Not a big collection of animals, in fact, quite a limited exhibition of regular beasts you probably see in any zoos around the world. One thing they are boasting about is the "Liger" or "Tion", which is a hybrid of tiger and lion, names are depend on which sides they appears more resemble. I view it rather a disaster of human experiment.The parks...more
Give it a miss as it is closed. We were wondering why the taxi driver gave us such a quizzical look when we told him we wanted to go there. After all several guidebooks had recommended the place. When we got there it looked like Brighton in the middle of winter. The parking lot was completely empty, the obligatory hawkers selling overpriced...more
The area around the Leizhou Bandao peninsula and the northern part of Hainan Island has seen volcanic activity in geologically recent times. The area is one of four significant volcanic areas in China - the others being Changbeishan in the NorthEast, Wudalianchi in Heilongjiang and Tengchong in Yunnan. Changbeishan is considered a potential threat,...more
The Hairui Tomb is located in Bin Ya Village, five kilometres west of Haikou. It was built in 1589, during the Ming Dynasty. A well near the tomb is said to have been discovered by Hairui, a famous official renowned for his integrity, when he was young. For more than 400 years, this well has never run dry.more
The first mangrove forest protection zone in China, this has been the base for scientific studies by researchers from around the world and is a favourite tourist spot. The red trees found here account for 90 percent of the species in China. The area has another, more evocative name of "forest under the sea".more
The crater lies about 10 kilometres from Haikou, some 200 metres above sea level. The east and west ridges rise abruptly, forming a horse saddle in between ("ma'an" is Chinese for "horse saddle"). An American geologist praised it as one of the most exotic sights in the world. The crater is said to be one of the best-preserved inactive volcanicmore
Located on the edge of Haikou City and Qiongshan municipality, this complex of ancient buildings includes the Five Officials Memorial Temple and Su Dongpo's Memorial Temple. The Five Officials Memorial Temple is the principal building in the complex and is regarded as a cultural treasure on Hainan. This temple was built in honour of five famous...more
Qiongtai Academy is situated about five kilometres southeast of Haikou. Built 270 years ago during the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty, it is now the site of Qiongtai Normal School. It is believed that the Academy was built to commemorate Hainan's leading scholar, Qiu Jun (also known as Qiong Tai). It was once the highest institute of learning in...more
We stayed here from the 28th Sept to 2nd Oct 2008. 99% of the staff were superb and cannot do enough...more
My Family and i arrived at the hotel around 15.30, 21/12 - 2010 (Tuesday) and departed 28/12 - 2010....more
The place described itself as a beachside resort. The lobby was furnished in Thai style, hard wood...more
The only place I could eat, because all I had to do was to point when ordering. Very few in Haikou speaks anything else but cantonese. Not even mandarin, I have read somewhere.
Favorite Dish: Their local recipe hamburger, a triple one, spicy, and ice coffee, really good!
If you have a big family or travel with a private group, charter a Van is a good idea. Offers from rental companies are usually CNY 1000 a day, gas, parking and driver's meal are extra. I found a local driver who willing to go around for CNY 480 all inclusive. But of course he is taking rebate from box offices by driving you to the tourism...more
When it comes to a choice of airlines, there isn't much choice. Most airlines from Singapore fly to Hainan via either Hong Kong or China, which makes a short trip much longer. However Tiger Airways, the budget wing of Singapore Airlines, has a daily non-stop to service. It leaves around 1225 from the Budget Terminal of Changi Airport and the flight...more
We always took the taxi from our hotel to the main shopping centres and tourist sights. Our hotel advised us to bargain for the fare rather than use the meter. But being tourists, we had no idea how much a trip would cost, so it would have impossible to bargain, not knowing what an approximate fare would be. So we decided just to use the meter as...more
Carrefour, already well established in the major cities of the mainland, has opened its first store in Haikou. The French-run store spread over two floors has just about everything imaginable and is the "hot spot" for the locals to spend their money. And spend they do! Don't go over the weekends as the checkout lines are long and slow.
What to buy: There is a huge range of just about everything. I bought video CDs, DVDs of western movies, foodstuffs of local origin, Chinese tea, and coconut products for which Hainan Island is well known.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable as can be expected from hypermarkets.
Its 388-metre-high peak is the best place from which to watch the sun rise. The mountaintop also affords views of historic temples and stone houses. One intriguing spot for visitors is a huge 20-tonne stone which stands three metres high on the ridge.