Hebao (Hope) Island
Da'nan Bay is nestled at the base of pristine hills and has a broad sandy beach
Hebao, which translates as "Purse" but transliterates as "Hope," lies southwest of Gaolan Port, Zhuhai and is a largely unpopulated island with eight bays, some of them broad and others narrow gulfs, and eight sandy and two pebble beaches. Among the broad ones, Da'nan is the largest, most popular, and, at 4,000 m (4,374 yd), longest bay on any of the 146 islands of Zhuhai.
Encircled by 28 km (17.5 miles) of coastline, tropical rainforest blankets the hilly interior while valleys transverse 13.5 sq km (3,336 acres) of the tropical island. Flowers blooming year around are graced by 126 species of butterflies. Scenic spots Da'nan Bay Beach, Butterfly Valley, Hebao Fishing Village, and remnants of a military base offer swimming, rock angling, beach soccer, and more leisure opportunities.
To the north, Damang and a couple of smaller islands constitute the southernmost tip of Jinwan District dotting the mouth of the Huangmao River on the South China Sea.
Camping on Hebao Island [Photos courtesy WeChat account: GLGJJQ]
Take Zhuhai Avenue to Hebao Island Wharf (荷包岛码头) in Nanshui Town (南水镇) of Gaolan Port (高栏港). High-speed ferry to the island takes over 30 minutes.
Buses K8 or 605 in downtown Zhuhai to the Nanshui Town bus stop at Gaolan Port; transfer to Bus 710 to Hebao Island Wharf.
Departure: 9 and 11 am, 2 and 4 pm
Return: 10 am, 12, 3, and 5 pm
Ticket hotline: 86-756-7268363
Call to confirm ferry schedule.