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Beidaihe on the Bohai Sea 280 kilometers east of Beijing, is North China's most famous seaside resort. Every year from June to September some five million tourists, mostly Chinese but including foreign, some who live in China but host of them from eastern Russia, pass through for sun and sand. Crowds walk or drive hired bicycle along the main streets and the promenade. Heading to the sea, while there is space on roped-off, private beaches, several of them restricted to guests of adjacent hotels, the public beach is packed. People in outsize trunks and frilly one-piece costumes, beach-goers bounced over waves on airbeds and inner tubes, or just splashed in the cooling water. Beidaihe once was a famous resort for Chinese leadership. It was the former summer home of Lin Biao, the army leader who died in mysterious circumstances in 1971 after apparently trying to stage a coup against Chairman Mao Zedong. Beidaihe's resurgence began again after Deng took control of China in 1978, since than China's senior leaders slip away to Beidaihe on the Bohai coast to escape the heat of Beijing and plot strategy for the coming year. Still now there are houses of important Chinese party leader, but since Mr. Hu gained the power it's not anymore the place were the leaders use to met each other informal. *** Local Caption *** A Russian-Chinese festival organized to celebrate the friendship between the two country, and the thousands of tourists that every year visit the town.