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China's southernmost province Hainan has put up various program to promote island vacation
The Wuzhizhou Island off Sanya is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Hainan. Aside from conventional relaxation on the beach, thrill seekers can hop in a helicopter to fly over the coastline, or take a spin on a water jet ski around the island.
There are also programs of horse ride on the beach, and scuba diving around the island's vast coral reefs.
To promote coral reef conservation, Wuzhizhou is also offering tourists the opportunity to "adopt" a coral fragment and plant it themselves during scuba diving tours. Over 4,000 tourists have already participated in the island's coral gardening program.
"With every diving session, we have special personnel to check the corals down in the sea. If we spot any coral fragments that stopped growing or fell off, we would replace them," said Zhao Qiyun, a scuba diving coach.
Beneath the waters around Wuzhizhou and adjacent islands, some 30,000 corals have been successfully planted through coral aquaculture with fragments, expanding the habitat for ocean species.
Hainan has also promoted its local cuisines along with various tour programs. Aside from fresh seafoods, there are some delicacies that have become a must for tourists to taste while they are on the island.
Rice noodle is the go-to breakfast item for locals in Hainan. Here the noodle is cooked with a special broth with a slightly sweetening taste and just a dash of flavor from mixed spices.
The Fuguang rice noodle shop in Haikou, the provincial capital, has been opened for several decades. For some residents around the neighborhood, rice noodles here is pretty much one of the daily essentials.
"This rice noodle carries our love - My husband and I encountered, began dating, got married and gave births to two children all over the rice noodle. We have come to have a bowl of rice noodle here whenever we are free, and all my family, old and young, would come for it now," said one diner.
Tea and snack shops are also a place dear and near to the locals. A pot of tea and a few items of snacks are more than enough for residents to enjoy a lay back afternoon with friends. Almost every tea and snack shop has their signature specialties, and locals all have their own favorites. One client said her husband cannot endure a day without a visit to his go-to snack shop.
"It's a kind of nostalgia - this is the taste of hometown that I feel deep in my bones. It brings back lots of memories," said the husband.