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 Carlton Haikou (website)
You 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.
Architectures 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.
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.