Happy Hainan Christmas!

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Arrived in Heikou, Hainan Island just before midnight last night. Had a few Christmas eve drinks with some British, Canadian and Siberian folks at the Heikou Banana Hostel where we stayed, and eventually turned in at about 3am.

We were keen to get to Sanya (in the south of the island, about 3 and a half hours away) as soon as possible so had a quick Christmas day breakfast (very festive coconut milk and banana oatmeal and banana pancakes...) at the hostel and hopped on the 10.30am bus.

Now we're finally in Sanya, and there's sun, sea and sand!

We're staying at the very nice Blue Sky Hostel (another Natasha and Morag recommendation - thanks!!), as are Daniel and Stephanie, the lovely German couple we shared a very drunken vodka night with back in Irkutsk. We'd arranged to meet up with them again here so it's nice to see some familar faces in entirely different surroundings - Sanya is a world away from the snow and ice of Irkutsk!

The hostel is a couple of minutes away from Dadonghai beach so naturally the first thing we did was swap hiking boots and hoodies for flip flops and short sleeves and hit the beach.

It's high season here so pretty touristy. Mainly a mix of Chinese holidaymakers and loads of Russians - most of the shop signs and menus are in cyrillic as well Chinese, which is a bit odd to see again out of context. But despite it being busy there's a still a very relaxed easygoing atmosphere and we haven't been hassled nearly as much as we were in Yangshuo which is a relief.

We've bought some (awful) Chinese red wine and delicious fresh mangoes which we tucked into on the terrace before going out for a Chinese Christmas day meal with Daniel and Stephanie.

Merry Christmas everybody!

All in all a very different Christmas Day from usual, but a very good one too.
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loli on

HAVE NICE RELAX CHRISTMAS XX

Michael on

Wonderful to see and read how much you are enjoying it all.
Happy New Year to come!
Love Dad & Mum xxx

Wendy on

Merry Christmas you two! Miss you loads! xxx

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