I was fascinated with stories of Hainan Island as a tourist destination since year 2000. I did not really have a good chance of seeing this sub tropical island till fall of 2008.
We flew in to Haikou; the capital city of Hainan Island. After few days of sight seeing around Haikou, we decided to take a bus to Wengchang which was some 80KM from Haikou. We witness the launching of the site for new rocket launch pad in Wengchang. We also hike up a small hill called Dung Gu Lin. In Wengchang, food and hotel were reasonably priced. We enjoyed the stay ther.
Finally, we were in the city of Sanya. This tourist "Must Visit " destination did not leave me any good impression. The restaurants,road side hawkers were one that taking advantage and try to make you a sucker. They will charge exorbitant price for little service or mark up prices sky high. In Sanya, we had learned to bargain, getting price right before you sit down.
Subsequent years, I traveled to Hainan several trips tor leisure and relaxation avoiding Sanya.