Internationalization of Hainan in 2019

By Hainan International Media Center / hiHainan / Updated: 2019-12-31,15:46

The new year of 2020 is approaching. And the passing 2019 has witnessed the steady progress of the construction of Hainan Free Trade Zone (Port), the splendid fruits of opening-up and international cooperation, and the constant enhancement of Hainan's global exposure. Now, let's review the highlights of Hainan's internationalization in the passing year, through the summary by the Hainan International Media Center.

1.Hainan, the Hawaii of China, attracted over 1 million inbound tourists in 2019

Tourists from Russian-speaking countries such as Russia and Ukraine in Hainan Binglanggu Li and Miao Cultural Heritage Park.

According to the statistics from Hainan Provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television and Sports, the province has received a total of 1.2624 million inbound tourists from January to November, a year-on-year increase of 13%. On the basis of the substantial growth in the previous two years, Hainan province has achieved continuous and steady growth, further improving the level of international tourism and facilitating the construction of Hainan International Tourism Consumption Center.

2.Hainan has opened over 100 overseas air routes as of the end of 2019

At 8 a.m. on December 23, the flight of 3U8407 operated by Sichuan Airlines took off from Sanya Phoenix International Airport, which marked the successful opening of the internationally regular route of "Sanya⇌Yantai⇌Cheongju". So far, Hainan Province has opened a total of 100 overseas routes.

On December 23, Hainan opens the international regular route of "Sanya⇌Yantai⇌Cheongju". (Photo by Xu Huiling/Hainan Daily)

At 19:15 on December 25, with the departure of Hainan Airlines flight HU765 from Haikou Meilan International Airport, the Haikou⇌Moscow route operated by Hainan Airlines was officially opened.

At 17:00 on December 30th, 2019, the flight HU449 took off from Haikou Meilan International Airport, which marked that the regular air route from Haikou to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, jointly operated by the Hainan United Airlines Travel Group and Hainan Airlines, was officially opened. 

3.The Second Hainan Island International Film Festival attracted hundreds of guests 

Ethan Hawke attends the event of "Masterclass".

During the 8-day Second Hainan Island International Film Festival (HIIFF), over hundreds of events were held, and hundreds of guests attended to render academic discussion about film making and share their insights on the industrial development, promoting many fantastic films from home and abroad. The second HIIFF, which ended on December 8 in Sanya, has not only impressed the guests with the lively image of Hainan, but also stimulated the deep cultural potential for the construction of Hainan Pilot Free Trade Zone and a free trade port with Chinese characteristics.

Filmmakers such as Simon West, Ethan Hawke, Asghar Farhadi, Guan Jinpeng, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, attended the event of "Masterclass" and shared their experiences on film making, bringing the professional film art to the ordinary audience.

4.Twelve measures issued to further accelerate Hainan's inbound tourism in 2019

Foreign tourists at Sanya Dadonghai beach. (Photo by Wei Wu/Hainan Daily)

At the beginning of July this year, 12 new measures introduced in the aspects of immigration and traffic management have effectively pushed the development of Hainan’s inbound tourism to a new level. Among them, Hainan has implemented a more open visa-free entry policy. On the basis of the current visa-free entry policy for 59 countries, Hainan has further optimized the visa-free entry policy, including expanding the channels of visa-free entry for foreigners, allowing foreigners who meet the conditions of visa-free entry to declare by themselves or receive visa-free entry through invitation of units; expanding the scope of visa-free entry for foreigners so that foreigners can enter Hainan without visa for trade, visit, family visits, medical treatment, exhibitions and sports etc.; meanwhile, actively creating conditions for the gradual realization of the stay period of more than 30 days for visa-free entry personnel.

In addition,more convenient driving services have been enjoyed in Hainan. The conditions for overseas personnel to apply for temporary driving permits have been eased, and the duration of temporary driving permits has been extended, so as to meet the needs of foreign personnel traveling, working, and living in Hainan.

5.The event of "Russian Culture Week" took place in Sanya

The performance during the " 2019 Russian Culture Week".

On the evening of December 9, the 2019 Russian Culture Week kicked off in Sanya. The event aimed to promote the cultural and media cooperation and exchanges between Hainan, China and countries and regions alongside the Belt and Road Initiative, in order to enhance the international competence of Hainan and celebrate the 70th anniversary friendly relations between the two countries.

During the event, in addition to classic Russian folk songs and dances on the opening ceremony, Sino-Russia 70th anniversary friendly relations photographic exhibition and Repin Academy of Fine Arts oil painting exhibition were held at the Mangrove Tree Resort in Sanya on December 10, and Russian movies were screened in Haikou, Sanya and Qionghai.

6.Harrow International School settled in Jiangdong New District, Haikou

Harrow International School.

Harrow International School settled in Jiangdong New District, Haikou City has received great attention before it is completed.

The Harrow International School, which is under construction in Haikou, has a history of nearly 450 years. This is the fourth school established in China by the Harrow International School, which is well-known in the international education community. Construction was started after the agreement that was signed on September 6, 2018, and it is expected to officially open in September 2020.

Harrow International School has its unique experience and advantages in the field of high-end talent training. It has trained 7 British Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill. In addition to Harrow College, Dulwich College London, with a history of 400 years, has also signed a contract to settle in Haikou. In the future, children living in Hainan can enjoy world-class education resources.

On November 14th, 2019, a cooperation document between Nottingham Trent University and Communication University of China has been signed in Haikou. The two sides decided to cooperate education in Lingshui Li’an International Education Innovation Pilot Area in Hainan.

According to the head of Hainan Provincial Education Department International Office, over the past two years, Hainan has communicated with many renowned international schools such as Northwestern University, University of London, Wageningen University and Universidade de São Paulo. They also decided to cooperate with each other in the sphere of education. 

7.Hainan forges sister relations with 64 regions or cities in over 40 countries

Zhu Hongwu (R), mayor of Danzhou, shakes hands with Marathon Mayor Sergios Tsirkas after signing the letter of intent to build sister cities relations on Dec 20. [Photo by He Wenxin/]

Hainan has developed the sisterhood relationship with 64 regions or cities in over 40 countries, expanding international cooperation in various fields. In the coming future, the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan Provincial Party Committee will formulate the development plan for Hainan's friendly exchanges with its sister regions in the world, and improve the opening up and internationalization of Hainan, in a bid to actively participate in the construction based on the "Belt and Road" Initiative.

8.The First Hainan Island International Book (Tourism) Fair kicked off 

The "International Exhibition of Hundred Illustrators" during the first Hainan Island International Book (Tourism) Fair. (Photo by Yao Hao/

From November 15th to 18th, the first Hainan Island International Book (Tourism) Fair (HIIBF) was held at Sanya Haitang Bay. With the breeze and sea view, the distinctive HIIBF presented a “Exclusive, Creative, Special, Beautiful” book fair in a place with original design. In addition,there were over 60 wonderful activities during the HIIBF, creating a public reading event and exploring to make Hainan a cultural tourism destination.

During the four-day event, with the slogan of "Read the Page when the Wind Stops By", the HIIBF also launched a theme opening ceremony, a beach carnival,a theme photography exhibition,a reading space, so as to advocate an island lifestyle integrating reading and travel.

9.1507 International talents from 83 countries got the work permits in Hainan in 2019

As of October 30, a total of 1,507 foreigners in Hainan province have obtained work permits, who come from 83 countries around the world, mainly South Korea, Russia, the United States, Thailand, Canada and the United Kingdom.

"They are mainly active in the industries and fields such as tourism services, education, transportation, and business services. More than 80% of them have a bachelor's degree or above, which has injected more 'international vitality' into Hainan's development," the person in charge of Hainan Provincial Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs introduced that the foreign personnel who obtained work permits in Hainan mainly consisted of teaching and scientific research personnel, enterprise management personnel and professional and technical personnel,of which the first group accounted for about 30%, the second for about 20%, and the third for about 50%.

10.Hainan gradually becomes a hot place for foreigners to start up business

Kirill,the owner of Crazy Fitness (Hainan) Limited Company.

With simplified application process for foreign enterprises and the construction of "single window" for international investment,a growing number of international investors start to pay attention to Hainan. "It is very convenient to establish a company here and explore the market," said Kirill, the owner of Crazy Fitness (Hainan) Limited Company.

The 2019 Foreign Talents' Job Fair on December 18 in Hainan.

"With my language advantage, I became a foreign kindergarten teacher, but this career has little room for improvement," said Alex from the United Kingdom, adding that he likes Hainan very much and plans to live here for a long time in the future. "I am very much looking forward to working as a presenter at the Hainan International Media Center, to share Hainan’s stories to the world."



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