Hainan Dao Things to Do

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    YELIN BAY

    by Andrew_Liu Updated Apr 4, 2011
    YELIN bay

    "YELIN" means "palm tree". YELIN bay located among the tropical palm trees. The resort is set in a green tropical landscape that meets the fine sand coast and clear blue sea. We took a break from stress of hectic city life, lived in a log cabin or lay down on a hammock and watch the beautiful palm leaves. In this time, all the trouble things were gone away far from me.
    It’s a wonderful time for me in Hainan. All of these gives me a deep and unforgettable impression.

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    Bing Lang Yuan

    by mstinawu Updated Oct 10, 2007
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    People would generally consider this place under the "tourist trap" category, as there are people asking for tips and selling trinkets is somehow moved in w/ the actual trip, but the beautiful forest scenery here and the cultural effects here make it worth the trip.

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    Sanya: Lu Hui Tou Peninsula

    by xuessium Written Mar 1, 2005

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    The entry price is 40RMB. You go up the cliff to catch a view of Sanya City and the bay that made "Lu Hui Tou" famous - as the bay arches, it resembles a turning deer's head, so goes the Li tribe's legend. For 40RMB, you get to go uphill in a little slide car, trotting slowly as it struggles uphill on metal chains and tracks. Up at the park, a famous statue has been built to commemorate the legend (not to mention lots of stores selling souvenirs). The downhill ride is more fun as it resembles a slower roller coaster ride, though you will be warned not to speed around corners.

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    Haikou: Haikou Park (Haikou Gongyuan)

    by xuessium Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Take a breather from the maddening city and hide in the oasis that is Haikou Park. Watch people fish, when there're plenty of "No Fishing" signs. In the morning, you may encounter older folks doing their Tai Chi, and that giving way to folks catching some naps under the shades of trees in the afternoon. It's not the most gorgeous of parks, but it will do, for a change of pace.

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    Sanya's beaches: Dadonghai and Yalong Bay

    by xuessium Updated Feb 26, 2005

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    Yalong Bay's pristine soft white sandy beach is fantastic (The Hainanese call it "Hainan's No.1 Bay") as long as you don't mind the hoards of holidayers, crawling with mainlanders, Hongkongers and Russians! This is a 5-stars beach where all the top hotel chains (Sheraton, Hilton, Hyatt just to name a few) come to roost.

    Dadonghai's beach is coarser and browner. The hotels around it are also less fanciful. Here, you will have a better chance of getting cheaper accommodations such as hostels. But it does not translate into a less crowded scene; the beach still pretty much occupied!

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    Sanya: Tianya Haijiao Park

    by xuessium Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    Verdict is split on this place. This is the supposedly the highlight of the place, once the furthest reach of known Chinese territory, and hence rich in history. Distractors called it 2 big boulders on the beach. You pay 65RMB to enter to see landscaped gardens and statues, a reasonably scenic stroll along the coastline and then, horridly right into hoards of vendors selling knitknacks and even larger hordes of tourists. Must see for the "romantics" in some of us; a tourist trap for the hordes of crowds!

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    Haikou: "Wu Gong Ci" and "Hai Rui Mu"

    by xuessium Written Feb 23, 2005

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    Wu Gong Ci

    There really isn't much to see in Haikou. The main 2 highlights are "Wu Gong Ci" or Hall Of The 5 Lords and "Hai Rui Mu" or Tomb of Hai Rui. Take a cab from the inner city (each trip should not be more than 10RMB) . These are sights commemorating Chinese historical figures.

    Entry fee for "Wu Gong Xi" is 25RMB while that of "Hai Rui Mu" is 10RMB.

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    Sanya: Nantian Hot Spring Resort

    by xuessium Written Feb 14, 2005

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    It's not actually a must-do unless you are aching and long for a good spa/jacuzzi/hot spring. Here, you find them all. For 128RMB (or 100RMB if you book via hostels and hotels), you can enter the sprawling grounds of this resort and make use of its jacuzzi pools, swimming pools, water parks and if you are willing to splurge more, massages and golf. Smacked right in the middle of nowhere, you have nothing else but the resort to amuse you. From Dadonghai, you can catch a free shuttle bus from Pearl River Garden Hotel. There's also a free shuttle bus from Yalong Bay. These shuttles will arrive and depart at specific time, so plan ahead.

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    See the coastline around Sanya

    by xuessium Written Feb 14, 2005

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    There is a bus connecting the 2 ends of Sanya from Tianya Haijiao Park all the way to Yalong Bay with dadonghai beach smack right in the middle. The entire journey takes slightly over an hour and cost 10RMB. Best way to see the coastline of Sanya, especially the stretch from Dadonghai to Tianya Haijiao Park (5RMB). Extremely scenic! Also the cheapest way to get to this 2 popular destinations, no matter what other folks say. There are bus-stops and this special bus is the only double-decker bus in service. The lower floors are air-conned; the upper floor al fresco.

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    Try the Barbecues!

    by xuessium Written Feb 14, 2005

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    The stalls are everywhere. Just follow your nose. A stick/kebab costs between 1RMB to 2 RMB. You can barbecue anything the stall offers - sausages, calamari, prawns, tofu, mushrooms etc. And when it's done, the stall will dust the kebabs with a generous dusting of chilli and cumin powders. Wonderful snack!

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    Tongza now Wushishan City

    by Brads1 Written Apr 4, 2004

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    Hainan Cultural Center

    The city of Tongza changed it's name to Wushishan City (after the 5 finger mountain) to attract more tourists, but few come. Wushishan is only and hour from Sanya, and the bus ride is worth the sceanery alone. The bus station is at the base of a University, so grab a student and English is no problem.
    Things to see: Museum of Nationalities, Museum Store, better than the museum with great handicrafts, Taiping Waterfall and Li Village, the remains of Hainan National Cultural Village. Long closed, but great walk around the grounds.

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    HAWAII OR YALONG BAY?

    by Andrew_Liu Written May 28, 2003

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    YALONG BAY BEACH

    Which beach is better? Hawaii or YALONG Bay? Local people say that YALONG Bay is the best sea beach in China and it is better than Hawaii.
    The beach is 20 km long. Clear and white fine sand like snow, blue sea water which transparency 7-9 m, temperature of water 30?Ž, fresh air and sunshine, it is the sea beach of YALONG Bay.
    Picture shows a luxurious hotel by the YALONG Bay.

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    THE EIGHTEEN ARHAT

    by Andrew_Liu Updated May 28, 2003
    SITING BEFORE 18 ARHAT

    the arhat is a perfected person who has achieved “nirvana” and freed himself from the bonds of desire.
    Sitting before the 18 arhat I really wish I can join them to freed myself from the bonds of sad. But about desire, I’m sorry, I’m not Buddhist.

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    THE MOST COMPLETE ORIGINAL CRATER

    by Andrew_Liu Updated May 10, 2003

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    Maanling crater

    One of crater being the most complete original state, Maanling crater is 20 km from Haikou city.
    The crater is 69 m deep, and dense green trees cover cliffy crater wall. People can go down to the bottom to see grottos. Although the weather here is wet but no water was gathered at bottom of the crater – the volcano rock is porous.

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    "THE FARTHERMOST PART OF THE EARTH"

    by Andrew_Liu Written May 2, 2003

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    TIAN YA HAI JIAO

    The position of these big stones is so called "tian ya hai jiao" in Chinese language, means “The farthermost part of the earth. It is in Sanya, the most south city of Hainan. In ancient china, people consider Sanya is the end of land and no way to go ahead.
    When I sat here and looked on these stones, I can’t help to think about life. Has every one an end of life after past a long road?
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