There are some very unusual beaches out there, featuring pink, orange, and even green sand, and now there’s a red beach to add to the list. But on this particular “red beach” you won’t even find any sand. The Red Beach Wetland in Panjin City, in northern China, isn’t a traditional beach at all — it’s more like a mudflat that turns a dramatic shade of crimson every fall when the native seepweed blooms.
The seepweed begins sprouting in spring and blossoms in early summer, turning the landscape a bright red. As the months progress and autumn draws near, the red hue gets more vibrant, peaking in September and October. Although the area begins turning red as early as July, and millions of visitors flock to the area throughout the summer, autumn is indisputably the best time to see the natural phenomenon.
A wooden path has been built on the mudflat allowing visitors to walk across the Red Beach and see the rare blooms up close. In addition to the striking red hue, visitors can also see over 260 species of migratory birds.