Have you never heard of the Chinese island of Hainan? Then this is not so strange, because at the moment there are not many European and American tourists coming to the island. However, this must change if it is up to the Chinese government. The government wants to stimulate tourism in Hainan. The island must become a kind of mix of Las Vegas and Hawaii, where tourists from all countries of the world can relax, play golf and gamble.
The capital letter L of luxury
The island of Hainan looks very different from mainland China. While in China they sometimes suffer from smog, far too busy roads in big cities and other problems, this is not the case in Hainan. This island, which is about the same size as Belgium, looks a bit like Hawaii. Over the years, many resorts have been built on the island, all of which are incredibly luxurious. This is exactly in line with the Chinese government's plan: to create a stopping place for foreign investors, with the capital L of luxury.
On the island, rich foreigners can not only relax at their resort and beach, but also play golf, watch horse racing and gamble at one of the many luxury casinos in Hainan. This is striking, because the Chinese Communist Party forbids its members to gamble and allows horse racing to be visited only in exceptional cases. Not on the island of Hainan: there anything is possible, also for the Chinese tourist.
Tourism on Hainan encouraged
For a long time, the Chinese government has tried to limit tourism on Hainan as much as possible. Now the government is going to do things very differently. Tourism is no longer limited, but encouraged. The government does this firstly by allowing tourists from 59 countries to travel to Hainan without a visa. Among other things, tourists from the United States, Canada, South Korea, Australia and all European countries can go to Hainan without a visa for a month.