Top things to do in Hǎinán

Top Choice Hainan in Hǎikǒu

Ā Bo Pó

Ā Bo Pó means ‘grandma’ in Hainanese, though we’d also translate it as ‘best chicken ever'. Indeed made by a 70-something grandma, the chicken here is buried in sea salt and baked for four hours, then sealed in plas…
Top Choice Market in Sānyà

Sānyà Market #1

Sānyà’s most popular market is ostensibly a place to bargain for cheap and colourful clothes and accessories, but its real appeal lies on the fringes, where food vendors set up shop. Stop for barbecued seafood, gril…
Top Choice Seafood in Bó'áo

Sea Story

Bó’áo’s most famous restaurant is surprisingly un-flashy, cobbled together from driftwood and with a courtyard full of weathered old fishing junks. The kitchen turns out excellent local and Southeast Asian dishes (t…
Hainan in Hǎikǒu

Hǎikǒu Qílóu Snack Street

This marvellous colonial arcade is the repository of many of the street vendors swept off the street in the clean-up campaign and is easily the best place to sample local Hainanese dishes. Buy a prepaid plastic card…
Seafood in Hǎikǒu

Bǎnqiáo Road Seafood Market

For a fresh seafood dinner with lots of noise, smoke and toasting, head to the hectare of tables at the Bǎnqiáo Road Seafood Market, known island-wide. First bargain for the raw ingredients from the market – local o…
Area in Hǎikǒu

Hǎikǒu Old Town

The streets around Zhongshan Lu are a looking glass into Hǎikǒu’s French colonial past, with cobblestone blocks of porticoed row houses – some restored, some charmingly decayed. Though still a work in progress, ‘Old…
Coffee in Xīnglóng

Lín Qīng Gé

In the 1950s a number of overseas Chinese returned from Southeast Asia and settled in Xīnglóng – bringing coffee back with them. Downtown Xīnglóng, around the Xīnglóng Trade Union (兴隆工会; Xīnglóng Gōnghuì) bus stop, …
Mountain in Bǎotíng

Seven Fairy Mountain

Seven Fairy Mountain, named for its dramatic seven pinnacles, is found inside Qī Xiān Lǐng Hot Spring Forest Park. It’s a three-hour return trip to the top of the first point along a stepped path through a dense, he…
Historic Site in Bó'áo

Cai Family Former Residence

This sprawling, and pleasantly decaying, mansion was built in 1934 by several brothers who made their fortune in the Indonesian rubber industry. The building was abandoned in 1937 after the Japanese invaded Hǎinán, …
Volcano in Hǎikǒu

Hǎikǒu Volcanic Cluster Geopark

While this geopark encompasses about 108 sq km of rural countryside, the main attraction here is a corny tourist park surrounding a (genuinely cool) extinct volcano cone. Make haste past the snack stands and gift ki…