An island province at China’s southernmost point, Hainan is known for its pleasant tropical climate, luxury beach resorts and lush green interior dotted with coconut trees. Relax by the shoreline, trek hilly hiking trails in a wildlife-rich rainforest and marvel at golden temple statues.
Things to do in Hainan
Head to the Heritage-listed Haikou Mangrove Forest, which covers 2,500 hectares and has a boat tour for spotting rare and endangered birds. Don’t miss experiencing Wild Pineapple Island, where you can dine on seafood specialties at Dongzhai Port.
For a dose of culture, tick off Nanshan Temple in Sanya, a Tang dynasty-style temple with a 3.8-meter-tall gold and jade statue of Kwanyin. To see some of the region’s most unique flora and fauna, stroll through the Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden in Haikou.
Lace up your boots and trek through the jungle terrain in Yanoda Tropical Rain Forest Park. Stop by the designated viewing points for aerial views, go zip-lining through the park or stay for an overnight camping adventure. Discover natural wonders at Hainan Crater Park, which is home to Ma’anling, one of the most intact calderas in the world.
Unwind on one of the island’s picturesque beaches, such as Holiday Beach with its swaying coconut trees and parasailing adventures. Dadonghai Beach in Sanya is another local favorite, known for its three kilometers of white sand that curve around a crescent-shaped bay.
Getting around Hainan
You can access Hainan by flying into Haikou Meilan International Airport or Sanya Phoenix International Airport, while trains run daily from Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai. Local trains and buses are available, but taxis and private cars are the most convenient way to get around.