Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Panjin Red Beach, China

Panjin (simplified Chinese: 盘锦; traditional Chinese: 盤錦; pinyin: Pánjǐn) is a prefecture-level city and a major oil production centre of Liaoning province, People's Republic of China.

It is situated on the northern coast of Liaodong Bay of the Bohai Gulf. 

It borders Anshan to the northeast and east, Yingkou across the Liao River, as well as Jinzhou to the west and northwest. 

The city has an administrative area of 4,071 square kilometres (1,572 sq mi), in which 1.28 million people reside.

Panjin is located between 40° 40'−41°27' N and 121° 31'−122° 28' E. 

It has a continental climate with four distinct seasons and some maritime influence, an annual mean temperature of 9.2 °C (48.6 °F) and receives over 2700 hours of sunshine a year. 

The city sits on the open field between the Liaodong Peninsula and the western portion of Liaoning Province. 

The Shuangtaizi River, which diverts from the Liao River upstream from the city, runs through the city and flows into the Liaodong Bay. 

The Liao River serves as the border between Panjin and the city of Yingkou. 

The two other prefecture-level cities that borders Panjin are Jinzhou and Anshan.

Major Attractions

Shuangtaihekou State Natural Reserve, a marshland that serves as natural habitat to 321 species of animals. 

It also serves as one of the few breeding grounds for endangered birds such as the red crowned crane and Saunders' Gull. 

Millions of birds of as much as 172 different species stop at the area during their migration, including more than 20 endangered species such as the red-crowned crane, 

Demoiselle Crane, white stork, black stork, white-fronted goose, whooper swan, and brown goshawk. 

On a special note, Panjin is also called "Home of the Cranes" for the above reasons.

Red Seabeach

Hubin Park in Panshan, featuring the Liaohe Tablets. 

These stone tablets bear inscriptions of Chinese calligraphy by historical and contemporary artists.

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