The serenity of Huguangyan's glassy crater lake, banked by lush forests and flora, will pull you 20km out of the city. Head for the 1,000-year-old Buddhist monastery of Lengyan and the botanical garden fragranced with the scent of rare, precious plants.
The Soviet-styled Zhanjiang Museum resides among the botanical gardens of Canjin Bridge Park, 15 minutes from Crowne Plaza Zhanjiang. Its 3 storeys brim with cultural relics from ancient dynasties and it welcomes visiting art and photography exhibitions.
Enjoy Zhanjiang's unique human dragon dance at its yearly spring and mid-autumn festivals. Adult men wearing colourful sashes act as the dragon's legs while children clasped to their necks form the long body, swirling to the hurrying thump of the drum.
You'll see south China's connection with Australia's Queensland flourishing at the joyous Sino-Australian Friendship Garden. More than 200 species of plants native to both nations sing to the same tropical tune, 15 minutes from Crowne Plaza Zhanjiang.
Introducing your toes to the soft, powdery beaches and clear waters of Donghai Island, 1 hour's drive away. You can hunt for sand crabs and engage with locals at the fishing village, helping them draw in their nets of shells to sell at the seafood market.