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 KP Chong from MALAYSIA | May. 21, 2019 00:55Reply
How do I get to Meilan Airport from Sanya?
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?
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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.
Asked by KIRK from UNITED STATES | Apr. 20, 2019 15:31Reply
Can United States citizens get Hainan Visa on Arrival?
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Answered by Charis from NETHERLANDS | Apr. 24, 2019 01:46

Yes, you can. However, you need to join in the travel agency.
Asked by Lorelei Piansay from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 17, 2019 05:19Reply
What is the Haikou temperature in Apr. 13-16? What do we need to wear?
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Answered by Elijah from CANADA | Mar. 20, 2019 02:55

The temperature may range from 20C to 30C during that period of time. It will be hot. You are suggested to wear T-shirts, skirts, shorts and other summer clothes. :)
Asked by Mike from GERMANY | Aug. 02, 2018 03:02Reply
Hi, I'm trying to get from Haikou to Baoting by bus/train -
can you help me find the best way to do this, and let know bus numbers? Or is there a website with bus numbers/timetables? Thank you very much, Mike
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Answered by Ferry from GREECE | Aug. 02, 2018 20:58

You can take a train from HK East Raiway Station to Lingshui Railway Station, the train departs from 6:40 to 22:10 with an interval about 30 minutes and then take a bus from Lingshui Bus Station to Baoting. The bus departs from 6:40 to 15:25 with an interval of an hour.
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