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Zhuhai was a just group of fishing villages until as late the 1970s, but after it was declared a Special Economic Zone, it quickly developed and is now a city of a million or so.
Zhuhai is quite spread out. The terrain is coastal plain broken up by mountains or, seen from the sea, a series of bays and headlands. There are many clumps of development separated by hills, often parkland.
Within any district, you can walk or take a taxi for 10 RMB or a bit more.
To move between districts, use busses. These are 1 to 3 RMB, depending how far they go and whether they are air-conditioned.
The double decker sightseeing bus bus goes more-or-less everywhere, Gongbei to Jin Ding for 3 RMB. Padded seats and good air conditioning make it a lot more comfortable than city busses for long trips. Last run is about 7 PM.
This ignores most of the Zhuhai SEZ, the large Western area, to cover only places along the coast which might be of some interest to tourists.
These are listed North-to-South. Few tourists visit the places on the first list:
Continuing South, you get the main city areas:
Because many people came here from other parts of China, Mandarin is more common than in nearby cities. Cantonese is also widely spoken.
The lovers road along the coast line. Several nice parks, some are on the hills, some next to the sea.
Take the sightseeing bus out to Jin Ding, maybe stop there for pizza.
There is a huge underground shopping complex right at the Gongbei border, a couple of hundred shops, many with goods targeted to Hong Kong and other tourists -- clothing, jade and other jewellery, crafts including a lot of Tibetan stuff, consumer electronics, CDs and DVDs at the usual Chinese price, around a dollar US. Of course these are mainly unlicensed copies. A few foreign buyers have had them blocked by customs when returning home.
The main street that goes straight North from the border has both many small shops and several large shopping complexes with everything from cheap Chinese goods to trendy pricey international brands. The complex on the right with a McDonalds in it is probably the largest. There is a store on the left before McD specialising in Chinese goods for tourists: silk, pottery and handicrafts.
Lotus Road is a pedestrians only street, parallel to the main street mentioned above and a block East of it. There are several tiny bars, booths right out on the street with a few stools on each side; many Macau folk come here for cheap drinks. There are also lots of clothing stores, many with quite good prices (though perhaps dubious quality). Be cautious here. Pickpockets, beggars and prostitutes abound.
The main drag in Jida has a large shopping complex, about two city blocks of department stores.
There is also a big store with a sign "State-owned Duty-free Foreign Currency Store".
Xiangzhou has plenty of shops, generally less tourist-oriented than Jida or Gongbei. The main street has the Japanese department store Jusco and a number of other shops including several fairly large shopping complexes along the street North of Jusco.
wide variety of food: hu nan spicy food everywhere,Yun nan noodle, west china dumplings, several thai food restaurant, etc,etc...
There are many bars on "bar street" or "jiu ba jie" one block in from the coast a 20-minute walk Northeast of the Gongbei border. Some, particularly Cohiba, are expat hangouts.
Just in front of the Jusco store in Xiangzhou are a couple of tiny outdoor bars with good beer (the Phillipine brand San Miquel) at low prices, 6 RMB a pint.
There must be at least a dozen hotels within walking distance of the Gongbei border, mostly either cheap or mid-range (170RMB-400RMB/night). You can bargain the prices and normally they have "special prices", which is 50% of the listed price.
High end hotels include:
The first two actually have nice views, and the Harbour View is next to the only decent beach in downtown Zhuhai.
Zhuhai has several islands, accessible by ferry. Some have uncrowded beaches.
One of the biggest Chinese antique furniture market area is located just 30 mins from Zhuhai city in Guhe - Zhongshan. You can take taxi (30-50RMB) or bus (2-4RMB) to get there.
Zhuhai city website (http://www.zhuhai.gov.cn/)