Haikou is one of China’s less developed cities, which means its buildings and streets retain a quaint, charming quality, the air is clear the pollution is bearable, and the number of tourists is not overwhelming and confusing. And with Tiger Holidays, you can be there in no time – to enjoy one of the world’s unlikeliest tropical paradises.
Must do things in Haikou:
Sure, everybody will tell you what to visit and where to take pictures, but, precisely because it’s somewhat off the main path, Haikou offers a lot of opportunities to simply enjoy yourself without feeling pressured to do all the touristy stuff. So, have fun and…
- Feed the ligers at the Hainan Tropical Wildlife Park and Botanical Garden – especially if you’re traveling with children, this is a unique combination of zoo and safari that gets you very close to all sorts of animals. Not for devout eco-activists, though, the conditions for the animals are not the very best possible.
- Visit Hairui’s Tomb, the Wugong Temple, and the Hainan Museum to cross the cultural sites off your list. (They’re worth your time, even the museum, for the building, if not the exhibits themselves.)
- Step into an extinct volcano at the Geological Park.
- Eat freshly caught wild lobster – it’s supposed to be the best in the world!
- Stroll through the streets of the Old City. Walk in the courtyards, where you see them open, to see some prime examples of architecture, and try the food (not the best food court in China, but you’ll find some great variety here).
- Drink from a freshly cut coconut. Do it on your first day in Haikou – coconuts are everywhere, you’ll soon grow tired of them.
- Save a turtle. Sea Turtles 911 is the only organization that promotes the conservation of sea turtles in China, and you can donate or even volunteer a few hour for them.
- Enjoy the traffic. If this is not your first time in China, you’ve surely noticed that traffic regulations act more like guidelines, and drivers are fairly open to improvisation and creativity. Even by Chinese standards, the traffic in Haikou is a nightmare. Stay safe, and always leave plenty of time to get anywhere – being in a hurry will get you in trouble.
- Go to the beach – not in muddy Haikou, but in Sanya, about half a day away.
Book your accommodations and your Tiger Holidays ticket now. Haikou has a variety of hotels, to suit every budget, but the number of rooms available is fairly small for a coastal city, and they are given away quickly.
When to Visit Haikou
The best months for your trip are November through April. Try to avoid especially July and September, when the rains are more than frequent, and they can turn quickly into severe storms that wreak havoc in their path.
It’s never too early to start planning – check out Tiger Holidays’s tickets for Haikou – and, while you’re on our site, remember to have a look at the special offers. You’ll always find inspiration for your vacation plans with us.