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Haikou travel guide

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You're Going to Love Haikou

With approximately 2 million inhabitants, Haikou is the capital of the Hainan province.

The region's tropical climate makes it an ideal tourist destination with many must-see landmarks dotted throughout plus national parks where you can spot different types of animals. The landscape is somewhat mountainous owing to the region's volcanic cluster rocks, which have also formed caves and craters.

With sacred temples to wonder at and even an abandoned village, Sangqing, to wander through, it's easy to lose track of time in Haikou.

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Haikou is generally warm most of the year and attracts both foreign tourists as well as locals. If you're looking for the best weather, November to April is a safe bet, as May through October is the rainy season. June to September can see typhoons hit the city.

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Where to Stay in Haikou

There are many 4-star hotels that are affordable and just as comfortable as their 5-star counterparts. The Hong Yun Hotel and Ming Guang International Grand Hotel Haikou offer a bed and breakfast at decent prices. The rooms are comfortable with good amenities and air conditioning. If you're looking to splash out, the Ritz-Carlton features opulent interiors and a golf course. Great food and nightlife can be found along Guomao Road, while historical Bo'ai Road has tong lau-style buildings and lots of shopping opportunities.

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Bo'ai Road is packed with shops where you can find almost everything, from food to fabric and even pets. There are also a number of malls around town, such as State Parkway on the city Mall, Pearl Plaza, and Taoling Mall, while Haixiu Avenue is great for souvenirs.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

There are a few Rt-Marts and Carrefour hypermarkets around town, where you can pick up all kinds of grocery and food items as well as toiletries. As a guide, a quart of milk costs CNY8 and two pounds of potatoes is CNY9.

Where to Eat in Haikou

You can indulge in Hokkienese, Cantonese, and Southeast Asian cooking in Haikou. Dishes are often centered around seafood, and restaurants along the coast offer stunning views of the beach. Head to the restaurant-meets-market area on Banqiao Road where you can select food and fresh produce directly from the adjacent market and hand it over to chefs who will cook it for you on the spot; the menu here ranges from rice to cobra snakes and seafood. Haida South Gate Snack Food St mainly focuses on street food, and it has more than 40 stalls from which to pick. A decent meal can be had in Haikou for between CNY20 and CNY70.

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