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Backpacking among the many Billionaires – backpackerlee

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I had all the time wished to go to Hainan island, which is marketed because the Chinese language model of Hawaii. The local weather is actually the identical as Hawaii, and the sheer quantity of luxurious resorts round Hainan can also be just like what you’d discover throughout the Pacific. However what’s there to do on Hainan island for a mere backpacker?

Sanya Phoenix Worldwide Airport was my arrival level

I flew to Sanya from Singapore (with a brief layover at Hong Kong Airport – didn’t trouble going downtown this time), and I often make the error of arriving at a brand new vacation spot within the night, which suggests extra hassle and stress to search out my option to the resort or hostel. Not this time. I lastly discovered from my earlier errors and made positive I knew what I used to be doing as I launched into my tropical journey!

Haikou shoreline
The icon of Hainan: Nanshan Temple

First impressions of Hainan have been excellent. I’ve been to different tropical components of China, corresponding to Xishuangbanna and even Guangzhou/Shenzhen, however by no means this island. What you have to know if you come to Hainan is that numerous Chinese language vacationers use this as their ‘getaway from life’ sort of journey. Passports are costly in China, however Chinese language folks can go to Hainan nearly freed from cost (minus airfare) as they don’t want a passport to get right here.

Yalong Bay is the scene of many luxurious resorts
The St. Regis Lodge, Sanya

My low-cost resort was in Sanya within the south of the island, which can also be the place a lot of the luxurious resorts are based mostly, particularly round Yalong Bay, and Haitang Bay. I loved experiencing the town life and had a stroll alongside the seashores, though I did get the sensation {that a} solo backpacker was not significantly welcome close to these luxurious resorts. So far as I do know, not one of the seashores are non-public, however you continue to have to look at the place you’re going, because the resorts organise water sports activities actions for friends, and if you’re not staying at that resort then you’re unceremoniously ushered away when you don’t present your resort key card upon request.

Pristine rainforest on Hainan island
Monkeys have been in every single place!

So when you’re not a millionaire, what are you able to truly do right here on Hainan island? Nicely, what I discovered most fascinating was the rainforest within the centre of the island. I spent 2 complete days sweating profusely as I explored the Yanuo Tropical Rain Forest Resort, all of the whereas watching my footing for toxic snakes. Fortunately, I didn’t see any snakes, however monkeys are in every single place – I hate monkeys!

Qilou Outdated Road jogged my memory of Saigon

For tradition, the Binlang Ethnic Village is a good place to cease at, to study in regards to the life and artwork of the minority Li and Miao tribes, and for meals, drink, and normal joie de vivre, Qilou Outdated Road was a important hang around of mine. I didn’t meet some other travellers to speak with (most individuals have been wealthy, middle-aged holidaymakers) however I did benefit from the vibe at Qilou Outdated Road. There’s a pretty good wildlife park right here on Hainan island, too, in addition to many buying centres – however, once more, except you may have numerous cash there is probably not any appropriate souvenirs or memorabilia to take again to your hostel.

I’ll plan to enter extra element about these locations once I get a extra secure web connection! 

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