Haikou is the capital of Hainan Province. Although most travelers head straight for the beach resorts near Sanya, the old 'Coconut Capital' has a few things worth checking out as well.
The is located on the southern bank of the Qiongzhou Strait, facing the mainland's Leizhou Peninsula. Built on the mound of the coast, it is the biggest city in Hainan Province. Haikou City has an annual mean temperature of 23.6 centigrade degree and an annual mean rainfall of 1,690 mm. It is an ancient city.
Haikou's industries include tropical crops processing, electronics and textiles as the mainstays of its light industry, and it is a foreign trade and sea port city with advanced communications and a complete range of service equipment.. The city has beautiful scenery, a pleasant climate and luxuriant vegetation. Among the ancient remains and tourist sites are Wugong Temple reputed to be the "first building under the heaven", the admirable Qiongtai Academy of Classical Learning, the Hairui Tomb, the Qiujun Tomb, and the like. The bright capital of Hainan island is well worth a few days visit. There is plenty to entertain kids, enough architecture and culture for the more discerning, and extinct volcanoes, mangrove swamps, empty beaches for those more interested in the natural side of life. Museums, zoos, (Chinese style) theme parks, temples...including a few off the beaten track...and plenty of longer day-trips possible make this a great location for a week.
Plan your trip well though. The knowledge of local travel agents, tour guides and hotels is absolutely minimal. You will have to show them where to go!
6 Days Hainan Island Vocation