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Located on Hainan, an island province at the southernmost part of China, Raffles Hainan overlooks the deep blue tropical waters of Clearwater Bay and draws on Asian and global influences in an elegant blend of local and cosmopolitan style. Both authentic and worldly, intimate yet superbly appointed, Raffles Hainan is an island escape with all the advantages of an international 5 star luxury hotel.

Geography

Hainan, China’s smallest province, is an island of 33,920 sq. km found in the southernmost part of China, just across the Gulf of Tonkin from Vietnam.

Time zone

Hainan is eight hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Climate

Hainan has a tropical climage with average temperatures of 22 to 26 °C (72 to 79 °F). The coldest months are January and February when the temperatures drop to 16 to 21 °C (61 to 70 °F); the hottest months are July and August, and the temperatures are 25 to 29 °C (77 to 84 °F).

Culture

Hainan Island has a long history with many different nationalities immigrating to the island, resulting in a rich, diverse island culture. The total population is approximately 8.6 million. Though predominantly Hai Chinese, there are 39 minority groups living in Hainan Island today.  The largest of the non-Han nationalities on Hainan Island are the Li, Miao and Hui peoples, of which the Li, the original inhabitants, are the most numerous.

Language

The Han Chinese of Hainan speak a variant of the Min Nan Chinese language, known as Hainanese. In addition, the national standard Putonghua is understood and spoken by most people, and Cantonese is understood by many local Hainanese.  The general public can also use Mandarin Chinese to communicate with mainlanders.

Currency and exchange

The official currency of China is the Chinese Yuan (CNY).Bank of China is located in 5 minutes walk from the hotel and it's open from 9:00 - 15:00.

Credit cards

Major credit cards are widely accepted in China. Hotels, retailers, restaurants, travel agents and even taxi companies readily accept international credit cards. Automated Teller Machines providing cash in local currency are widely available throughout Hainan.

Religion

Officially the religion of Hainan is listed as atheism, but the island’s people include Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Animists. The Li were historically animists, and they were guided in their spiritual affairs by shaman. They believed in ancestor worship and supernatural spirits that were concerned with the affairs of the human world.

Driving

You can rent a car in Hainan though this can sometimes prove difficult without a Chinese driving license. An alternative option is to hire a car and driver.

Public transport

There is a bus service across Hainan which reaches all the major destinations. Taxis are also available in the main cities and resorts.

Health

It's unwise to drink the tap water in Hainan, opt instead for the cheap and readily available bottled drinking water. Be discerning and exercise a little judgement when it comes to choosing where to eat outside of the resort; roadside food vendors may not employ high standards of hygiene. A doctor is available through the Concierge. The local hospital is Hainan Province Haikou City Anning Hospital  Tel: +86 898 66890120.

Electricity

220 volts, 50 hertz. Both two flat blades and three flat blades of electrical plugs are suitable.

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