Haikou Travel Guide

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Haikou is the capital city of Hainan Province, and serves as a trade and communication center. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Haikou served as a communications hub between Hainan Island and the mainland. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Haikou became a trading port, the south gate to China, and a major link between China and the outside world.


Haikou is located on the northern coast of Hainan Island, facing the mainland's Leizhou Peninsula. The sea surrounds it on three sides. It is the biggest city in Hainan Province, with a population of 6.31 million. It is known as the "coconut city" and "a pearl on a treasure island" for its graceful coconut palms and sparkling sea scenery.

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Haikou has long sandy beaches, sampan racing facilities and well-preserved volcanic remains. There are numerous marine mangrove forests and several hot springs in or near the city. Historical and cultural sites in the area include the Wugong Shrine, Hairui Tomb, the Qiongtai Academy and the Xiuying Battery.


Haikou lies in a tropical area with a tropical marine climate. It is warm in spring with little rain, hot in summer with an abundance of rain, and cool in the winter. Typhoons and torrential rain are common in autumn. Most days are sunny and the average temperature is 23.5C (72F), with the maximum of about 28C (86F) and a minimum of about 18C (66F).

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