Chinese wetland has beachgoers seeing red

We’re used to a variety of colors of beaches, like black, pink, or nude–but red?

If you travel to China in the upcoming season, the fall, that’s exactly what you’ll see at the aptly named Red Beach in Panjin.

Located in the Liaohe River Delta in northeastern China, Red Beach is a protected reserve that attracts a lot of attention in the early fall, when its grass collectively blushes. The crimson flora is a variety of seepweed, a type of salt-tolerant grass, that turns red as it matures. It’s most dramatic in September, when most tourists come to experience the organic Technicolor.

The 1.4 million acres of red carpet serves as a rest stop for migratory birds flying the East Asia – Australia route. More than 236 varieties can be found, including red-crowned cranes, black-beaked gulls, sounder gulls, and even seals are commonly found.

Raised walkways in the Red Beach sanctuary help visitors to keep off the vibrant grass.

Incoming tides can make the crimson-red reeds sway in wave-like patterns, adding another layer of beauty.

If you can’t make it to China this fall, there are a few other ruddy beaches you can visit–and these even retain their hues year-round. Red Beach on Santorini, Greece, boasts volcanically tinted sands that are a shade more red than your average beach, while high iron content dyes Red Sands Shore on Canada’s Prince Edward Island a sold rust color.

Photos by Rachun and Wu Zoon Baeg via Google Earth

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