Banqiao Seafood Market

Seafood in Haikou

For a fresh seafood dinner with lots of noise, smoke and toasting, head to the hectare of tables at the Banqiao Seafood Market, known island-wide. First bargain for the raw ingredients from the market – local oysters for ¥5 or enormous tiger prawns for ¥20 per 100g – and then have one of the restaurants cook it up for you.

It’s best to go with a group; prices average ¥50 per person (not including beer), although there are also small stalls selling noodles and Wenchang chicken for individual diners.

Banquiao Lu is about 3km south of the city centre. A taxi to the market from downtown costs ¥15.