Hainan Travel Guide

Hainan is China’s most southerly province and the second largest island after Taiwan, with Haikou as its provincial capital. Known throughout China as the “eco-island”, Hainan has a first class natural environment with ocean, wildlife, plants and tourism resources. And it is the only tropical island in China, with an average annual temperature between 22-26 ℃. Sun, sea, beach, fresh air and a green environment make this unique tropical island into an ideal vacation paradise. Furthermore, it’s also reputed as the “Sun Island”, “Healthy Island”, “Romantic Honeymoon Island”, “Sports Island”and China’s “International Tourism Island”.

Wonderful Ocean Sports

With the water temperature averaging 26 ℃ all year round and the visibility of 10 meters and up, Hainan is a perfect place for water sports. Yalong Bay, Wuzhizhou Island, West Island, Sanya Dadonghai and Xiaodonghai, Holiday Beach in Haikou and Fenjiezhou Island (Boundary Islet) in Lingshui are all the best diving spots as well as great places for parasailing. In 2010, Shimei, Riyue and Nanwan Bays in Wanning hosted the first China International Surfing Festival. Over 40 competitors from 14 countries including surf stars like Troy Mothershead and Mark Mathews were in attendance.

Hainan Wanning International Surfing Festival

Magical Tropical Rainforest

There are few places left in the world that can be said to be as unspoiled as Hainan Island. Hainan has the best preserved environment throughout China, with over 58﹪of the island covered by forest. The eco-tourism and tropical rainforest ventures such as trekking in the rainforest are extremely popular. If you are looking for a magical trip of exploration into the rainforest, it is highly recommended that you visit the Qixianling (Ridge of Seven Fairies) National Forest Park in Baoting County, Jianfengling National Forest Park in Ledong County, the rainforests on Wuzhi Mountain (Five-Finger Mountain) in Wuzhishan County, Limu Mountain in Qiongzhong County and the Tropical Heaven Forest Park at Yalong Bay in Sanya.

Wuzhi Mountain Tropical Rainforest Scenic Zone

Luxury Cruise Ship 

Surrounded on all sides by water and located at the same latitudes as Florida, Hainan is also the home port to a number of cruise ships. The two cities of Haikou and Sanya are at the forefront of the development of China’s cruise ship industry. The international cruise ship pier in Sanya has the ability to take ships with displacement of up to 100,000 tons. It would be a great experience to choose one of the cruise lines operating out of Haikou or Sanya for business meetings or relaxation with friends and family. It is also possible to have your wedding on a yacht, or rent a yacht for a party or sightseeing. Another uniquely “hard to imagine” and even “harder to forget” opportunity is the helicopter sightseeing tour.

Hainan Luxury Cruise Ship

Enjoyable Hot Spring

Hainan possesses abundant and varied hot spring resources located throughout the island. With naturally occurring temperatures ranging from 40-78 ℃ and locations ranging from oceanfront to mountaintop there are spa products and services available for everyone. Guantang Hot Spring Resort in Qionghai County, the hot springs in and around Xinglong Town in Wanning County, Sanya Pearl River Nantian Hot Spring, the hot springs in and around the Qixianling in Baoting County, Jiulegong Mountain Villas in Chengmai County and Lanyang Hot Spring in Danzhou County are some of the best hot springs you can choose.

Qixianling Hot Spring National Forest Park, Baoting County

Great Golf

With four seasons of wonderful weather, you can enjoy golf all year round in Hainan. In addition to locally organized activities, a number of international and domestic golf tournaments are held at Hainan’s many fine courses. Hainan currently has over 20 international standard golf courses and driving ranges. Meishi Mayflower Golf Club in Haikou, Yalong Bay, Sun Valley and Luhuitou (Deer Looking Back) Golf Club in Sanya, Qixianling Golf and Spa in Baoting, the Qionghai International Convention Center Golf Club, Wenchang Golf Club, Nanli Lake Golf Club in Ding’An County, and Mission Hills Haikou are but a few of the full service golf courses already in operation.

Yalong Bay Golf Club, Sanya

Unique Culture and Folk Customs

Hainan is one of the few places in China with large populations of ethnic minorities, primarily Li, Miao and Hui. And Hainan is the only region in China inhabited by Li people, who are famous for their weaving techniques, brocade and embroidery. If you want to experience the rich Li culture, it is highly recommended that you go to the Binglang Valley where you will be able to find out the ancient culture in the tattooed faces of the old women, enjoy the music of the bamboo flutes, and join in the Firewood Gathering Dance (or called Bamboo Pole Dance).

Unique Culture and Customs of Hainan - An old Li woman with tattooed face

Fabulous Food

When you are in Hainan, please remember to try Wenchang Chicken, Jiaji Duck, Hele Crab and Dongshan Lamb, which are the four most famous dishes in Hainan cuisine. In addition, various kinds of seafood, fresh fruit and melon will be a real treat for you.

Romantic Seaside Resort

Hainan’s long coastline plays host to myriad beautiful landscape. Many world-renowned brand name luxury hotel chains have chosen to build resorts here, such as Sheraton, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza, Pullman and Kempinski. At present the east coast of Hainan between Haikou and Sanya has more than a dozen top class seaside resorts. You can choose a nice hotel along the west coast of Haikou city, or at the Riyue and Shimei Bays in Wanning, Yalong Bay in Sanya, or at Haitang Bay.

Convenient Transportation

With the Haikou Meilan International Airport at the north end of the island and Sanya Phoenix International Airport at the south end of the island, Hainan currently has over 100 domestic routes and more than 30 international routes. There are rail linkages between all the cities and counties of Hainan Island and the high speed rail on the east side of the island not only makes it possible to visit all of the major tourist areas conveniently and comfortably, but also reduces travel time between Haikou and Sanya to only 90 minutes.

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