Dongzhaigang Mangrove Natural Reserve is approximately 30 km east of central Haikou. Half-submerged tropical trees cover the coastal area that extends over 50 km along the coast, making an impressive sight. The area is also a haven for about 150 species of birds, who make the mangrove jungle their home. Dongzhaigang Mangrove Natural Reserve is the first and also the largest of its kind.
Located on the northern coast of Hainan Island, Haikou is the provincial capital of Hainan. Before the 1990s, when Hainan was but a remote part of Guangdong province, Haikou was a relatively quiet, insignificant mid-sized city. Since then, with the creation of Hainan Province and rapid growth of tourism on the island, Haikou has grown substantially and has served as an important stop for many tourists on their way to various resort areas on Hainan Island. The city is 33 km across the Qiongzhou Strait from the mainland China.
Dongzhaigang Mangrove Natural Reserve
Fort Xiuying (Xiuying Paotai) was built in the late 19th century, in the aftermath of the Sino-French war. The fort occupies 3 hectares of land and is consisted of five gun turrets, which are equipped with Krupp-made canons. The fort is located in western Haikou.
Haikou Geological Park of Volcanic Craters
Over 13,000 years ago, there were numerous volcanoes in the northern region of what is today Hainan Island. Testifying to what happened back then are the 30-odd volcanic craters that are situated 15 km southwest of Haikou. Today, these volcanic craters make the main attraction of a geological park.
Haikou Vacation Beach
Haikou Jiari Haitan (Haikou Vacation Beach) is the prime beach of Haikou that lies northwest of the city. Measured 7 km in length, the beach is a popular place for swimming, sunbathing, boating, dinning, theater-going and other recreational activities. One can also just come here to while time away amidst white sand, blue sea, and beautiful coconut trees. The beach is located 10 km from the city center.
Hainan Tropical Wildlife Park
Hainan Tropical Wildlife Park (Hainan Redai Yesheng Dongzhiwuyuan) is located 27 km south of Haikou. Occupying 1.3 sq. km of land, it presents over 200 specicies of animals that roam the ground of the park, among them lions,rhinos, alligator... The park is also a botanical garden that showcase tropical plants.
Temple of Five Lords
Built in the 19th century, Temple of Five Lords (Wu Gong Ci) is located in the southeastern district of Haikou. The temple was established to honor five prominent ministers and scholars of the Tang and Song dynasties (7th-13th century) who lived in Hainan as exiles. Today, the temple is one of the several traditional buildings that together form a garden-like scenic area, occupying 7 hectares of land.
Tomb of Lord Hai Rui
Famed for his loyalty and uprightness, Hai Rui was a minister and judge who lived in the 16th century, back in the Ming Dynasty. A legend in Chinese history and folklore, Lord Hai Rui was a native of Hainan Island. His tomb, Hai Rui Mu, is part of a memorial park that includes a hundred-meter long "spirit way", a monument established in the 16th century, and a small museum that highlights his life. The tomb is located in the southwestern part of Haikou.
Wanlyuyuan Evergreen Park
Located on the northern seashore of Haikou and occupying 85 hectares (200 acres) of land, Wanlyuyuan is a urban park that features tropical and subtropical plants. The garden-like park combines greens, sandy beach and recreation facilities such as playgrounds, amusement park, and golf courses.
Haikou Meilan International Airport is 15 km southeast of Haikou. Transportation: shuttle buses, city buses, and taxis.