The stunning Chinese beach that turns crimson every autumn
A beach in north-eastern China, has transformed to a crimson red with the arrival of autumn. Panjin Red Beach, located in the province of Liaoning, is the largest and best preserved wetland in the world. Every year in autumn, the seepweed, also known as seablite, that grows along its shores takes on a crimson hue as it matures. The result is a sea of red as far as the eye can see.
Breath-taking photographs of Panjin Red Beach emerged this week which show numerous tourists walking along a jetty built over the red plants. The ground is a deep red, as if though paint was spilled over it. There is nothing but red for miles around. As the land is very flat, many Chinese people have dubbed it 'red carpet beach'.
Panjin Red Beach lies on the Shuangtaizi River estuary, just outside of Panjin city. It spans over 51 square miles of coastal land. The entire wetland is considered a protected area, as it's also home to more than 260 varieties of birds, including the endangered red-crowned crane, and around 400 species of wildlife.
The location of the beach on the coast means the soil is incredibly saline, which is the perfect condition for seepweed to thrive. Unlike most plants, which cannot cope with the salt in the soil, seepweed needs the saline conditions to grow. During the summer, the seepweed is a lush green colour. However, as it matures in autumn, the leaves turn a deep red colour before eventually becoming purple. Over the winter, the plant dies down and prepares to regrow in the spring. The incredible seasonality of the beach has attracted many tourists over the years.
Source: Daily Mail.