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    ehainan.gov.cn | Updated: 2021-01-14

    Haikou, also known as the "Coconut City", is the capital city of Hainan province, a strategic pivot city in the Belt and Road Initiative and the core city of the Hainan Free Trade Port. It is the biggest transport hub on the island and the political, economic, technological, and cultural center of Hainan province.

    The city covers a total area of 3,119 square kilometers, with 2,289 sq km of land area and 830 sq km of sea area. Haikou has jurisdiction over the four districts of Xiuying, Longhua, Qiongshan, and Meilan. It has 21 community streets, 22 towns, 211 communities, and 248 administrative villages.


    A map of Haikou, capital city of Hainan province. [Photo/haikou.gov.cn]

    Haikou is a national historical and cultural city, as well as a famous tropical coastal tourist destination. The main cultural attractions in Haikou are the Five-lord Temple, Hairui Tomb, Qilou Old Street, Xiuying Fort, and Qiongtai Academy. 

    In the first three quarters of 2020, the city's GDP reached 123.20 billion yuan ($19.07 billion), up 2.7 percent year-on-year. Major economic indicators saw growth and the city's economy recovered significantly with enhanced resilience and vitality.

    Over that same period, the city's fixed asset investment increased by 11.1 percent year-on-year, an increase of 4.4 percentage points from the first half of the year. In terms of investment types, the growth of fixed asset investment mainly relied on the growth of non-real estate investment which increased by 28.2 percent year-on-year; real estate development and investment fell by 8.4 percent year-on-year.

    The consumer market has gradually rebounded. The total retail sales of consumer goods in the first three quarters was 56.20 billion yuan, a year-on-year decrease of 5.4 percent, but the rate of decline narrowed by 10.9 percentage points from the first half of the year. In terms of major commodities, the retail sales of duty-free commodities increased by 284 percent in the third quarter, and the sales of automobiles increased by 43.1 percent.

    Its convenient transportation further promotes the city's tourism and economic development. Haikou Meilan International Airport operates a total of 280 routes, including 251 domestic routes, and newly-opened flights to many small and medium-sized cities such as Bazhong, Wushan, Sanming, Yulin, Yibin, Nanchong and Hechi. The accessibility to third- and fourth-tier cities continues to increase and the coverage of the domestic airline network increasingly expands. In 2020, the airport hosted 128,800 flights with 16.49 million passengers.

    This fascinating city features stunningly beautiful scenic promenades, blue skies, seas, sunshine, sandy beaches, and coconut palm trees. With its strong tropical seaside charm, Haikou is becoming renowned for its high quality of life and for being a Chinese residential paradise. 


    Haikou's Qilou Old Street [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]


    Leiqiong UNESCO Global Geopark is located at the southern margin of the Chinese mainland, straddling the Qiongzhou Strait. [Photo/haikou.gov.cn]