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More often than not when we come across photos of China’s rivers or sea these days, they are accompanied by tales of environmental destruction and depressing statistical data on recent pollution levels. So for once, it’s nice to see some photos being shared online here in Japan that show China looking pretty.

And it doesn’t get much prettier than a beach sparkling a magical blue at night.

Taken in Dalian, Liaoning province, the following photos are currently garnering a lot of attention online here in Japan, and it’s easy to see why.

As the seawater laps against the sandy shore, hundreds of thousands of florescent plankton carried with it glow bright blue against the sand, creating a stretch of ethereal light like the edge of some mystical lake in a fantasy adventure.

Sure, we’ve seen similar sights in the Maldives, and seasoned travellers are less likely to be amazed. But the rest of us? Well, we’re just going to take a moment to look on in awe, if you don’t mind.

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▼ We can’t promise that you’ll see the same sparkle when you visit, but for those who are interested, here’s where you can find Dalian

Source/photos: Toychan.net (Japanese)