Haikou is the capital city of Hainan Province which is situated on the north east coast of Hainan island. With the sea on three sides Haikou enjoys a long coastline that features excellent bathing beaches and sea side resorts.
Haikou has a number of important sites of historical interest. The Wugong Temple (The Five Official’s Temple), the Tomb of Hai Rui and the Xiuying Emplacement each serve as reminders of the historical importance of Haikou.
No. 01: Holiday Beach (假日海滩)
Holiday Beach is a typical place for touring and having leisure at the beach. The Holiday Beach is located at the side of Qingling Road of the west in Haikou, and the total length of the Holiday Beach is 6 kilometers.
The whole beach can be divided into four areas: sun bath area on the beach, sport area in the sea, ocean food area and holiday area. There are also many sports and performances around the beach. All of them are for free. The golden sunshine, blue seawater, yellow beach and green coconut trees form a great picture of the seashore. You can’t miss it!
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: there are Special minibuses to Holiday Beach in the downtown area of Haikou; or you can take Buses No. 40, 28, 29, Y1 or Y2 to get there
No. 02: Volcano Crater Park (石山火山群国家地质公园)
Located 15 kilometers from Haikou in the Shishan town, Volcano Crater Park is a natural volcano geology museum in Haikou, Hainan Province. The eruption of the ancient Qiongbei Volcano left the most intact volcano craters here.
The park has the volcano cultural garden, ecological garden, the green corridor, and the crater’s garden, attracting visitors from both home and abroad. Visitors can also enjoy the rustic flavor of the local people, try the country house food, and purchase the local handiworks too.
Entrance Fee: CNY 60
Opening Hours: 08:00-15:30
How to get there: take the minibus from Kaikou West Station to Dunchang and get off at the Volcano Crater Park
No. 03: Hairui Tomb (海瑞墓)
Hairui Tomb is in the Binya Village, in the west suburbs of Haikou. It is a historical and cultural relic under state protection. Hairui was a uncorrupted minister in the Ming Dynasty. He was a man of justice and helped the common people to get the right. After his death, a pavilion and a temple were built over the tomb to honor him by the local people.
Later the Tomb of Hairui has become a popular place for the visitors too. The constructions of the tomb buildings are majestic. A memorial archway stands right at the front of the gate, with the words of “Justice of Hainan” engraved on it.
Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. A, 2, 16 or 19 to Hairui Tomb
No. 04: Hainan Tropical Wildlife Garden （热带野生动植物园）
At the Dongshan lake front which is 27 kilometers from Haikou city, in Dongshan town, Qiongshan district, Haikou, Hainan Tropical Wildlife Garden is the first theme garden on tropical wildlife in China.
This is actually a tropical zoological garden which imitates the environment of the wild, covering total area of 1.3 square kilometers, in which visitors can take a look at various kinds of tropical animal in their relatively wild state. Altogether about 200 tropical wild animals are fed in the wild here in the garden including some of the rare species. Visitors can also just enjoy themselves by the lake in the vocational area.
Entrance Fee: CNY 95
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are shuttle buses at Mingzhu Square to Hainan Tropical Wildlife Gardenm, and they are for free.
No. 05: Tropical Ocean World （海南热带海洋世界)
Tropical Ocean World is located on the West Coast of Haikou. Tropical Ocean World is the first general theme part which can represent tropical ocean culture in China.
The Tropical Ocean World Part includes Merry Ocean, children amusement park, tropical rain forest area, the Millennium Tower, etc. The Merry Ocean contains 30,000 colorful tropical fish. There are a lot of game in the children amusement park, such as shooting, sliding board, shaking board and manual railcars. The tropical rain forest area can be divided into four parts: Tropical Tree Garden, Tropical Flower Garden, Tropical Rain Forest Garden and Tropical Fruit Garden.
Entrance Fee: CNY 65
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00
How to get there: take Buses Y1, Y2, 28 or 40 to the World of Tropical Ocean
No. 06: Five Ministers’ Temples (五公祠)
Five Ministers’ Temples, or Wugong Temples, with the total area of 66,000 square meters, are located at Guoxing Street of Qiongshan in Haikou, Hainan.
Wugong Temples are travel spots integrate traditional architectures, ancient sites and gardens. “Wugong” means five temples, and refers to five well-known officials of the Tang and Song dynasties. Their names are Li Deyu, Li Gang, Li Guang, Zhao Ding and Hu Quan. They did a lot to the culture and economy of Hainan. In order to remember them, Hainan people built the Wugong Temples.
Entrance Fee: CNY 25
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 1 or 11 to get there
No. 07: Mangrove Forest in Dongzhai Port (东寨港红树林自然保护区)
Haikou Mangrove Forest in Dongzhai Port is one of the major tourist attractions in Haikou which has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tentative List.
The Mangrove Forest in Dongzhai Port is about 50 miles long, covering an area of about 4000 square kilometers. It includes six rivers, and the coastline is very irregular and includes numbers of bays and tidewater gullies.Mangrove is a tropical evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Rhizophora, having stilt-like roots and stems and forming dense thickets along tidal shores. It is not only a good place of interest to visitors but also a place of scientific research to the scientists of home and abroad.Entrance Fee: CNY 25
How to get there: take a minibus leaves for Binfeng or Qukou and get off at Hongshulin
No. 08: Xixiu Beach Park （西秀海滩)
Xixiu Beach Park is 6 kilometers from the center of Haikou city. The coastline is almost 1,200 meters long. View of Qiongzhou channel and ships shuttle in the sea could be viewed here from far.
It has the international windsurfing training and is also the competition base and international yacht club. The public seashore natatorium and the aquatic sports center performance hall invites European and American professionals to perform water ballet and diving every year.
It has seafood for dining, leisure vacation guesthouse, etc. It also has musical fountain square, ecology square, parking lot, skating rink, cactus garden, child activity center and so on.
Entrance Fee: free
How to get there: take Bus No. 37 to the Xixiu Beach
No. 09: Nanli Lake （海口南丽湖）
The Nanli Lake is a famous scenic site in Haikou City, Hainan Province, which is located in Dingan County, about 40 kilometers far away from Haikou.
The Nanli Lake covers 46 square kilometers and the area of the lake is 12.3 square kilometers. There are 13 islands and five peninsulas in all.
The shapes of the islands are varied, such as the square, oblong and round ones. Among them, the largest one covers 39,600 square meters. Additionally, as a scenic site, Nanli Lake provides splendid service of accommodation, catering and entertainment and the facilities are ample, including sumptuous hotels, restaurants, villas, the golf course and some facilities of entertainment above water.
Entrance Fee: CNY 70
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30
How to get there: take the special bus of “Haikou – Ding’an – Nanli” and get off at its destination.
No. 10: Xiuying Gun Emplacement （秀英古炮台)
Xiuying Gun Emplacement is situated in Xiuying Village, about 6 kilometers from Hai Xiu Road in the suburbs of Haikou. In 1890, Zhang Zhidong, an important official of the Qing Government ordered to build the Xiuying Emplacement in order to resist thhe invading of the Franch Army.
The whole emplacement plus with the annex totally covers an area of 10,000 square meters. It has all together built five emplacements with the Gongbei, Zhendong and Dingxi as the big ones and the Zhenwu and Zhenwei as the small ones. It has witnessed the history of the brave Haikou people resisting the foreign invaders hundred years ago.
Entrance Fee: CNY 15
How to get there: take Buses No. 31 or 32 to get there
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