Zhuhai (珠海; Zhūhǎi in Mandarin, Jyūhói in Cantonese) is a city in Guangdong Province, China. The name means Pearl Sea; Zhuhai is where the Pearl River (珠江; Zhūjiāng) flows into the South China Sea (南中国海 Nánzhōngguóhǎi or simply 南海 Nánhǎi).
Zhuhai is known for its beautiful long coastline, waving palm trees, open spaces, low population density, and its many islands; Zhuhai's nicknames are the city of romance (浪漫之城) and the city of a hundred islands (百岛之市). Zhuhai serves as the gateway to the former Portuguese colony of Macau, as a tourist destination for Chinese, and as a playground for hedonistic Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan visitors who come for Zhuhai's very colorful nightlife.
The Zhuhai area has been inhabited for thousands of years. Until the 1970s, Zhuhai was a group of fishing villages with a population of around 100,000. Since 1980, when it was designated a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by the central government, Zhuhai has expanded to include nearby areas and is now a fast-growing modern city with about 1.57 million inhabitants as of the 2010 census. However, it is still not as large and developed as neighboring cities like Shenzhen and Guangzhou. 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.
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 Chinese boomtown Shenzhen are just across the Pearl estuary to the east. The provincial capital Guangzhou is about 150 km to the north.
Zhuhai is one of China's cleanest and prettiest cities, and received numerous accolades for its excellent ecological development efforts. In 1998, it was awarded the International Award for Best Practices in Improving Living Environment by the United Nations Center for Human Settlements. It is also commonly agreed to be one of the best cities in China to retire in. With a low population density compared to other 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.
The weather in Zhuhai is sub-tropical. Temperature varies between 10 °C (50 °F) in winter (Dec to Feb) to a hot and humid 35 °C (95 °F) in summer (Jun to Sep). Typhoons are also a possibility in summer. The best times to visit are during spring and Autumn.
The city of Zhuhai itself is composed of Xiangzhou, Jida, Gongbei, Qianshan and New Xiangzhou. The other areas mentioned are districts within the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone.
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.
- Tangjia (唐家; Tángjiā) – Both Tangjia and Jinding are parts of the nowadays subdivision named Tangjiawan. However, Tangjia, the centre of Tangjiawan, is somehow different from Jinding, so the local usually regard them as two places. Tangjia is a moderate sized town between Jinding and Xiangzhou. Like Jinding, Tangjia's salt-of-the-earth qualities are more evident than its southern neighbours. Best known for the large Dragon Union Opera House (located inside the Dragon Union Hotel) 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 (香洲; Xiāngzhōu) – Government offices, big department stores (including AEON), and some bars and restaurants are scattered throughout this district. This is the area where the locals mainly go shopping.
- On the inland side is New Xiangzhou (新香洲; Xīnxiāngzhōu), an area that has undergone extensive development over the last few decades, especially midrange or upmarket residential buildings but with commercial and business buildings as well. It is often excluded when mentioning Xiangzhou only. Xiangzhou may be referred to as Old Xiangzhou (老香洲; Lǎoxiāngzhōu) in order to distinguish it from both New Xiangzhou and Xiangzhou District (香洲区; Xiāngzhōu Qū), a major administrative division which covers a much larger area and includes not only Xiangzhou and New Xiangzhou but also Jida, Gongbei, Qianshan, Tangjiawan, Wanzai and several other neighbourhoods. Both (Old) Xiangzhou and New Xiangzhou are informal names, which you won't necessarily find on city maps.
- 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 (拱北; Gǒngběi) is the main tourist area with a wide variety of inexpensive hotels, clothing, electronics, souvenirs, food, drink, and colorful entertainment in relatively close proximity to the Macau border crossing. Lianhua Lu (Lotus Road; 莲花路; Liánhuālù; sometimes called Walking Street; 步行街; Bùxíngjiē) while interesting any time of day, is truly a must-see spectacle at night, with dozens of small outdoor-bar stalls which are always packed at night. Here you can see people drinking, playing dice with bar girls, and watching (or interacting with) working girls and 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 the more upscale Bar Street (酒吧街; Jiǔbājiē), a modern strip of nicer upscale bars with indoor and outdoor seating, some featuring live music (many blasting loud music inside). Most of these cater to Chinese businessmen and moneyed tourists. At the southern edge of Gongbei is an underground shopping center and the Macau border crossing (see Buy Section for more details).
Going West from Gongbei are other districts:
- Wanzai (湾仔; Wānzǎi) has a ferry terminal to Macau and a Seafood Street where you get to select your own live seafood before they are prepared for your dining pleasure.
- Doumen (斗门; Dǒumén) is in the Norththwest. It is a bit out of the way, in that most of Zhuhai spreads north along the coast. 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 Hot Springs Resort or Yu Wenquan in Doumen, the first Japanese outdoor garden-style hot springs resort in China, with over 20 kinds of hot springs. Linguistically distinct from the rest of Zhuhai.
One of Zhuhai's nicknames is the city of a hundred islands (146 to be exact), and it has a number of islands that are accessible from ports by ferries. An often overlooked aspect is the fact that each of the islands has a unique character. Some have decent beaches, and some are eerily quiet fishing islands. Each trip is a noticeable escape from the hustle and bustle of living in Chinese cities. A trip to the islands is arguably comparable to leaving the country. High-quality seafood abounds. Information about where to go or what to do can be difficult to come by because most locals do not visit due to cost of transportation. As a result, most tourists do not get a chance to explore these beautiful places at all, and most of the information available on the internet regarding Zhuhai focuses on the urban areas. Nonetheless, the curious expat or adventurous traveler will be generously rewarded. From the Xiangzhou Port (香洲港; Xiāngzhōugǎng), formerly Xiangzhou Northern Wharf (香洲北堤码头; Xiāngzhōu Běidīmǎtóu), you can get to the Wanshan Islands (万山群岛; Wànshānqúndǎo):
- Dong'ao Island (东澳岛; Dōng'àodǎo) has diving facilities, clear waters, and a nice beach.
- Outer Lingding Island or Wailingding Island (外伶仃岛; Wàilíngdīngdǎo) is also a nice getaway with clear waters and nice beaches.
- Hebao Island (荷包岛; Hébāodǎo) is less developed and visited, and is a good spot for those who like wilderness.
- Guishan Island (桂山岛; Guìshāndǎo) has a sleepy fishing island town feel with exceptional seafood.
While not as distant and not part of the Wanshan Islands, Yeli Island (野狸岛; Yělídǎo), Hengqin Island (横琴岛, Héngqíndǎo), Qi'ao Island (淇澳岛; Qí'àodǎo), and Gaolan Island (高栏岛; Gāolándǎo) can all be reached by bus via a bridge or dam.
Remember to take plenty of cash with you on these island excursions because some islands might not have ATMs.
Cantonese is the main local language of Zhuhai, it being a part of the Pearl River Delta. However, due to the massive influx of immigrants from other parts of China over the last three decades, Mandarin is now the lingua franca. That said, Cantonese is more commonly heard here than in Shenzhen. The local dialect in the Doumen district is similar to Taishanese, and has limited mutual intelligibility with standard Cantonese.
English is not widely spoken, but some people, especially the young, speak it.
Zhuhai is one of the most popular cities for foreigners in China, and because of that, you can find some speakers of European languages here.
Most visitors to China will require an advance visa, which can be obtained in Hong Kong or Macau. See Visas for details.
Zhuhai is a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) which means that if you are only visiting the Zhuhai area, a special SEZ visa can be obtained upon arrival at the border. This allows you to visit Zhuhai only for up to 3 days. Upon entering 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, pay the fee and have your photograph taken with a webcam. The visa is then processed within minutes. This costs ¥160 for most nationalities and ¥450 (December 2008) for UK citizens. It is reported that US citizens must pay ¥950 (January 2011), or else that they cannot use the service at all. Hong Kong dollars are not accepted. 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.
- 1 Zhuhai Sanzao Airport (ZUH IATA). This is a moderately sized, modern airport that connects the area with many Chinese cities, but no international destinations. It is in west of the centre of the Jinwan District.
The Airport Express Bus departs from the airport to Xiangzhou and Gongbei districts for ¥25 (March 2018) per passenger, and follows the schedule of arriving flights. The first bus departs around 11:00 and the last bus departs about 21:30. A taxi from the airport to Gongbei or Jiuzhou in downtown Zhuhai is around ¥130 (October 2011) when traffic is free flowing. You may also take public bus number 207, which goes right to the Gongbei border crossing, and costs ¥6. However the journey time is between 1 hour 45 mins and 2 hours. This bus does not have a luggage storage area on board.
To reach Zhuhai from outside China, one would usually fly to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Macau or Guangzhou. All four cities have large, modern airports with many international connections and all are within an hour or two of Zhuhai; Macau is closest. Foshan is another airport available nearby, but it has few connections.
From the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN IATA), a frequent express bus service that goes to Zhuhai is available. It costs ¥80 and takes approximately 2½ 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 the airport at Gongbei bus station, located near the KFC.
From Macau International Airport (MFM IATA), the best way to get to Zhuhai is via the Express Link service, skipping the Macau immigration and customs altogether. Once you alight from 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 Port of Entry. The coach fare is ¥52 and the ride takes only 15 minutes. Coach departure times are 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 14:45, 17:00, 17:30, and 18:00. 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 use the Taxi service to get 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 patacas, Hong Kong dollars or renminbi. They are all treated equally in value (even though Macau pataca has the lowest value of the three currencies). Taxi cabs queue at the curve outside of the airport.
From Hong Kong International Airport (HKG IATA), one option is to take the Airport Express to Kowloon Station (at the cost of HK$90), then hop on the free Airport Express transit bus K2 to the China-Hong Kong Ferry Terminal (中港城码头; Zhōnggǎng Chéngmǎtóu) to take a ferry to Zhuhai. See below for ferry timetable.
Another option from Hong Kong is to catch a ferry from the HKIA Skypier to Macau and then cross into Zhuhai via the Gongbei border gate. To catch the ferry from the airport, go directly to the ticket counter without passing through Hong Kong immigration or customs; see Hong Kong International Airport#By ferry for details. Full instructions can be found here. The ferry journey takes about 50 minutes and runs hourly (usually).
A third option from HKIA is now available in the form of long-distance buses that go overland to Gongbei. The journey takes 3½ hours and costs HK$200. Departure times are 07:00, 08:00, 16:00, 17:00, and 19:00.
A new ferry service was introduced that brings travelers directly from HKIA to the Jiuzhou Port in Zhuhai. The ferry leaves at 12:15, 14:15, 17:00, and 20:10. The one from Zhuhai to HKIA leaves at 9:30, 12:40, 15:25, and 18:35. The trip takes approximately 70 minutes and costs ¥290.
From Hong Kong, frequent HZMBus shuttle buses departing up to every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day are available to cross the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HZMB). They take around 40 minutes, and tickets can be purchased with Octopus or AliPay from ticket machines, as well as cash and credit cards at the ticket desk at the HZMB Hong Kong Port. The Hong Kong Port can be reached by taxis or various buses including CityFlyer airport (A number) routes, or the B5 shuttle bus from Sunny Bay MTR station, or the B6 bus from Tung Chung. Once arriving at the 2 HZMB Zhuhai Port (Gǎng Zhū Ào Dàqiáo Zhūhǎi Kŏu'ān 港珠澳大桥珠海口岸), you can take taxis or the L1 bus which uses historic tourist vehicles, or the 12, 23 or 25 buses to continue your journey in the mainland.
Hundreds of buses also come from Guangzhou every day, usually via the Jingzhu Motorway. You can catch one at:
- South Campus of Sun Yat-Sen University (中山大学南校园) just next to the South Gate.
- East Campus of Sun Yat-Sen University (中山大学东校园).
- Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (广州白云机场) just inside the Arrival Hall
- Shipai Campus of Jinan University (暨南大学石牌校区).
- Exit A2 of Zhujiang New Town Metro Station (珠江新城地铁站A2出口).
- Exit B of Wanshengwei Metro Station (万胜围地铁站B出口).
Be cautious when leaving for Jizhu!
Both pinyin of abbreviations of "Zhuhai Campus of Jinan University" (暨珠) and "Zhuhai College of Jilin University" (吉珠) are Jizhu. Check twice you didn't make mistakes when buying tickets!
From any of these locations, the trip will cost ¥35-88 and take about 2-2.5 hours. Buses leave every 40 minutes (from Guangzhou Airport) or 1 hour (from SYSU Campuses) or 1.5 hours (from other places in Guangzhou) and go to Gongbei, Xiangzhou, Zhuhai Campus of Sun Yat-Sen University (中山大学珠海校区 or simply 中珠), Zhuhai Campus of Jinan University (暨南大学珠海校区 or simply 暨珠), Zhuhai College of Beijing Normal University (北京师范大学珠海学院 or simply 北师珠), Zhuhai Colledge of Beijing Institute of Technology (北京理工大学珠海学院 or simply 北理珠), Huxin Raod Crossing (湖心路口), Zhuhai College of Jilin University (吉林大学珠海学院 or simply 吉珠) or Tangjia depending on the bus you take.
Zhuhai has over twenty bus stations. Below are just some of the major ones:
- 3 Doumen Bus Station (斗门汽车客运总站, 斗门汽车站), 389 Lianqiao Road, Baijiao Town, Doumen District (斗门区白蕉镇连桥路389号) (There is a bus stop outside the station, which is served by local bus routes 304, 306, 307, 315, 403, 405, 408, 502, 520, 601, 603, z263 and z270), ☏ , . Doumen's main bus station. Also known as Baijiao Long-Distance Bus Station (白蕉长途站总站).
- 4 Gongbei Bus Station (拱北车站，拱北汽车客运站), 1 Lianhua Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区莲花路1号) (A few hundred meters from the Gongbei border crossing. It's off to your right as you leave the underground shopping center by the Northeast Exit), ☏ , . Gongbei's main bus station.
- 5 Kee Kwan Bus Station (岐关车站, 岐关拱北口岸汽车客运站 Kee Kwan Gongbei Entry Port Bus Station), Basement Level 2, Gongbei Entry Port Shopping Plaza, Yingbin Road South, Xiangzhou District (香洲区迎宾南路拱北口岸购物广场负2层) (Accessed from the lower level of the underground shopping center at the Gongbei border crossing), ☏ .
- 6 Tangjia Bus Station (唐家汽车站), Tangqi Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区唐淇路) (Opposite the Tangjiawan Hospital. Take bus nos. 3, 3a, 10, 10a, 66, 68, 69, 85, k1, k2, k3, z75 or z76, get off at the Tangjia bus stop, then walk about 140 metres north to get to the station), ☏ .
- 7 Xiangzhou Long-Distance Bus Station (香洲长途站, 香洲长途客运站, 香洲长途汽车站), 142 Zijing Road, Xiangzhou District 香洲区紫荆路142号 (Take either bus no. 2 or 8 or the Port of Entry-Xiangzhou Bus Station Express Line (口岸巴士香洲总站专线) to get here from Gongbei. Other public bus routes that serve the station include routes 1, 6, 15, 201, 602, 602a, 605, 609, 993, k11, k4, k6, k9 and z11), ☏ . Large intercity bus station.
- 8 Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal (九洲港码头, 九洲客运港, Jiuzhou Passenger Port), 599 Lovers' Road South, Jida, Xiangzhou District (香洲区吉大情侣南路599号) (Bus routes that serve the port include routes 3, 3a, 4, 12, 22, 23, 25, 26, 99 and 11. The Airport-Jida Express Bus (机场快线吉大线) also stops here.), ☏ .
From Hong Kong and Shenzhen: There are several ferries per day from Hong Kong International Airport, HK-Macau Ferry Terminal (港澳码头; Gǎng'ào Mǎtóu; Hong Kong Island), China Ferry Terminal (中港城码头; Zhōnggǎng Chéngmǎtóu Kowloon) in Hong Kong and Shekou Ferry Terminal (蛇口港; Shékǒugǎng; Shekou) in Shenzhen arriving at the Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal (九洲港码头; Jiǔzhōugǎng Mǎtóu). There is a taxi rank and bus stops directly outside. You can take a free bus ride to Gongbei by showing your ferry ticket. Visas can be purchased here for most nationalities (not American citizens). Payment is in RMB only and the ATMs are through immigration so plan ahead.
The HKIA-Zhuhai ferry is operated by Chu Kong, who charge HK$260/¥280 one-way to/from Zhuhai.
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 20:00. The journey takes about 2 hours.
From Macau: There is a ferry service operating from Macau's Inner Harbour's Pier 14 (澳门粤通码头; Àomén Yuètōng Mǎtóu) to Wanzai. Daily departures roughly hourly from 08:00-16:00.
From Macau: It is possible to drive across the border from Macau via Lotus Bridge or Port of Entry. Unlike Macau, Mainland China drives on the right.
Only vehicles with dual plates are allowed to drive across the border.
From Mainland China: The road connections from other parts of mainland China have been improved. The G4w Motorway (Jinggangao Motorway or Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Motorway, 京港澳高速), also formerly Jingzhu Motorway (Beijing-Zhuhai Mortorway, 京珠高速), which connects Guangzhou, is always the main and the most crowded solution to arrive. The S43 Motorway or Guangzhu West Line (广珠西线高速), is another option. Highways like G105, S111 are also available.
From Jiangmen, there are S32 Motorway, (Western Coastal Motorway 西部沿海高速), S47 Mortorway (Jiangzhu Motorway or Jiangmen-Zhuhai Mortorway, 江珠高速), S365 and S272 to choose. However, the S272 is of rough surface.
From Hong Kong: The 50-km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau link, a bridge and tunnel opened on 24 October 2018, is likely one of the largest construction projects in the world. The link makes it possible to travel quickly across the Pearl River Delta without taking the ferry. There are restrictions on driving across, and drivers must apply for special permits, so taking a shuttle bus is probably a better choice.
You can walk across the border from Macau at Gongbei. The border is open from 07:00-24:00. 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.
- 9 Port of Entry (called Portas do Cerco (barrier gate) in Macao).
An alternative crossing is via the Lotus Bridge in Macau's Cotai area to the island of Hengqin. This border crossing point is open 08:00-20:00. After crossing the Macau side, take a shuttle bus across the bridge to the China side (fare ¥3, no change given so carry the exact amount). 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).
For foreigner entering China, you will need to produce a valid visa. Follow the immigration line that says "Foreigner". Once you clear immigration, you enter the duty-free zone. Consider picking up some Western chocolate or liquor, especially if you need gifts for Chinese. Jameson's at HK$70 a bottle is a good buy, as are some of the wines and single malt whiskeys. Do not bother with common brands of whiskey or cognac; those a readily available in China. Cigarettes are generally cheaper in downtown Zhuhai than at the duty-free (do not buy cigarettes in duty-free, most are fake).
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 downstairs 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 pickpockets are very common at the border check point.
On the return trip from China to Macau, here are the border crossing tips from Zhuhai China to Macau via Gongbei port. The Gongbei immigration building opens at 07:00. If you arrived at the Zhuhai Gongbei port via Taxi cab, you either arrive in front of the Gongbei immigration building or via the underground tunnel, linked to the underground mall below the Gongbei immigration building. Proceed to queue up at the entrance of building. It is rather cold in the morning so bring enough warm clothing with you if you decided to queue up in the morning before 07:00.
When the building opens, proceed inside the building. Look for the line that says "Foreigner" (usually line# 15). 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. Once you clear the Chinese immigration, you enter the duty-free zone. Proceed to the immigration hall. Foreigner is required to fill up a blue-color slip in this hall, declaring your place of stay in Macau and your departure details. Proceed to queue at the line that says "Foreigner". Once you clear the Macau immigration, proceed to exit the building. If you carry any luggage with you, the immigration officer may request that your luggage be scanned by the X-ray machine before you are allowed to exit the immigration building. The whole border crossing process takes about 20-25 minutes, excluding waiting time in the long queues.
You may choose Taxi cab or bus to get to the airport. The ride to the Macau International Airport takes only 15 minutes from Gongbei port. There will be surcharge of MOP5 to the airport and $6 per item of luggage. It costs about MOP70 to get to the airport by Taxi cab (inclusive of surcharges). Taxi cabs accept Macau patacas, Hong Kong dollars or Chinese yuan for payment. These currencies are treated equally (With yuan being the most expensive) during payment. You may still use your Chinese pre-paid telephone card up to the mid-span of the Friendship Bridge in Macau. After that, the signal drops off.
The Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway (Guangzhu ICR) was fully opened in 2012. There are five stations in Zhuhai:
- 10 Zhuhai Railway Station (珠海站, Zhuhai Station), 5 Changsheng Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区昌盛路5号) (In Gongbei. There is a bus stop outside the station, which is served by bus nos. 1, 2, 10, 32, 33, 601, 608, 826-2 and k10, as well as the Airport-Jida Express Bus (机场快线吉大线), the Port of Entry Bus Gongbei Route (口岸巴士拱北专线), the Tanzhou-Gongbei A-Line Bus (坦洲拱北a线) and the Tanzhou-Gongbei B-Line Bus (坦洲拱北b线).). Zhuhai's main railway station and the southern terminus of the line.
- 11 Mingzhu Railway Station (明珠站, Mingzhu Station), 35 Mingzhu Road North, Xiangzhou District (香洲区明珠北路35号) (In the New Xiangzhou area. There is a bus stop outside the station, which is served by bus nos. 6, 16, 31, 36, 41, 42, 43, 55, 687, 931, 993, b5, b6, b7, b8, k995 and z13, as well as the Port of Entry Bus Shangchong Route (口岸巴士上冲专线).).
- 12 Qianshan Railway Station (前山站, Qianshan Station), 666 Gangchang Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区港昌路666号) (There is a bus stop outside the station, which is served by bus nos. 16, 18, 31, 36, 55, b, b9 and n20, as well as the Changlong Night Bus (长隆夜间线), the Port of Entry Bus Shangchong Route (口岸巴士上冲专线), the Tanzhou-Gongbei A-Line Bus (坦洲拱北a线) and the Tanzhou-Gongbei B-Line Bus (坦洲拱北b线).).
- 13 Tangjiawan Railway Station (唐家湾站, Tangjiawan Station), 399 Jinfeng Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区金凤路399号) (There is a bus stop outside the station, which is served by bus nos. 10a, 69, 70, 72a and k3.).
- 14 Zhuhai North Railway Station (珠海北站, Zhuhai North Station), Jinfeng Road North, Xiangzhou District (香洲区金峰北路) (In Jinding. There is a bus stop outside the station, which is served by bus nos. 3a, 72a, 989, 998 and k1.).
The journey from Guangzhou South station to Zhuhai takes around 53-78 minutes and costs ¥390 for luxury sleeper, ¥350 for standard sleeper, ¥205 for luxury class, ¥90-124.5 for first class and ¥56-¥91.5 for second class or no-seat ticket. Trains will stop at either Zhuhai North, Tangjiawan, Mingzhu or Qianshan (or any combination of the four) before terminating at Zhuhai Station: different trains stop at different stations, so if you intend to alight at an intermediate station, be sure to check first if your train will stop there. The first train departs Guangzhou South for Zhuhai at 06:20, while the last train departs Zhuhai for Guangzhou at 23:05.
Guangzhu ICR stations are served by several bus routes. Bus routes 3A (to Jiuzhou ferry port) and 65 (to Zhulinpu in Tangjiawan), as well as a minivan service to Beijing Normal University, serve Zhuhai North station, while bus 207 (to the airport) stops outside of Zhuhai station. There are also taxi ranks outside all stations.
The Guangzhu ICR has been merged into the railway system of China, so the train destinations increased. Trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Guiyang, Kunming, Chaozhou directions can reach Zhuhai now. For example, as of 2018, the Beijing-Zhuhai train (D923) leaves Beijing at 20:35, arriving to Zhuhai at 07:49 the next morning. The second-class seat fare is ¥779, a sleeper (动卧) is ¥1430. From Chengdu, it's a day train (via Chongqing, Guiyang, and Guilin), D1841, leaving Chengdu at 06:39 and arriving to Zhuhai at 16:52.
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.
You can walk or take a taxi from ¥10 (the first 3-kilometre); these are good options for moving within a single district.
Zhuhai has an extensive bus system. The fare for a ride is ¥1 regardless of distance; pay in the box in front of the driver, or by Alipay or transit card (see below). 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 main street of Jinding. Bus 4 will allow you to reach Jiuzhou ferry port for trips to Hong Kong or Shenzhen.
Avoid bus 2, bus K10 at rush hour, and buses 16 and 26 when the classes of boarding schools end on Friday or Saturday because of heavy crowds.
Zhuhai transit cards give you a 10% discount on the buses. Buying a card requires a ¥15 deposit. Zhongshan transit cards and Ling Nan Tong (岭南通) cards (used in Guangzhou and other cities in the province) are also accepted.
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 19:00.
It is possible to move around districts using the Guangzhu ICR, although as trains don't stop at all stations, options for moving around Zhuhai are more limited than with buses. Fares start at ¥6 for second class, and ¥7 for first class: the journey from Zhuhai North to Zhuhai, for example, is ¥15.
Taking the tram from Haitianyizhan (海天驿站) to Shangzhongxiaozhen (上冲小镇) may be also a special experience.
Zhuhai's streets are mostly flat and the city has extensive bike lanes. Combine that with the attractive views and the fact that the city's attractions are pretty spread out, and you have a very good city for biking. Several competing bikeshare systems operate in Zhuhai; at least the blue ones are usable by foreigners if you have Alipay. In the denser areas of the city the bikes can be found all over, so unless you're going off the beaten path you're sure to find one if you walk for a few minutes.
- 15 Xiangzhou Port (香洲港), Beidi Wharf, Lovers' Road Central Section, Xiangzhou District (香洲区情侣中路北堤码头) (Bus routes 11 and 56), ☏ (enquiries), (complaints and suggestions). The main terminal for ferries to Zhuhai's islands. Ferries are available to Wanshan Island (万山岛), Guishan Island (桂山岛), Wailingding Island (外伶仃岛), and Dong'ao Island (东澳岛). Ferries are sometimes cancelled due to bad weather conditions. The latest ferry times and prices can be found on Xiangzhou Port's official website. I
- 16 Hebao Island Wharf (荷包岛码头), Huandao Road West, Nanshui Town, Jinwan District (金湾区南水镇环岛西路) (The bus stop near the wharf is served only by bus no. 710, which only serves the local area. If coming here from the city, you should take bus no. 605 from the Xiangzhou Long Distance Bus Station and get off at Zhuhai Port (珠海港) where the bus terminates. From there, you could either take a taxi to the wharf or walk to Bei Qi Road (北七路) and transfer to bus no. 710. Hebao Island Wharf is about 9km from the Zhuhai Port bus stop), ☏ (bookings), toll-free: (customer service), ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Boats to Hebao Island (also known as Hope Island) depart from here. This wharf should not be confused with the wharf of the same name on the island itself.
To Dong'ao Island: There are four ferries to Dong'ao Island per day, one of which makes the journey via Guishan Island. Standard cabin tickets are ¥85, first class cabin ticket are ¥105 and VIP cabin tickets are ¥125.
To Guishan Island: There are five ferries to Guishan Island per day. Standard cabin tickets are ¥85, first class cabin ticket are ¥105 and VIP cabin tickets are ¥125.
To Hebao Island:: There are usually five ferries to Hebao Island per day. The journey time is around 20-30 minutes. Return tickets cost ¥160, which includes the island access fee.
To Wailingding Island: There are eight ferries to Wailingding Island per day, two of which makes the journey via Guishan Island. Standard cabin tickets are ¥120, first class cabin ticket are ¥145 and VIP cabin tickets are ¥170.
To Wanshan Island: There are three ferries to Wanshan Island per day, including one direct ferry, as well as one ferry that goes via Dong'ao Island and one that goes via both Dong'ao Island and Guishan Island. Standard cabin tickets are ¥110, first class cabin ticket are ¥135 and VIP cabin tickets are ¥160.
Museums and monumentsEdit
- 1 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.
- 2 Guyuan Museum of Art (古元美术馆), 388 Meihua East Road (梅华东路388号) (There is a bus stop named after this museum. Buses that stop here include bus nos. 13, 16, 17, b5 and b6. Tram route 1 also stops here), ☏ . 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:30, closed on Mondays. A museum displaying works by local artist Gu Yuan. Free.
- 3 New Yuanming Palace (圆明新园; Yuánmíng Xīnyuán) (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), ☏ . 08:30-21:00. An imitation of the Yuanming Palace in Beijing that covers an area of 1.39 km². Inside the park there is also 80,000 m² of lake. Along the lake are many places to hire motor boats and pedelos. The park has many attractions from ancient emperors' artifacts and traditional Chinese architecture to cable cars and floating restaurants. 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. The ticket prices for these shows are ¥85 for adults, ¥60 for persons aged over 65, and ¥60 for children with a height of 150cm or less who carry a student card. 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 free.
- 4 Zhuhai Museum (珠海市博物馆), 191 Jingshan Road, Jida (吉大景山路191号) (The nearest bus stop is Jiuzhoucheng (九洲城), which is served by over twenty bus routes), ☏ . 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:00, closed on Mondays. A museum about the history of the Zhuhai region. The museum also hosts travelling exhibitions from other parts of China. Free.
- 5 Former residence of Su Zhaozheng (苏兆征故居), 461 Baishi Street, Qi'ao Island 唐家湾镇淇澳白石街461号 (take bus K1, K2, K3, 3, 3A, 10, 10A, 68, or 69 to Tangjia Station 唐家站, then transfer to bus 85 to Qi'ao North Station 淇澳北站). 09:30–17:00. Former home of early 20th-century communist activist Su Zhaozheng (1885–1929). The home has been turned into a museum with exhibits about the history of the area, Su's life, and his role in a major strike in Hong Kong. Unfortunately none of the information is in English. Don't miss the wall made of oyster shells and the various other well-preserved historic houses and structures in the neighborhood, including some old temples. Free.
- 6 Martyrs Cemetery (烈士陵园), 1149 Fenghuang Road (凤凰路1149号) (The nearest bus stop is Baihuogongsi (百货公司), which is an important bus stop in Zhuhai.), ☏ . 06:00-19:00. A memorial to the martyrs in the revolution in Zhuhai led by marshal Ye Jianying. It was transformed to a quiet place for citizens and tourists to relax and pay homage in the busy centre of the city now. Free.
- 7 [dead link] Meixi Royal Stone Archways (梅溪牌坊), 268 Lüyou Road, Qianshan (前山旅游路268号) (There is a bus stop named by this attraction, and it is served by many bus routes including routes 26, 36 and 70), ☏ , , ✉ email@example.com. 09:00-17:30. Built in 1886 and extended in 1891 under the orders of Emperor Guangxu, it was a memorial to praise Chen Fang, a consul of the Qing Empire. It was partly damaged during the Cultural Revolution, but not seriously. Chen Fang's former residence, which is just a few hundred metres east of the arches, can also be visited. ¥65.
Parks and natureEdit
- 8 [dead link] Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (长隆海洋王国), Fuxiang Bay, Hengqin (横琴新区富祥湾) (The park is served by a number of public bus routes, including routes 14, 86, K10 and K11. There are also dedicated bus services from Zhuhai Airport, the Zhuhai Railway Station and the Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal, as well as from hotels owned by the Chimelong Group), toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 09:00-20:30. One of China's most popular theme parks. Includes the largest oceanarium in the world. ¥350.
- 9 Mangzhou Wetland Park (芒洲湿地公园 or 杧洲湿地公园), Qinhai North Road, Hengqin Island (横琴琴海北路) (The most northwestern part of Hengqin Island. The nearest bus stop is about 2km to the south at Hengqin West Road Bus Terminal (琴海西路总站), which is served by bus no. 87 - a bus that originates from the Qianshan Bus Terminal outside Qianshan Railway Station). 09:00-19:00. Located on the tip of Hengqin Island, the park is an excellent alternative to the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom if you don't want to pay for its ticket because the park is free. It's a place to escape the noise of city, enjoy the sea wind and the flow of water on the pontoon. Free.
- 10 Qi'ao Mangrove Forest Wetland Park (淇澳红树林湿地公园), Qi'ao Island (淇澳岛) (take bus K1, K2, K3, 3, 3A, 10, 10A, 68, or 69 to Tangjia Station 唐家站, then transfer to bus 85 to Qi'ao North Station 淇澳北站), ☏ . A province-level wetland preserve, also a good place to enjoy the nature and watch birds. Free.
- 11 Lovers' Road (情侣路; Qínglǚlù). It stretches along a big chunk of Zhuhai's eastern coastline, from near the border with Macau to well past the Fisher Girl statue. It's good for walking or biking, and offers a majestic view of the Macau skyline across the border, but the sea tends to be brown and muddy.
- 12 Zhuhai's many islands. One of Zhuhai's nicknames is the city of a hundred islands (146 to be exact), and it has a number of islands that are accessible from ports by ferry boat (see the Districts Section for more information).
- 13 Doumen District Museum (斗门区博物馆), 2233 Xidi Road, Jing'an Town (井岸镇西堤路2233号) (The nearest bus stop is Jianfeng Garden (尖峰花园), which is served by bus routes 303, 306, 308, 405, 411, 502, 503, 504, 510, 601 and 609, as well as the Gongbei-Xinhui bus line), ☏ . 09:00-17:00, closed on Mondays and the eve of Chinese New Year. A general museum with exhibits on the history of the district. The museum is also known as the Zhaozhen Museum, a name given to honour John C. Young (Rong Zhaozhen), a famous Chinese-American army colonel whose father was born in Doumen's Longtan Village. Free.
- 14 Doumen Old Street (斗门旧街, 斗门古街 Doumen Ancient Street, 斗门清朝古街 Doumen Qing Dynasty Street), Dama Road, Nanmen Village, Doumen Town (斗门镇南门村大马路) (Take bus K4 or 609 from the Xiangzhou Long-Distance Bus Station, get off at Nanmen (南门), then walk to Dama Road (大马路) via Erma Road (二马路)). A historic precinct featuring an agglomeration of old commercial buildings, most of which were built between the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Doumen was an important trading post. Free.
- 15 Jintai Buddhist Temple (金台寺; Jīntáisì), Doumen Town (斗门镇) (Take bus K4 or 609 from the Xiangzhou Long-Distance Bus Station, then a rickshaw to the temple entrance), ☏ . 07:00-17:00. 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. Free.
- 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).
- 1 China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (中国国际航空航天博览会) (near the Zhuhai Airport), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 09:00-17:00. Held every two years, it's the biggest airshow in China, attracting thousands of people and companies around the world including well-known Boeing, Airbus and Ilyushin. This show has already become the top card of Zhuhai. ¥500.
- 2 Imperial Yuwenquan Hot Springs (御温泉), Huangyang Avenue West (黄杨大道西) (In Doumen District, take bus 609), ☏ . 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. ¥188.
- 3 Lost City (梦幻水城), Lanpu Road, Jiuzhou Avenue, Xiangzhou District (香洲区九洲大道兰埔路) (Take bus no. 1, 13, 25, 30, 62, 69, 991, 992 or b7 and get off at the New Yuanming Palace bus stop), ☏ . April 26th to June 15th: 11:00-18:00 (weekdays), 10:00-18:30 (weekends and public holidays). June 16th to September 2nd: 10:00-22:00. September 3rd to October 7th: 11:00-18:00 (weekdays), 10:00-18:30 (weekends and public holidays). Closed from October 8th to April 25th. A water park with an ancient Egyptian theme. Features numerous water slides, an 800-metre long lazy river, a 3000-square metre wave pool, and various other water-based amusements. ¥135 (standard adult tickets), ¥95 (persons over 65), ¥95 (children between 1.2 and 1.5 metres in height). Children under 1.2 metres are free if accompanied by an adult.
- 4 Ocean Spring Resort (海泉湾旅游度假区), Haiquanwan Road, Pingsha Town, Gaolan Port Economic Zone (高栏港经济区平沙镇海泉湾路) (Bus routes 540, 608, 826-2 and z143. If coming here directly from Guangzhou, you may choose to arrive at the Pingsha Bus Station, which is only 10km from the resort. There is also a special shuttle bus from the Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal, which makes a stopover at the Kee Kwan Bus Station in Gongbei. The shuttle bus charges ¥30 for a one-way ticket and ¥55 for a return ticket), ☏ . A major tourist resort on Zhuhai's far west coast.
- Dreams Theater (梦幻剧场). Performances are usually held from 20:00 to 21:00, except on Mondays when the theater is closed. ¥120.
- Mysterious Island Theme Park (神秘岛主题乐园). 10:00-17:00 (normal weekdays and weekends), 09:00-18:00 (public holidays). ¥110.
- Ocean Hot Springs (海洋温泉). 09:00-01:30. ¥198.
- 5 Zhuhai International Circuit (珠海国际赛车场; Zhūhǎi Guójì Sàichēchǎng). 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.
- 6 Zhuhai Opera House (珠海大剧院), 129 Yuwan Road, Yeli Island (野狸岛渔湾路129号) (The nearest bus stop is Riyuebei (日月贝), which is served by Bus No.Z11 only.), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 09:00-18:00. A shell-like theater which made itself a new symbol of Zhuhai. The shape is also originated from the legend of the Fisher Girl. It's the only theater located on an island in China. Free.
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.
- 7 Golden Gulf Golf Club (金湾高尔夫俱乐部), 2000 Jinwan Avenue, Jinwan District (金湾区金湾大道2000) (There is a bus stop just outside the golf club, which is served by bus routes 201, 207, 504, 801 and z102), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 07:00-18:00. Features a 27-hole golf course designed by Scottish golf champion Colin Montgomerie. Accommodation is available on-site at the Golden Gulf Golf Hotel (珠海金湾高尔夫酒店). Prices for non-members start from ¥575.
- 8 Zhuhai Golf Club (珠海高尔夫俱乐部), Tangjiawan, Xiangzhou District (香洲区唐家湾) (The nearest bus stop is the Pearl Land (珍珠乐园) bus stop, which is served by bus routes 3, 3a, 10, 10a, 66, 68 and 69. You can also catch a free shuttle bus from the Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal, which runs twice a day on weekdays and three times a day on weekends and public holidays. Seats on the shuttle bus heading to the golf club must be booked at least one day in advance while seats on the return journey must be booked at least 2 hours in advance), ☏ , , . 07:00-18:00. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday prices for non members: ¥730 (18-hole course), ¥530 (9-hole course). Monday and Friday prices for non-members: ¥930 (18-hole course), ¥650 (9-hole course). Weekend & public holiday prices for non-members: ¥1480 (18-hole course), ¥1000 (9-hole course).
- Sun Yat-Sen University (中山大学, SYSU). The largest campus of this famous university in southern China is located in Tangjiawan, Zhuhai, consisting of 14 schools. About 9,000 students study here.
- Jinan University (暨南大学, JNU). There's a delicate campus of Jinan University in Qianshan, Zhuhai, consisting of 7 schools and about 5,000 students.
- Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai (北京理工大学珠海学院, BITZH). A university academic affiliated college of BIT, consisting 13 academic schools with about 26,000 students.
- Zhuhai College of Jilin University (吉林大学珠海学院). Consisting of 24 schools and about 30,000 students.
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.
- 1 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). Pedestrian-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.
- 2 Underground shopping complex (拱北地下广场; Gǒngběi Dìxià Guǎngchǎng) (Right below the Macau border crossing in Gongbei, take the escalator or walk down the stairs). This is a huge complex; the entire open concrete area in front of the border crossing has two floors of shops under it. There are several hundred shops, many with goods targeted at tourists, such as clothing and shoes, jade and other jewelery, handicrafts 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 (e.g. Rolex, Breitling, Patek Philippe, Movado, and Omega). 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. Mind your bags for pickpockets too.
- 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 (万家百货 or formerly 万佳百货; Wànjiā Bǎihuò), 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; Yíngbīn Guǎngchǎng) 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.
- 3 Your Family Store (又一家; Yòuyījiā Chāoshì), 152 Yuehua Road, Gongbei, Xiangzhou District (香洲区拱北粤华路152号) (From Gongbei, take bus 2).
The main drag in Jida is Jingshan Road (景山路; Jǐngshānlù) and it has two blocks of nice department stores:
- 4 Tongluowan Shopping Mall (铜锣湾; Tóngluówān) (From Gongbei, take bus 2).
- 5 Zhuhai Jida Duty Free Shopping Mall (珠海吉大免税商场; Zhūhǎi Jídà Miǎnshuì Shāngchǎng), 220 Jingshan Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区景山路220号) (From Gongbei, take bus 2).
- 6 Zhuhai Shopping Mall (珠海百货; Zhūhǎi Bǎihuò, Zhuhai Department Store) (From Gongbei, take bus 2).
- 7 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.
- 8 Xiangzhou Shopping Mall and Yangming Plaza (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.
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- AEON, There are two AEON stores in Zhuhai, one at Yangming Plaza (扬名广场) on Fenghuang Road, one at Aoyuan Plaza (奥园广场) on Meijie Road. AEON (formerly Jusco and still called Jusco by many locals) is 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 carries a much wider range of products.
- Carrefour (Near the end of bus lines 7 and 9). There are two Carrefour supermarkets. The one in Jida has western food available; the other one does not
Cantonese cuisine is commonplace, but street food stalls and restaurants featuring food from all over China are also easily found. Seafood is a local specialty.
- 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 high quality seafood in Gongbei near the Macau border. Simply wandering around would probably work, but one large area with many such establishments is just Northwest of the border. Only a 5 minute walk from the border, any type of seafood can be had here (crab, oysters, prawns, large fish and the more exotic variety) as well as other non-seafood dishes that are just as good. They are authentic and much cheaper than anything you can find in the more pricey restaurants. Keep an eye out for the people cleaning large stacks of oysters.
Other tasty local grub in Gongbei can be found on any of the side streets off of Lianhua Lu (Lotus Road).
- Jinding Barbeque (On Jinding's main street, can be reached via bus 10 or 3). The BBQ opens around 17:30 and ends around 24:00. By far the largest outdoor street barbeque in Zhuhai. The BBQ is over 100 meters long, , with scores of proprietary stalls and tables (who vigorously compete against one another). Steam rises, motorcycles whiz by, and music blares from shops as dozens of proprietary stands serve up street specialties (such as spicy grilled squid tentacles) well into the night to a lively crowd seated at plastic tables and chairs. Meals are served on plastic bag covered plates and beer from the thinnest plastic cups in the world! Come here to experience regular Chinese street life, and leave full and satisfied.
- 1 Macanese Vegetarian Buffet (澳门发嫂养生磨房), 2A, Level 2, Laimeili Womens' World, Xiangzhou District (香洲区来魅力女人世界2楼2A) (Level 2A, in the Laimeili Womens' World (魅力女人世界) building southeast and diagonally opposite Bank of China on walking street. Look for the escalators up, then turn right twice.), ☏ . Lunch roughly 11-3PM, dinner roughly 4:50-9PM. Buddhist vegetarian restaurant offering unlimited all you can eat vegetarian buffet including everything from cooked vegetarian Chinese dishes through cakes and pastries, cold dishes, noodle bar, fresh fruit, fresh real fruit juices, various teas, various soups, even vegetarian pizza! Tremendously popular and great value. 46元 (one off) or 35元 (if buying 10x tickets).
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.
- 2 Azur Restaurant (中蓝海西餐厅), Shop 1-04, Building 9, Midtown, 2055 Jiuzhou Avenue West, Xiangzhou District (香洲区九州大道西2055号富华里9栋1-04室) (Buses that stop outside the Midtown (富华里) commerical complex include routes, 1, 14, 25, 30, 60, 202, 603, 605 609, 826-2, 992, b2, b7, b8, k6, k7 and k9.), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:00-02:00. Very good Mediterranean cuisine with a Croatian chef. The menu is quite small and constantly changes according to seasons and what's freshly available on the market. Most of the items on the menu are handmade, including bread, pastas, gnocchi etc. They also do excellent events with great musicians from all over the world. They are linked to the Hong Kong Jazz Festival, and occasionally bands that play in Hong Kong also play at Azur. Main courses from ¥60-130.
- 3 Jenny's Cafe (简一咖啡), 10 Haibin Road North, Xiangzhou District (香洲区海滨北路10号) (Bus 69 one stop past Jusco, it is on the right 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. (It's tucked back from the road, but easily seen due to the large signage around the door.) average.
- 4 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), ☏ . Offers excellent seafood. As in many places in this area, you pick your fish from tanks. 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.
- Shishen Seafood City (食神海鲜城; Shíshén Hǎixiān Chéng).
- 5 Shishen Seafood City Gongbei Branch (拱北店), 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), ☏ .
- 6 Shishen Seafood City Tangjia Branch (唐家店), 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), ☏ . In an interesting old building
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 of Xiangzhou, 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 assorted cheap local restaurants.
- At the end of the alley, turn left again for more of the same, including a 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 fine Xinjiang restaurant on bus 4 route, one stop north of the Jida ferry port. That is part of a cluster of at least a dozen 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:
- 7 Amici Miei Authentic Italian Restaurant, 珠海市华伐世纪城 (Enter Huafa Century City, turning right at the main entrance. Pass Starbucks and Amici Miei in on the right, on the second floor. Access on the waterfront.). Truly authentic Italian cuisine, owned and operated by Italians, Amici Miei is the latest addition to Zhuhai's pizza scene.
- 8 Mr Pizza, Level 2, K-Box Houfang, Tangren Commercial Street, Tangjia Town (唐家镇唐人街商业街K-BOX后方2楼) (The nearest bus stop is the Tangjia Market (唐家市场), which is served by bus routes 3a, 3, 10a, 10, 66, 68, 69, 85, k1, k2, k3, z75 and z76), ☏ . 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 17:30-19:00 with beer at half price.
- 9 Pizza Hut (Jida Branch) (必胜客(吉大餐厅)), Level 1, Zhuhai Duty Free Mall, 220 Jingshan Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区景山路220号珠海免税商场1层). Approximately half the cheese used in US Pizza Huts.
- 10 Portofino Ristorante Italiano (波托菲诺餐厅酒吧), 102 Building 9, Midtown, 2021 Jiuzhou Avenue West, Xiangzhou District (香洲区九洲大道西2021号富华里9栋102室), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. After 11:30AM or so. A reliable source of good Italian food. Two beers on tap. 100-120RMB/pizza. Extremely expensive wine..
- 11 Uncle Mike's Pizza and Chicken, 10-105 Building 5, Tangren Street, 3399 Tangqi Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区唐淇路3399号唐人街5栋105-10) (Under the Old Chinese Junk). Great pizza and chicken is now accompanied by a partner Italian Restaurant and the Down Under Pub.
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.
- 12 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), ☏ . Large and popular high-end seafood place on an impressive looking boat in Xiangzhou harbour.
- 13 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), ☏ . The Old Chinese Junk in Tangjia is a rooftop restaurant and pub run by an Englishman named Mike.
There are several notable Japanese restaurants in Zhuhai:
- 14 Musashi (武藏日式料理), Shop A3023a, Level 3, Block A, Huafa Mall, 8 Zhuhai Avenue, Xiangzhou District (香洲区珠海大道8号华发商都A馆3层A3023a号铺) (Buses that stop outside Huafa Mall include routes 14, 16, 18, 25, 34, 61, 81, 87, 201, 202, 207, 601, 601b, 603, 605, 608, 609, 991, b2, n20, z12 and several others), ☏ . 11:00-22:00. Large upscale Japanese restaurant. Expect to pay over ¥200 per head.
- 15 Sushi-Oh (寿司皇), Shop 4009, Level 4, Section 2, Yangming Plaza, 1066 Fenghuang Road South, Xiangzhou District (香洲区凤凰南路1066号扬名广场二期4楼L4009铺) (Bus routes that stop near Yangming Plaza (扬名广场) include routes 2, 3, 3a, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 26, 56, 69, 99, 204, 605, b2, b3, b5, b6, k3 and z11), ☏ . Good conveyor belt style sushi restaurant. A bit pricey. An average meal costs over ¥100.
- 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.
Zhuhai is known for its nightlife due to its status as a tourist destination for Chinese nationals, and as a playground for Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan businessmen looking for female company. 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 the wild electronic discos, Zhuhai has what you're looking for!
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)). 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 pedestrians-only shopping street with numerous shops.
It transforms into a spectacular must-see atmosphere at night. There are many small outdoor bars, 3 or 4 meters square with a few stools on each side. In the middle is an open area for the bar girls. These girls earn commission on the drinks so their goal is to get you to buy as much beer as possible, partly by helping you put it back and often by winning at various games where the loser must drink. They are experts; do not expect to win. Also, do not expect to take one of them home; they are professional flirts, not prostitutes.
There are many streetwalkers in the area and offers from them are common, although prostitution is illegal in China. There are also beggars who offer to sing or shine your shoes, or present their pet monkey or simply point to their baby sadly.
There are two groups of outdoor bars with the one further south nearer the border emphasizing food (nothing special) and the one a little further north emphasizing 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 travelers, expats, Hong Kong and Macau residents coming over for shopping or cheaper entertainment, local wannabes, and working girls. Hanging out here is by far one of the most interesting things to do in Zhuhai. Use common sense late at night, as things can get pretty wild. Most stalls are open till 03:00 and a few stay open later for enthusiastic customers.
Bar Street (酒吧街; Jiǔbājiē), at around 300 meters long, is a well-established, modern strip of more upscale bars, some featuring live music. It is easily the first place newcomers to Zhuhai go to experience the energy and liveliness of life in Zhuhai after dark. This strip primarily caters to Chinese businessmen, Chinese yuppies, and moneyed or uninformed tourists. It is one block inland and a 20-minute walk from the Gongbei border. Follow the street with the clock tower until it becomes Bar Street.
- 1 No. 88 Bar (蚂蚁捌捌 Mayi Baba), First Bar on Bar Street. 203-209 Shuiwan Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区水湾路203-209号) (At the Corner of Bar Street (Shuiwan Road) and Lian'an Road. The nearest bus stop is Yinhai Xincun (银海新村), which is served by bus no. 4). By far the most popular bar in Zhuhai is the no. 88 bar. 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 05:00. ¥50.
- 2 Casa Pepe (Casa pepe安福会艺术餐厅), 215-217 Shuiwan Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区水湾路215-217号) (The nearest bus stop is Yinhai Xincun (银海新村), which is served by bus no. 4.), ☏ . Quiet place where you can sip red wine and have some fine dining. They have a private room in the back.
- 3 Cohiba (西洋会·葡国烧烤西餐·酒吧, Xi Yang Hui), 203-209 Shuiwan Road (香洲区水湾路203-209号) (The nearest bus stop is Rihua Huayuan (日华花园), which is served by bus nos. 4, 9, 13 and 99), ☏ . 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 at Bar 88. ¥20-30 for beer, more for cocktails.
- 4 Hill Cocktail, Basement level, 223 Shuiwan Road, Xiangzhou District 香洲区水湾路223号负一层地窖 (The nearest bus stop is Yinhai Xincun (银海新村), which is served by bus no. 4). The only bar of its kind in Zhuhai where the bartenders actually mix cocktails according to specifications. For example a Long Island Ice Tea actually has 5 different kinds of alcohol 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. The bar has another branch on the 19th floor of the Harbour View Hotel (怡景湾大酒店) in Jida.
- 5 La Bohemia (桂缘葡国餐厅), Level 1, Haiwan Haoyuan, 225 Shuiwan Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区水湾路225号海湾豪苑1楼) (The first bar / restaurant on Bar Street when coming from the North East. The nearest bus stop is Yinhai Xincun (银海新村), which is served by bux no. 4), ☏ . 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.
Zhuhai is heavily infested with pickpockets and bar street is among their favorite areas. Beware of pairs of well-dressed young men who quietly follow groups of revelers; typically they have razor blades for cutting open pockets,
Your best bet is to hit your bar of choice first and then inquire and explore. The discos tend to be large, intense, heavily 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 06:00. 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 and 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.
- 6 Sea & Sand (海沙吧), Shop E16, 3 Huaping, Road, Xiawan, Xiangzhou District (香洲区夏湾华平路3号E16号铺) (The nearest bus stop is Guoshou Dasha (国寿大厦), which is served by bus nos. 11, 35 and 62), ☏ . Small karaoke lounge with private rooms on 2nd floor. ¥15 a beer.
- 7 Xing Ge Hui Discount KTV (星歌会量贩式KTV), Level 1, West Wing Podium Building, 2 Jida Road, Xiangzhou District (香洲区吉大路2号国会西侧裙楼一楼) (The nearest bus stop is Junyi Huayuan (君怡花园), which is served by bus nos. 9 and 25), ☏ .
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 an 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 Crowne Plaza Zhuhai City Center (珠海粤财皇冠假日酒店) (listed in the Sleep section below) 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 ¥58 (+15%) but ¥23 (+15%) for a pint of draught Filipino San Miguel is rather a good deal, especially during happy hour (18:00-20:00 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 in Zhuhai and enjoys a reasonable mix of clientèle for a bar in a western hotel.
- 8 Dragon Union Opera House (聚龙歌剧院), Dragon Union Hotel, Building D, Tangjia Commercial Plaza, Shanfang Road, Tangjiawan, Xiangzhou District (香洲区唐家湾山房路唐家商业广场D栋聚龙酒店内) (The nearest bus stop is Tangjia Market (唐家市场), which is served by bus nos. 3, 3a, 10, 10a, 66, 68, 69, 85, k1, k3, z75 and z76), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. a large entertainment venue inside the Dragon Union Hotel (聚龙酒店), 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.
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.
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 21:00 you may pay ¥60 to ¥88 (depending on the room type) for two hours of 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.
- 1 Sunferia Inn, 15F Cuiweixizhu Building, Qianshan (前山翠微西珠大廈15層; Qiánshān Cuìwēixīzhūdàshà), ☏ . Doubles ¥150.
- 2 Zhuhai Youth Hostel, 9 Shihua East Road, Jida (On bus route 4, inside Zhuhai Holiday Resort), ☏ , , fax: . Dorms ¥60, breakfast ¥5.
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.), which 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.
- 3 7 Days Inn - Zhuhai Gongbei Port Pedestrian Street Branch (7天连锁酒店珠海拱北口岸步行街店), 138 Yuehua Road, Gongbei (拱北粤华路138号; Gǒngběi Yuèhuálù) (The nearest bus stop is Yindu (银都), which is served by bus routes 4, 9, 13, 36, 99 and 101), ☏ . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. From ¥188.
- 4 Dahai Hotel (达海酒店) (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 the music from nearby bars which is audible until the wee hours, or the fact that some rooms are rented by the hour. ¥130.
- 5 Friendship Hotel (友谊酒店; Yǒuyì Jiǔdiàn), 46 Youyi Road, Gongbei (拱北友谊路46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), ☏ . 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.
- 6 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.
- 7 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), ☏ , fax: . 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.
- 8 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), ☏ , fax: . Listed rates for doubles from ¥189, discounted from ¥159, breakfast ¥12.
- 9 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.
- 10 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), ☏ , fax: . Large rooms with internet access against surcharge. Chinese restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥295, discounted from ¥148, no breakfast available.
- 11 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), ☏ , fax: . 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.
- 12 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), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- 13 Huaqiao Hotel (华侨宾馆 Huáqiáo Bīnguǎn), 2106 Yingbin South Road, Gongbei 拱北迎宾南路2106号, ☏ . Check-out: noon. Three-star hotel in Gongbei with Chinese-style buffet breakfast and free Wifi. From ¥208.
- 14 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), ☏ , fax: . 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.
- 15 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), ☏ , fax: . 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.
- 16 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), ☏ , fax: . 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.
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.
- 17 Crowne Plaza Zhuhai City Center (珠海粤财皇冠假日酒店), 188 Jingshan Road, Jida (吉大景山路188号; Jídà Jǐngshānlù) (Within walking distance to the shopping belt), ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Rooms start from ¥607.
- 18 Grand Bay View Hotel (珠海海湾大酒店; Zhūhǎi Hǎiwān Dàjiǔdiàn), 245 Shuiwan Road, Gongbei (拱北水湾路; Gǒngběi Shuǐwānlù), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Nice views of Macau overlooking the sea. Listed rates for doubles ¥1,000-2,944.
- 19 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), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 20 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), ☏ , fax: . Listed rates for doubles ¥1,198-2,980.
- 21 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), ☏ , fax: , ✉ Market@zhuhai-hotel.com. Not well kept, with uncomfortable beds and smelly lobby and lifts. The location, however, is very good. ¥920-1,472.
- 22 [dead link] Yindo (Grand Jasper) Hotel (银都（嘉柏）酒店; Yíndū (Jiābǎi) Jiǔdiàn), 1150 Yuehai East Road, Gongbei (拱北粤海东路1150号; Gǒngběi Yuèhǎidōnglù), ☏ , fax: . Was the first 5-star hotel in Zhuhai but it has gotten old. Feels more like a 3½-star now. Listed rates for doubles ¥860-1,890.
- 23 [dead link] 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), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- 24 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), ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Considered a 5-star hotel, but by Western standards closer to 3 or 4. Listed rates for doubles ¥988-2,622.
The area code for Zhuhai is 0756. When calling from overseas, dial +86 756 XXXX-XXXX
- In general, Zhuhai is a safe and friendly city. However, it is heavily infested with pickpockets, especially in the crowded shopping areas in Gongbei and on buses. Using a razor to get a wallet out of a hip pocket on a bus is a favorite tactic.
- In residential and collegial areas, street crimes are extremely rare. However, the police are also rarely seen patrolling at night. Go to the police station or police room to seek help in emergency.
- Zhuhai is well known for its sex trade, but it is not Thailand. Prostitution is illegal in China, and if you are caught with a prostitute by the police, you may be sentenced to up to 15 days of security detention (administrative imprisonment without trial).
- As is true everywhere in China, do not drink the tap water, avoid undercooked meats and watch out for counterfeit bills (especially 50s).
- Unlike most cities in China, cars usually give way to pedestrians, even this may cause traffic jams, because drivers not yielding to pedestrians may be fined. But still be cautious about traffic. Also, most road junctions in Zhuhai do not have traffic lights, and largely rely on the signals of police officers.
- It's illegal to drive motorcycles in Xiangzhou District.
- Some tour guides will take you to shops that pay them commissions. Those shops are often 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 Cao Tang (百草堂).
- The bus to Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, costs ¥60 to ¥65, runs every half hour and takes 2½ 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.
- Between Zhuhai and Guangzhou is the city of Zhongshan, the hometown of Sun Yat-sen, leader of the Xinhai Revolution and founder of China's first republic. There are frequent buses to Zhongshan from Zhuhai, particularly from bus stations in Gongbei. Moreover, trains on the Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway usually include several stops in Zhongshan, though they sometimes bypass Zhongshan's main stations (Zhongshan Station and Zhongshan North Station) and stop only at suburban stations. If you plan on doing a day-trip just to see Sun Yat-sen's former residence, you should take the train to Nanlang Station (南朗站), then either take a taxi or catch a no. 12 bus. Sun Yat-sen's former residence is about 7km south of Nanlang Station.
- Neighbouring Macau can be reached on foot or by car through the Gongbei border crossing, by ferry from Wanzai area (temporarily closed), or on foot or by car through the Lotus Bridge 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 21:30.
- Shenzhen can be reached by a 1-hour ferry boat trip from Jiuzhou Port (九洲港). You can also reach Shenzhen by high-speed train, which takes about 2 hours because the train must go via Guangzhou. The train terminates at Shenzhen North Station, whereas the ferry will take you to Shekou in the city's far southwest.
- There are also buses to most nearby cities including Shenzhen (cheaper than the ferry), and overnight buses to Guilin, Xiamen, Zhanjiang and Beihai.
- 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. A quicker and more comfortable option would be to take a high-speed train. The train from Zhuhai to Guilin takes just under 4 hours. You can also take the train to Yangshuo County, but keep in mind that Yangshuo Station is over 30km from Yangshuo Town.
- 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.