HAIKOU, October 11. /TASS/. Sanya on the southern coast of Hainan and the capital of the island Haikou are among the three most popular places for individual car tourism in China, according to Ctrip, China's leading online travel agency.
The company's report published the results of an analysis of tourist flows country-wide over the weekend of the Foundation of the People's Republic of China (October 1-7), clarifying that Sanya took first place and Haikou ranked third. The city of Chengdu in the southwestern part of the country came in second place in the ranking.
According to the report, most of the tourists who like to travel by car come to Hainan from Shanghai, Beijing and the city of Shenzhen (southern Guangdong province). It specifies that the most popular among visitors are the attractions of Sanya — the beaches of Yalongwan Bay, a diving base on Wuzhizhou Island, Nanshan tourist complex, etc. Among the favorite places the tourists preferred in Haikou are the ancient Qilou Street, small extinct volcanoes, as well as parks and temples.
Hainan is one of the most popular holiday destinations in China. According to official statistics, more than 64 million travelers visited the island in 2020, spending about 87.28 billion yuan ($ 12.65 billion). The province is actively developing individual tourism: tourists can rent a car and not be limited to just beach tourism. For example, by car, one can go to the central part of the island to admire the jungle of the subtropics, on the east coast — go surfing and explore the coconut groves, and on the west — stay in a modern hotel on the seashore enjoying the stunning sunsets and starry skies of the southern latitudes.