Night｜Haikou, a city of flavours
Nightlife, an essential signature dish for those on the island.
When night falls, you can call your friends and go to the night market to get a variety of snacks and treat your stomach; take advantage of the high spirits to go to the bar in groups to exchange glasses of wine and have a reckless HAPPY, or hold the hand of your lover and go to KTV to sing, bursting out all the emotions and playing a dark night.
Haikou night market allows citizens and tourists to taste the authentic "night life" of the city. Photo by Xu Ersheng
A wide range of special dishes. Photo by Xu Ersheng
This is a true reflection of the nightlife in Haikou, Hainan, after the epidemic. The nightlife is not just for young people, it is for all islanders. If you are a visitor from outside the island, there is no need to make a fuss, it is the right thing to do to eat, drink and be merry!
In the post-epidemic era, the richness of the night decorates the coconut-flavoured city, giving Haikou a unique tropical flavour.
Experience the city's "fireworks"
After night falls, Haikou is even more charming. As a coastal city, Haikou has become more flavourful and charming. The "night economy" is an important window of Haikou's life and culture, and a new growth point for consumption.
It's night time and we strolled around to try places like the Rimae Customary Night Market, the South Gate Night Market of Hai University,, the Binlian Tourist Night Market and the Jinpan Night Market. Here, you can choose from a wide range of snacks from all over the country, and there is everything you need to worry about whether you have enough balance in your account.
If we say that Haikou before the "Double Creation" was a place of individuality, after the "Double Creation", it is a place of charm. Nowadays, the night market in Haikou is clean and standardized, attracting more people to join the nightlife.
Grilled oysters, a soulful treat for summer nights. Photo by Xu Ersheng
Spicy crayfish. Photo by Xu Ersheng
If you're busy and don't have time to cook, it's easy to bring your wife and children or your husband and daughter to the night market for a casual meal!
Taiwanese fried oyster cakes, Hainan Qingtanliang, Henan Hu Spicy Soup, Guangxi Conch Noodles, Zhejiang Xiao Long Bao, Shandong Pancake Fruit, Hubei Hot Dry Noodles, Gansu Beef Noodles, Hunan Stinky Tofu, Xinjiang Mutton Skewers, Shaanxi Liang Pi ...... night market has become a stronghold of special snacks across the country.
In the brightly lit night market, with its hundreds of stalls and a wide variety of people, you can always find a taste of home and enjoy the "fireworks" of your hometown.
Hainan specialty fish casserole. Photo by Xu Ersheng
Seek out the pasta + steak inside the Rimae Chew Night Market. Photo by Xu Ersheng
At weekends, Ms Xia from the northeast especially likes to take her daughter, who is in primary school, to the Haikou night market. "Read a million books, travel a million miles. In a colourful world, where exactly is the path for yourself? We need our children to open their legs to find it. Sharpening the will and accumulating experience will lead to the road to success." Ms. Xia is full of joy and speaks happily of her thoughts.
As the night wore on, there were also big men jerking off, yelling and singing with their friends over wine. When they're drunk, they even roll up their sleeves and get into the action, ignoring the red faces and hot ears.
The 10,000-strong seafood square at the locomotive is perfect for out-of-town travellers to Haikou, where fresh seafood is available to meet all your expectations of the sea.
In addition, coconut carving ornaments, handmade bags and other local Hainan specialties are dotted around the major night markets in Haikou. Visitors to this area can not only satisfy their taste buds, but also buy the handicrafts they desire.
When you've had your fill and are tired of shopping, you can also enjoy a great movie at the cinema or take your children on a wooden horse ride or hoop ride to relax and have fun.
Full-on fun in Haikou
In contrast to the boldness of the northerners, the southerners seem somewhat ebullient.
As the doors of reform and opening opened wider and wider, people from all over the country and the world began to flock to Hainan, the habits of the aborigines of Haikou began to change among their descendants, with genetic inheritance seeping into the diverse cultures over time.
If one of the spouses is a northerner and the other a southerner, the most immediate change will be in the birth of a love child; if one of the spouses is Chinese and the other is a foreigner, the characteristics of the two will also be reflected in the "second generation of seafarers".
Multiculturalism thus becomes a catalyst for a rich nightlife.
As a tourist, you can't plan a trip to Hainan without the Mission Hills Haikou Feng Xiaogang Film Commune, an arrangement that actually stems from a love of Feng's humorous style. The highlight of the trip is to travel directly to the Republic of China and walk through the old Beijing streets of the last century.
A night out at the Feng Xiaogang Film Cove lived up to everyone's expectations. You can't get enough of the night show + bubble show + open-air movie / Glory Theatre movie + outdoor karaoke + BBQ and beer!
Enjoy the unparalleled sensory experience of a beautiful hairpin in a cheongsam at a young man's pace, with a cold beer and new friends in the neighbourhood jerking off together.
The bustling glamour of Shanghai at night is recreated here, says the beautiful spokesperson of the Feng Xiaogang Film Commune, with its colourful night-time activities.
Of course, riding on the night, the speaker also listed an equation: Movie Public House Summer Night Carnival = Night Show + Fun Bubble Show + Open Air Movie / Glory Theatre Movie + Outdoor Karaoke + BBQ Beer + Camping Photo Shoot + Different Theme Shows Every Month.
Giving you three months of revelry! Eat, drink and weave your dreams of summer nights.
If travelling through the city isn't enough for you, then head to the bars and KTVs to get high.
A Karaoke party with no attention paid to what's going on outside the window.Photo by Xu Ersheng
In Haikou Aiguo Chao Entertainment Bar, "Drinking to the song, having fun in time" and "Drinking from work, wine cures all diseases". Get drunk and unlock your life! Dance your hands to the music!
Be a singer and feel like a big shot at KTVs such as Golden Lion Entertainment Club, The Voice, Night Electric, Bacchanal and Starlight Party, or go to a music bar and have a drink and listen to moving music.
The more the night goes on, the better the taste. If you like a peaceful atmosphere, take advantage of the night and the starlight to go to a drink shop like "Mash & Screw" with your loved one and indulge your soft girl's heart in the signature hand-pounded lemon tea by the retro table lamp. The sweet and sour blend of iced sugar makes it a youthful, hip LIKE taste.
The "night-time economy" leads the nation
In recent years, Haikou has taken on the important task of building an international tourism consumption centre and has been vigorously developing new businesses such as night food, night shopping, night tours and night entertainment, combining tourism, culture, art and other forms with commerce to promote the flourishing of the "night economy".
Enjoy a delicious meal at a star hotel as night falls. Photo by Xu Ersheng
The official website of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently announced the list of the second batch of national night-time cultural and tourism consumption agglomerations, 123 projects to be identified as the second batch of national night-time cultural and tourism consumption agglomerations, Mission Hills New City in Haikou City was among them, which is the only night-time cultural and tourism consumption agglomerations on the list in the Haikou area.
Zhan Xia Li, secretary-general of the Haikou Night Market Development Association, revealed that night markets are different from restaurants in that they are characterised by open spaces and civilian consumption. From the analysis of the night market operation and management in the last three years, the stable and sustainable development of the night market is the best manifestation of the city's "night economy" and the easiest way to retain tourists. Throughout Taiwan and South East Asia, where tourism can flourish, the 'night economy' is an essential component of the city, and an infrastructure project that promotes the internal circulation of China's economy and stabilises the livelihoods of society.
Zhan Xiali believes that, as a tropical coastal tourist city, Haikou is a key destination for consumers who come to purchase duty-free goods, and the night market is also a key destination for them because of its civilian consumption and open consumption scene. Compared to the night-time economy, which only emerged in 2020 after the epidemic, Haikou has been leading the way in the development of the night-time economy in all provinces and cities across the country, making the South Gate Night Market and Jinpan Night Market of the University of Haikou one of the designated night markets for study tours.
Materials provided by the Haikou City Bureau of Commerce show that there are currently eleven large-scale night markets in Haikou, including the Haiken Garden Night Market, the South Gate Night Market of the University of Haikou, the Golden Plate Night Market, the Fudi Food Street Night Market, the Binlian Tourist Night Market, the Joyful Coast Food Union, the Seeking and Tasting Rime Night Market, the Qiongtai Snack Street of Tairong City, the Tide Cube Food Street, the Guilin Yang Box Street Night Market and the Green Garden Night Market.
According to incomplete statistics from the Haikou Night Market Development Federation, the total turnover of night markets in Haikou last year exceeded 400 million yuan. The Haikou Night Market is the "late-night eatery" in the hearts of Haikou people, a "must-visit" destination for tourists and an integral part of the "night economy".
The increasing number of tourism businesses has led to the steady development of the "night economy".
The person in charge of the Haikou Municipal Bureau of Commerce said that, relying on well-known attractions such as Haikou Bay and Cavalry Old Street, multiple measures have been taken to collect ideas, organize activities in scenic spots, enhance the atmosphere of the neighborhood, enrich the night tour mode, and drive the prosperity of the city's night economy with a point. At the same time, the new media publicity platform will be used to enhance the publicity of the city, promote the high-quality development of Haikou's "night tourism economy", and promote Haikou's night tourism economy and business environment to go hand in hand and reach a higher level.
In addition, the organisation of scenic spots to actively carry out night tour activities, and actively explore the development of cultural and tourism consumption "night economy", such as the Feng Xiaogang Film Commune, recently launched night amusement projects, a variety of activities to the island "night economy" development provides more The variety of activities offers more possibilities and a stronger boost to the development of the island's "night economy".
With facilities and performances being improved since April 1 this year, the reopening of the park is sure to bring a new and refreshing night-time experience.
Written by Xu Ersheng
Produced by China.com Hainan