Haikou Mangrove Forest in Dongzhai Harbor is one of the major tourist attractions in Haikou, and has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tentative List.
The mangrove forest here is about 50 miles long, covering an area of about 4000 square kilometers. It includes six rivers, along with several bays and tidewater gullies. The mangrove trees grow directly from the shallow water of the harbour, and their intricate root systems anchor the soil, creating an excellent environment for other wildlife to flourish.
This is a wetland area where many rare species of plants and animals can be seen. About 159 species of birds inhabit the reserve, including many rare migratory birds. The best time for birdwatching is winter, when the park is filled with thousands of birds escaping the cold weather of northern China.
This beautiful nature reserve offers an excellent opportunity to get out of the city and take a non-strenuous nature hike or go on a relaxing boat tour. Walking along the boardwalk costs 22 RMB/ person, and boat tours cost 60 RMB/ person.
Transportation: Take the tourism sightseeing bus from Baishamen Park to the Mangrove Forest. The bus leaves at 8 AM, and bus tickets cost 18 RMB.
By Nicki Johnson