Known as the largest and the first mangrove natural reserve area in China, the Mangrove Natural Reserve Area is an unusual and intriguing evergreen forest peculiar to the subtropical coastal area with an area of 3337.6 hectares (about 8247 acres). Despite the name, the trees here do not actually have red leaves. However, the mangrove tree family that grows in swamps and sends roots down from its branches can be seen everywhere in the area. When the tide is high, the mangroves are submerged by the water, and leave only the green crowns for people to wonder at their marvelous nature.
The aquatic environment here is ideal for breeding fish and shrimp, and the leaves on the trees are also said to have medicinal value. Dongzhai Harbor Mangrove Natural Reserve Area is also called 'heaven for birds'. About 159 species of birds inhabit the reserve area, including many rare migratory birds.
Tide times vary according to season, but when the tide is in, there are some really fun boat trips to be enjoyed, winding in and out of the tree trunks and then on to the tiny island nearby, ripe with pineapple trees. The boat leaves from the entrance of the park when the tide is in. Each trip takes approximately one hour.
Admission: 10 yuan.
How to get there: take a minibus from Wugong Temple to Fusheng in Qiongshan city, and then a passenger tricycle will take you to the forest park.
Travel tip: Special Local Product here including seafood (oyster, prawn, eel, crab, etc.), sticky rice cake, and tropical fruit.