China’s Red Sea Beach, Panjin

This remarkable area which is 30 Km South-West of Panjin City is the largest wetland and reed marsh in the World. As seen in the photo; every Autumn a 26 Km long area along the banks of the Liaohe River turns red. The plant making up this colour is Sueda (Seepweed) which is a red grass. Seepweed is a form of Chenopodium that is highly tolerant of the area’s alkaline soil. The growth cycle of Seepweed begins in April when it is a light red colour, the plant then goes green in the summer months, before maturing to the crimson colour in September.

This large wetland area is a nature reserve as it is a feeding area for over 260 species of migratory birds moving from Asia to Australia. The area is also the endangered Black-Mouth Gull’s largest breeding area.



This is the aptly named “Red Beach”, located southwest of Panjin City in China’s Liaoning Province. The red colour is attributed to a genus of plant known as Suaeda, also known as Seablite. Suaeda flourishes in the saline-alkali soil at the mouth of the Liaohe River.

The plants appear every year around April or early May, they are originally green in colour. As the plant begins to die it becomes reddish and by September, Suaeda is a brilliant red, covering nearly the entirety of the beach creating a stunning landscape to behold.


Photos courtesy of: Publicity Office of Panjin city, Liaoning province

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