We returned to Shanghai where my dad remained for another day before leaving China and I had to go to work for half a day… The next day, after unpacking one suitcase, I repacked summery clothes and headed to Hangzhou airport with my flatmate where we headed south of China to an island called Hainan.
A restaurant in Hangzhou before we flew off the sunny island.
Hainan is a popular tourist destination among the Chinese and Russians (you’d see translations in English as well as Russian). It’s an affordable and fairly short duration from most mainland cities and offers all what beach holiday makers are after – relaxation! I would have said sun, sea and sand but many Chinese tourists hid under umbrellas usually in fear of getting darker (which begs the question why they’d desire to go to a TROPICAL island but hey who am I to pass judgements?). As for my flatmate and I, we went for just those things – sun, sea, and… food. Yup, we ate a lot but we ate well!
One thing about being in China, people like to rush and get there first… In this situation, my flatmate, Joanne and I waited for the folks ahead to scramble on to sit in their allocated seats…
Hainan sealed my holidays. It was hot, like 32 degrees hot most days (remember, I had recently returned from chilly England so this temperature was like being in an oven again). Though it was forecast to rain the entire week we were there, when it did rain in the evenings, it was still pleasant. There was a beach and crystal clear water behind our hostel. That was all I needed.
On this holiday, I must admit I was extremely lazy. Usually I would like to explore the area and go on excursions. We did go into town but we pretty much just ate and left the town. We didn’t want to be in a built up area – we were after the beach and we ended up chilling there for the remainder of the time…I suppose there’s only so many pictures you can take of the same area. So I’ll leave you with those!
I’ll keep you posted on any more of my journeys 🙂