The stunning, shallow, clear blue waters off the coast of Hainan are popular with snorkellers and other holidaymakers. Photo: Shutterstock/DreamArchitect

Why visitors don’t want to leave holiday haven of Hainan – the ‘Hawaii of China’

  • Tropical resort destination in South China Sea, which offers more than 60 world-class beaches, is popular with families, surfers and snorkellers
  • Riyue Bay – increasingly popular ahead of surfing’s debut as Olympic medal sport at 2020 Tokyo Games – is home to China’s national surfing team