Great walls, the mighty panda, warriors made of clay and a traditional culture are some of the attractions most foreigner expect to see when they travel to China. I bet only few people if any would imagine leave alone believe that China has a tropical island. Actually, Hainan, the country’s signature tropical island comes as a culture shock to many. The island is quickly becoming a popular destination, and why not with its white-sand beaches, hot springs, green volcanic peaks not forgetting the surfing breaks and some of the most luxurious hotels in the World. Tropical island adventures on Hainan island is a must for any foreign tourist to experience the tropical side of China.
Tourist attractions in Hainan
Although this is not your typical Hawaii with gigantic swells, Hainan bays offer challenging breaks. The best spots for surfing are the Sun and Moon Bay and the Shimei Bay which are on the East coast. At these spots you will find point and beach breaks that are ideal for beginners as well as the more experienced surfers. Novices can head to the south coast where the water is more placid and warmer. The best time to surf is at noon in the midday sun.
The island terrain presents a cycling haven. As riders ride along they are surrounded by changing sceneries. Tourists can first experience riding on the beach before making a foray into the interior which is characterized by indigenous villages, captivating waterfalls and green jungles.
Adventure on the island
Those looking to just lie down and relax on will find their fill in Hainan beaches; the more adventurous can head deeper interior to check out the islands diversity of natural features amid a scenic landscape. The interior is riddled with a lush, green and mountainous landscape. The best spot is the Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park. This place has been modeled to a sort of nature playground and it is home to Guojianglong Rope Bridge which is featured in a popular local movie. Visitors can head there to take nature walks through the park or head to the secluded Yalong Bay Earthly Paradise Bird’s Nest Resort.
The boat village
Ever seen a boat village that dwells entirely on boats? Well, Dan communities have existed in Southern China for Centuries. Traditionally, members of these villages were forbidden to live on land and hence made their watery life on rivers and estuaries. Head to the village of Haitang Bay and experience Chinese cuisine on floating restaurants. Here you can watch your order come straight out of the water beside you in one of the restaurant’s submerged containers
Where to stay
The island is not short of hotels. In fact there might be more Eastern and Western hotel brands in Hainan than in any other beach resort in the world. Here you will find the likes of Ritz-Carlton, Kempinski, Anantara, St Regis, Mandarin Oriental, Marriot and the Intercontinental to name just but a few.
Travel to China and indulge in various tropical island adventures on Hainan, an island that only a few decades away was an isolated backwater. The island receives over 35 million tourists a year and though many are domestic, foreign tourists are fast catching up. The island has become one of the most popular and luxurious Chinese getaways.