Best places to visit in Summer
1. Hainan Li and Miao Minority “Sanyuesan” Festival
Since ancient times, “Sanyuesan”, or March 3 on the lunar calendar, has been a time for the local Li and Miao people to mourn the dead, celebrate new life, and sing the praises of local heroes. In the spring time when flowers bloom, and the fragrance of the betel nut floats in the air, the Li and Miao put on beautiful traditional clothing, and join together to celebrate with shanlan rice wine, bamboo rice, and rice filled zongzi, wrapped in bright green leaves. During this festival, they will make sacrifices to ancestors and nature, and pray for good harvests in the coming year.
The “Sanyuesan” festival is held in a different location each year, generally in areas with a large Li and Miao population, such as Wuzhishan, Baoting, or Baisha. Every year before the festival, the main and sub-venues will be announced.
2. Wanning Sea Fishing Tournament
The sea near Wanning is full of fish, making it an excellent location for the Sea Fishing Tournament. Top anglers are invited to participate in the event each year. Interested in fishing? Come on out and try your hand!
Wanning Sea Fishing Tournament location: Wanning City Hele Town Gangbei Harbor
Other fishing locations: The Qizhou archipelago, located around 20 nautical miles from the coast of Wenchang are excellent fishing grounds, and one of the largest fishing spots in China.
Several more great fishing spots can be found along both the east and west coasts of Hainan: Tongguling, Puqian, and Qinglan in Wenchang; Dahua Cape and Dazhou Island in Wanning, Diaolou and Xinying in Lin’gao, Haitou and Yangpu in Danzhou, Qizi Bay and Haiwei in Changjiang, Xincun and Xinlong in Dongfang, and the area around Lingtou in Ledong.
There is also plenty of great fishing in the Sanya area: Wuzhizhou Island, Niuche Bay, Jingtian Cape, Sanya Cape, Dongluo Island, West Island…
3. Changjiang Mango Festival
Hainan’s Changjiang county has an excellent climate and good soil, perfect for mangoes. Mangoes have been grown here for a thousand years, and there are nearly 3,000 hundred or more year old mango trees here. Every year when the mangoes are ripe, a mango festival is held, and visitors can pick their own mangoes right from the tree.
Changjiang Qicha Mango Orchard, Tianhe Mango Orchard, and Huachao Mango Orchard all provide beautiful views and fresh mangoes.
4. Hainan Chengmai Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat races have long been held during Dragon Boat Festival in Chengmai, and this tradition continues to today. Exciting and colorful dragon boat races are held every year in Jinjiang Town, where everyone from the youngest to the oldest all come out to line the river banks and cheer on the races. Come on out and pick your favorite boat!
Chengmai County Jinjiang Town Nandu River Dragon Boat Plaza