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Blue Bay, also known as Clearwater Bay, is in Lingshui County, Hainan. It's a lesser-known slice of paradise that is mostly farmland and unspoiled beaches. Lots of development is expected over the next few years, so now is a good time to visit.
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Lingshui River, Lingshui, China
Until recently, Lingshui was a simple, working-class Chinese town that was far enough from Sanya not to get much tourism. Times are changing, however, and there are numerous luxury hotels opening or slated to open just a few miles away along the...
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Shopping in downtown Lingshui is far from glamorous, but you can buy all the basics—including medicines—for crazy cheap prices. Things get fun at night, when you can eat barbequed street food from pop-up stalls while enjoying the amazing street...
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Yingchi Rd, Lingshui Lizuzizhixian, Hainan Sheng, China
Clearwater Bay is also called Qingshui Bay in Chinese. The beach was created from scratch to support a number of new luxury resorts, including the Westin. Since the developments are so recent, the beach remains pretty much empty—for now! Many of...
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This is an inspiring place in Hainan. Founder Frederick Yeh studied in the United States, coming back to his native Hainan to find the sea turtles missing. He started Sea Turtles 911 as a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of these...
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Jianshe Rd, Lingshui Lizuzizhixian, Hainan Sheng, China, 572400
The Double Sail Stone can be spotted off the coast of Perfume Bay. It's a gorgeous outcropping, thick with coral and swarming with fish. It's a bit hot these days, in disputed waters, so you can only gaze upon its forbidden outline, jutting from...
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Jiyang, Sanya, Hainan, China
There's a little-known charter plane service that offers private air tours of the coast. They run some pre-set tours, or you can rent a plane to do whatever you like. You will need to pay by flight kilometer/time, waiting time, and some additional...
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Lingshui, Hainan, China
In Xincun Town, not too far from the Westin, there are a number of great local restaurants. Of course, you have to order Hainan chicken, also known as Wenchang chicken, which is probably the most famous Hainan dish. Fresh fish and seafood are also...
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Lingshui, China
Riding on the cable cars to Monkey Island, you can look down and spot some colorful fishing rafts. One of these is the Monkey Island Raft Restaurant. The fish and seafood on this raft are not just freshly caught, they're still alive and swimming...
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China, Sanya, Lingshui Lizuzizhixian, 英州镇英田大道雅居乐公司
Ya Ju Le Restaurant is a very cool spot that offers Shaanxi cuisine cooked using organic and natural ingredients, without MSG. Shaanxi is a province in northwest China, by Sichuan, so the food can be a bit spicy. Their cuisine includes a lot of...
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China, Hainan, Lingshui Lizuzizhixian, 新村镇中行新村分理处 邮政编码: 572426
Of the first crop of luxury hotels being built in Blue Bay in Lingshui County, the Westin has by far the best place for cocktails. Kick back at the MIX and watch the sun set over Blue Bay with a fruity tropical drink and those super-tasty bar...
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Yinghai Ave, Lingshui Lizuzizhixian, Hainan Sheng, China
Tea houses are as ubiquitous as Starbucks in China. The experience is generally the same: choose a slightly expensive, exotic Chinese tea, watch the elaborate pouring ceremony, then sit for an hour or two with a good book. Here's a little guide to...
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Lingshui, Hainan, China
The Li and Miao people live in Lingshui County. They're a protected minority in China, and many of them still practice cultural traditions such as weaving. Actually, their weaving is so popular that it's quite cheap to buy a simple blanket-sized...