1. Passport holders of 59 nations don’t need visas. Since May 2018, visitors from 59 nations can enjoy 30-day visa-free entry to the whole of Hainan. If you are among the lucky ones, you still have to submit your application via a state-approved Hainan travel agency at least 24 hours in advance.
2. World’s first island-looping high-speed railway. Hainan’s round-the-island high-speed rail is arguably the best way to explore it, allowing visitors to travel all the way around in about three hours. The railway – which stretches 653km (405 miles) and includes 30 stops in 12 cities and counties around the island, including the two airports – became the world’s first island-looping high-speed track when it was completed in 2015.
3. Foodies love Hainan chicken, goat meat, duck and crab. Among the “four great dishes of Hainan” – Wenchang chicken, Dongshan goat meat, Jiaji duck, and Hele crab, Wenchang chicken is the most common dish found on the province’s menus. Hainanese people even have the saying: “A meal isn’t complete without chicken.” The locals’ obsession with chicken is likely to have inspired the creation of the globally renowned “Hainan chicken”. The dish has become a symbol of the Chinese diaspora, connecting the nation’s people living around the world. The chicken-and-broth-boiled rice dish, which actually originated in Southeast Asia, was invented in the 1920s by Hainanese immigrants as a comfort food to cure homesickness.