After hotel pickup in Sanya, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the Areca Valley Tourist Resort inside the Hainan Ganza Ridge Natural Reserve. Admire Hainan’s lush countryside as you travel, and hear information about the region from your guide.
On arrival, head through the decorative gateway into the resort: an outdoor cultural theme park that celebrates and preserves the ways of Hainan’s original peoples: the Li and the Miao ethnic communities.
Delve into the traditional villages of these two peoples and learn about their rich cultures. The Li and Miao have lived in Hainan’s highlands for centuries: their isolation helping to protect their way of life from outside influences.
See the Li’s boat-shaped wooden houses, and stroll around the halls that showcase Li crafts, customs, and farming and fishing techniques. Watch demonstrations of Li spinning, weaving, and pottery making, and view exhibits showing everyday items such as nose flutes, costumes, and bamboo musical instruments.
Meet some Li women, famous for their facial tattoos, and explore the neighboring Miao village to learn about their distinctive crafts like batik and tie-dye printing. Cap your visit with a colourful folk show, seeing both Li and Maio tribal dances.
Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense), perhaps visiting a Li restaurant recommended by your guide to enjoy ethnic specialities like bamboo rice, pumpkin rice, and fish tea, made from ingredients farmed in the mountains.
Then, continue to Deer Turn-Around (Luhuitou) Park, just south of Sanya. Hear the romantic legend behind the beautiful park, and stroll the winding paths, watching for deer and monkeys, and viewing the Deer Turn-Around statue that commemorates the legend.
After admiring the sweeping panoramas over Sanya and the South China Sea from the park, finish your day trip with a hotel drop-off.