Haikou is a No Go

Xixiu Beach Park

Of all the countries I’ve been, China somehow continues to disappoint again and again (exception of Chengdu).  This was how I felt in Lijiang and Shangri-La, and especially this time in Haikou.

Coined “China’s Hawaii”, Haikou has semi resemblances with the beautiful island of US, except we don’t use the word beautiful in this case.  Haikou does have beaches and sunny weather that reminds you of other islands or beachy places like Kenting, except it’s so polluted and quite dirty and rather boring.  Haikou is definitely one of those cities where going once is enough, in fact more than enough.

By the way, not only did I get ripped off from a cab ride from the airport to my hotel, but also along the way I was quite afraid.  Why?  Within 5-10 minutes of my ride, Haikou greets me with a flipped over car on the road with two other cars in an accident that caused me to be quite worried for the rest of the trip.  A really good way to leave an impression for me there.

Anyway I was only there for a weekend, but through my pictures you can get the ‘feel’ of this place.  Since I don’t have many pictures for this trip, I won’t segment them by accommodations, things to do etc. like my recent posts but just describe each picture if need be.

Ritz CarltonRitz Carlton Haikou (website)

Ritz CarltonWhen people come to Haikou and stay in Ritz Carlton, usually they are here to play golf.

Ritz Carlton

Ritz Carlton

Ritz CarltonRitz Carlton
Ritz Carlton HaikouOutside of Flair, the bar in Ritz Carlton Haikou

Ritz Carlton HaikouView outside Ritz Carlton… golf course?

Mission Hills HaikouWalking distance from Ritz Carlton is the Mission Hills area where there are lots of shops, restaurants, and attractions.  Nothing extraordinarily fancy or special.

Mission Hills Haikou
Mission Hills Haikou
Mission Hills Haikou

Mission Hills HaikouHad a panini as my first meal

Mission Hills Haikou

Mission Hills Haikou

Mission Hills HaikouShopping

Mission Hills Haikou

Evergreen ParkWe stopped by Evergreen Park, or also known as Wanlvyuan

Evergreen ParkYou can rent these trolley cars to drive around the park.

Evergreen Park

Evergreen Park

Evergreen Park

Evergreen ParkCross this bridge and there’s a store to rent the trolley cars

Evergreen Park

Xixiu Beach ParkWe also passed by the Xixiu Beach Park

Xixiu Beach ParkYou can see from this picture that the water does not look clean at all.  This is because it’s really close to Mainland China.  From my research, Sanya, which is three hours drive away, has much better beaches.

Xixiu Beach ParkXixiu beach is not as popular as Holiday Beach, where all the tourists and locals go.  That means it’s way more quiet right here.

Xixiu Beach Park

Xixiu Beach ParkSome mysterious object that looks like an anteater

Qilou Old StreetOut of all the things to do, I would say Qilou Old Street was the most interesting simply because some of its architecture were of European design.

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old StreetArchitectures like these.  You don’t see these types of designs generally in China (OK fine Shanghai has some architecture with some European resemblances too).  In fact, Wikipedia says these are European fusion designs with Indian and Arabic influences.

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old StreetA lot of these figures placed around the area

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old StreetPoor doggies.

Qilou Old Street

Qilou Old StreetVery poor dog and mistreated

Qilou Old StreetThis is the marketplace and wet market street.  Very stinky when you get to the meat section.

Qilou Old Street

So as you can see, Haikou doesn’t look like a very attractive place to go to.  It’s relatively uninteresting, it’s quite polluted, and there isn’t any good food there.  Save your money and go somewhere else instead.  Short post as it doesn’t deserve many words, except don’t go.

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