Haikou Travel Guide

Haikou Travel Guide

Haikou MapHaikou, known as the 'Coconut City', is the capital of Hainan Province, China's second largest island. The city features beautiful sunshine, crystal water and soft sand. It is the provincial administrative center of Hainan as well being the focus of the local economy, culture and transportation. It stands at the northern end of Hainan Island, on the west bank of the Nandu River estuary. This river is the longest on the island and the city's name appropriately means 'Mouth of the Sea'.

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.

Hainan visa-free policy with a validity of 30 days is applicable for travelers holding ordinary passports issued by the 59 qualifying countries, but the aliens should be received by a travel agency in Hainan.

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.

Besides its natural resources, Haikou has a number of important sites of historical interest. The Temple of Five Lords (Five Official's Temple), the Tomb of Hai Rui and the Xiuying Emplacement each serve as reminders of the historical importance of the city.

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Haikou City
City Scenery
Haikou street lined with coconut palms
City street lined with coconut palms

As for transportation, don't worry! Hainan Meilan Airport, railway station, ship and expressway links cities of China and the whole world. The downtown area of Haikou has an excellent environment with streets lined with coconut palms. Here there are modern and convenient public transport facilities and all that is best in a tropical seaside city that is pollution free and that meets the needs of the tourist in a friendly and welcoming way.

 No trip is complete without the opportunity to savor tempting local food and shopping opportunities. 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. Maybe some of these will be new to you but we are sure that if you try them you will want to take come home!

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- Last modified on Apr. 24, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Haikou Travel
Asked by Olive from MALAYSIA | Jul. 11, 2019 20:21Reply
We are a group of 6 travelling to Haikou and Sanya for a few days.
Our tour will be arranged by ourselves only and not thru a travel agency.
If Malaysia passports, are we still required to get a visa in advance or are we eligible for a visa free access to Hainan province?
If exempted to apply for a visa, what do we need to do?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jake from USA | Jul. 16, 2019 01:24

You have to apply for the visa-free stay through a local travel agency, or you need to apply for a tourist visa in advance.
Asked by Jolene from BRUNEI | Jul. 11, 2019 20:11Reply
If Malaysia and Brunei Passports, is it eligible for a visa free access to Hainan?
However, required to register passports to Bureau of Exit and Entry Administration of Hainan Province 48 hours before arrival with a travel agency.

Can you recommend a travel agency?
Answers (1)
Answered by James from USA | Jul. 16, 2019 01:16

Yes, it is eligible but you should find a local agency.
Asked by Peter Doyle from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 17, 2019 05:57Reply
Hi, I am wanting to book 12 train tickets from Haikou to Sanya on 29 June.
I was looking at the train timetable a number of weeks ago and there were many fast trains to choose from. I have checked the timetable yesterday and today and it shows no fast trains are available.

Can you please assist with this?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jun. 17, 2019 23:22

Hi Peter,

Thank you for your inquiry. The bullet train schedule for this Haikou to Sanya trip is under adjustment. Therefore, these trains are not available online at this moment. They should be back to service later.

However, the detailed time is still not clear yet. You may consider to wait a few more days and check the availability on our website often. Once they are back to service, we will update the availability on our website too. You can also contact us by email: bookingtravelchinaguide.com. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Asked by KP Chong from MALAYSIA | May. 21, 2019 00:55Reply
How do I get to Meilan Airport from Sanya?
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Answered by Joey from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 22, 2019 18:48

You can take bullet train at Sanya Railway Station to Meilan Airport. It takes around 2 hours.
Asked by Kim from SINGAPORE | May. 18, 2019 09:55Reply
Hi, How do i travel to Mission Hill Movie Town in from Haikou East Railway Station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andy from MALAYSIA | May. 20, 2019 02:06

K2/ K3 is available to there. You can take off at Yangshan Road (羊山大道路口) and then walk east about 700m. It takes about 50 minutes.
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