With distinctive blue glaze office towers that rise high above the busy and bustling streets, Hakiou City is easily distinguishable as the capital city of Hainan Province and the island's political, business, and financial center. But, Haikou City which means mouth of the sea is also an inviting tree lined tropical port city and part of a thriving area that welcomes sightseers, holiday makers, as well as business travelers.
Haikou City is the provincial administrative center of Hainan as well as being the focus of the culture, local economy, and the transportation. Haikou stands at the northern end of Hainan Island on the west bank of the Nandu River estuary. This river is the longest river on the island and its name meaning mouth of the sea is the correct name for Haikou City. The downtown area of the city has an excellent environment and the streets are lined with coconut palms. Her there are popular and convenient public transportation facilities and has the best that there is to offer in a tropical seaside city that is pollution free and that meets the needs of the tourists in a friendly and welcoming way.
Besides its natural resources, Haikou City has a number of sights of the building called the first building under the heavens with is one of the historical sites that are of interest. There is also The Wuogong Temple, which is the five official temples and known as the first building under the heavens, the admirable Quongtai Academy of Classical Learning, the Tomb of Hai Rui, and Xiuyang Emplacement all serve as reminders of the historical importance of Haikou City.
Rich in tradition and alive with its own distinguished culture, Haikou City or the city of coconut palms is certain must see destination. Of particular interest is the six kilometer long Holiday Beach and XIXIU Beach where the national sailing and windsurfing teams train and to hold competitions , a wide variety of hotels, and a great amount of excellent restaurant that seemingly offers unlimited choices in local, regional, and international cuisine. Also, on tap is great shopping and interesting nightlife.
Because of the nature of its location on an island at the northern end of the tropics, Haikou City and the Haikou Climate is a beneficial monsoon tropical climate. The average temperature ranges from 17.2 degrees Celsius tin January to 28.4 degrees Celsius in July. The average annual sunlight in Haikou City is about 2,600 hours and the average annual rainfall is 1,300 millimeters. The visitors to this city will receive pleasant conditions and clear skies most of the year.
No trip is complete without the chance to savor tempting local food and a chance to shop. For anyone coming to Haikou City seafood is certainly a must. However, the city is also prized for its other signature dishes. There are four dishes to delight the gourmet and they shouldn't be missed. They are Wenchang Chicken, Dingshang Mutton, Jiajai Duck, and Helene Crab. There is an abundance of fresh local frits such as mangos, pineapples, jackfruits, coconuts, caramboa, pawpaw, lichee, loquat, raspberry, and passion fruit. These are the fruits that you will wish to take home with you.
Today, Haikou City has a permanent population of about 650,000 and a floating population in excess of 200,000. Haikou City is truly a multi cultural city that is made up with a variety of nationalities that are all warm and friendly.