Hainan is an island province at the southernmost part of China, just across the Gulf of Tonkin from Vietnam. "Hainan" literally means "South of the Sea." Today, it is undergoing heavy tourist-oriented development with various international hotel chains establishing resorts, especially in the Sanya area.
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Haikou is a fairly large tropical coastal city. Haikou has a different vibe to many cities on the Chinese mainland. The tropical climate is probably a major influence on the laid-back atmosphere.
As one of China popular travel destinations, Haikou has historical sites and beaches to visit, such as Xiuying Battery, Wugong Temple, Haikou Shishan Crater Cluster National Geological Park, Dongjiao Coconut Plantation, Dongzhai Harbor Mangrove Natural Reserve Area, Holiday Beach, Xixiu Beach and Old Street.
Billed as "China's Hawaii", Sanya has long stretches of beach, water sports such as snorkeling and jet-skiing, rainforest hiking, and innumerable hotels ranging from zero to five stars.
Perfume Bay, Dadong Sea, Nanwan Monkey Island, Sanya Nanshan Temple, Xisha Archipelago, Wuzhizhou Island, Betel Nut Ethnic Minorities Park and Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone are the must-see destinations.