- Hainan Island, at the southern tip of China, was known in ancient
times as "The End of the Earth," and was used a as place of exile. Today, as a
busy Special Economic Zone, one of Chine's most unspoiled natural regions and the centre
of a fast-growing tourist trade, it's better known as the Chinese Riviera. Haikou has been
a strategic port of call since time immemorial , and is now once again a major trading
centre. Much of the old city remains unchanged. Hainan is one of China's least crowded
places and the country's warmest area, with a climate like Hawaii. There are miles of
sandy beaches, verdant mountains, agricultural land and even unspoiled wilderness. Despite
development, Hainan remains a languid tropical island where the pace of life is relatively
slow and easy, and visitors are encouraged to relax.
- Name of Airport: Haikou Melian Airport (open on 25 May 1999)
- Distance to city: 25km
- Transportation between airport and city:
Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights
Schedules from/to Hong Kong
- 1 hour
- Home entry permit is required for HK Chinese.
- Visa is required for foreigners
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- Customs Allowance
- Tobacco: 400 cigarettes
- Liquor: two 75cl bottles of alcoholic beverages
- Customs rules require an accounting of all valuables including
watches, jewellery, cameras and currency that you are taking in. A copy of this is
surrendered on departure and anything missing may well be treated as imported and duty
required accordingly. Therefore make sure you obtain a police report for any goods stolen
during your stay.
- Recorded video-tapes must be declared and may be viewed by the
Authorities on arrival.
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- Renminbi (RMB)
- Approximately RMB1 = HK$0.9297 = US$0.12(updated 27 Aug 1996)
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- Airport Tax
- - International: RMB 90
- - Domestic: RMB 15
Embassies and Consulates
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- GMT: + 8
- Difference from Hong Kong: + 0
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- CNY 10 average fare; CNY 2 per km
- Haikou Harbour
This is arguably the best place in all of China to see sailing junks, which have sadly
disappeared form most other parts of the country; shipyards here welcome visitors
interested in traditional boat-building methods.
This settlement on the south coast is Hainan's second-largest city, but is nonetheless a
laid-back location where casual clothes are worn for almost every occasion and life
proceeds at an unhurried pace.
Located just 2 km from Sanya city, Dadonghai is a small-but-bustling beach resort with
such unexpected amenities as western-style cocktail bars with blues music on the sound
This neatly-kept town is a fishing port as well as a resort, so restaurants here have
their daily pick of the ocean's freshest bounty, and serve some of the best seafood on the
- Yalong Bay
This tranquil beach resort is where you'd go to get away from everything, including
organized tourist attractions. What you'll find here instead is a stunningly beautiful and
remarkably uncrowded beach, a small village - and peace and quiet.
Located on Hainan's east coast, this area has been famous for centuries for its natural
mineral springs, water form which is nowadays piped directly into hotel rooms at a
regulated temperature. Coffee is also grown in this area, and provides an interesting
change of taste in the world's largest tea-consuming country.
Best reached by means of a 40-km bus trip from Sanya, this settlement is the centre of
Hainan's largest autonomous areas, home to the Li and Miao ethnic minority peoples, and an
excellent place to purchase beautiful handicrafts.
- The End of The Earth
Located at the extreme southern tip of Hainan (and the limit of civilization, according to
ancient belief), and this small resort features a relatively uncrowded beach with food
soft drinks and a few guest accommodations.
Supervisory Office of Tourism Quality of Hainan Province
- Tel: (0898) 5358451
- Hours: 8:30-11:30 14:00-17:00
- Address: Room 606, Provincial Tourism Administration Building,
- 6 Haifu Road, Haikou, Hainan 570203, China
- Fax: (0898) 5353074
Tours and Activities
from Hong Kong
- Haikou's markets offer interesting carved stones, model junks and
woodcarving, along with silk and bamboo ware. Among the most memorable souvenirs of Hainan
are weaving, embroidery and carvings done by the island's talented Li, Miao, Hui and
Zhuang ethnic minority people.
- Hainan Star Shopping Centre - 6 Hai Xiu Lu
- Friendship Shopping Centre - Da Tong Lu
- Hainan International Commercial Building Duty Free Shop - Da Tong Lu
- Long Zhu Xin Cheng Duty Free Shop - Long Kun Lu
- The South China sea is a flourishing garden for seafood lovers.
Hainan restaurants feature prawns, crab, rock lobster, abalone and shark's fin. Hainan
baked chicken is popular world-wide. Many dishes have been flavored by proximity to the
spice routes of Southeast Asia, and the result is one of the china's great regional
cuisines. Every city on the island claims the best food; the best-known restaurants are in
- Hyatt Shark's Fin Restaurant (Guangdong Cuisine) - Haifu Lu
- Hainan Golden Caost Hotel (Chaozhou Cuisine) - Haikou Renmin
- China Chiuchow Garden Group (Chaozhou Cuisine) - Da tong Lu
- Xi Men Food Street (Hainan Cuisine) - Wen Ming Xi Lu
- Official Languages: Putunghua
- Language of Business and Administration: Putunghua and English
- 220 volts, 50 cycles
Emergency and Useful Tel. No.
- S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
- Emergencies: 110 (foreigner's section 552729)
- Fire: 119
- Ambulance: 120
- Tel No. Enquiry: 114
- 24 hours Tourist Hotline: 65130828 (service in Chinese, English,
- Train information: 65129525
- Taxi: 68527084, 68312288, 65138993, 64363452, 68014373
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