Travel Tips

Haikou, China  

Haikou, also known as the "Coconut City", is the capital city of Hainan Province, the strategic city of the Belt and Road. It is the north end of Hainan Island and adjacent to Wenchang to the east, Chengmai to the west, Ding’an to the north and Qiongzhou Strait to the north. Situated in the tropics, Haikou is a coastal city featuring beautiful coastal scenery and a comfortable climate. The coastline of Haikou is 136.23 km (272.46 miles) long. Most of the coasts are vast and continuous, with fine white sand. There are many coastal swimming areas in the offshore where the water is clear and the waves are flat all year round. Haikou has evolved from a simple sightseeing city to an attractive seaside resort and business center. The services for visitors to the city are being extended with the aim of establishing the city as Southern China's key center for tourism.

October to May is the best time for Haikou traveling when sea is tranquil and weather is pleasant. Hainan also has the Coconut Festival on the third day of March in the lunar calendar. With the sea on three sides, Haikou enjoys a long coastline that features excellent bathing beaches and sea side resorts. Holiday Beach is the most popular of these, while Xixiu Beach is where the national sailing and windsurfing teams train and hold competitions. Dongzhai Port Nature Reserve in the northeast of Haikou is a typical tropical jungle and a heaven for birds..

Qilou Old Street: The first thing to do in Haikou is to visit this famous historical and cultural streetscape. In the past, 13 countries established consulates, churches, post offices, banks and residences in both baroque and south Asian architectural styles here between 1840 and 1912. Today, visitors can still see about six hundred three- or four-storey theatre pavilions, religious sites, tea houses and villas.

Holiday Beach: As the most well-known local beach, a visit to Holiday Beach is another top thing to do in Haikou for tourists. The beach is divided into four areas, including a sunbathing area, marine sports area, dining area and recreation area. East of the beach in a Roman-style architecture is where tourists can enjoy water ballet, high diving and other performances.

Leiqiong Global Geopark: Listed as ‘The Global Geopark’ by UNESCO in 2006, Leiqiong Global Geopark is characterized by 101 volcanos formed through the eruption of steam magma and basaltic magma in ancient times. Tourists can appreciate over 40 volcano cones and over 30 lava tunnels here. It is worth mentioning that Ma’An Ling Crater in Leiqiong Geopark is the highest place in Haikou. On coming here, tourists can enjoy the panorama of the whole city.

Haikou Clock Tower: Haikou Clock Tower has been a symbolic city landmarks since it was set there in 1928. The present six-storey tower replaced the original in the 1930's and has a steel frame covered in red bricks. Its height is 28m (91.9ft). The masonry of red bricks and pointing of white lime were copied from the buildings in Guangzhou and Shanghai city in the 1920s. On the top storey is the big clock, which is equipped with a plastic dial of 2-meter (78.7-inch) diameter, a 0.53-meter (20.8-inch) hour hand and a 1-meter (39.4-inch) minute hand. This clock tells time every thirty minutes in a clear and resonant sound through four horns controlled by an amplifier and originally was for the benefit of shipping in the harbor.

It goes without saying that for anyone coming to Haikou, seafood is definitely a must. However, the city is also famous for its other prized dishes. There are four to delight the gourmet and should not be missed. They are Wenchang Chicken, Dongshan Mutton, Jiaji Duck and Hele Crab. The climate means there is an abundance of fresh local fruits such as mangos, pineapples, jackfruits, coconuts and carambola, betelnuts, pawpaw, longan and lichee, loquat, naseberry and passion fruit.

How to Get to Haikou

Haikou Airport & Flights
Haikou Meilan Airport, 25 kilometers (16 miles) away from the city center, provides a convenient connection with other cities at home and abroad. It has more than 200 air lines flying between major cities inside China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shijiazhuang, Wuhan, Dalian, Xiamen, Xi'an, Chengdu, Harbin, Qingdao and Nanjing, etc., as well as direct flights to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and so forth.

Haikou Train
There are three train stations in this city at present, including Haikou Railway station, East Railway Station and Meilan Airport Railway Station. People can leave the city by train for Guangzhou, Sanya, Shanghai South and Beijing West.

Getting Around Haikou
You can get around by metro, taxi, tourist bus, and city-bus according to your schedule and the places you want to go.