Hainan Dao Travel Guide

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    Coconut Trees & Sea
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    Air tram on the way to the park
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Hainan Dao Things to Do

  • 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...

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  • Bing Lang Yuan

    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

    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...

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  • Haikou: Haikou Park (Haikou Gongyuan)

    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...

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  • Sanya's beaches: Dadonghai and Yalong...

    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...

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  • Sanya: Tianya Haijiao Park

    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...

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

    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

    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....

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  • See the coastline around Sanya

    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...

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Hainan Dao Restaurants

  • Singapore Style Hainanese Chicken Rice

    Well, even the Hainanese themselves contend the mutated version is much better. This is a chain that was set up to sell Singapore style Hainanese Chicken Rice - the chip off the old block. The original version....well, I will just say, it's not comparable.But even that, there are differences. The chicken used remains as tough (skin-wise) and...

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  • Freshest seafood on the island!

    Freshness: 10/10Taste: 10/10Ambiance: 3/10. It's basically an outdoor seafood market next to a bunch of mini outdoor cook stalls.Basically, a great place to eat. How to do it?1. Go to the seafood market vendors and buy your seafood. 2. Go to any of the tables (each has their own chef) and give the seafood to the owner/cook there. Cooking fee is...

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  • Western food in Eastern China

    This was the restaurant in my hotel in Haikou (Huaqiao Dasha). I was clamouring for coffee after several days of tea (this is China afterall, folks) and I found it here. The coffee is not too bad (afterall, Hainan is the first place in China to be exposed to western food and coffee is no exception) and I actually had western breakfast (eggs,...

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Hainan Dao Nightlife

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    by belleli Updated Jan 9, 2008

    Allen Bar, which is located in Guomao Road, very famous in Haikou. Its indoor environment is really very good, but it's also a little expensive. Can try, but can't go there every day. : )

    Dress Code: No requirement!

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Hainan Dao Transportation

  • Getting to Hainan (from outside China)

    The easiest place will be via Hong Kong via Dragonair [KA]. Dragonair flies to both Haikou & Sanya.Other places include Macau (Air Macau), Kuala Lumpur (Hainan Airlines) and Singapore (Tiger Airways, which is a budget airline, and China Southern Airlines).The flights from Singapore fly into Haikou.From China, the nearest cities will be Shenzhen and...

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  • Public bus in Hainan

    Most public buses in Hainan is RMB1/person, but there are also several buses need RMB2 or RMB3, or even RMB5. Such as NO.40/NO.37/NO.39... in Haikou, tourist buses in Sanya, RMB5/person from Yalong Bay to Tian Ya Hai Jiao. It charges as the journey.

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  • Haikou Meilan Airport Shuttle Bus

    There is public shuttle buses on the first floor of Haikou Meilan Airport. RMB25/person, destination is Haikou Civil Aviation Hotel, which is located in Haixiu Road, Haikou downtown. It takes about 30minutes. If you want to take the bus to the airport, also please buy tickets and wait at Haikou Civil Aviation Hotel, there is a bus every hour, such...

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Hainan Dao Shopping

  • Shopping in Hainan

    Haikou: One-pro Supermarket, Nanguo Supermarket, Datong Supermarket, Orient Square, etc. Sanya: One-pro Supermarket, Wanghao Supermarket, etc. Pearl, tea leaf, tropical fruit, shell necklace, crystal, coconut candy, coffee, etc Depends what you want to buy.

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  • She Sells Seashells By The Seashore

    Anyone crazy about shells and their products need worry no further. The only souvenir that the vendors carry around on the beaches - you guess it - seashells!! Everyone is selling it, everyone is hawking it. Bargain of course, for a reasonable price. Sorry, I am not big on seashells so I steer plenty clear of these vendors.

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  • Going nuts about coconuts!

    Hainan itself is a grove of coconut palms so coconut finds its way into many sweets and desserts. Many supermarkets and stores sell whole range of coconut products from coconut dairy creamer, to coconut candy, coconut chewies and even coconut instant coffee. Just locate your nearest convenience store or supermarket. Depending on what you are...

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Hainan Dao Local Customs

  • You are not alone

    Very peculiar to China, and more so in Hainan. Regardless of whether you are shopping in a mall, or in shop, or in a boutique, you WILL have a shadow perpetually following your every step. Put it down to the zeal of these sales folks trying to convince you to make a purchase, or that they are simply being generous in spirit to offer their...

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  • LIVE AS THE NANSHAN (SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN)

    "May you live as the NANSHAN (Southern Mountain)!"It's a Chinese saying, using on birthday of senior men or women to show good will and get them pleasure. When people come to Southern Mountain always take a shot and they feel like they can live longer. In picture, the red Chinese words on the big stone show the above saying.

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  • BAMBOO DANCING

    Dancing from local minority nationality. Some people squat down, each hold two bamboo pole, and move them regularly and rapidly; the others – dancers must dance without being stumbled over bamboos.It’s a kind of difficult dancing. Need skill.

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Hainan Dao Warnings and Dangers

  • Being snooty

    You may get a drop in service standard once the attendants realise that you are not going to spend an awful lot of money at their restaurants, especially in the bigger, posher ones. Suddenly their smile dimmed, the attitude may took a turn for the worse and you be hard pressed to find one to top up your cup of tea. Good luck!

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  • No Photos! It sucks my soul!

    Many older folks in Hainan still do not like to have their photos taken. There is an old Chinese superstition that the camera carries away a little bit of your soul. If you really want to take a photo after being refused or rebuffed, do it discreetly.

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  • No topless or nude sunbathing

    This is China. Unless you find languishing in a jail as an "off the beaten track" activity to enjoy.

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Hainan Dao Tourist Traps

  • cultural village? of gold diggers...

    the 'Li and Mao' cultural village listed on the map may sound attractive, but DO NOT ever go there. firstly, they charge ridiculously high rates at the entrance and once inside, there really is nothing much to see. the local girls will usher the men into this room to perform a mock wedding ceremony after which the men will have to pay at least...

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  • Sanya: Tianya Haijiao Park

    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...

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  • Those Hawaiian Shirts? Really?!?

    I know the Hainan Island Tourism authorities really want the tag "Hawaii Of The Orient" to stick, but ....those horrid Hawaiian shirts in gaudy neon colours?? I need sunglasses just to ensure my eyes don't hurt. Stick to the board-shorts, swimming costumes and trunks folks. Really!

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Hainan Dao Off The Beaten Path

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    by xuessium Written Feb 23, 2005

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    I hardly think of it as anything Beijing but it was both fun and delicious to be chomping on one. Unfortunately, I could not remember the name of the street in Haikou selling it but if you see it, give it a try. It's like a pancake, baked one side full of egg and the other with pork & spring onion and combined together when they are about done. Crispy on the exterior; mushy in the interior.

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  • National Flag of The People's' Republic...

    The national flag of the People's Republic of China is the five-star red flag. The red color of the flag is the symbol of the revolution, signifying that the political power of the People's Republic of China is achieved through bloodshed and lives laid down by countless revolutionary martyrs who marched forward wave upon wave in the heroic...

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  • Best time to go to Hainan

    Hainan is so far south from the rest of China that the seasons are not prominent here. The best time to go will be during November-February, the "winter" season when the weather is dry and there is no rain. You may get lots of sunshine to get that tan you always wanted.

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  • AN APPLE AND NEWTON

    I rested on a hammock here and looked up the sky. I found a lot of big heavy coconut on the palm tree my hammock tied on just over my head. The wind moved the palm tree. I associated these coconut with the apples over Newton's head. I thought if the apple did not fallen down then, may be the inventor of gravity law is me! (joke!)A gust of wind,...

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