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China looks to embrace the yachting community with access to Hainan Island.

Hilton Hua Hin Resort Spa
Hilton Hua Hin Resort Spa

Hainan Island, located in the South China Sea has recently opened its waters to foreigners and is welcoming the international yachting community. The 13,000-square-mile tropical island, which refers to itself as the “Hawaii of China,” boasts white sand beaches, 18 golf courses, hot springs, as well as a wide array of restaurants.

The Chinese government is allowing Yachts to stay in their ports for a combined 183 days out of the year, with no stay being longer than 30 days. Planning is under way for 13 more ports, which will cater specifically to the yachting community, to be built on Hainan.

In an attempt to make Hainan one of the “top international tourism destinations” the government has passed a policy allowing both foreign and domestic visitors to shop their duty-free.

Anticipating a surge in tourism to the island, both the Marriott and Hilton chains have built resorts there. Prior to these resorts the island’s first international-style resort was constructed in 1999.

In an effort to bring international attention to the island, Hainan has embraced the opportunity to play host to numerous international events in recent years, such as the Miss World Pageant, and the Mission Hills Star trophy.

For those not traveling by sea the island of Hainan is just an hour flight from Hong Kong with options to fly into one of two international airports.