By Luz Sanchis, Wendy Shi
City officials recently announced the results of its annual survey of Xiamen's maritime environment. The 2017 report included an analysis of water conditions at the city's eight main beaches: Guanyinshan, Haiyuntai, Huangcuo, the Port of Gulangyu, Taiyang Bay, Yefengzhai and Zengcuo'an.
The city's highest ranked beaches in terms of swimming suitability included Yefengzhai, Huangcuo and Haiyuntai. Lower-ranked beaches included Guanyinshan.
The report also looked at seawater quality in the Xiamen National Nature Reserve of Rare Marine Species. The numbers of lancelets and Chinese white dolphins edged up over 2016, while sea-skimmed garbage decreased by more than 20 percent year-on-year.