The vast lands of China are renowned for ancient wonders and traditional regions alongside high-tech industrial hubs and sprawling urban cityscapes, but have you heard of its tropical island, Hainan?
Picture palm trees, coral reefs, sandy beaches and tropical vibes - it’s no surprise why China's Hainan Province is one of the world’s hottest vacation destinations in 2020.
A total escape from the bustling urban centres, Hainan is best explored with a cocktail in hand. Here are our top 5 reasons why you need to pay a visit to the ‘Hawaii of China’ ASAP.
China and beachfront aren’t usually two words that go together, but Hainan is the happy exception. In Sanya, soak up the sun and sand in China’s only true tropical seaside city. Swim in the calm, clear waters of the South China Sea and explore the 40km of premium beaches and bays (with the occasional temple thrown in, of course).
Yep. We’re talking 108 metres (or 354 ft) into the sky. The Guanyin of Nanshan is a Buddhist monument that can be found just outside the main town of Sanya. Officially the twelfth tallest statue in the world, it’s a sight to behold. We’ll bow to that!
Don’t get us wrong, we love a coastal vaycay, but when you’ve had your fill of sand between the toes, Hainan offers so much more. Escape to the central highlands where you can hike through healthy rainforest and soak in hot springs while taking in the incredible mountain views.
A little unexpected for China (where tea drinking reigns supreme), Hainan has a thriving coffee culture. Explore the streets of Downtown Xinglong where you’ll find strong coffee served up at cafes and coffee shops that specialise in local brews.
Pretty cool, right? The Haikou Volcanic Cluster Geopark on the northern side of the island is where you can climb up (and then down) into the lush green interior of a now extinct volcano crater. The 360-degree views of the countryside and the ocean are also worth the climb.