Lighthouses of China: Shànwěi Area, Guǎngdōng

The Chinese province of Guǎngdōng (formerly spelled Kwangtung) is located on the southern coast of the country, facing the South China Sea. The coastline is rugged and irregular, with many islands and reefs threatening unwary navigators. This page lists lighthouses of the eastern portion of the province, immediately to the east of Hong Kong, in the cities of Jiēyáng, Shànwěi, and Huìzhōu.

Lighthouses in China are maintained by the PRC Maritime Safety Administration. The administration is organized in four regional administrations, with district offices in the major ports. All the lights on this page are maintained by the MSA Maritime Security Center Shàntóu, which is part of the Guǎngzhōu Region.

The pinyin system for transliterating Chinese into Latin characters is now the international standard, but some locations continue to be known also under the spellings of older transliteration systems. The Chinese word for a lighthouse is dēngtǎ (灯塔). In pinyin jiāo (formerly chiao) is a reef or rock, jiǎo is a cape or headland, dǎo (tao) is an island; (tsu) is a small island, wān is a bay and gǎng (kang) is a harbor.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. CN numbers are the serial numbers used by the Shanghai regional office of MSA. Admiralty numbers are from volume P of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
Online List of Lights - China
Coming soon: photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Chinese English Pinyin Dictionary
A useful tool for juggling the representations of Chinese names.
China AMS Topographic Maps
A fine collection of U.S. Army Map Service maps of China, in English, posted by the University of Texas Library.

Tianweijiao Light
Tiánwěijiǎo Light, Shànwěi
PRC Maritime Security Center Shàntóu photo

Jiēyáng City Lighthouses
Nánpàotái
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown, white light, characteristic unknown. Approx. 8 m (26 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a sharp promontory about 4 km (2.5 mi) north of the Shíbēishān lighthouse. Site status unknown. Admiralty P3586.5.
* Shíbēishān (Stone Mountain, Breaker Point) (3)
1990 (station established 1880). Active; focal plane 68 m (223 ft); white flash every 15 s. 59 m (195 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and a hexagonal observation room, centered on a 2-story hexagonal control building. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. A Guǎngdōng MSA Office photo is at right, the Baidu Encyclopedia has an article (in Chinese) on the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view. This soaring tower is the third tallest Chinese lighthouse (after Mùlán Tóu and Báishā Mén on the island of Hǎinán) and one of the best known lighthouses of South China. Jìnghǎijiǎo (Cape Jìnghǎi) is not very high, but it is the point where the trend of the coastline changes from mostly east-west to northeast-southwest. The original lighthouse, a 37 m (121 ft) cast iron tower, was destroyed during World War II. It was replaced in 1948 by a 34 m (111 ft) cast iron tower. Located on Cape Jìnghǎi, about 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Huìlái. Accessible by road. Site probably open, tower closed. CN-4073; Admiralty P3586; NGA 19264.

Shànwěi City Lighthouses
Jiǎzǐjiǎo (Jiǎzǐ Jiǎo, Kupchi Point) (2)
2007 (station established 1955). Active; focal plane 78 m (256 ft); white flash every 10 s. 17 m (56 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. A blog has several distant views, and Google has a good satellite view. The original light was on an 8 m (26 ft) square cylindrical brick tower rising from a square 1-story keeper's house. Located on a prominent cape about 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Jiǎzǐ. Accessible by road. Site possibly open, tower closed. CN-4075; Admiralty P3585; NGA 19272.
Tiánwěijiǎo (Tiánwěi Jiǎo, Tien-wei Chiao) (4?)
Date unknown (station established 1955). Active; focal plane 83 m (272 ft); three white flashes every 9 s. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse covered with ceramic tiles colored white with narrow red horizontal bands; the lantern is red. A photo is at the top of this page, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. This light marks the eastern entrance to a semicircular bay, Jiéshí Wān. Located on a high promontory about 10 km (6 mi) south of Jiéshí. Accessible by road. Site possibly open, tower closed. CN-4078; Admiralty P3584; NGA 19276.
Shibeishan Light
Shíbēishān Light, Huìlái
PRC MSA Guǎngdōng Region photo
Wūkǎn Gǎng East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 13 m (43 ft); green light, characteristic unknown. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the east breakwater of a dredged cut that has replaced the mouth of the Wūkǎn River, on the north coast of Jiéshí Wān. Site status unknown. Admiralty P3583.62.
Wūkǎn Gǎng West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 13 m (43 ft); red light, characteristic unknown. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the west breakwater of a dredged cut that has replaced the mouth of the Wūkǎn River. Site status unknown. Admiralty P3583.6.
Zhēlàng (Zhēlàng Jiao, Che-lang Piao) (2?)
Date unknown (station established 1911). Inactive since 2007. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery and a small lantern, mounted on a round stone base. Lighthouse painted white; the stone base is unpainted. This light is seen next to the new lighthouse in the photo at right.
Zhēlàng (Zhēlàng Yán, Che-lang Piao) (3?)
2007 (station established 1911). Active; focal plane 63 m (207 ft); white flash every 5 s. 30 m (98 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse covered with white ceramic tiles; lantern painted red. Former keeper's houses and other station buildings in ruins. A photo is at right, a 2018 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view of the station. This light marks the western entrance to Jiéshí Wān. Curiously, both the Admiralty and NGA continue to describe the old tower. Located on an island off a sharp promontory at the eastern end of Shànwěi City. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-4080; Admiralty P3582; NGA 19280.
Zhǔgànyǔ
2016(?). Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, and the tower is probably too new to appear in Google's satellite view. Located on a small island about 10 km (6 mi) west southwest of the Zhēlàng lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-4080.55; Admiralty P3581.7.
Shànwěi Gang Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white light occulting once every 3 s. 18 m (59 ft) square cylindrical skeletal tower. As daymarks the tower carries an orange vertical stripe and an orange triangle, point down. No photo available and the tower is not seen in Google's satellite view. This is the entrance range for Shànwěi. Located in the waterfront area. Site and tower closed. CN-4081.1; Admiralty P3581.51.
Zhelang Light
Zhēlàng Light, Shànwěi
PRC Maritime Safety Administration photo
Shànwěi (Sandianjin)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located off the entrance to Shànwěi. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty P3581.345; NGA 19284.
Shànwěi Pier Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white light, 2 s on, 1 s off. 13 m (43 ft) square skeletal tower. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on one of the main piers at Shànwěi. Site and tower closed. Admiralty P3581.35; NGA 19286.
Shànwěi Pier Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 20 m (66 ft); white light, 2 s on, 1 s off (?). Approx. 15 m (49 ft) tower. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located about 250 m (280 yd) northeast of the front light, in trees behind the pier area. Site status unknown. Admiralty P3581.41.

Huìzhōu City Lighthouse
Dàxīngshān (Ta Shing Shan, Big Star Mountain, Fuji Jiao, Fokai Point) (2)
1996 (station established 1955). Active; focal plane 219 m (718 ft); white flash every 13 s. 24.5 m (80 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern, a large round observation room, and six ribs, attached to a 2-story control building. Lighthouse covered with white ceramic tiles; lantern painted red. Guǎngdōng MSA's photo is at right, a closeup photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse stands on a high promontory at the western end of Dàyà Bay, about 80 km (50 mi) east northeast of Hong Kong. Located about 12 km (7.5 mi) southeast of Pínghǎi. Accessible by road. Site possibly open, tower closed. CN-4085.2; Admiralty P3581.298; NGA 19288.
Tiēzchén Jiāo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) round white concrete tower. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef about 1.2 km (3/4 mi) west of the southeastern tip of the Dàxīngshān peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-4086; Admiralty P3581.284; NGA 19288.5.
Sāng Zhōu (Dàyà Wān)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); one long white flash every 8 s. 23 m (76 ft) white concrete tower. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on an island in the east side of the entrance to Dàyà Bay (Dàyà Wān). Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-4085.31; Admiralty P3581.218; NGA 19289.
Mǎbiān Zhōu Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); white light, 2 s on, 4 s off. 34 m (112 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a square concrete pier. No photo available but Google has a good satellite view. Located in Dàyà Bay about 2.2 km (1.4 mi) south of the rear light (next entry). Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-4085.55; Admiralty P3581.27.
Mǎbiān Zhōu Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 59 m (194 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 57 m (187 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. No photo available but Google has a good satellite view. Located on an islet near the center of Dàyà Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-4085.56; Admiralty P3581.271.
Huìzhōu Gǎng (Apo Pai, Apopai)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 10 s. 13 m (43 ft) hexagonal stone tower, painted yellow. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a shoal off Huìzhōu harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty P3581.242.
Daxingshan Light
Dàxīngshān Light, Huìzhōu
PRC Maritime Safety Administration Guǎngdōng Region photo
Huìzhōu Gǎng Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Light mounted on an office building. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on the waterfront of Huìzhōu harbor. Site and tower closed. Admiralty P3581.244.
Huìzhōu Gǎng Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Tall concrete tower; there appears to be a vertical stripe facing the range line. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located about 1.5 km (1 mi) northwest of the front light, adjacent to a major road. Site and tower closed, butvthe lighthouse would be easy to see from nearby. Admiralty P3581.245.
Dàngménpái
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); red flash every 4 s. 7 m (23 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, covered with red tiles. No photo available but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a shoal in Áotóu harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-4088.3; Admiralty P3581.248.
Sùpái (Hutoumen Shuido)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower covered with tiles colored black with two red horizontal bands. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a shoal off Hùtóu Zui. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-4087.2; Admiralty P3581.236.
Hùtóuzuǐ (Hùtóu Zuǐ)
2008. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white flash every 5 s. 12 m (39 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse is white, lantern roof red. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the west side of Dàyà Bay. Site open, tower closed. CN-4087.1; Admiralty P3581.234.
Xiǎochìzhōu (Xiǎochì Zhōu, Little Red Island) (2)
1988 (station established 1955). Active; focal plane 44 m (144 ft); white flash every 8 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, painted white. A photo (second lighthouse on the page) is available and Google has a good satellite view. Located on a small island near the center of Dàyà Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-4087; Admiralty P3581.228; NGA 19289.5.
Yuán Zhōu
2009. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 2 s. 10 m (33 ft) square white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef about 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Hùtóuzuǐ. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-4087.92; Admiralty P3581.23.
Bǎitóu Zhōu
2008. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); three white flashes every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) square white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located at the east end of a small island about 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Hùtóuzuǐ. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-4087.94; Admiralty P3581.224.
Xiǎolājiā
2008. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located at the east end of a small island about 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Hùtóuzuǐ. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-4087.95; Admiralty P3581.222.
Dàshuāng Zhōu
2008. Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); white flash every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island in the entrance to Dàyà Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-4087.955; Admiralty P3581.22.
Qīngzhōu (Qīng Zhōu, Ching Chou) (2)
1997 (station established 1989). Active; focal plane 107.5 m (352 ft); white flash every 6 s. 19.5 m (64 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse covered with white ceramic tiles; lantern painted red. An MSA photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Qīngzhōu is a small island on the eastern approach to Hong Kong, about 50 km (30 mi) east of the city. Located on the highest point of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-4089.4; Admiralty P3580.98; NGA 19290.
Qingzhou Light
Qīngzhōu Light, Huìzhōu
PRC Maritime Safety Administration photo

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Posted October 8, 2008. Checked and revised October 23, 2018. Lighthouses: 30. Site copyright 2018 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.