Even though the supply of natural pearls from the beds around Hainan’s northern coast dried up at the end of the fifteenth century, pearl products still abound on the island today. From necklaces to bracelets and pendants, beautifully worked local jewelry is readily available.
Nowadays, the pearls are farmed in saltwater ocean beds and individual specimens may grow up up 1.5 cm in diameter. As well as jewelry these beautiful natural objects also find their way into face powder and other cosmetic products.
Value for money hand crafts made form coconut husks, seashells and brightly colored stones can be found all over Hainan Island. These include key fobs, pendants, necklaces, hair grips and brooches. There's also Li Minority Brocade, whether purchased as a functional item of clothing or as an ornament, Li Minority Brocade is the oldest traditional woven cotton cloth available in all of China.
Food & drink
Aside from the abundant local fresh fruits (including bananas, mangostten, lichi, guava, dragon eye fruit, wampi, carambola, apples and durian), Hainan boasts a number of other local specialty food products.
These include coffee (introduce to the island in 1887 from Malaysia and Indonesia) which is grown in Xinlong and Foshan, the famous and fiercely hot Yellow Lantern Pepper (黄灯笼 Huang Deng Long ), and all manner of coconut derived products from milk and powder through to candy. Seafood, from crabs and lobsters through shrimps, fresh and saltwater fish to shellfish, are found in most local markets and restaurants.
Hainan Traditional Music
No matter what the occasion the Miao Minority have a song for it. The lyrics are sung by men or women in exactly the same way. One particular feature of their singing is the many variances in cadence that occur between regions. Changes in pitch are soft, long and faint and tend to linger on. As a result each song takes some time to sing. When engaged in this activity, one person starts and sings four lines of the song. Their partner then sings a reply of four lines and stops. Thereafter they continue in this fashion until the song is finished. These song fall into two categories: those with seven characters per line the style into which the largest number of songs fall, and those with alternating lines of seven characters followed by three characters.
Li music is produced using traditional instruments such as the nose organ (鼻箫), the bow flute (口弓)， single wooden drums(独木皮鼓) and the frog gong.
The Li possess two primary typed of folk song: those sung in standard Han Chinese or Putonghua and those sung in the Li’s own language known as “ Li folk ballads”.
The content of these songs is very varied and includes work, life, live , festive carols, rituals and narrative tales.