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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…
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, …
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, …
Gardens in Xīnglóng

Xīnglóng Tropical Botanical Gardens

What sounds like another of Hǎinán’s many tourist traps is actually a worthy retreat: a network of largely traffic-free lanes – where you're more likely to run into a butterfly than a motorbike – snaking through hil…
Indonesian in Xīnglóng

Xīng Xīn Gé

There’s no menu here: just pop into the kitchen and point to whichever of the Indonesian-style stews and curries looks (or smells!) the best. In the afternoon, stop by for coffee and qī céng gāo (七层糕), 'seven layer’…
Seafood in Bó'áo

Áogōng Hǎixiān Chéng

Come see what the local fishing boats haul in, and then splash out on a spread of fresh seafood. Pick and choose from among the tanks, which helpfully have prices listed – so you know how much that giant lobster wil…
Beach in Shíméi Bay & Rì Yuè Bay

Rì Yuè Bay

If you like your ocean slate-blue and reckless (and largely resort free), Rì Yuè Bay is for you. Colour is provided by local surfers rather than the usual flotilla of inflatable children’s toys. The beachside restau…
Cafe in Bó'áo

Lǎo Wood Coffee Rest Area

The owner of this cafe, a local dancer and art administrator, literally had a traditional old stone house taken apart and reassembled on Bó’áo’s coastal path to make his dream of opening a stylish cafe come true. In…
Beach in Bó'áo

Bó’áo Bay

Bó’áo’s beach is a long, narrow strip of golden sand, just a few hundred metres east of the town’s main road. If you plan to swim, head at least 500m north to avoid dangerous currents. The best stretches are even fu…
Buddhist Monastery in Bó'áo

Bó’áo Temple

The highlight of this modern Buddhist temple complex, 3km west of the town centre, is the enormous statue of the many-armed and many-headed Guanyin, the towering pagoda, and the views over the delta. Bus 2 continues…