13 Breathtaking Photos of Spratly Islands

The Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands) are a group of islands, islets and cays and more than 100 reefs, in the South China Sea. They are the southernmost border of China.

Named after the 19th-century British whaling captain Richard Spratly who sighted Spratly Island in 1843, the islands contain less than 2 square kilometer (490 acres) of naturally occurring land area spread over an area of over 425,000 square kilometer.

A red coral dotted the white beach and blue sea.

In the afternoon, when the tide is high, the scenery can be spectacular.

Waves are an unstoppable force – at least until they break.

Only rocks remain unmoved in big wind and waves.

When the water is calm, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the blue sky and its perfect reflection in the ocean.

The Spratly Islands contain almost no significant arable land, have no indigenous inhabitants.

Natural resources include fish, guano, oil and natural gas.

Economic activities are commercial fishing, shipping, guano mining, oil and gas exploitation, and more recently, tourism.

The water is crystal clear since there is hardly any pollution.

Tediousness in the coast guard is a great learning experience and life builder.

In the border areas, you can definitely meet awesome people and serve your country.

Photos from photo.cctv.com

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