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When thinking about the charming seaside Province of Hainan, a lush image of leafy coconut plantations, blue waters and silver sands springs to mind. Just imagine how nice it would be bathing in the tropical sea with the juices from sweet coconuts running down your chin. Known variously as the 'Kingdom of Coconuts', 'Golden Seashore', and 'Forest Park over the Sea', Dongjiao Coconut Plantation is a delightful choice for a holiday visit.
Dongjiao Coconut Plantation is located on the seaside of Dongjiao Town, Wenchang City in Hainan and is most well-known for its broad coconut plantation. There goes a saying that coconuts of Wenchang yield half of those grown in Hainan and the most famous is Dongjiao Coconut Plantation. The plantation is literally a forest with over 500,000 coconut trees including the red, green, well-bred, short, tall and other varieties. Some short arecas are immingled among them, which quite resemble the coconuts, so the Hainan people call them 'Trees of Lovers', coconuts the heroes and arecas the beauties. The trees not only provide a scenic backdrop and savory fruit, but they also act as a shield against the frequent typhoons here.
Walking along the shady paths in the forest, special scenic spots provide a feast for the senses. Coconut Bayou, whose scenery is pictured on the famous series of stamps named 'Seashore Scenery', engenders a peaceful and idyllic feeling of nature. In the Coconut Park, you'll be inundated in a sea of coconuts of different shapes and sizes, including the uniquely 'King Three Branches of Coconuts' named for the grotesquely large branches in the tree. Dongjiao is also home to a thriving fishing industry. Facilities have been established to ensure maritime safety including an ancient beacon to guide the passing boats. Also noteworthy is Shuiwei Shengniang Miao, a temple for praying to the believed goddess Shuiwei Shengniang to protect the fishermen.
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The sea next to the plantation is limpid and warm providing a natural bathing experience for tourists. There're a variety of activities available from rowing, bike riding and taking wavering umbrellas over the sea to picking shells or strolling barefoot on the silver sand. Small wooden cabins are accessible for rest and a respite from the sun. While enjoying the scenery, you can sip some fragrant Chinese tea as being gently touched by the sea breeze. This place is a wonderfully relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
If you want to let your appetite loose, Dongjiao will not disappoint you. Enormous varieties of seafood are available - in fact, you are allowed by the nearby restaurants to select your favorite directly from the fishing boats and ask them to cook them for you. After getting your fill of seafood, try some sweet coconuts to freshen your taste buds. If you want to buy some special product, like coconuts and seafood in Hainan here, Coconut Plantation Long Street is probably the best choice.
The plantation was developed as Hainan Province's first tourist resort in 1989, the second year it was recognized as a province. Now, many docks, vacation resorts, seafood shops and hotels for tourists dot the area. With the gradual expansion and improvement of facilities, this enchanting place is sure to attract an increasing number of visitors.
Wenchang City is about 63 km. (39 mi.) west of the capital city of Haikou. Dongjiao Coconut Plantation is located opposite the Qinglan Harbor and is only accessible by boat. You can travel directly to the harbor by van from Haikou Eastern Coach Station, which usually departs at 10:10 am and 16: 10 pm. Another option is board a bigbus from Haikou Eastern Coach Station or Haikou Southern Station and transfer at Wenchang Coach Station. Services are frequent in this route, which begin every half an hour usually.