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Old 03-27-2013, 04:34 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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The beach is decent but nowhere close to that in Florida and Hawaii. Definitely no need to fly 20 hours from west hemiphere to visit.
No I don't expect America will ever be one of the main sources of visitors to the island, mostly Chinese tourists first, then other Asians and Russians, and then possibly Australians and other Europeans.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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Don't count on any changes in Chinese visa policy for US citizens. They're just doing to us what we do to them. If we reduce our fees they will reduce theirs. I don't see it happening anytime soon, though.
It's not exactly what we do to them. We charge a fee for a visa no matter where the visitor is from, whereas China only charges the high amount for Americans- any other nationality pays a much, much smaller visa fee.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Macao
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No I don't expect America will ever be one of the main sources of visitors to the island, mostly Chinese tourists first, then other Asians and Russians, and then possibly Australians and other Europeans.
I also don't think people further south than China would go to Hainan either.

If I were to put on a North American equivalent, people from Florida would never drive up to Myrtle Beach in the Carolinas solely for a beach. But people way up further north who don't want to travel all the way to Florida, might take it.

Hainan strikes me as the same way. Good place for Chinese and Russians who live further north, but wouldn't attract much from anywhere else.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:22 PM
 
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I also don't think people further south than China would go to Hainan either.

If I were to put on a North American equivalent, people from Florida would never drive up to Myrtle Beach in the Carolinas solely for a beach. But people way up further north who don't want to travel all the way to Florida, might take it.

Hainan strikes me as the same way. Good place for Chinese and Russians who live further north, but wouldn't attract much from anywhere else.
That's a good point. We have tons of tropical beaches here in Oz, but many flock to Bali or Thailand, so it's not simply the stretch of sand and water but other factors like the culture esp. food, cheapness of everything.etc. I think Hainan might become attractive if the cultural aspect is emphasised, but yeah it just has too much competition in the region.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:38 PM
 
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That's a good point. We have tons of tropical beaches here in Oz, but many flock to Bali or Thailand, so it's not simply the stretch of sand and water but other factors like the culture esp. food, cheapness of everything.etc. I think Hainan might become attractive if the cultural aspect is emphasised, but yeah it just has too much competition in the region.

Since China has sooo much money now, they can try making Hainan a super luxury place.
However, they will lose some domestic tourists that way. So there's a decision to make.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:01 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Since China has sooo much money now, they can try making Hainan a super luxury place.
However, they will lose some domestic tourists that way. So there's a decision to make.
A place can cater for all budgets. I think Hainan has the opportunity to be something unique, tropical climate/beaches with Chinese culture. Taiwan actually has some nice beaches like Kenting, they should promote that more.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:57 PM
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Since China has sooo much money now, they can try making Hainan a super luxury place.
However, they will lose some domestic tourists that way. So there's a decision to make.
Agree. They have to make it special in some way to attract tourists all over the world. Otherwise, it wouldn't be worth traveling that far. Yet, they have to be careful in not losing domestic tourists. This thread might come in handy 5-7 yrs from now.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Agree. They have to make it special in some way to attract tourists all over the world. Otherwise, it wouldn't be worth traveling that far. Yet, they have to be careful in not losing domestic tourists. This thread might come in handy 5-7 yrs from now.
I don't think it will. Things don't change that much. I remember hearing the same about Hainan about ten years ago...and it's still just a Chinese/Russian place.

I wouldn't even know how they'd go about changing it in 5-7 years, unless they were to bring in all the cultural things of Thailand, all the international things of a Thailand, and the immense underground seedy scene that draws in foreigners even more. Even with all that, you'd still have to be among a Chinese population that is fairly cut-throat about ripping people off, with none of the smiles of Southeast Asia while they do it.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:23 AM
 
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Not a chance. SE Asia has a variety of cultures to choose from: Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, etc. Hainan is what it is. It will be a regional getaway, especially for people already in China. A nice enough place, but not a draw in and of itself for people in other parts of the world, unlike SE Asia.
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:59 PM
 
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I am a overseas born Hainanese. I have gone and done it all free from the world Hainanese Association all paid by the local government. I have done the Sanya Tour from Sea, to Mountain to the made make islands. Done the bird nest hotel from the tree tops of mountains of 5 figures. Done the out door hot spring from the 7 princess Mountain and the whole lot I scout the whole Sanya for the best and done it all. I can assure you it better than Florida, the Carabbian Islands,and the whole lot in North America. Hainan now is over populated by the Rich from up North the Island and invaded by tourist. I am a 100% Hainanese have to run to the Jungle to hide there is no place for us now.

Hainan is like the Switerzland of China with the clouds up in the mountain over looking the sea of the Dragon bay all surrounding with white sand better than most beaches in South East Asia. Take a look for yourself is worth going there and is dirt cheap it has gone internationa.
I a pure Hainanese prefer my backyard in Wen Cheng the beaches, sea, lakes and the rest that is not destroy by the tourist these are the secret beaches keep exclusively for the locals and my family

Marina Burn
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