Haikou

 

 

Haikou

 

Haikou is the capital of Hainan province, P.R.C. It is situated on the north coast of Hainan. The northern part of the city is the district Haidian Island, which is separated from the main part of Haikou by the Haidean River, a branch of the Nandu.

 

Haikou was originally a port city. It still plays a important part in the trading and many goods goes through the he ports.

But today Hainan is one of the tourist meccas of China with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Many international Hotels are located on the beach site.

 

Arriving at Haikou 

Hainan is not to far from Hong Kong, it takes only a 1.5 h flight to Haikou. I applied directly in Hong Kong by the Chines authority for my Tourist visa which got issued after 3 days, the process was very convenient and easy, pass photos could be made on the premisses and copies which are needed too, you need some extra cash for the extras.

As soon i arrived at Hainan International Airport I felt the difference of the heat, it is much warmer and little more humid, I felt it very comfortable. From the Airport I took a taxi to my accommodation, Sheraton Hotel  we drove for around 45 mins and the taxi driver charged me 160 RMB. The Hotel is directly beside  the beach, even so the out door facilities are in a top condition.

Climate

 Haikou is on the northern edge of the torrid zone, and is part of the international Inter-tropical zone. April to October is the active zone for tropical storms and typhoons, most of them occur from August to September. May to October is the rainy season with the most rainfall.

Despite his location, the city has a subtropical climate with some strong monsoonal influences. However the area has hot summers and warm winters, usually with high humidity.. Extreme temperatures can range from 2.8 to 39.6 C. From June thru October torrential rain may occur, with 7 days annual rain fall.

Nightlife

Haikou has a very active nightlife that continues each evening until dawn. Bars are patronized until after midnight. Road side BBQ sites are very common through the city and offer some snack food even full meals, I dried few of the stands the food was very tasty a very good option if there is not much time to go for a restaurant for lunch or dinner.  Sometimes they comprise tables, plastic chairs and a restaurant set up. This business operate from around9.00 am to 3.00 am.

By Air

 Haikou is served by Haikou International Airport, which is located 25 km, 16 mi from the city. In front of the terminal are waiting licensed taxi which will bring you to your accommodation in Haikou.

Shuttle buses are waiting beside the International terminal which will bring you to the city, to the main bus terminal. If your accommodation is located close to the city it is more convenient and much cheaper to take a Taxi from the main bus terminal than from the Airport.

External link

Haikou Government (Chinese)

Haikou Government (English)

Haikou free trade zone

Sheraton Resort Hotel

 

 

For more information I refer to Wikipedia

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Sai Kung

Sai Kung

 

Sai Kun is the second largest district in the Hong Kong area. It compromises the southern half of Sai Kun Peninsula and Clear Water Bay Peninsula in the new territories plus a strip to the east of Kowloon. The district has the second youngest population and residents. It consists around 70 islands of different sizes.

Sai Kun town is a former fishing village, and is a heaven for Seafood lover, in front of the promenade are the best restaurants Sai Kun has to offer with fresh fish specialty’s and big aquariums with all kind of fish, mussels, and alike.

Sai Kun has some of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Hong Kong, (Clear Water Beach1 &2, Silver-strand Beach, Tai long Wan or Big Wave Beach)

Sai Kun District is served by Sai Kun Magazine a free distributed English newspaper.

 

Geography

In contrast of Hong Kong and Kowloon Sai Kun has a remote and idyllic costal area, with charming small Villages beside remote beaches and stunning seascapes. The locals describe Sai Kun as the last untouched back garden of Hong Kong.

 

Transport

The MTR system has currently 4 stations in Tseung Kwan O New Town. The new Town is also served by comprehensive bus network that connects it to Kowloon via several main roads including Tseung Kwan O Tunnel and Po Lam Road.

The nearest MTR station to Sai Kun is Hang Hau.

 

The most beautiful places in Sai Kun can only reached on foot or by boat. Where a destination is accessible by public transport, it is usually served via a complicated network of bus routs.

Some useful information about bus routes could be found here 

 

Local and tourist attractions

There are numerous cultural sites, and country parks in the Sai Kun Peninsula:

 

Sheung Yiu Folk Museum

Sai Kun Outdoor Recreational Centre

Sai Kun East and West Country parks

Jin Island or Tiu Chung Chau

Leung Shuen Wan Tin Hau Temple

Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course

 

External Link

 

Sai Kun Magazine

District Council website 

Explore Sai Kung 

MTR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau

 

Cheung Chau is a small island 10 km south of Hong Kong. It has been inhabited for longer than most places in the territory of Hong Kong. There are living around 23.000 people on the Island in 2006. Administratively, it is part of the Island district.

 

Economy

 

Under the terms of the 1898 Second of Convention of Peking, the New Territories and 200 smaller islands including Cheung Chau were leased to the United Kingdom for 99 years at that time. Cheung Chau was mainly a fishing village. People from other places in South of China have settled the Island; for example Hoklo, they are mainly fishing people, Hakka people; Chiu Chau; and Yue Ca. The Island slowly evolved into commercial hub with merchants selling supplies to the local fishing people, boat repairs and fishing gear as well as part to do business and small farmers nearby on Lantau Island.

 

Transportation

 

First Ferry operates in between Central and Cheung Chau from the Ferry pier in Central. The Ferry run approximately every 30 minutes, depending time of the year. The trip of about 20 km takes around 55 minutes but it depend on weather and sea condition.

 

Bun Festival

 

The annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a festive celebration, which include a parade which start at 10.00 am on that day. It get extreme busy on that day I recommend an early start into the day otherwise the queue at the pier is as long as the Warf it self. Most famously including young children dressed as famous characters doing impossible balancing acts.

The highlight of this festival is climbing up the bun tower at midnight, the higher the competitor climb and the more buns he collects from the different level the more points he gains. The buns are marked on the back and get counted as soon the competitors get safely back on the ground after be bell sounded.

 

External Link

 

Cheung Chau Bun Festival