Located 15km (9 miles) southwest of Qinhuangdao City and 300km (186 miles) east of Beijing, Beidaihe is a seaside resort area on the Bohai Gulf. During the 19th century, the craggy coastline and beaches attracted Europeans living in nearby Tianjin, who built villas and bungalows here, transforming a fishing village into a pleasant seaside getaway.
After the founding of the PRC, Beidaihe soon became a resort for senior Party officials and was particularly popular with Communist leaders in the 1970s. During this era different sections of the coast were cordoned off for foreigners and senior officials.
Today, the divisions have gone but the quaint European bungalows and grand villas remain and Beidaihe is extremely popular with Beijing residents.