You might come for the beaches, but Hainan has plenty to do away from the water.
Hainan is China’s secret tropical island getaway, a beloved retreat for locals who want to swap the mainland toil for some sand, sun and sea.
DISCOVERING new foods. Lingering over local delicacies, served by multiple generations of one family, in the middle of the daily hustle and bustle. Eating mind-blowing meals, served on rustic formica tabletops, for next to nix. The ideal holiday hitlist has to feature fabulous food experiences.
There are 15 surfers, aged between 8 and 16, performing yoga-like stretches on the sand. Beyond them, long sets of 4-foot waves break along the shore.
If you’ve never heard of Hainan, you’re not alone. The idyllic tropical island – between Hong Kong and Vietnam – is about half the size of Tasmania and had just 8000 Australian visitors in the first half of this year.
I would like to recommend a visit to Hainan Island, located in the southernmost part of China.
In China it's tourism on steroids and this 88-square-kilometre resort is no exception.
Paul Chai visits Hainan and finds himself in 1940s Shanghai.