A very pleasant less hurried Chinese city. The people were friendly and helpful although their knowledge of English was limited.
The traffic is chaotic and people are not very friendly. Accommodation and food prices are not cheap either
Haikou is a great city now, with lots of new developments, malls and places for entertainment. The theatre for the famous director Chang I-mou's famous stage performance, with lights, sounds and high-tech props is worth visiting.
The city preserves its traditional looks, and can match with most big cities in the developing world with its amenities. Transportation is quite convenient, but could be quite noisy with a lot of drivers and motorcyclists applying their horns all the time. The inhabitants are generally helpful although rather reserved and not communicative. Hainan University and the airport are not too far away. The former has a beautiful campus with lakes, and it leads to the seaside, too.
We like the Qilou Snack Street which has an interesting architecture. The place is very lively on Friday and Saturday nights.
Around this place, we found some local shopping malls which offer quite good choices in terms of local and international brands. Although the prices are not very cheap but is still affordable. We took a high speed train to Sanya and Yalong bay and the journey took around 2 hours. Tourist places are fine but we find that these places charge and charge. The entry fee and tram ride fee plus other fees may turn out to be expensive. On the whole, the air is clean in Haikou and I find the city is safe.
not too sure about haikou as I was there only for 2 days but I did not find anything particularly enticing about haikou.
the city is still very much developing but everything is in a mess. it's particularly difficult to find stuff simply by exploring the town and the cab drivers are terrible drivers
Watch the Impression Hainan - Great Performance. Good Dive Site is available, but definitely not at Yalong Bay & Sanya.
Make sure you understand Chinese or else it is hard to get around, or have something to show where you want to go.
Great relaxation and variety of things to do and see
Haikou is known as "Coconut City" and you can see plenty of coconut trees along the beaches. Buy coconut candy and coffee
Public bus are cheap and drivers are friendly, other citizens are friendly but seem not to know much about their city when asked for direction.
A city with quite a big population who speak mainly mandarin and hainanese very loudly. The people on the streets are generally quite friendly but not most of the sales persons in the malls, and the eateries in the malls close quite early.
The prices in the new shopping malls are rather high as compared to the other cities of China e.g Shanghai
friendly and progressive. impressed with continued effort to improve and ceaner every year, however traffic is getting congested but lots of new highways.
country side especially the villages should be kept cleaner.
Haikou is a small city which can be completed in around 2 days. Interesting place to visit, Volcano park, Impression of Hainan.
Could be better in terms of maintenance. Traffic is pretty bad and the streets are quite dirty. Not good for young and old people.
There are beaches and sports amenities. Places are green with lot of parks. I have gone to river mouth of Mei Lan to enjoy the natural beauties and enjoy fish village seafood.
Prices are reasonable and value for money. I am kiteboarders and my trip is good with a lot of winds & sunshine. I went to kitesurfing and played golf there. There are lot of golf courses all over Haikou, some near the beaches. The scenery is so good and comfortable.
Other than being a financial hub, close proximity to golf courses and Meilan Airport, Sanya should have a little of everything.
However, accomodation and expenses will be higher, but negliable for those with deeper pockets.