Conversation starter: Medical tourism hotspot
On your next Haikou work trip, show your knowledge of the area by bringing up the local medical tourism push. About an hour from Haikou, state-of-the-art hospitals are being constructed to attract wealthy domestic travellers looking for high-quality medical care. This 20-square-kilometre site is the country’s first zone dedicated to medical tourism and has boosted development on the tropical island.
The app: Ctrip
Try out Hainan’s high-speed rail, which encircles the island that’s also China’s southernmost province. You can book train tickets, in addition to flights and hotels, with the Ctrip app. It works in various languages, but note that internationally the company is now known as Trip.com.
After hours: Flair
Relax after a day of meetings at The Ritz-Carlton Haikou’s Flair bar, which offers a great sunset view along with a cosy fire pit. Flair serves hand-crafted cocktails and Asian-style tapas. With several private dining rooms, it’s also a great choice for discussing work in a social setting.
Central business district: Guoxing Avenue
Airport to CBD: 40 minutes by car
Currency: HK$1 ≈ RMB 0.88