As China’s tropical island, Hainan Island is the hidden gem of the South China Sea. Take the cable car to a nearby island full of mischievous monkeys and trek through the sprawling natural wonder known as the Huangdi or Emperor Cave. After playing a few holes at Mission Hills Haikou, the world’s largest golf club, delve into crystalline waters to discover throngs of brightly covered wildlife and coral. The unspoiled white sand beaches are a perfect backdrop to enjoy grilled local seafood after a visit to the famed giant Buddhist statue that’s welcomed pilgrims from all corners of the world. One visit to Hainan Island and you’ll understand why Chinese emperors nicknamed it ‘The End of The Earth.’
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