Hainan Island is located just off the southern tip of mainland China, just across the Qiongzhou Strait from Guangdong Province to the North and across the Gulf of Tonkin from Vietnam to the West. The island is close to Hong Kong in the East and Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in the South. All the above countries and territories can be reached in a one to four hour flight from Hainan.
Geography and people
The island is roughly oval in shape and measures about 160 miles (260 km) from east to west and 130 miles (210 km) from north to south at its widest point. The province has a population of 8.5 million, including 1.3 million people of ethnic minorities, such as the Li people, Miao people and Hui Muslims. Haikou is the capital city of Hainan Province.
Hainan has a pleasant tropical climate characterized by hot and humid summers, with mild, pleasant winters. It is the only resort destination in China boasting summer-like weather all year long with temperatures usually ranging from 24-35°C in the summer, and 19-25°C in the winter. Palm-fringed beaches, clean air and crystal clear waters make this a popular destination for locals and foreigners alike, particularly during winter.
Hainan has become a famous tourist destination, and Haikou City and Sanya City are favorite destinations for many tourists from around the world. Turquoise waters and sugar-white beaches surround the island making it an ideal location for beach-worshippers. Other major scenic spots include Wugong Temple and Hai Rui’s Tomb in Haikou; The Remostest Corners of the earth Scenic Spot, Luhuitou Park and Wuzhi Mountain in Sanya
Hainan’s economy is dependent primarily on agriculture and tourism. Half of the island’s exports are agricultural products including rubber, sisal hemp, coffee, coconut, pineapple, tea, cocoa, condiment and perfume. Hainan was administered as part of Guangdong Province until 1988. Since then it has been designated a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and has become a magnet for investment and has developed a large tourist infrastructure. The province has more than 380 hotels, guest houses and resort villages with more than 30 thousand rooms and 60 thousand beds. There are 288 star-rated hotels, including 20 five-star hotels, 53 four-star hotels and 109 three- star hotels in Hainan.
Boao is located on the eastern coast of Hainan Island as part of Qionghai City, approximately 80 km from Haikou Airport. Boao is comprised of three tiny islands at the confluence of Wanquan River and the South China Sea, the largest of which – Dongyu Island – is home to Boao International Conference Center and most of its hotels. The Jade Belt Beach at the mouth of Wanquan River is unique because on one side of it is the seawater and on the other is the freshwater. In 2002, Boao became the permanent site of the annual conference of Boao Forum for Asia.
Haikou Meilan International Airport and Sanya Phoenix International Airport are 1.5-2 hours away from Boao by car, and 40-50 minutes away by Hainan Island Eastern Coast High-speed Railway.
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