Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hainan Island

The tropical island of Hainan marks the southern end of China.  Once thought of as the gateway to Hell and used mainly as a site for the internment of exiles in ancient times.  In 1988, the island was set aside as a resort, and has undergone a lot of development since then.

The tropical rainforests of Hainan are quite pretty, as are the beaches — though neither quite compares with Southeast Asia's.  The place is pretty enough, and the seafood is excellent, but the island has more or less become a big tourist trap.  It's fun enough to visit once, but I doubt I'll be too tempted to make a second trip there myself.

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