China Beach, San Francisco

China Beach is a small sandy cove tucked between Lands End and Baker Beach in the city of San Francisco. The beach faces north with spectacular views of the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate.

The State of California bought the beach in 1933, and in 1974, following the establishment of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the state turned the beach over to the National Park Service. In 1982, Chinese Americans erected a large monument here that commemorates the Chinese fishermen who worked in and around San Francisco Bay since before the 1849 California Gold Rush.

China Beach is in the Sea Cliff neighborhood, one of eight master-planned residence parks built in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. It was developed by Mark Roy Daniels, an architect known for creating plans that incorporated existing natural features in order to preserve a sense of local character. The cove is backed by an eroding bluff of unconsolidated sand and sandstone, and flanked by steep erosion-resistant rock cliffs. Read more here and here. Explore more of China Beach and Sea Cliff here: