Hainan is China’s smallest province in terms of land area and largest in terms of sea area. In addition, it is the only tropical island province in the country. In 2009, the central government rolled out the strategic program of building an International Tourism Island, with a vision for Hainan to become a world-class tourist destination and leisure resort by 2020. Hainan aims to become a prosperous community, a sweet home for the local people and a vacation paradise for domestic and foreign visitors.
The Water Splashing Festival is a traditional festival of Hainan’s Li and Miao minority people. It’s celebrated every year on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar in Baoting and it usually lasts for three to five days. By starting with a ceremony in the center of town, which then erupts into pandemonium as the entire town plus hundreds of tourists all vie to soak each other with water.
Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out in his visit to Hainan that the biggest advantage and greatest asset of the province is its environment. World-renowned ecologists and officials from United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) agree that the island’s ecology is unique around the world. It is home to world-class geological parks, national forest parks and nature reserves where rare animal and plant species abound and thrive. Its time-honored history gives birth to a unique folk culture and an open and inclusive marine civilization. Nowhere else is to be found such a picturesque and agreeable place where people find peace with themselves, with each other and with nature.
Hainan has been a hub on the Maritime Silk Road since ancient times, linking Asia and Oceania, connecting the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It also sits at the crossroad of maritime routes between Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. With its adjacency to Hong Kong, Macau and the ASEAN countries, Hainan now serves as a bridgehead for China’s opening up and a pivot along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Five gateway ports and the Sanya cruise home port are set to extend the reach of the Maritime Silk Road.
The world’s first round-the-island high-speed railway makes travel more convenient and comfortable. The train service circling the island is in operation in South China’s island province of Hainan. Tourists visiting the Chinese island can now sit back and relax more than ever before. The new high-speed rail-loop links all the stunning scenic spots, and of course, the best places to sample the island's famous cuisine and snacks