Cycling & Biking in Hainan

Cycling & biking in Hainan Island, routes and tips

These cycling routes in Hainan have been developed by Hou Shuyuan, and Chen Qicheng and translated into English by tropicalhainan.com. Following that there's a general introduction for everything you need to know for a safe and enjoyable cycling holiday in Hainan.

 

Cycling routes Hainan
Cycling in Hainan

Hainan Station 517

January 2013, Hou Shuyuan, 27, went for a cycling trip in Hainan province to celebrate being enrolled as a postgraduate student in advertising at Chongqing Technology and Business University. During the trip, she met her future husband, Chen Qicheng, 31, from Wanning, Hainan province, and also spotted a business opportunity.

Hou decided to remain in Hainan, "For love", she said with a smile. I decided to settle down here because of my boyfriend.
The two started work on their business venture. With limited startup capital, they rented a rundown villa in an outlying part of Haikou, the capital of Hainan province.

The renovation work cost more than 100,000 yuan ($16,350). Part of the money came from their savings, while the rest was borrowed from friends. After the decorating was completed, the couple bought 30 mountain bikes and opened their cycle rental and accommodations business in February 2013.

Cycling in Hainan
Cycling in Hainan
Cycling in Hainan

Haikou Station 517 location

Haikou station 517 youth hostel consists two villas with a total of 70 beds, dorm style and single and twin rooms. There’s a spacious and comfortable outdoor area with entertainment facilities.

Their stated aim is to "provide a comfortable, warm home to cycling enthusiasts from all over the world" and it's the first station on the cycling route around the island.

They provide mountain bikes, road bikes and electric bikes which can be returned at other station hostels around the Island, (Wenchang, Boao, Xinglong, Shenzhou and Sanya)

Room and prices: dorm bed 35-45 yuan/person,

single room 108-128 yuan: twin room 118-138 yuan

Telephone: 0898-66217315, 17789797517 (the same WeChat number)

Bike rental telephone: 18289360470 / 189647066 (the same WeChat number)

Address: Xiyuan villa, Xinbu island, Haikou city (Baidu map search for Haikou station 517 youth hostel) blue dot on the map.

Here's the address in Chinese to show to a taxi driver:

地址:海口市新埠岛西苑别墅(百度地图搜海口517驿站即可导航)

Things to do while in Haikou:

Click HERE to discover some of the attractions and things to do while in Haikou.

Haikou to Wenchang

 

Route information

Starting point:     Xiyuan villa, Xinbu island, Haikou city (blue dot on the map above)

Destination:         east suburb of Wenchang coconut villa 26

Distance:               approx. 70 km

Cycling time:        Plan for 6 hours not including stops for lunch etc

Emergency No:    18289360470 / 189647066

Important Note:  Not all staff speak English, (and some of the English speaking staff only work part time) make sure you get the telephone number of someone who can speak English before you set out.

Hainan Station 517 provide emergency assistance to cyclists but it goes without saying, plan and prepare well before setting out!

Wenchang Station 517

Wenchang station 517

Cycling in Wenchang

Wenchang station 517 youth hostel is located in Wenchang coconut grove at the end of the peninsula, opposite Qinglan harbor and mangrove reserve, (get the ferry from No. 1 on the map). It's a cottage style hostel by the sea and very quiet. There's a wooden pontoon out into the sea, and at night it's a good spot to drink a beer, relax with the cool sea breezes and watch the stars. If you like seafood, there are many good local restaurants within walking distance. The station provide guests with: accommodation, bicycle repairs and simple maintenance, local beers, route information & information on local attractions. They also have kayak rental, and can arrange chartered boats etc.

Room and prices:

Dorm beds 45 yuan/person,

Single room 168 yuan

Twin room 168 yuan

Triple room 188 yuan

Sea view family suite 268 yuan.

Where to get the ferry

Directions

Address: Wenchang Station 517, east suburb of Wenchang coconut grove,  coconut villa 26

Telephone No.: 15109868500

Ferry: Go to Qinglan harbour & the ferry station,  The ferry costs 5 yuan/person, 2 yuan for bicycles.

Address in Chinese: 文昌市东郊椰林白头尾碧海椰都26号别墅

Qinglan Harbour

Common room

Hostels in Wenchang

Pontoon

Window view

Route 2: Wenchang to Bo'ao

 

Route information

Starting point:     Wenchang Station 517, east suburb of Wenchang coconut grove,  coconut villa 26

Destination:         22 Yudai street, Boao town, Qionghai city

Distance:               approx. 64 km

Cycling time:        Plan for 5- 6 hours not including stops for lunch etc

Emergency No:    17784608517

Important Note: 

Get a traditional local experience

Bo'ao Station 517:

Get a genuine traditional local experience by staying at their (slightly) renovated traditional fisherman's cottage. Not for you? no worries they have a more modern hostel just 200 metres down the road.

Traditional Hainan fisherman's cottage

Traditional fisherman’s cottage Hainan

Traditional fisherman's cottage Hainan

Traditional fisherman’s cottage Hainan

Traditional fisherman’s cottage Hainan

Bo’ao Station 517 youth hostel is in the paradise town of Boao, Qionghai, a minute’s walk from the beach (also famous for the Bo'ao Asia Forum). There are two hostels available, the older one is a converted fisher man’s house constructed from old style gray bricks and tiles and retains its old style atmosphere.

The newer one has a literature theme and the hostels are about 200 meters apart. What makes Bo’ao Station 517 special is both of the owners are travel enthusiasts. Shensheng is a serious cyclist, he has biked all around east, central and south China. In 2015 he cycled from Xinjiang to Tibet.

Jane has backpacked solo around Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, and half of China. Her photographs, travel notes and diary records lend a nice atmosphere to the hostel, if you can read Chinese 🙂

Rooms and prices: Dorm bed about 40-45yuan/person. (AC & private bathroom)

The new hostel address: 22 Yudai street, Boao town, Qionghai city

The old address: 22 Dongning street, Boao town, Qionghai city

Phone N0: 17784608517    5390030 (Jane’s Wechat number)

 

Bo'ao Station 517 location

Bo’ao Station 517

Bo'ao Station 517

Bo’ao Station 517

Bo'ao Station 517

Bo’ao Station 517

Bo'ao Station 517

Bo’ao Station 517

Bo'ao Station 517

Bo’ao Station 517

General introduction to biking in Hainan:

Biking all the way around Hainan island is not only possible, but has become something of a rite of passage for bikers in Hainan. The entire route is about 900 km long. Get started along the East coast of Hainan, where development is relatively advanced. Once you’ve got the hang of Hainan by biking the east coast, head back along the West coast, which is more rugged and challenging. If you really have something to prove, try the central Hainan route. The mountains will punish you, but the sense of accomplishment and the scenery are both worth it.

Best time to bike:

While it’s possible to bike Hainan year round, the best season is winter. In January and February the weather is cool and refreshing without being cold.

Biking competitions:

Every year several major bike competitions are held in Hainan, including the China Mountain Bike Open and the Tour of Hainan.

Tour of Hainan

The Tour of Hainan was founded in 2006. Since then, every year the course has been changed and improved, and the Tour takes riders along the coast, through lush rainforests, over city streets and village roads, giving them a real taste of Hainan’s many scenic landscapes. Top bikers from around the world come to compete at the Tour of Hainan every year.Cycling Tour of Hainan

Biking Hainan’s East Coast:

Chase the setting sun through the palm trees

The East coast route is the number one biking route in Hainan, where most cyclists choose to begin their Hainan biking adventure. This route has excellent road conditions, low difficulty, and sweeping ocean views. Starting from Haikou, you will ride through Wenchang, Qionhai, Wanning, and Lingshui before arriving in Sanya. Most of the route follows the coastline, and is lined with swaying palm trees. There are many cultural and historic sites to visit along the way, as well as plenty of shops, restaurants, and hotels to take care of your every need.

Total distance:420 km.

Riding difficulty:Low

Central Hainan Biking Route: Mountains and Minority Culture

The first thing you need to know about biking the Central Hainan route is that it is full of steep mountain roads, which means this route is best left to the experienced and skilled biker. Those up to the challenge will ride through thick rainforests and discover the beating heart of Hainan’s Li and Miao minority cultures. There are less restaurants, shops, and hotels here, so make sure to stock up on everything you need when you get a chance. The road conditions are good on the central route however, with mainly asphalt and cement road surfaces. The Tunchang section is fairly flat, but the rest of the route is up and down the whole way. The Central route passes through Wuzhishan, Baoting, Tongshi, Qiongshong, and Tunchang. These are fairly rural areas where most of the inhabitants are Li and Miao, and you’ll get to really experience the vibrant culture of these minority peoples.

Total distance: 300 km.

Riding difficulty: Medium to High

Biking Hainan’s West Coast: Wild and Rugged

The West Coast biking route is the longest of the three main routes in Hainan. Road conditions north of Dongfang are not good, and the pavement is often broken or rough. However, road conditions improve greatly south of Dongfang. The whole route is a bit hilly, but none of the slopes are too steep, meaning the route should be ok for most riders. The West coast of Hainan is much less developed than the East, and the scenery is much more rugged and natural. Starting from Haikou, you’ll pass through Danzhou, Changjiang, Dongfang, and Yacheng before arriving in Sanya.

Total distance: 450 km.

Riding difficulty: Medium

Specific route recommendations

Central to East Route (G224-G223)

 

  1. Day 1: Haikou – Tunchang 110 km. Day 2: Fengmu, Tunchang – Maoyang, Wuzhishan 82.3 km.

    Day 3 Maoyang, Wuzhishan – Sanya 109 km.Day 4: Sanya – Xinglong, Wanning 114 km.

    Day 5: Xinglong – Longlou, Wenchang 160 km.Day 6: Longlou – Puqian – Yanfeng – Haikou 120 km.

    Recommended stopovers

    1. Muse Lake, Fengmu Town (G224 110KM marker)is a great camping spot. Check out Leigong Beach in the morning (1 km. mountain road).

    2. See the Yahu Rice Terraces across the river from Maoyang Town.

    3. Soak in the hot springs in Xinglong.

    4. Camp at Tongguling’s Xiao’ao Bay in Longlou.

    5. Turn on S203 at the 7KM marker, and go into Mulan Bay to see the northernmost point in Hainan and Asia’s second tallest lighthouse.

    6. Take a boat ride from Puqian to Yanfeng.

    Food and Accommodations

    1. There is lodging at Fengmu Town, but no restaurants at Muse Lake.

    2. There are two small hotels in Maoyang Town (0898-86720698), and several places to eat.

    3. There are 60 beds available at Laobanzhang Hostel, but there is plenty more cheap accommodation available near the Bus Terminus in the Jiefang Road area of Sanya.

    4. There are many places to stay in Xinglong. Prices are reasonable and many places have swimming pools. There is food available in the Old Street area.

    5. There is plenty of accommodation in Longlou, and a hotel room averages 80 RMB. There are also quite a few restaurants, but there is only a small shop in Xiao’ao Bay, no other food options.

    6. There is a small shop in Mulan Bay, some restaurants in Linwu, and seafood is available in Puqian.

    West to East Route (G225-G223)

    Day 1: Haikou – Danzhou 132 km.Day 2. Danzhou to Dongfang 118 km.

    Day 3: Dongfang – Sanya 162 km.Day 4: Sanya to Xinglong, Wanning 114 km.

    Day 5: Xinglong to Longlou, Wenchang 160 km.Day 6: Longlou – Puqian – Yanfeng – Haikou 120 km.

    Recommended stopovers

    1. Stop to drink locally grown coffee in Fushan Town.

    2. Lanyang Hot Springs, Danzhou (16 km. from Danzhou), Songtang Reservoir, Danzhou (inscription from Zhou Enlai)

    3. Jianfeng Rainforest is worth a visit, stay for 1-2 days.

    4. Soak in the hot springs in Xinglong.

    5. Camp at Xiao’ao Bay in Tongguling, Longlou.

    6. Turn on S203 at the 7KM marker, and go into Mulan Bay to see the northernmost point in Hainan and Asia’s second tallest lighthouse.

    7. Take a boat ride from Puqian to Yanfeng.

    Food and Accommodation

    1. Eat lunch in Fushan, where there are plenty of restaurants.

    2. There are plenty of hotels in the area around the Danzhou Bus station, and a hotel room averages 80 RMB.

    3. Hotel rooms in Dongfang average 80 RMB.

    4. There are 60 beds available at Laobanzhang Hostel, but there is plenty more cheap accommodation available near the Bus Terminus in the Jiefang Road area of Sanya.

    5. There are many places to stay in Xinglong. Prices are reasonable and many places have swimming pools. There is food available in the Old Street area.

    6. There is plenty of accommodation in Longlou, and a hotel room averages 80 RMB. There are also quite a few restaurants, but there is only a small shop in Xiao’ao Bay, no other food options.

    7. There is a small shop in Mulan Bay, some restaurants in Linwu, and seafood is available in Puqian.

    Ride all 3 routes: (G225-G224-G223)

    Day 1: Haikou – Danzhou 132 km.Day 2: Danzhou – Maoyang 118 km.

    Day 3: Maoyang – Sanya 109 km.Day 4: Sanya – Xinglong, Wanning 114 km.

    Day 5: Xinglong – Longlou, Wenchang 160 km.Day 6: Longlou – Puqian – Yanfeng – Haikou 120 km.

    Recommended stopovers

    1. Stop to drink locally grown coffee in Fushan Town.

    2. Danzhou Lanyang Hot Springs (16 km from Danzhou), Danzhou Songtao Reservoir

    3. Yingge Ridge

    4. Yahu Rice Terraces, Maoyang Town

    5. Atuo Ridge

    6. Tonggu Ridge

    7. Mulan Bay

    8. Puqian Fishing Boats

    Food and Accommodations

    1. Eat lunch in Fushan, where there are plenty of restaurants.

    2. There are plenty of hotels in the area around the Danzhou Bus station, and a hotel room averages 80 RMB.

    3. There are two small hotels in Maoyang Town (0898-86720698), and plenty of places to eat.

    4. There are 60 beds available at Laobanzhang Hostel, but there is plenty more cheap accommodation and food available near the Bus Terminus in the Jiefang Road area of Sanya.

    5. There are many places to stay in Xinglong. Prices are reasonable and many places have swimming pools. There is food available in the Old Street area.

    6. There is plenty of accommodation in Longlou, and a hotel room averages 80 RMB. There are also quite a few restaurants, but there is only a small shop in Xiao’ao Bay, no other food options.

    7. There is a small shop in Mulan Bay, some restaurants in Linwu, and seafood is available in Puqian.

  2. Riding Hainan’s Greenways

    Cycling Hainan’s Greenways

    Shishan Greenways, Haikou 海口 石山绿道

    Shishan Greenway is a total of 44 km. long, and includes the Haikou Volcano Park, travelling through an excellent natural environment with many cultural and historical points of interest and waterfront views. This is an eco-tourism treasure, showing off the beauty of the local Haikou countryside.

  3. Biking Hainan’s Greenways

    Yanfeng Greenways, Haikou 海口 演丰绿道

    The Yanfeng Mangrove Forest Greenways stretch over 20 km., with service stations along the way. The Greenways travel along the coast, with the ocean on one side, and a flourishing mangrove forest on the others. Here you will see rare migrating birds as well as many other animals that make their home in the mangroves.

  4. Cycling routes in Hainan

    Bamen Greenways, Wenchang 文昌 八门湾绿道

    The total length of the Bamen Greenways is 54 km., with the main route traversing 45 km., and branch routes adding another 9 km. The Bamen Greenways travel through lush mangrove forests, and offer an ecological countryside route past historical points of interest, through farming and fishing villages and wild lands, and under waving palm tree branches.

  5. Cycling routes in Hainan

    Longshouyang Rural Park, Qionghai  琼海龙寿洋万亩田野公园

    Round trip distance is 25 km., and the route passes rural vegetable fields, fruit orchards, simple village homes, ancient wells, rice paddies, and unique wetlands, giving riders an immersive Hainan countryside experience.

  6. Cycling routes in Hainan

    Bailibai Village, Ding’an 定安 百里百村

    This route is over 60 km. long, starting from Longmen Town in the north and ending at Murui Mountain Revolutionary Commemorative Park in the south, passing through Longmen Town, Lingkou Town, Hanlin Town, Longhe Town and Zhongrui Farm. Along with these four towns, riders will travel through over 100 unique and charming small villages.

  7. Riding Clubs and Bike Hostels

    Hainan Apex Bike Club 海南鼎点自行车俱乐部

    Address: Intersection of Fengxiang Rd. and S. Zhongshan Rd., Haikou / #5 Hedong Rd., Sanya 海口凤翔路与中山南路交汇处/三亚河东路5号

    Phone: +86-13648655892/+86-898 88261164

    Hainan Pioneer Bike Club 海南开拓者自行车俱乐部

    Address: #3 N. Longkun Rd., Longhua District, Haikou 海口市龙华区龙昆北路3号

    Phone: +86-898-66567333

    Haikou 517 Hostel 海口517驿站

    Address: Xiyuan Villa, Xinbu Island, Haikou

    Phone: +86-898-66217315

    Haikou Manqi Bike Hostel

    Address: # 73 Xincheng Rd., Sanya Bay 三亚湾新城路73号

    Phone: +86-898-88917665

    Wenchang Tianya Bike Hostel 文昌天涯骑驴逍遥驿站

    Address: # 186 Qingling Rd., Wencheng Town 文城镇庆龄路186号

    Phone: +86-898-63256000

    Bo’ao Backlight Bike Hostel 博鳌逆光驿站

    Address: Wenhua St., Bo’ao Town 博鳌镇文化街

    Phone: +86-18656012360

    Island Bike Hostel 海岛骑驴驿站

    Address: # 318 Yangguang Baluoke Mall, Minzhong Rd., Nada, Danzhou, Hainan 那大人民中路318号-阳光巴洛克商城内

    Phone: +86-18976089899

    Xinglong 517 Bike Hostel 兴隆517驿站

    Address: Tianweidui, Donghe Farm, Wanning 万宁东和农场田尾队

    Phone: +86-13337679710

  8. Biking Essentials

    Cycling in Hainan

    1. Bike helmet: soft foam biking helmet to protect from head injuries

    2. Bandanas: wear under your helmet to soak up sweat, and use the spares to wipe off road dirt and dust

    3. Biking sunglasses: if you choose sunglasses with changeable lenses, you can choose the best lens for the lighting conditions.

    4. Biking clothing: make sure you have comfortable, well fitting biking clothing to wear on your trip. Check the weather forecast to see if you need warm clothing or cool. All clothing should be breathable and sweat-wicking.

    5. Sunscreen: the sun is intense in Hainan all year round, and the highest possible SPF sunscreen is essential. It should be reapplied every few hours. If you can’t get good sunscreen, make sure to wear sun blocking clothing over all exposed skin.

    6. Gloves: biking gloves are thicker across the palms, and can reduce injury in case of a crash.

    7. Backpack or waist pack: a small pack can help you carry essentials like a change of clothing, snacks, or cash and cell phone.

    8. Biking shorts: special biking shorts are padded, and can make long rides more comfortable. Wear padded biking pants instead if you are coming in the winter.

    9. Biking socks: biking socks should be comfortable and cool, able to wick sweat and dry quickly.

    10. Ankle bands: bind your pant leg to keep in from getting caught in the bike chain. This will keep your clothes from getting dirty or torn, as well as keep you safe from crashing.

    11. Biking shoes: biking shoes should allow you to grip the pedal securely, and protect your feet from injury.

    12. Shoe covers: shoe covers can reduce wind drag as well as keeping your shoes clean.

  9. Bike Equipment

    1. Bike pump: a small portable bike pump should fit on the front fork for easy access.

    2. Handlebar bag: a handlebar bag is a convenient place to keep small essential items for easy access.

    3. Bike lights and reflectors: bike lights and reflectors improve your visibility during low light or nighttime riding conditions.

    4. Horn: a horn is essential for safe riding, and should be easy to reach and loud enough to warn others of your presence.

    5.Triangle frame bag: this small bag attaches directly to the bike frame, giving you an additional convenient storage option.

    6. Water bottle: attach a water bottle to the bike frame, and refill often to keep hydrated.

  10. Hainan biking tips

    Cycling in Hainan

    1. Do your research before your ride. Some roads may be being repaired, so be sure to check in advance. Getting an up to date weather report daily is also recommended.

    2. Avoid night riding whenever possible, especially on roads without adequate lighting, as this is very dangerous.

    3. It’s easy to overheat when biking in summer. Wear plenty of sunscreen, hydrate frequently, and pay close attention to your condition. Take rest breaks in the shade whenever necessary, and avoid riding in the hottest part of the day.

    4. Shift gears when riding hills.

    5. Make sure your bike seat is comfortable for long rides.

    6. Carry some high calorie snacks to replenish your strength along the way, and make sure to buy replacements when you are in larger towns, as there may not be shops or restaurants in the countryside.

    7. Remember to take frequent rest breaks, and don’t push yourself to the point of exhaustion, and choose safe stopping points away from traffic.

    8. Don’t ride too far on the first day of a multi-day trip. Gradually increase your daily distance as circumstances allow.

    9. Check your bike, clothing, and equipment before you set off each day and during each rest stop, especially the brakes.

    10. For safety, ride with others whenever possible. Don’t leave bikes or other valuable equipment unattended at any time.

    11. There are many local minority groups living in various parts of Hainan, please respect their unique culture and customs.

    12. It’s not recommended to ride between noon and 2 PM, as the heat is too intense and it’s easy to get sunstroke.

    13. Highways often skirt cities, if you are looking for food or lodging you may need to exit the highway.

    14. Rainy weather tips:

    Loosen your shoulders and arms to prevent crashes in slippery road conditions.

    Don’t brake suddenly, especially while turning, to prevent slipping.

    Watch out for splashes and sprays of water from other vehicles.

    Wear riding goggles or carry a rag to wipe away excess water from your eyes.

    Keep warm by drinking hot liquids and drying your clothing whenever possible.

    Avoid riding through deep puddles, as there may be hidden dangers lurking unseen in the water.

    Reproduced with permission from The Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission