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Beihai (北海; Pinyin: Běihǎi, Wade-Giles: Pei-hai), former romanization Pakhoi, is a prefecture-level city of Guangxi, China. Beihai means "north of the sea", meaning that the place is a seaport on the north shore of the Gulf of Tonkin. Beihai has a large shipyard and is reputed to still be a pirate habour.

It governs the islands of Weizhou and Xieyang, and is north of Hainan Island.

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1 Subdivision
2 History
3 Sister cities
4 Miscellanea
5 External link


Beihai contains 3 districts and one county, which are subdivided into five urban sub-districts, 23 towns, 3 townships, 87 neighborhood committees, 343 village committees. (see also Political divisions of China#Levels)


After the 1876 Sino-British Treaty of Yantai, eight Western nations (UK, US, Germany, Austria-Hungary, France, Italy, Portugal, and Belgium) set up embassies, hospitals, churches, schools, and maritime customs. Today, 15 of these western buildings remain in Beihai. It officially became an international tourist spot (旅遊對外開放城市) in 1982.


Sister cities


Beihai has a great higher high tides at September 1, with the tides being 5 metres (16 feet). Most ports have around 2 metres of higher high tide; Honolulu has 0.5 metre.

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