"Hainan Island" Haikou by xiquinho

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Hainan Island

No longer known as the place of exile, as it was in ancient times, Haikou (Hainan Island), a Special Economic Zone and one of China's most unspoiled natural regions, is now a thriving tourist destination. Often referred to as the "Hawaii of China" for its tropical climate and vegetation, the island features miles of sandy beaches, verdant mountains, agricultural land and primal wilderness. This relaxing and sparsely populated area has many resorts and interesting landmarks, which include the Haikou harbour, arguably the best place in China to see traditional sailing junks.

Hainan is a paradise for seafood lovers, with prawns, crabs, rock lobsters, abalones and shark's fin, all complimented by spicy Southeast Asian sauces. Haikou's markets offer interesting carved stones, model junks and woodcarving, as well as silk and bamboo ware. In addition to its abundant agricultural resources, the island is estimated to produce 1,700 barrels a day of oil off the north coast, and a vast natural gas field is being developed off the southern coast.

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