaty to mark the Southern border of China. On the stone #1 there are a few plates in English as well with more details about it. Minor curiosity point is that China claims there to have over 18,000 km seashore which would be halfway around the world. This statement is identical in Chinese as well. Bluish statue closeby represents harmony of sea and mountains in making China.