It’s taken more than 2000 years, but the Chinese have finally started to see tropical Hainan as more than a “gate of hell” and a place to banish recalcitrant officials. Feeding directly off China’s booming economy, the country’s smallest province now sees more than 80% of its income washed ashore by tourism.
For most travelers, the fresh air, sunshine and golden beaches are the obvious draw, but Hainan’s thickly forested central highlands also offer the chance to meet with the Li and Miao, the island’s original inhabitants. On the east coast, quiet bays, traditional brick-house villages and lush farming are as exotic and eye-catching as any in China, yet rarely explored.
The city of Sanya is famous for its tropical beach landscapes. Tianya Haijiao and Dadonghai are two well-known beaches. Just imagine that you are lying on the soft beach under beautiful sunshine or that you are walking through the coconut plantation under the blue sky. How wonderful everything is! Historical heritages such as Hairui Tomb (Hairui (1514 - 1587) who was a compassionate and popular officer during the Ming Dynasty) and Wugong Temple (Fiver Officials' Temple) in Haikou are also worth a visit.