Beidaihe is the resting place of the leaders of China’s central controlling regime. There, leaders can rest while their children play and create fond memories of the beach.

Beidaihe has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in China. However, the late 1950s to mid-1960s were the heyday of Beidaihe. As a result, the beach there has entered the childhood memories of many children of Chinese leaders. And their story also reveals some of the perks of China’s leadership.

In September 2014, a reporter from the “National Humanity History” magazine interviewed Cheng Dan, the daughter of former Hunan governor Cheng Qian. Cheng Dan recounted her summer vacation in Beidaihe. Here is her story: