Haikou lures you in with its inviting coastline, laid-back beach atmosphere, important historical sites and proximity to nature-themed attractions. Its ancient streets are dotted with coconut trees, outdoor bars and bustling food stalls.
Things to do in Haikou
Soak up the sunshine at the aptly-named Holiday Beach, where six kilometres of shoreline offer water sports, beach volleyball and boating. If you want to try your hand at windsurfing, head to nearby Xixiu Beach Park.
Take a step back in time at Wugong Temple, also called the “Temple of the Five Lords”. It was built in memory of five historical figures of the Tang and Song dynasties. Explore the grounds to admire its lily-filled ponds, winding bridges and exotic palm trees.
If you’re travelling with the kids, take them to the Tropical Ocean World to meet 30,000 colourful tropical fish in the great Merry Ocean. There’s also bungee jumping, water slides, tube rides, a pendulum-like “Flying Man” attraction and a Tropical Rainforest Garden.
Drive 15 kilometres from Haikou’s city centre to reach the UNESCO-listed Shishan Volcanic Park. Covering about 11,000 hectares, the park features more than 40 dormant volcanoes. Go on a thrilling adventure while descending into one of the world’s largest craters and getan up-close look at the ancient lava-rock formations.
Getting around Haikou
The most convenient way to get around Haikou is by bus, taxi or bike. Haikou Meilan International Airport is 25 kilometres from the city centre.