Hainan

About Hainan Travel

Introduction:Hainan Island is China's most southerly province and the country's second largest island after Taiwan, located in the South China Sea about 60 minutes south of Hong Kong by air. ..

Districts: Haikou Sanya Tongshi Wanning Lingshui Qionghai Baoting Danzhou Qiongshan Wenchang Wuzhishan

Attractions: Sanya Bay Nanshan Temple Xinglong tropical botanical garden Dadonghai Lei Qiong Hai kou volcanic group World Geo parks Wugongci Dongpo Ultima Thule Hele Crab Qionghai Wanquan River

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Hainan Introduction

Hainan Island is China's most southerly province and the country's second largest island after Taiwan, located in the South China Sea about 60 minutes south of Hong Kong by air. The closest city by flight to Hainan Island is Guangzhou (Canton), o­nly 50 minutes to Haikou, the capital City of Hainan Island. Visitors could also reach Hainan Island by Ferry/Boat, Train and Bus.
With a landmass of about 34,000 sq km, Hainan Island is made up of Hainan, Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands. The province has a total coastline of about 1,617.8 km and covers a sea area of about 2.1 million sq km.
Hainan Island is a vaulted mountain which is high in the middle with lower elevations o­n its surrounding areas. Its coastlines are 1528 kilometers long with sandy beaches. Hainan Island is a combination of Mountains (25.4%), hills (13.3%), mesa (32.6%), and savanna (28.7%). Many swimming areas are less than 2 meters’ deep, with bottoms full of sand, as far as 200 meters out from the shore.
There are many tropical fruit in Hainan Island. Some of them you may never see in other places, some of them smell very strange. For instance, mango, papaya, lychee, carambola, wax apple, dragon fruit, ranbutan, betelnut, coconut, jackfruit, Chinese wampee, guava, mangosteen, pineapple and so o­n.

Hainan Traffic

Airline
Meilan civil airport located o­n the southeast of Haikou, which is 15kms far away from the city center. Meilan airport has the capability of 6 million passengers every year. It will be increased with the continuation. Please call 0898-65760110 or 0898-65751306 to get more information.

Taxi
Taxi is the easiest way to get around in Sanya Hainan Island. The o­nly problem is all the taxi drivers don't use the meters most of the times, so hard to tell if taxi drivers charge you the right price. Please make a deal with your taxi driver before you get started.  ALMOST 99% taxi drivers don't speak English.
The blue Jetta Taxi is the newest o­ne in Sanya which is more expensive and bigger than the green, red o­nes. It is also depending o­n the times. If you have a late flight arrival than 11pm, the price to Yalong bay could be USD25/way. If you come during the day, maybe USD15/way is more than enough. If you just get around in downtown Sanya, USD1-2/way is ok with all taxi drivers.

Hainan Festivals

Like the rest of Chinese, local Hainan people celebrate major traditional Chinese festivals such as Spring Festival, the Lantern Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Double Ninth Festival. Junpo for local Han People and Sanyuesan for local minority are the most important o­nes in Hainan Island.

Junpo Festival for Hainan People:
It is the biggest festival of local Han People after Chinese New Year to worship the national heroine called Madam Xian (513—603). Madam Xian was a politician and militarist who have been honored by the folks of Hainan for 1300 years. She conquered the local rebellions and actively promoted the communication of Hainan Island with mainland China. She has donated all her life to the development of local agricultural and economy.
Junpo Festival lasts four days from February.  9th to 12th (lunar calendar, around early March Solar Calendar). During these days, Hainan people dress up in military uniform and perform lion dances & singing. In some places, the local people will kowtow to the statures of their beloved folk heroine and carry out the demonstration in every village. Some people come to worship in the temples with cooked chicken, meat, wine, incenses and candles to pray for the new life. Of course, it is a big ban meal for all villages.

 Sanyuesan Festival
The Sanyuesan Festival, also named March Third Festival is the traditional festival of the Li and Miao minorities in the Hainan Island which takes place o­n the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of the year. This is the chance for the young girls and boys to get together for singing and dancing. Young people will look for their beloved by singing and dancing competition.
Preparation for the festival starts half a month in advance. Men go hunting and women cook dishes. Then they will gather near a big cave or a big square to enjoy Zongzi (glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves) and cakes, and gather from far and near in the front of the caves.
Bamboo Dance is a must during this festival by girls and boys in traditional clothes. Other games include wrestling, push-and-pull, shooting and swinging.

Hainan Service Telephones

Consultation Tel of Train Station: 0898-31686222
Consultation Tel of Ferry: 31686888
Tourism Center of Hainan Province: 0898-65314733
Complaint Tel of Hainan Tourism: 0898-65200669

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