Aug 26 2010
Yes, I am right now in Haikou, Hainan. Where, you might ask. Haikou is the capital of Hainan, which is an island in China. Just google it, and I am sure you’ll find it.
Remember Hainanese chicken rice? Or Hailam mee? I guess those food originate from this island… Oh, BTW, Hainan = Hailam .
Now, back to me, DH and I caught the 6.50am flight leaving LCCT (KLIA) this morning, and we landed at Meilan International Airport about 3hours 15 mins later. Apart from 1 Mat Salleh, and 1 Malaysian Indian, we were the only other non-Chinese passengers! When I say Chinese, I mean both the Chinese from China as well as Malaysian Chinese. Just after we disembarked, 1 Malaysian Chinese greeted as, “Holiday?”, and DH said “yes” in return. I jokingly asked him “Balik Kampung?” (Going back to your roots) and he smilingly nodded, signally his eyes to an old lady ( I think she’s his mum) .
Sometimes I wonder, IF I am a billionaire, I think I can come here and announce that I am looking for my biological relatives. I bet there would be crowds of Hainanese who’d queue for the DNA tests, to see if we are related, hahahaha! But alas, I am just an ordinary person who doesn’t have assets worth shouting/sharing!
Now, back to this trip… It’s a short trip – we are staying here for only 2 nights. We only plan to walk round the busy (oh, did I say busy? The streets do not look busy!) streets today and tomorrow before heading back to Malaysia on Saturday.
The following are some shots taken from the cab on our way to the hotel (from the airport).
A lot of palm trees:
Street lights that are both wind-powered and solar-powered? :
Wide and clean roads:
On a bridge:
And finally the view of one of the main streets, from our hotel room: