Hainan China Tourist Attractions
Hainan China Tourist Attractions, Hawaii of China
 
 
 

Hainan

 
Islands in the sun
 
Hainan is an island province in south China, just across the Gulf of Tonkin from Vietnam. "Hainan" literally means "South of the Ocean."

Composed of Hainan Island and the archipelagoes of Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha, the province is punctuated with tropical beaches and lush forests. The province is warm all the year round and has no winter.

The other large city is Sanya, often called the Hawaii of China.

Hainan Island is also called 'Coconut Island' for its production of coconuts. Each year in late March or early April, the islanders hold a 'Coconut Festival'. During the festival, visitors can go to Haikou to appreciate the coconut lanterns, travel to Wenchang to taste the delicious coconuts, head for Sanya to watch the dragon boat race and a folk martial art competition, approach Tongshi to attend the Sanyuesan carnival. Sanyuesan is a traditional festival celebrated on every March, 3rd of Chinese lunar calendar by the local Li people. On that day, the Li worship their ancestors and pray for a good harvest. In addition to coconuts, Hainan is rich in some other tropical fruits like bananas, lychees, papayas and pineapples as well as seafood, which are all musts to enjoy when traveling there. What's more, the island has some featured local delicacies. The most famous four local specialties are Hele Crab, Dongshan Mutton, Jiaji Duck and Wenchang Chicken. Some other most famous dishes include Hainanese Chicken Rice, hotpot, pumpkin rice of Li and Qiongshan tofu, etc.
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