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Hainan Gears Up
At the end of 2009, Hainan's plan to build it into an international tourist destination was approved by the Central Government. The state is to give greater support and set in place favorable policies for Hainan to fuel its opening up and development
Tropical Vitality
On January 4, the State Council mapped out a long anticipated national blueprint to turn Hainan into an "international tourism destination," in hopes of luring overseas visitors and bringing in extra income to its vast and underdeveloped countryside
Dream Island Destination
Chinese residents hail the government's decision to turn Hainan into an international tourist destination. Officials, potential tourists, tour guides and Hainan locals shared their opinions on the Central Government's decision with Beijing Review
The Challenges of Creating a Paradise
Hainan faces obstacles in becoming an international tourist hot spot
Hainan's Ideal Location
Population: 8.1 million
Area: 35,000 square km
Capital city: Haikou
Climate: tropical ocean climate
Average temperature: 23-25℃
Promoting the Tourism Economy
The Central Government will take measures to transform Hainan into an international tourist hot spot
Wei Liucheng, Secretary of the CPC Committee of Hainan Province
The ultimate purpose of the whole plan to build Hainan into an international tourist destination is to lift the local people's living standards
Hu Zucai, senior official at the National Development and Reform Commission
When promoting tourism, the local government and people should also attach great significance to environmental protection
Economic Figures of Hainan
   1988  1990  1995  2000  2005 2009 

GDP (billion yuan)

7.71 10.24 36.33 52.68 90.50 164.66

Exports and Imports (millions of dollars)

66.46 93.69 269.72 121.87  259.2 895.8

Fixed-Asset Investment (billion yuan)

2.01 3.56 19.81 19.35 37.94 100.25

Average Yearly Wage (yuan)

1,416  1,982 5,340 7,408 14,162 23,703

Number of Visitors (million)

 1.18 1.13 3.61 10.07  15.16 22.5

(Source: Hainan Provincial Government)

Beijing Review Archive    
Hainan - A Treasure Island
Like other big coastal cities in China, Hainan Island has recently been opened to the outside world. To give our readers a better understanding of its resources, construction and development, our correspondent Han Xi made a special trip to the island
Hainan Province - China's Largest SEZ
On April 13, 1988, with the approval of the 7th National People's Congress, Hainan Island, formerly an administrative region of Guangdong Province, became a province and was proclaimed the fifth and largest special economic zone in China
- Tropical Haven
- Preservation and Progress
- Place of Legends
- Xinglong Coffee
- Photo Gallery
Hainan in Pictures   more
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