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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