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Hainan Island

Hainan Island

Hainan Island

Hainan Island

Hainan Island

Hainan Island

Hainan Island

Hainan Island
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Hainan Island Tourist Guide (October 2008)
General Comments:

China's version of Beach-paradise - Hainan Island is situated in the South China sea quite near Vietnam. It borders Guangdong Province, and was until recently a part of Guangdong. The weather is tropical and very hot for nearly all of the year. The main city called Sanya has a small International airport. The main industry is Tourism, although the island also produces 60% if China's entire rubber production. It is also home to several Ethnic Minorities, notably the Li, Miao and Hui

Hainan offers everything you would expect from an International Beach holiday resort: Diving, Para-gliding, Surfing, Sail-boarding, Boat trips, Off-shore Game-fishing, Coral reefs, Sun-bathing and Nightlife ... Nightclubs are plentiful, as are impromptu Beach-Barbies - take your choice - or do both

Hainan Island is also famous for the Li ethnic minority, who moved to the Island from Guangdong three thousand years ago. They have kept their traditions, dress and customs alive to this day, and you can join in their displays of singing and dancing. The Li, who are based in the central mountainous region, are peculiar in that until a few decades ago, all women had a rights of passage around the age of 12 or 13. First, they had to prove they had learned all the skills needed by a Li woman. They then became the centre of a ceremony, during which their entire body was tattooed, including their faces. Different clans have different designs, and certain tattoos grant specific blessings - the upper lip tattoo granting longevity, and the lower lip good family and fortune. The practice was outlawed about 40 years ago, but you are still in time to see this on older women living there today

The centre of the Li culture is based upon the local mountain, which is sacred to them, and the centre of many of their traditions and displays. If you get fed-up with beach-life, I strongly recommend you take our cultural excursion to this area, it is a fascinating experience with very friendly people

Local package trips from Guangzhou start at $150 for 4 nights fully inc - excepting local sports and excursions. Diving the coral reefs costs around $20 per hour

Where to Stay:

Normally  your hotel will come as part of the package, but independent travellers should base themselves in Sanya to begin with, where hotels are plentiful. Later as you explore the island you can move to somewhere more suitable to your needs. We recommend you have a look at this online guide which gives a very good insight into Hainan

What to Do

Local Attractions
1. Tomb of Hai Rui was built in the 17th year of the reign of Wanli in Ming Dynasty (1589A.D.) Located at Biya Village, Xiuying District
2. Wugong Temple was built during the reign of Emperor Wanli in Ming Dynasty (1368~1644AD)
3. Haikou The Capital of Hainan Island stands at the northern end of Hainan Island, on the west bank of the Nandu River estuary, this river is the longest river on the island
4. Wuzhi Mountain (Five Finger Mountains / Wuzhishan). The Wuzhishan is located at the centre of Hainan Island, with the title of the highest mountain in Hainan Island makes it one of the symbols of Hainan
5.Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden. Located in Xinglong within one hour and half driving from Sanya, Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden was built in 1957 covering an area of 400,000 sq. meters with 1200 tropical plants
6. Wanquan River with its natural zoology conservation is the most perfectly preserved in China's tropic zone, which is known as The Mother River of Hainan
7. Boao at the outlet of the Wanquan River to the sea is also the confluence of the Longgun River and the Jiuqu River
8. West Island is located 8 miles offshore from Sanya, and connected by frequent speedboats at Y100 including admission. This is the activity centre for those who love water sports: Diving coral reefs Y360, various boat trips, and sea fishing either locally, or via yacht for Y600. For those new to diving, instruction is given by fully qualified and internationally (PADI) certified staff. West Island also features many other activities such as Archery, camping and BBQ. There are also ample alternatives for those not into being active
9. Sanya is also the modern home of The Miss World Contest, with the first ever Chinese winner taking the title in November 2007
10. Visiting the Ethnic Minority villages is also very interesting and worthwhile. You can book from a selection of tours locally, and usually from your hotel

Hainan Island offers the very best beach based holidays in China. Head for West Island if you want to go diving the coral reefs or for other sea based activities. Sanya on the south coast is an ideal base for those who prefers to stay in a city, whilst being able to take day trips. Sanya airport has direct connections with all major Chinese airports, and many international ones
This information is as supplied by the Chinese Embassy in UK, as dated 20th June 2008, and/or other reliable sources. Please check this information yourself as it may alter without notice, and whilst we try our best to ensure it is correct, please do not hold us responsible for any errors - this is intended as a simple guide only
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