6 tried and tested spots worth visiting on Hainan Island this holiday

Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holidays are fast approaching, and many of us are left with the dilemma of “should I stay or should I go?” As well as being a popular song by The Clash, it’s a common question among the Hainan ex-pats leading up to the holidays.

If you are planning to stay on the island for the holidays then you may want to check out these tried and tested destinations below.

Beaches along Binhai – The sandy shores of Hainan’s capital

It would be a fair statement to say that, visiting the beach on a trip to Hainan is high on the list of things to do for travelers.

For some of the long-term ex-pats in town, having a beach on their doorstep largely contributed to their initial decision in moving to Hainan.

Hainan has some fantastic beaches and they are not too far off from the vibrant photoshopped images you’ll see in popular travel magazines or websites selling tour packages.

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Beaches in Haikou city Hainan island

Glamping, a combination of Glamorous and Camping, is where luxury meets the outdoors

Hainan has long been an outdoor adventure playground. Mountains, rivers, pristine shorelines and undiscovered villages are what make Hainan a special place to explore.

Depending on the traveler, there are many ways to discover the outdoors and spend a night in the wilderness.

But unless you are Bear Grylls, you’ll probably want a little more than a pocket knife to get a good night’s rest.

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Glamping and camping in Hainan

3 reasons you may want to visit Lingshui

Haikou and Sanya are the most likely places that spring to mind when thinking about Hainan Island. If you are looking for something a little different and off the beaten track then a trip to Lingshui should be on the cards.

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3 reasons you may want to visit lingshui

A day trip to Wenchang, Hainan Island

Hainan Island has recently changed its policies to allow international tourists the opportunity to get a temporary driving license.  We figured it was time to put some day trip itineraries together to unlock more of Hainan Island.

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One of the best spots for camping on Hainan island.

One of the best spots for camping on Hainan island has got to be the Da guang ba reservoir in Dongfang. Tucked away deep in the Hainan countryside, it’s quite the trek to get to but we think it’s worth it.

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Hidden Pagoda in the Wenchang countryside

Just over the Hai wen bridge lies the Doubing Pagoda, which is located on the main peak of Qixing ridge, Wenchang. 

The tower was built in 1625 (the fifth year of the Tianqi in the Ming dynasty) and rebuilt in 1887 (the 13th year of Guangxu in the Qing dynasty).

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Ancient Pagoda in Wenchang

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Related article: Read our “Unlocking Central Hainan” travel series to find out more about travelling around Hainan by bus

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