Study in Haikou, Hainan Province
Haikou City, the capital of Hainan Province, is located on the southern bank of the Qiongzhou Strait, facing the mainland's Leizhou Peninsula. Built on the mound of the coast, it is the biggest city in Hainan Province. Haikou City has an annual mean temperature of 23.6 centigrade degree and an annual mean rainfall of 1,690 mm. It is an ancient city. It has tropical crops processing, electronics and textiles as the mainstays of its light industry, and it is a foreign trade and sea port city with advanced communications and a complete range of service equipment.. The city has beautiful scenery, a pleasant climate and luxuriant vegetation. Among the ancient remains and tourist sites are Wugong Temple reputed to be the "first building under the heaven", the admirable Qiongtai Academy of Classical Learning, the Hairui Tomb, the Qiujun Tomb, and the like.
Because of its location on an island at the northern rim of the tropics, Haikou benefits from a monsoon tropical climate. Average temperatures range from 17.2?? C in January to 28.4?? C in July. Average annual sunlight in Haikou is about 2,600 hours, while average annual rainfall is about 1,300 mm. Visitors to the city can expect pleasant conditions and clear skies most of the year.
More than any other urban centre on Hainan Island, Haikou enjoys a diverse and colourful blend of traditional folk customs and modern Chinese and western culture. Visitors exploring the crowded streets and old neighbourhoods near the steel and glass office towers are sure to hear Chinese opera, traditional folk songs and western pop music and experience an equally diverse blend of sights and tastes. Hainan is also home to an eclectic mix of festivals and celebrations.
Tomb of Hai Rui This tomb rests at Binya Village, Xiuying District, Haikou. Born in Qiongshan, Hai Rui was an upright minister during the mid-Ming Dynasty. Highly principled and outspoken, he was called "Lord Bao of the South". (Lord Bao is the revered name of Bao Zheng, an official of the Song Dynasty who was famous for his honesty in performing official duties, justice in enforcing the law, and bravery in defying influential officials.) The tomb was built in 1589, the 17th year of Emperor Wanli's reign during the Ming Dynasty. In front of the main gate of the cemetery stands a high memorial archway on which four big red characters, "Righteousness in Eastern Guangdong (Yuedong Zhengqi)", were horizontally cut in intaglio. The 100-plus-meter-long passage to the grave is exclusively paved with white marble. Three more archways stand over the passage, and on both sides of it are stone sculptures of sheep, horses, lions, tortoises and human figures guarding the grave. With a dome-like top, the grave is built on a hexagon base in front of which stands a four-meter-high stone tablet. The inscription of the tablet was written by Xu Ziwei who supervised the tomb's construction. Exuberant pines, cypresses, bamboo and coconut trees shield the cemetery all year around. And the exhibition room helps deepen the tourists@,@ understanding of this outstanding official in Chinese history.