#1. Xisha Archipelago
Xisha Archipelago lies in the northwest part of the South China Sea. The most attractive feature of this group is that there are two arrays of islands; in the east lie the seven islands of the Xuande group , including the main island of Yongxing and the Dongdao Island (Bird Island); in the west are the eight islands of Yongle Group, including Jinyin, Ganquan and Jinqing Islands.
#2. Weizhou Island
Lying south of Beihai City in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Weizhou Island is six kilometers from north to south and five kilometers from east to west. Formed of Quatemary Period volcanic rocks and lavas, Weizhou is China’s largest and youngest volcanic island. The southern part of the island presents many examples of volcanic topography.
#3. Nansha Archipelago
Of all the island groups in the South China Sea, the islands of the Nansha Archipelago are spread out the widest, its coral islands are the most numerous and the average size the smallest. There are over 200 of them, occupying a sea area of 820,000 square kilometers and having a combined land area of about two square kilometers.
#4. Penghu Islands
Taiwan’s largest island county, the Penghu Islands have a total landmass of 127 square kilometers, spread over 64 individual islands. This is a story behind the name of Penghu: the largest island of the Penghu, together with Chungtun, Paisha and Hsiyu islands, blocks off the very rough (Peng in Chinese) waters beyond the calm and clear ”lake” (hu in Chinese) formed by the sheltering embrace of the islands.
#5. Nanji Islands
The Nanji Islands are situated 30 nautical miles from the mouth of the Aojiang River of Pingyang County. Composed of 23 large and small islands, they have the total land area of 12 square kilometers and are rich in marine resources.
The Miaodao Cluster Islands (Changshan Island) lie between the Shandong and Liaodong peninsulas in north China, at the confluence of the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea. The islands, including 32 islands and 25 reefs in the Bohai Straits, have a land area of 56 sq m and a coastline of 146.41 kilometers.
Putuoshan (literally means Mount Putuo) is an island at the east part of Zhoushan Archipelago, Consisting of 1,339 island and reefs, the Zhoushna Archipelago in the East China Sea is China’s largest offshore island group, accounting for some 20 per cent of all the islands in China.
#8. Dayushan Island
Dayushan Island is part of the Fuyao Group off Fuding in Fujian Province. The island, 7.7 kilometers from east to west and 2.76 kilometers from north to south, has an area of 21.5 square kilometers and a coastline of 31.97 kilometers. The island has 36 bays large and small, and 20 hills of varying heights.
#9. Linjin and Nanding
Off southeast Fujian Province, in the Zhangzhou City coastal volcano scenic area, lie two magic volcanic islands, Linjin and Nanding. Though small—one 0.16 square kilometers and the other 0.07 square kilometers, they are both testimony to the movement of the earth
#10. Hailing Island
Hailing Island lies south of Yangjiang City in Guangdong Province, with an area of 107.8 square kilometers and a coastline of 123.5 kilometers, is Guangdong’s second largest island. At its center is a land basin and there are two townships, Hailing Town and Zhapo Town.