Provinces | Hainan Province

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hainan
Chinese namehainan ['sea' 'south']
Population8,500,000
Area33,940
CapitalHaikou
Main Industriesagriculture,
GDP14,477
Foreign Trade2,846
Ethnic minorities17%
Urbanization47%
Inner Mongolia Xinjiang Heilongjiang Jilin Gansu Liaoning Ningxia Qinghai Tibet Hebei Yunnan Shandong Sichuan Guangxi Shanxi Hainan Shaanxi Guangdong Chongqing Fujian Henan Guizhou Zhejiang Hunan Jiangsu Hubei Shanghai Jiangxi Beijing Anhui Tianjin

If you think of China, you no doubt think of the large continental land area and forget that there is one large island province at the far South of the country.

Hainan is the smallest non-metropilitan province, but even so, it is larger than Belgium. Surrounded by tropical seas it has abundant rainfall and heavily farmed. The proximity to Vietnam led to the setting up of many naval bases along the Eastern coast. It has a high number of ethnic minorities especially the Li and Miao people. The coastal resort of Sanya is a busy port and popular tropical beach resort. The island commanded world attention in 2001 over the 'Spy Plane Incident'

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T I A N Y A H A I J I A O : Hainan Island

Hainan scenery
Seaside with coconut palm trees, Hainan


Here are some historic photographs of Hainan, click on the thumbnail to see the photograph in full


Coconuts
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Li People
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Paddy Fields
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Coffee Growing
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Beach
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