Tropical Hainan is famous for its magnificent beaches, picturesque coral reefs and year-round sunny weather. The island is covered with natural and landscape parks, creating a unique ecosystem and a harmonious atmosphere for people seeking unity with nature.
The beaches of the island can be called exemplary in terms of cleanliness, livability and beauty of the surrounding landscapes. And all this magnificence is offered for quite adequate money. No wonder the island got the nickname "Eastern Hawaii".
Holidays on the island of Hainan are popular with the inhabitants of China themselves. A rich cultural heritage of the past has been preserved here. Once upon a time during the imperial dynasty, noble nobles were exiled to the island, for some reason they did not please the ruler.
What to see on Hainan Island?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
Nanshan Buddhism Center
One of the largest Buddhist complexes in Asia, covering a vast area of 50 km². It consists of an imposing Guanyin Temple with a 108-meter statue of the Goddess of Mercy on the roof and a landscape park designed in accordance with classical Feng Shui traditions. The complex is located about 40 km from the resort town of Sanya. It is located at the foot of Nanshan Mountain.
An artificial island, created from individual coral reefs and small areas of land, located off the coastline of Hainan (near the port of Sanya). It has several futuristic skyscrapers, which house five-star hotels, as well as luxurious private villas, famous brand stores, a yacht club, a sports complex, an amusement park and a beach. The Phoenix Islands and Hainan are connected by a 390-meter bridge.
Li and Miao Ethnographic Village
An open-air museum dedicated to the culture of the indigenous peoples of Hainan Island - Li and Miao. It is a vast park area with traditional buildings typical of these ethnographic groups. Skillful actors act as villagers, who arrange folklore performances for tourists and demonstrate dexterous skills. The makeshift settlement is located 30 km from Sanya.
The extensive museum exposition consists of valuable art objects belonging to different eras. It houses collections of Chinese porcelain, paintings, weapons, Chinese silk clothes, jade products, precious metals and sculptures. The age of some exhibits reaches several thousand years. In a separate room, you can see a unique collection of paintings made on silk fabric and ancient calligraphic scrolls.
One of the bays of the South China Sea, about 30 km away from Sanya. The name of the place is translated from Chinese as "dragon coast". On the picturesque coast of Yalong, the best hotels of Hainan are located, which are surrounded by forests, mountains, snow-white beaches and magnificent tropical gardens. The bay is considered the most prestigious resort of the entire island. Locals usually call the bay "heaven on earth".
Dadonghai is located near Sanya. It can be reached on foot from the city. The beaches of the bay are especially loved by tourists due to reasonable prices for hotel accommodation and traditional "holiday joys". The length of the beaches of the Gulf coast is about 2 km. Also here you can find almost ideal conditions for surfing, which attracts fans of this sport.
Dongshan Safari Park
Natural park established in 1999. On its territory, tourists can observe the life of exotic animals that are in their natural habitat. Ostriches, black swans, parrots, monkeys, crocodiles, lions and other fauna live here. Children will be delighted with the enclosure with cubs and cubs, and adults will be able to watch the process of feeding adult predators.
A reserve created for the purpose of studying and breeding Guanxi macaques, a subspecies of small monkeys. It is located about 80 km from Sanya in a quiet and remote area of Hainan Island. About 2000 individuals live in the park. They roam freely along the alleys, sit on trees, stones and the ground, and also hang in clusters on visitors, constantly trying to get into bags, pockets and steal things they like.
A natural reserve near Yalong Bay, where a unique collection of butterflies from different parts of the world is collected. Also, a large number of exotic insects (more than 2000 species) live here. There is a small museum and gift shop for tourists. The best time to visit the reserve is in the morning, before the sweltering heat of the day has set in.
Park "Deer turned his head"
The park is located in Sanya on a fairly large area around a high mountain. The name of the area comes from a legend about a hunter who was preparing to kill a deer, but noticed in time that the animal turned its head and turned into a beautiful girl. In Chinese, the park's name is Luhuitou. There is a deer nursery here, where you can feed the animals and take memorable photos with them.
Hot springs "Zhujiang Nantian"
Healing thermal waters, where local residents bathed and improved their health many centuries ago. Today, Zhujiang Nantian is a modern, well-maintained complex, which includes 36 pools with different temperatures and water composition. On its territory there is a cozy hotel, a Chinese restaurant, several outdoor cafes, traditional tea houses and spas. Hot springs are very popular among the locals.
Volcano Ma An
The volcano is located on the territory of the national park of the same name. Its slopes are covered with dense tropical vegetation, sometimes turning into impenetrable jungle. Thanks to natural steps made of frozen lava, tourists have the opportunity to climb to the crater itself - the heart of the volcano that has frozen many millennia ago. There is a museum and a restaurant on the slopes of the mountain. The ascent to the top is equipped with comfortable benches for rest.
The mountain range, which got its name due to the similarity with the shape of the palm (“wuzhishan” in Chinese means “five fingers”). The highest peak of the ridge reaches 1867 meters. There are many trekking trails along the territory of the massif, along which you can climb two of the five peaks of Wuzhishan. Several hundred species of tropical fauna live here and about 170 orchid species grow.
Xinglong Botanical Garden
An 80 hectare tropical garden founded in 1957 as part of the scientific base of the Agricultural Institute, which was engaged in the study and conservation of valuable plants. In addition to ornamental crops, coffee, vanilla, black pepper and fruits are grown in the garden. In a local store, tourists can buy fragrant coffee and Silun vanilla tea, which are made from local products, as a keepsake.
The relic jungle of Yanoda is located in the southern part of Hainan near the Qixian Range. More than 45 km² of forests have been turned into a landscaped tourist area, which includes a landscape park with a lotus lake, a river, waterfalls and a tropical orchid greenhouse. The park is equipped with walking paths, suspension bridges and a rope crossing thrown over the gorge. For tourists seeking unity with nature, a tent camp is organized in the jungle.
A small island with an area of 2 km², located about 20 minutes by boat from Hainan Island. The tourist infrastructure of the place began to develop relatively recently, so Pirate Island still retains the charm of untouched nature. Almost its entire area is covered with virgin tropical forests. Around the coastline are picturesque coral reefs. Tourists can relax on the clean and picturesque beaches of the island.
The island is located a few kilometers from the coastline of Hainan. You can get there by boat or motorboat. Nature has created ideal conditions for diving here. The island is surrounded by densely populated coral reefs that are home to amazing sea creatures. Visibility in clear water is almost perfect, so underwater divers will have an unforgettable spectacle.
Jade Belt Beach
A narrow strip of sand several tens of meters wide separating the fresh waters of the Wanquanhe, Longgong and Jiuqu rivers from the salty waves of the South China Sea. This unique natural place is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. The beach is located near the small town of Boao, which is located on the east coast of the island. The "Jade Belt" is covered with snow-white sparkling sand.
Taoist Heavenly Grottoes Park
A magnificent landscape park with numerous caves, sacred trees and grottoes, which, according to Taoist philosophy, are considered the gates to another world. On its territory is the Temple of the Dragon - the ruler of the world. This place is sacred to all followers of Taoism. Thousands of pilgrims come to the park every year, not to mention tens of thousands of tourists from mainland China and other countries.
Park "Edge of the World"
The history of the foundation of the park is connected with the tragic legend of the love of a guy and a girl who turned into boulders and froze on the coast. Over time, other stones began to appear around them. Each boulder has its own poetic name. From the paths of the park offers a bewitching view of the coast. "Edge of the World" is designed for leisurely walks, reflections and contemplation of nature.