Riding a bike to enjoy the beauty of Hainan is becoming an increasingly popular choice for both domestic and international cyclists.
Hainan is well suited for bicycle trips, especially if you enjoy rural landscapes and natural beauty. Away from the heavily industrialized areas of mainland China, Hainan has a pleasant environment for cycling, offering beaches, mountains, jungle, coconut plantations, waterfalls, minority villages, and scenic towns to explore.
Hainan has successfully hosted the annual professional road bicycle racing stage race, the Tour of Hainan, for nine consecutive years, starting in 2006. Each year, the Tour of Hainan cycling race draws many contestants from around the world.
Many local hostels and bike shops offer bike rental, repair, and route advice, as well as a great spot to rest and refuel along the way. The Island Bike Shop and Cafe in Haikou is a good place to start.
There are many possible cycling routes. A shorter cycling trip would be from Haikou to the coconut plantations of Dongjiao Yelin (The Coconut Forest) near Wenchang. This could take from 1-3 days depending on each individualí»s fitness level and time constraints.
Another route would be Haikou to Sanya through the centre of Hainan (250 km). The central road is in good condition and passes through very beautiful rural landscapes and mountains where you can venture off the central roads and find waterfalls and minority villages and finally arrive at the beaches in Sanya. This route is very mountainous, so keep that in mind! Those looking for an easier ride to Sanya should travel along the East Coast route instead.
Source: WOS, editing by Visit Hainan