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Updated on June 13, 2012

Hainan Province a Great Place for China Vacations

Hainan Province (Hainan Sheng) was created in 1988, after previously being administered from Guangdong Province. The major industries are tourism and agriculture, as the island is the only part of China in the tropical zone. The province was declared to be an International Tourism Island in 2011, and has newly developed infrastructure, such as a high speed rail system and luxury hotels, to cater for the influx of tourists.

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Clock Tower in Haikou
Clock Tower in Haikou

Perspective From the Hainan People's Government

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"Situated at the southernmost tip of China, Hainan overlooks Guangdong across the Qiongzhou Strait to the north, Vietnam across the Beibu Bay to the west. Its neighbors in the South China Sea include the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia. The jurisdiction of..."

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Hainan Province on Wikipedia

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"Hainan (literally "South of the Sea [Qiongzhou Strait]") is the smallest province of the People's Republic of China (PRC). The name "Hainan" also refers to Hainan Island (Hainán Dao), the main island of the province. Hainan is located in the South China Sea, separated from Guangdong's Leizhou Peninsula to the north by the shallow and..."

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Map of Hainan Island... - ... showing the location of major cities.

Major Cities in Hainan!

Yalong Bay From the Sanya Ritz Carlton Resort - Yalong Bay is a 7.5km beach located Southeast of Sanya City. It is also known as the Yalong Bay National Resort.

Yalong Bay is regarded as the best beach in Hainan Province, and many internationally-operated hotels have been constructed here. These include the Gloria Resort (the first five star resort in China), Sheraton Sanya Resort, Marriott Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Resort, and Holiday Inn Resorts.

The climate is warm and sunny all year around, and this location has become a tourist "Mecca" for holidaying mainland Chinese and Russian tourists alike.

Welcome to the Island Province of Hainan - A snapshot of images from all over Hainan...

Authentic Wenchang Chicken (Wenchang Ji) is raised in Wenchang city. Chickens are kept in cages for about one month, and fed daily on banyan seed, sweet potatoes, coconut shreds, rice or peanut biscuits. On this diet the birds grow plump quickly, but are not fatty. The chicken is boiled and chopped into segments, resulting in meat which is tender with crisp skin and soft bones. Served with a dipping sauce of tea oil, ginger paste, salt, garlic and other spices, it is suitable to consume with a fine white wine and other dishes.

Dongshan Mutton (Dongshan Yang) is mutton steamed, stewed, roasted or braised in coconut milk. Dongshan sheep are raised on the slopes of Dongshan Mountain in Wanning City. The mountain's tender Zhegu tea-leaves are the favourite food of the sheep. Their meat is aromatic and non-greasy. It tastes delicious alone or can be made into a rich soup. The meat, prepared in the Hainan style, is cooked with individual seasoning and ingredients, and is pleasantly red in colour with a savoury taste.

Hele Crab (Hele Xie) is produced in Lezhen Town of Wanning County. It is famous for its tough shell and fresh, tender meat. It is cooked by steaming, roasting, boiling, stir-frying, soaking in alcohol or pickling in salt. Steaming Hele crab is probably the best method as it releases the full flavour and retains the shape of the crab as well as its' firm texture. It is full of essential protein, iron, and carbohydrates so, it's not only delicious to eat, but is a healthy culinary option.

The Jiaji Duck (Jiaji Ya) is found in Jiaji Town of Qionghai City. This variety of duck was introduced into Hainan Province from Malaysia around 300 years ago. The duck was first farmed in Jiaji Town, then spread throughout the province. Initially, the newborn ducklings are fed with fresh water fish fingerlings and tiny shrimp, or earthworms. After about two months when the ducklings are about to grow feathers, they enclose them in small cages. The ducks are then fed with cereal, pollard and bean cake mixed together and formed into dumplings. Within a period of 20 days, the ducklings grow into fat, meaty ducks. There are a variety of cooking methods, but the most famous one is steamed, sliced duck, which maintains the original taste and flavour of the bird. Roast duck is flavoursome, but it is not the authentic taste of the duck.

View of Sanya Bay from Grand Soluxe Hotel Resort - Sanya Bay is one of the five major bays in Sanya. It has a 22km beach.

Construction on this railway link began in 2007, and the line has been operational since November 2010. It is 302 kilometres long and has fourteen (14) stops at a total cost of 18.19 billion Yuan RMB, funded equally by the Hainan Provincial Government and the Ministry of Railways.

By 2020, it is expected that 18 million passengers each year will use this service, from Haikou to Sanya. The travelling time between these two cities will be cut from around 3-1/2 hours (by bus) to 80 minutes using the new, very fast train. Haikou, the capital city of Hainan Province, is located in the north part of the island, and serves as the first stop for most travellers. Sanya, a scenic tropical tourism city located in the south of Hainan, attracts more than 3.6 million tourists every year. Linking these two cities by rail has proved to be a great boost to Hainan's tourism industry.

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      8 years ago

      great tourism info and well written lens

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      8 years ago

      luks great.

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      9 years ago

      What a great place & lens,5*!

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      9 years ago

      Hainan - still relatively unknown - compared to great travel places like say, Ko Samui, Phuket. Nice lens,

      top spot travel group on squidoo

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      David Schroeter 

      9 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Squidster] Tks very much, Carina. It's great to have a powerful friend here ;-)

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      10 years ago

      Fabulous lens about a fascinating destination. I am happy to add my SquidAngel blessing. ^:)^

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to arifinadi] Tks Arifin!

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      10 years ago

      Interesting place. Is it good that you share this unknown paradise to the world.

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to daria369] Hi Daria... you would be most welcome here!

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Susan52] Thank you Susan. You are so kind. Best wishes for your Thanksgiving as well!

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Another beautiful lens, so nicely done. Great content, gorgeous pictures. Excellent! SquidAngel blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to ElizabethJeanAllen] Thank you, Lizzy. You would be made feel most welcome here.

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      10 years ago

      The Hainan Province looks like a neat place to visit. Winter is settling in here and I'm freezing my tail off. Visiting somewhere warmer would be nice...

      Great lens


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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to daria369] Shhhh... it's a secret! There are thousands of mainland Chinese holiday-makers here every year, but very few "foreigners" (westerners). I'm trying to reverse this situation ;-)

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      10 years ago

      Beautiful - it looks like a place I need to add to my list... :)

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to d-artist] Thank's, Delia. You would be made very welcome when you arrive here, believe me!

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      10 years ago

      very nice lens! I hope someday to visit China....5*

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Jimmie] Thank you Jimmy! It's always great to hear from you. What a great group "Broaden Your Horizons -- Learn About China" is!

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      Jimmie Quick 

      10 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Lovely lens for a lovely place. I haven't been yet.

      Welcome to the Broaden Your Horizons -- Learn About China group.


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