It not just the beauty of the place, but of its people, too. A drive through Hainan will inevitably result in stops along the way for food and drink. At each place, you can feel free to wander and attempt conversation with the locals. Often, even if you speak Chinese, it might have to involve a lot of hand signals, but eventually the message will get through. The people are genuinely warm, friendly and, as you might expect in a tropical paradise, laid-back. If you are travelling south from Haikou, stops at Boao and Wanning are well worth the time for the beauty of the old villages and waterways. Closer to Sanya is the resort area of Xinlong. Besides the world-class golf course and spa, there are similar natural attractions and examples of local culture to enjoy.